Guitar Center Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2020

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Guitar Center CEO Ron Japinga
Ron Japinga
199 Ratings
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  • "Upper management needs to be more aware of the people who work for them(in 73 reviews)

  • "on gear which is nice (for people who have disposable income or have managed to somehow save enough money to afford more gear)(in 60 reviews)

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  1. "Great!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guitar Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great place to work for musicians

    Cons

    i fell down the stairs

  2. "No Drama Experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Drum Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guitar Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with musicians and helping musicians can be as cool as it sounds. My particular management team was professional, no drama, and really showed care for their employees. With how big the company is, I could imagine not everyone has this experience. I was fortunate to be at a good store.

    Cons

    It was difficult to make good commission in the drum department. If I wanted to sell higher tickets, I had to migrate over to guitars or pro audio (big $$).

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  3. "Great Company, decent pay"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Sales Lead 

    I worked at Guitar Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ability to work fast paced and learn alot

    Cons

    Starting pay could be better as a sales associate

  4. "Good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - CSM 

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun and cool environment to be around

    Cons

    Pay can vary, some great some poor

  5. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful staff to work with!

    Cons

    Retail based and directly effected by economic fluctuations.

  6. "GREAT"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guitar Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Store was amazing and staff friendly

    Cons

    Nothing that I can really think of

  7. "Ok place to start"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor, Music in Austin, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guitar Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teaching is rewarding; discounts on gear is tremendous

    Cons

    Management is difficult; underpaid and undervalued staff

  8. "Great company for musicians"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company has always treated me well.

    Cons

    Tough to move up in the corporate world.

  9. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at Guitar Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enjoy working with the customers.

    Cons

    Some customers can be demanding.

  10. "An ok place to work"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Lead 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The discount is great and the gear can be awesome.

    Cons

    The pay is hilariously bad if you move to management because you don't get commission anymore and the "bonuses" they give you when your just a lead are hilariously lackluster.

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