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Fender Musical Instruments Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Great money, great people and great atmosphere (in 12 reviews)

  • Everyone had a great work-life balance, but still maintained strong work ethic throughout the office (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Music Industry is seeing some rough times (in 4 reviews)

  • Guitar market is not getting bigger so budgets swing (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good medium company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Location, Products, Friendly environment, Fun

    Cons

    Training incomplete, Manager not focused

    Advice to Management

    If you say it, follow through on it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Revolving Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Cool company with cool brand name recognition.

    Cons

    Management is very focused on improving margins in short term to satisfy equity investors to the detriment of employees and morale. High turnover as a result.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Its not Fender anymore....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    It seems cool to work for a major brand.

    Cons

    Its bank owned, in debt, fired all the people from the industry who "get it" the place is run by newbies, from other industries, and they don't even know what the real fender ever was. the good reviews on Glassdoor, all from people who have no idea what the real fender was, what the industry is about etc etc. its now an overly corporate, homogenized, pasteurized, vanilla, corporate venture capitol project to make money and ROI on what will prove to be a misguided investment by big money. too bad.

    Advice to Management

    none, you believe you are doing the right things. and you are for what the real goals are here. But its sad to watch. the entire industry knows what happened to fender.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Once a great place to work, now, not so much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    The cool factor is huge, great products, decent discounts, most coworkers are great, rock stars occasionally stroll through. CEO appears to have solid plan to attempt to grow the company in a shrinking market.

    Cons

    Guitar market is not getting bigger so budgets swing. The person sitting next to you could be gone tomorrow or tomorrow it could be another new person to train. Depending on your department, extreme and constant pressure. It's not uncommon to find people doing 60+ hours every week, working from home after hours, taking calls after hours, and working weekend, yet still manage to find themselves behind. The work/personal life balance has swung considerably.. There are cliques and if your part of the right ones, you'll find life a little easier. Find yourself on the outside and you'll have a difficult time. And if you love meetings, then this is the place for you. There are meetings to talk about the next meeting. If your department is behind a metric, expect a weekly or daily meeting and be well prepared for it or it will go bad. Management seems to roll every few years (not that some of them didn't deserve it), so get used to constant directional changes.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your workers all the way down the chain. Great people are being burned out and treated badly from various levels of the organization including high up. These are the same people that bleed Fender but can only take so much.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great money, great people and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of


  6. "Solid Job"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hi pay for an non degreed job.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  7. "Focusing on Customer, Product, and People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's a big focus on customers, products, and people this year. You can feel the energy in the office with innovating and getting the company to the next level- whether it's the core guitars or newer products like the in-ear monitors or digital apps. The office is brand new and music is playing throughout unless an artist is having an impromptu concert. The executives seem to be moving the company forward in awesome and exciting ways!

    Cons

    Traffic in LA will always be miserable and our office is difficult to get to when there are special events in the area. The music industry isn't going through tons of growth, although it seems like we're still doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on communication-your round tables and videos/interviews are definitely helping!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Building for the future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good group of people that are all specialist in their area of expertise. Constant communication via web meetings to keep everyone connected. This company has a cool factor, but not too far out on the limb where people aren't motivated to get the job done. Exec. management is involved in big and small things.

    Cons

    Only real con is the commute in. Traffic in the area can defy logic sometimes, but most of LA is like that anyway.

    Advice to Management

    I'm new and not sure I have any advice


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Guitars, guitars, guitars"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    For a musician it is a great place to work with what you love.
    Sometimes the pay can be competitive
    Benefits are good
    Rockstars come through often

    Cons

    People are expendable, regardless of time invested
    Expectations can be too high
    Favoritism is not uncommon
    Promotions are not always based on merit
    Can be difficult to move up

    Advice to Management

    Please do not forget that the people who manufacture your instruments are not machines. It is disheartening to watch worker after worker pushed so hard year after year and then thrown away so easily. Some after decades of service. My advice would be for you to care for your employees through compensation, encouragement, security and a more balanced work load.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "There is a positive buzz in the air"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Music is actually at the core of everything here. There are guitars everywhere, songs is blasting rock music into every nook and cranny, and the workers here can shred! Even the CEO plugs in an blast heavy Metal through the halls. The hours are flexible, the work is interesting - even calling it work feels wrong. If you love the brand its even cooler. The office in Hollywood is brand new and AMAZING. This is the place for tech savvy music lovers in L.A.

    Cons

    Vacation is a little skimpy. Anyplace in L.A. is tough to get to if you don't have a helicopter. The cons are few and far between to be honest.

    Advice to Management

    Ride the buzz that is already happening. Throw a few more days off to people. Keep harnessing the brand to bring in more awesome people.


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