Work days were long and somewhat stressful especially at the end of the month due to late orders for shipment.
Learned how to manage a large group of employees and bring that group together as a team and for them to truly understand what a team environment is.
The culture was ever changing when I was Plant Manager, for the objective was to lead by example and demonstrate change is a good thing. If your team is not willing to change and make necessary adjustments your competitors will pass you by and take market shares from your company.
Yearly models change overs were the most difficult tasks.
Working for a World renown Brand, thus allowing you to work with such charities like "Make A Wish".
Almost 10 years of service and I can honestly say I wish I had a time machine so I could go back and not make this mistake again. It is definitely a job and not at all a career. There have been at least 3 layoffs since i have been employed and countless firings of General Managers and Plant Managers. Think of this company as your last resort.
Production and other (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – October 14, 2014
I worked at the Memphis plant for a while. You will never know when you will have to work Saturday. Usually this is more often than not. They push numbers instead of quality hoping the end result will meet the bottom line numbers. The masses will come back time and again to buy these guitars because of the name on the headstock. I have deep inside 1st hand knowledge proving that these guitars are anything but quality. Glue joints that have no glue, super glue on top of wood glue when the first glue joint didn't hold, truss rods that aren't even close to centered down the neck, should I go on?? I personally saved this division a pocket full of money with major obstacles I showed them how to overcome, (which they hapi;y implemented) and I was never once rewarded, but on the contrary I was harassed by management and given an abundance of lip service, and unfortunately I cannot go into further detail at the moment. If you need a job because you are hurting for money, than look to this place as a temp solution. Turn over is off the charts!!
Final Assembly Worker (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – July 23, 2014
Definitely the worst job I've ever had, anyone who ways anything else about this company is a corporate patsy paid to say good things about Henry J, the CEO. I worked there just over 3 years, and in that time no one got a raise, COL or otherwise, but the Mgmt always got a big fat bonus. In my last 2 years we worked all but a handful of Saturdays, and even a few Sundays. Most of us floor workers averaged 60 hrs or more per week, over 70 when we worked a Sunday. I very rarely had a day under 11 hours, with no consideration for my personal life, or my physical and mental well being. There was no option to work any less than the "mandatory overtime". Henry J. would do well to remember what this kind of treatment did to postal workers back in the 80's, and the body count that ensued (no, I am not exaggerating). I was personally nearing the psychological breaking point when I had to quit due to health issues resulting from the inhuman expectations and poor treatment every employee receives.
On top of that, everything everywhere in the company revolves around not making the CEO mad. I was told, verbatim, that "We need to REMOVE our thinking from reality", the implication being that the reality would upset the CEO, and that was not acceptable, therefore reality must not be true.
Benefits were ok, with average medical, below average dental and vision, and sort of an employee purchase program, although the average guitar might cost an employee $1500 at discount price, when it costs the company far less than half of that to produce said instrument.
The processes are extremelymore... archaic, and most have not been updated to prevent employee injury, which is a regular occurence. Also, every position within the company pays in the bottom 10th percentile for that job description. Except, I assume, the CEO.
In all, this company is quite possibly the only place on US soil where you can experience similar working conditions to some Asian sweat shops (or "fine upstanding reputable businesses" as Henry J would call them).less
Okay place to work unless you're at the corporate office
Hourly worker (Former Employee) – Corp HQ - 309 Plus Park Blv, Nashville – June 2, 2014
Gibson is a stressful place to work if you're at their corporate office. People are fired on an almost daily basis. They always have empty positions on the management and executive teams. Hourly workers are pressed to take on more and more work as their co-workers are fired. The employees at the corporate office haven't had raises, cost of living or otherwise, in over 3 years. No matching on the 401K or college tuition help even though the company is making plenty of money. The HR department is a joke. No diversity program. Workforce is 95% white between the ages of 30 and 45. Almost no older workers. Almost no African American workers.
If you really want to work for Gibson, go to work at one of the divisions. Don't work at the corporate headquarters.
Line Operator (Former Employee) – Nashville, TN – May 13, 2014
Awesome place to work great pay and Bennie's, job was over good as far as line work go's they took great care of you how ever the layoff's or cut backs keeps me from saying its the best place to work but they come darn close wish I could go back lots of time off good heath care great food as a bonus awesome Christmas bonus
I enjoyed working for Gibson, it was a new experience and a great opportunity for growth. I learned many life skills, such as life balance, commitment,and hard work. The best part of the job was been able to work with new equipment and different departments. The hardest part was getting use to the change, which I over came. I enjoyed co_workers as well as management it was a great environment.