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Gibson Brands Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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Gibson Brands Chairman and CEO, Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano Henry E. Juszkiewicz
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Pros
  • Great people, love the environment is the best job I ever had (in 15 reviews)

  • Great coworkers, great brand name (in 15 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 9 reviews)

  • Management by fear and intimidation is the standard operating procedure (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (19)

    "One horrible eccentric CEO, ruins the entire company, also rules and has created a culture of fear & intimidation"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Music industry, there really are no good reasons, people think they will have a different experience, like Ari, who was brainwashed and turned into a complete tyrant, dictator. Then got fired and can not get a job anywhere else!!

    Cons

    Crazy, eccentric, CEO Henry, has aimed pistols at employees, has held swords up to top managers heads, verbally abusive, incompetent, to only name a few. He has an armed guard walk him to his car.

    Advice to Management

    Step asside and allow a true leader make the company as good as the products they create!!


  2. Helpful (19)

    "Run as fast as you can...in the opposite direction."

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    Former Employee - Whipping Boy in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Whipping Boy in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The association with an iconic brand and the effect is has on your resume. It helps that the external perception of Gibson is in sharp contrast to the internal reality. The people (the ones who are left and those that have departed) are really the greatest asset to the organization. It's unfortunate the rate of turnover is nearly 100%. At the end of the day, it's nice to be associated with such true craftsmen and artisans who continue to create the best guitars money can buy (though fewer and fewer are actually able to afford....thanks Henry). If you accept a position with Gibson and move to Nashville, make sure you rent an apartment with monthly lease options.

    Cons

    Fear-based, toxic environment where your only daily motivation is trying NOT to get fired. Having to submit daily reports to the CEO of your accomplishments. This can be rather tricky since most of the time your hands are tied, preventing you from actually accomplishing anything at all. Careful word choices are very important as Henry will sometimes read one of the 100+ reports he receives daily and if what you've written displeases him in any way (largely dependent on his current mood or state of mind) he will respond with ferocious intensity...making certain to copy as many of your peers as possible.

    Advice to Management

    What senior management? The buck stops with HJ and always will. Gibson has a long list of CMO's, CFO's, COO's and every other management position imaginable. To actually work in the "C-suite" is like wearing a big target on your back waiting for the inevitable shot. Micromanaging never moves a company forward, and sadly, that's a lesson HJ will never learn.

  3. Helpful (18)

    "Only take a job here if you have nothing to lose."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Iconic brand, great and talented people, artist relations, great product

    Cons

    While Gibson is a iconic brand and many of the products and events they produce and support have a high cool factor, the work enviroment is the worst I've ever experienced. Senior managers live in an enviroment of fear and this trickles down to their employess. Management is often unable or unwilling to risk giving raises for fear of the wrath of Henry or termination.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the Senior Managers that pass through Gibson are some of the best in the industry and it was a privilege to work with them. However in reality they have absolutely no opportunity to change or direct anything as Henry runs the company as a dictatorship often seemingly at odds with the basic rules of good business.


  4. Helpful (16)

    "how long will it take before YOU are fired?"

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    Former Employee - Dissatisfied Employee At Corporate Office in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Dissatisfied Employee At Corporate Office in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    cool product; looks great on resume to be part of making a product so admired by so many; great lifestyle product; due to lack of consistent employees or consistent leadership your skillset increases because you have to wear so many hats; variety of work experiences

    Cons

    a CEO/Owner who has no interpersonal skills, no ability to boost morale, cares very little about employee's well-being, inconsistency in message and task from minute-to-minute - not even day to day, mean-spirited, egotistical, he's always right - employees always wrong even if you have the proof to back up your assertions, lack of ANY positive feedback, lack of necessary tools to do your job;negative environment almost to the point of everyone being poisoned, inability to keep any real skilled talent, revolving door for all senior executives - with one sr person not even staying a week before resigning, some employees have started one day and left the next, inability of any senior leadership other than CEO to actually do what they were hired to do - they end up not using any of their knowledge but enforcing whatever CEO dictates;
    after a few years of working there and watching at least 3 to 8 employees a month quit or are fired i could go on and on and on and on

    Advice to Management

    with exit interviews advice has been given for YEARS from departing employees - none is listened to - why would he start now?


  5. Helpful (18)

    "What a waste of good people."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager / GM in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Product Manager / GM in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were none. Fear ruled the workplace. In an effort to try to be everything, the original focus has been lost. The CEO has Napoleonic visions that fly against all good business ethics, and is famous for personal and public intimidation, belittlement and fear tactics that all but snuffed out any thoughts of independent thinking.

