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Taylor-Guitars Reviews

Updated January 31, 2017
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  1. "Great company with great values."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wood Processor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Wood Processor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Taylor-Guitars full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company! They take care of you as an employee with benefits, training, paid vacation, holidays, and sick days.
    The people who work there are great and very accepting to new people.

    Cons

    Production labor can be tiresome but its worth it.


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Cajon, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Taylor-Guitars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, cross-functional work with other managers, and with senior positions.

    Cons

    40 years of "this is the way we have always done it" mentality is difficult to breach for incoming personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Collaborate with new hires from discovering what has altered in the business environment.


  3. "Amazing place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Cajon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor-Guitars full-time

    Pros

    Management truly cares about employees and all relationships that keep the business healthy. Tremendous teamwork whether dealing with fun stuff or tough stuff. Open to new ideas and really minimal ego issues throughout the company.

    Cons

    Compensation is kind of low; there seems to be a feeling among the top management that the great work environment is compensation enough. But the cost of living does go up every year and it's a drag when wages don't.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture but add some awareness that your best people should grow financially along with the company.


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  5. "Best Manufacturing Company in San Diego"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Cajon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Taylor-Guitars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely friendly environment where everyone is open to hearing your ideas. Upper management allows you to work on projects or ideas as long as you allocate time and it doesn't disrupt your daily responsibilities and goals.

    Cons

    Lots of tribal knowledge.


  6. "production/fadal worker"

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    Current Employee - Production/Fadal Operator in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Production/Fadal Operator in El Cajon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor-Guitars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people! Great working environment with really good benefits including, PTO and 401k match.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room for advancement. Low wages compared to skilled work performed. Small or no raises at annual reviews. They need to recognize there hard working production workers more!


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Taylor-Guitars full-time

    Pros

    -Incredible company culture. I legitimately get excited on Sunday nights to go back to work on Monday.
    -Taylor is always striving to improve its products and levels of customer and dealer service.
    It's nice to be a part of a company that looks at its dealer base as partners, and is genuinely concerned with their long term health and growth, not jamming product down their throats to meet quarterly goals.
    -Open idea sharing is a major benefit, bringing out new innovation while helping employees feel empowered.
    -Company leadership from top down is generally trusting and empowering. People are given the tools to do their jobs and are expected to perform without micromanagement.
    -The great company culture leads to great loyalty between employee and the company. People tend not to leave. As attrition does occur, though, Taylor will try to hire from within and provide career paths to employees.
    -There may be no cooler industry than music and instrument design and sales.
    -As the company grows, there will be expansion and more opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    -Sunshine tax.
    San Diego is, according to Business Insider, the worst place in the country to try to build wealth. People come here for the sunshine, and housing is really expensive, but wages don't reflect that.

    -Taylor is no different - they don't pay well, yet.
    The company's continued growth and strength comes in part from a strict management of margins, and employee expense is part of that equation.

    -Employees are asked to make a deep sacrifice for pay in exchange for the joy of coming to work every day and being vocationally fulfilled.

    -There are some nice benefits like holiday leave and a decent 401(k) match, but Taylor loses talented people who simply need to earn more elsewhere.
    This can have a downward pull on morale during transition periods, as remaining staff becomes overworked without promotion or raises.

    -Also, the low turnover rate has a downside, which is that career growth can stall and can require great patience while waiting for others to retire/leave.

    Advice to Management

    Mostly, keep doing what you're doing.
    Keep the customer and player the priority.

    But to grow, invest in leadership qualities.
    Continue to invest in employees who exhibit those qualities and initiative.
    Recognize expanded roles and responsibilities early, and don't let employees toil in waiting for pay and benefits commensurate with their workloads.


  8. "REVIEW"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Bend, OR

    I worked at Taylor-Guitars (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and great product.

    Cons

    San Diego is a tough place for some


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, friendly work environment, but little opportunity for advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Taylor-Guitars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have really great benefits, PTO and company shutdowns during first week of July and last 2 weeks of the year, onsite chiropractor, 401k matching, great options for health insurance, and a few company parties with great giveaways. Everyone is very friendly, and they're very consumer-conscious. I think it's great that they offer a daily tour and let visitors play pretty much any guitar in their product line.

    Cons

    They're somewhat disorganized, there wasn't clear communication about the vision and goals of the company and concrete ways we could achieve those goals. It's quite the bummer to have to listen to how great they were doing in sales every day, breaking records, yet at annual reviews, the raises were minuscule. Part of the disorganization might have been due to lack of experience in some of the management roles, or that there were more managers than employees in certain areas. This reason is what also made it very rare for people to advance, as many have been there for years, and no one advances unless someone leaves. So many managers also made it incredibly difficult for work to get approved, as it had to go through 4+ people sometimes before it could go out, cutting extremely close to deadlines. Salaries are also on the lower end, but you might consider the many benefits and job security to offset that, if you don't mind small raises or not advancing.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time with each employee to see what it is they do everyday, not just one-on-one meetings. You could probably uncover lots of problems that could be easily solved with a few changes in approval process or from information gathering in your position. Spend some time figuring out how to streamline your process, and make the switch to online/digital/mobile marketing fast if you want to get ahead of your competition.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great expectations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Taylor-Guitars full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Taylor is filled with a very talented, dedicated and driven work force. Most of the people that work here are the kind of people you want as neighbors and friends. The business is good, it's a relatively uncomplicated product that produces great revenue and is part of a market that is in the business of bringing contentment to peoples lives. There is a lot to like about certain aspects of this company.

    Cons

    Taylor is growing, and not wiser with age. Like many businesses that grow the company has become more focused on it's ability to sell guitars than it's ability to produce them. Management is erratic, in some groups it is absent, in others it is dictatorial. There is no consistency. Much of the entire company operates off of tribal knowledge and rarely are support needs planned for or met. If you are wanting to make a competitive wage this will not likely be the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized. Consider your workforce capabilities. Recognize that some people do not have the skills to manage but are great at what they do. Do this real time, nobody benefits from management dragging their feet. Become clear on your objectives, all of them and let the people who are doing the work know what those are. Value peoples skill sets and education, even if they aren't focused on Luthiery or music. For HR, recognize dysfunctional management and eliminate it before it becomes more toxic.


  11. "Buffing Robot Operator amongst many other side jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buffing Robot Operator in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Buffing Robot Operator in El Cajon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Taylor-Guitars (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone there was extremely friendly, home away from home. The hourly pay was good and the benefits were excellent. I love to work and keep busy.

    Cons

    I am very unhappy for their reasons for letting me go. I don't want to harm anyone and cannot share what happened but it was unfair and, for lack of a better work, and absolutely disgusting reason.



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