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Paul Reed Smith Guitars Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Getting better all the time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevensville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevensville, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rock n' roll atmosphere, lot's of pride in work at all levels, flexible schedule, unique culture, owner and employees have a sincere passion for the company mission

    Cons

    Lack of long-term planning skills, lots of "big picture" ideas but lack of connection to the details that make them happen.

    Advice to Management

    Document company processes, invest in training and development, and hold people accountable.


  2. "Kind of a magical place"

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Stevensville, MD
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Stevensville, MD

    I worked at Paul Reed Smith Guitars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work alongside a true genius and living legend. Meet fascinating people that have been in the musical instrument manufacturing business for decades. Very skilled and creative people putting their blood, sweat, and tears into flawless products. Solid work/life balance. Talent does move up in the company, often to very cool positions.

    Cons

    A very blunt and personal management culture may require some getting used to if you come over from a different industry or the corporate world.

    Advice to Management

    Work at being a little more gentle at the interpersonal level, otherwise the product is speaking for itself.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "An evolving team environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Reed Smith Guitars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance for skilled workers, management team has good team chemistry, great creative culture

    Cons

    Lack of long term planning

    Advice to Management

    More focus on long term strategic planning


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Paul Reed Smith Guitars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Great product. Relaxed culture and creative environment that you'd expect to find in a music industry company. Benefits are OK.

    Cons

    Not the greatest at people management in terms of development. You must be a self motivated person if you want to grow from within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership would do well to address personnel issues head on rather than with indirect blanket statements to the whole workforce. Allowing individuals to carry on with unsatisfactory performance without directly addressing the issues only serves to demotivate everyone else.


  6. "Room to improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rock n' roll atmosphere, lot's of pride in work at all levels, flexible schedule, unique culture, owner and employees have a sincere passion for the company mission

    Cons

    Advancement more often based upon personal releationships, mid-management personal agendas interfere with wider goals, communcation skills are sorely lacking, inability for most to think outside the box and apply knowledge from other industries

    Advice to Management

    Establish a training, coaching, or mentoring program to groom the the next generation of company leaders and clearly define roles and responsibilities with documented company processes and procedures


  7. "Love the job, but there's room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good pay. Pride in making best guitars in the world. Not a suit and tie environment.

    Cons

    Communication is spotty at best. Company is too big to have a scattershot approach to communication. No one appreciates being left out of the loop.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a consistent communication system. Define roles and responsibilities clearly. Make sure decision making is equal parts short term and long term.