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Gibson Brands Nashville Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, love the environment is the best job I ever had (in 14 reviews)

  • Great brand to promote and work with in the market, good benefits, diverse work activities, great people to work with (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Although in the interview they tell you there is no salary cap the truth is there is no raises so no need for a cap (in 8 reviews)

  • For some folks, the only reward for your hard work is more (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and a lot of opportunites"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst II - Corp in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst II - Corp in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, awesome product, and a huge vision.

    Cons

    There are people that carry a lot of negativity but I ignore it.

    Advice to Management

    What I would like to see is a better forum internally to express ideas within the company with managers not shying away from bringing them forward.


  2. "Incredible workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great guitars & people. Career advancement is possible if you gain advanced knowledge and work as part of a team.

    Cons

    Its a big company with politics, rules & regs. I


  3. Helpful (18)

    "One I will never forget !"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - I'd Rather Not Say in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - I'd Rather Not Say in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for Gibson many years.
    Thru good times and bad.
    And I own a couple of really nice flame top Les Pauls

    Cons

    To begin with, I started working for Gibson right after the Nashville factory opened. I left the in the XXXX's (Disco and synthysizers nearly killed guitars). Then returned again, under new owners, from XXXX's to XXXX's. Was that vague enough ?
    The differences between working for the Norlin Corporation (former owners), and the Henry Juszkiewicz / Dave Berryman days could not be described in this short blog.
    Some very good. Some very bad.
    Man the stories I could tell.

    Most of what I've read on this site is pretty accurate. True, Henry micro managed to the millionth degree. And continues to do so from what I hear. But he took over a financially failing company and turned it around (at least for a little while). Greatness does indeed court disaster.
    Personally, I likened him a little to Elvis. At times, he could be very generous and make you feel like you had the best gig on the planet. And the next day berate, humiliate (and to some) terminate you. Sort of a Jekyll and Hyde kinda guy. I guess he thought it was the best way to motivate employees. WRONG !

    You guys are also spot on about the people that work there. The deparment supervisors and factory workers. From the retired road weary guitar player in final assembly, to the kid hand sanding guitars all day. They all loved being around those beautiful instuments. As did I.
    I really wish the company could restore itself back to the glory days. Put quality before production, lower the prices, and let the people who know (and love) guitars build them !!
    What player in the world can forget the first time he heard an old Les Paul thru a (Plexi) marshall amp !! (emphasis on the word old).

    I travel quite a bit. And I am no longer in "the business". But everywhere I go, players and store dealers, consistently say the same thing you guys are saying. They can't all be wrong !

    Lastly, I have some fond, funny, insightful memories of my days at Gibson.
    And I am not a disgruntled former employee.
    Just a sad one.

    Advice to Management

    Advice or feedback ? You must be kidding.
    You're talking about a couple of Harvard MBA's
    These guys are intelligent to a fault.
    And besides, Henry will never listen.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working for their Epiphone divsion, I couldn't have been more satisfied."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth Opportunity! Excellent management within the Epiphone division.

    Cons

    It was difficult to obtain CEO approval regarding new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Seems to be working fine.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Worst Place to work in Nashville!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Administrative in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Business Development Administrative in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff! Amazing, talented people that are loyal to the "Gibson" brand and history make the workplace tolerable. Staff work with others to assist as a team, "we are in this hell hole together" type attitude.

    Cons

    CEO prides himself on making employees feel as though they could be fired at any time regardless of performance. Letting go of staff is completely random. Executive turnover is terribly high within the company due to CEO and dictatorship style of management. It's no wonder they aren't (and probably never will be) publicly traded.


  7. Helpful (14)

    "No sense of accomplishment or pride in product."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Builder in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Builder in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I get paid to build guitars.