    Cons

    CEO has turned micromanagement into an unfortunate art. Fear replaced innovation, punishment was always held over your head. Senior management were hired that had no business being there. And yet someone to empty the trash or answer the phone would take 6 months to hire due to bureaucratic roadblocks put up by the CEO himself. For far-below-average pay scale, you ae expected to give your life to the company at all times demanded.

    Advice to Management

    Run. The next door you're shown is the "exit" door if you don't go first. And try not to think for yourself.


  6. Helpful (17)

    "Who needs a "plan"?"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on the resume

    Cons

    Pretty much everything. The turnover is insanely high, reviews/raises are a joke, vendors go unpaid for months, the CEO is schizophrenic, people are constantly in fear of getting fired for no legitimate reason, most projects are never finished due to a change in direction/budget/leadership/etc. If all of that plus emotional and physical harm are worth a "cool" job in the music business, then go for it!

    Advice to Management

    It's pointless to try to give advice.


  7. Helpful (18)

    "STAY FAR AWAY FROM GIBSON!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, my co-workers were fantastic. The people that get roped into Gibson Guitar, however, are divided into two categories: short-timers and lifers. Short-timers are the people that get in, get the experience they need and get out quickly. Lifers are people that have been beaten into submission, blindly following HJ's dictatorship and settling in for a very, very volatile and unhappy ride. Outwardly, they become numb and resign themselves to working for Gibson for the rest of their lives. It's awful.

    Cons

    To be honest...I can't think of many upsides. I have never seen an organization of this level run this way. It's Henry's way or the highway. He does not respect his employees and continually raves about how stupid they are, how no one can meet his expectations...and then wonders about the turnover rate?? He has been known to throw chairs around offices in anger.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up! It's not a perfect world and you have some great people working under you. Stop trying to control EVERYTHING!

  8. Helpful (19)

    "Worst Corporate Culture Ever...and That's Being Kind"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The best thing about Gibson is the great musical instruments they make and getting to work with this amazing national brand. There are also many good people who work there, but they never last long.

    Cons

    To say that there's a leadership problem would be an understatement. There are a number of great, competent employees and even managers there, but the head of the organization tries to lead by fear and intimidation...when he's not the least bit intimidating. Anyone with good ideas and solid leadership abilities would either be fired or leave after they've had enough abuse.

    Hard work might be rewarded if management weren't so busy having to watch their backs.

    I imagine that Gibson would've been a great place to work without Henry J. but until the majority ownership decides to make a leadership change that is something will likely never happen.

    I saw good people come and go on a regular basis. Sometimes by choice, sometimes by force.

    Advice to Management

    One word: mutiny.

    Or just go do something your passionate about and find a place that will treat you well. There were some talented leaders there who were unable to reach their potential at Gibson, and that's a shame.


  9. Helpful (18)

    "Mommy Dearest? Oh, Just Gibson Guitar"

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    Former Employee - IT Doesn't Matter in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - IT Doesn't Matter in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's an incredible brand and Nashville is a great city. Unfortunately, there are no "best" reasons to work here. It's sad, but it's true - at a corporate level, this place is a complete nightmare.

    Cons

    The owner/CEO is utterly unbalanced, and the entire culture is driven by his personal issues of complete narcissism and ego mania. I know what you're thinking, because I thought it too: "You're being overly dramatic. Nothing can be that bad. The brand is so...cool. You're probably just another unhappy ex-employee who couldn't handle it." But believe me - it's true. The folks who work in the plants making the guitars are fairly shielded, and thank goodness, as they are a group of incredibly dedicated employees making the greatest guitars in the world. But if you have any kind of corporate or management role - forget it. It's a place filled with people trying to do the right thing, and being run over by a CEO who has successfully created a culture of fear and intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    The company is owned and run by two individuals. The CEO runs the show, while the other person tries to stay in the shadows and just cash his checks. His complete unwillingness to make any kind of stand makes him complicit in the crime. As a result, the place churns through talented and energetic employees like a meat grinder. Ultimately, nearly everyone at a corporate level is fired - often within the first few months of employment. The rest simply leave - dismayed and saddened - recognizing that the company could be cooler than (your favorite brand here), and four times its current size. The book hasn't been written yet, but it will be a good one when it comes out.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Working for Gibson is exactly what you've heard-short term. Like a trip to "Alice In Wonderland" it's so unreal."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Legendary brand. Great contacts in the music industry. Get to see the inside of a legendary company.

    Cons

    Oppressive leadership. Threatened daily to perform. Customer's hate you. Management changes annually. No job sercurity. No communication or guidance from leadership. Expense allowance is ridiculous-not even remotely competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people you've hired and let them implement ideas.


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