    Cons

    Company acts as though you owe them your time. I watched people get promoted in areas where they have no experience, and be trained by the very people who were denied promotions. You are told to run guitars with obvious flaws at the end of every month, and then threatened with write ups when senior managers find a problem with those same guitars. I watch people alongside myself work 10-12 hr days 6 days a week, and watch a select few who can laugh and cut up with management and not contribute much effort at all to production without a word ever being said. I think my biggest issue right now is that regular employees are required to work all but the last Saturday of every month (yes that is only 1 day off a week for most of the month, how's that for family friendly) while supervisors and managers get to switch out and decide who will have to come in.

    Advice to Management

    I myself have already said more to management than anyone else in my department has dared to (contrary to what others seem to think its not so easy to butt heads with management when your employment options are as limited as they are these days). I have been told that things would be changed and problems would be looked into, and to date no changes have even been attempted. There is a production number every day. That is all anyone cares about. The employees are unappreciated, and the product really only has to be about 90% right to be shipped. Why would anyone be proud to be in that situation? So I have no advice to management, only to potential new hires or the curious: No matter what your thoughts are on the great Gibson name brand, the company is not fun to work for. I literally have never worked for a company where I was told every day that I wasn't doing enough until I started at Gibson Guitars.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "I thought by coming to Gibson I'd be working for a world class guitar company, I was wrong."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hourly Worker in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Hourly Worker in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers. It's interesting to see the process that goes into building a guitar, if you're into that.

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible communication between management and employees. Schedule is constantly up in the air. You're allotted vacation days but basically never allowed to use them. You're given one heck of a sales pitch about the company when you start, but you'll find out soon enough it's not much more than a sales pitch. If you're thinking of working here, BE SURE TO ASK IN THE INTERVIEW THE HOURS YOU WILL BE WORKING, DON'T LET THEM BEAT AROUND THE BUSH AND BLOW SMOKE IN YOUR FACE. They'll tell you one thing but when you start working it will be something else. If you're absolutely desperate for a job, give this place a shot. If not, you'd be better off somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront with employees. Not being upfront gives the impression you don't know or don't care. It builds resentment and contributes to low morale.


  9. Helpful (18)

    "You take the blame"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand history and legacy.

    Cons

    You are expected to perform at superhuman levels with little support, little staff, and little resources. Let me use an analogy to decribe daily life: You are expected to pull a rabbit out of a hat daily, but due to internal draconian laws set by the CEO, you are not permitted to posess a rabbit and/or hat. You are not allowed funding to purchase said rabbit and hat. In addition, you are required to submit a daily report to the CEO explaining why you did not pull a rabbit from the hat, but you are not allowed to cite the draconian rules as an excuse. You are responsible to figure it out yourself. Prepare to be blamed, and publicly humiliated in scathing and insulting email messages that copy most of the other employees in the company. This is how you are "motivated" to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    After all the reviews with advice for the leadership at the company, the CEO still will not listen. He thinks its' only a few "disgruntled ex-employees" who are posting these reviews. He is 100% wrong. No one at the company respects him.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Gibson custom shop.very unreasonable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scuff Sander in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Scuff Sander in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Clean place,good benifits.could be enjoyable under correct management

    Cons

    Poor communication,treat employees like crap,no acknoledgement of good work or working harder or past expectations to get the job done,unreasonable late policy,they dont care if something happens beyond your control that makes you just a few minutes late.supervisors are more concerned with degrading employees than quality of work,they act irritated if you ask questions and then chastize you for not knowing what to do,shop manager didnt even introduce himself,i was thrown in and expected to know the company as if id been there for years

    Advice to Management

    Be more reasonable and understanding with employees.encourage hard quality work.treat people with respect.get new supervisors!if you want to make more guitars dont fire good workers for being a few minites late one day


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Thank Goodness For The COO!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The new COO is amazing. A total visionary and creative genius who will end up running the company. Hopefully sooner than later!

    Cons

    Current CEO is out of touch with the consumer, retailers, and employees. His misguided frustration trickles throughout the company and has eroded morale.

    Advice to Management

    Support the COO he will lead us out of the mess that the CEO has made.



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