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  • indeedido
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    • Feb 2004
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    anyone ever work at Guitar Center?

    I have a friend of mine who is thinking about going to work for our local Guitar Center. He asked me what I thought. I know what I think of them as a company, but as far as a good place to work, anyone have any experience or know someone who did? He thinks it would be fun as he love to be around gear all day and give his recommendations to kids looking to start or advance to better gear. Thoughts?
    This space for rent.
  • Sensible Shoes
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    • Oct 2009
    • 4648

    #2
    I guess there's only one question these days - what does it pay?

    Oh dear.

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    • jhale667
      DIAMOND STATUS
      • Aug 2004
      • 20929

      #3
      Some of us here did our time...and then GTFO of there...lol

      I did a stint as a manager about a decade ago, between a music marketing firm and finding a gig with a music instructional company. Got downsized, thought "Hmmm, I know sales and marketing, and I know a ton about gear..." Seemed logical at the moment. But what you "think of them as a company"? Probably not far off from the truth, I bet.

      Sucked in a way, but at the same time, got to see all the cool gear first, made friends with some of my heroes, which led to some tech-work, gigs, eventually a better job...etc...cool place to network, if nothing else. Can't completely discount it, experience wise.
      But I hear it's even harder to make a decent wage as a salesperson there than ever....
      Originally posted by conmee
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      That is all.

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      Originally posted by GO-SPURS-GO
      I've seen prominent hypocrite liberal on this site Jhale667


      Originally posted by Isaac R.
      Then it's really true??:eek:

      The Muff Thread is really just GONE ???

      OMFG...who in their right mind...???
      Originally posted by eddie78
      I was wrong about you, brother. You're good.

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      • jhale667
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        • Aug 2004
        • 20929

        #4
        Originally posted by Shoes, Sensible
        I guess there's only one question these days - what does it pay?
        Uh...not nearly what you'd think. My friends and I did fairly well, but practically lived there to do so...and again, from what I'm told they've further lowered the pay scale over the years.
        Originally posted by conmee
        If anyone even thinks about deleting the Muff Thread they are banned.... no questions asked.

        That is all.

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        Originally posted by GO-SPURS-GO
        I've seen prominent hypocrite liberal on this site Jhale667


        Originally posted by Isaac R.
        Then it's really true??:eek:

        The Muff Thread is really just GONE ???

        OMFG...who in their right mind...???
        Originally posted by eddie78
        I was wrong about you, brother. You're good.

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        • indeedido
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          • Feb 2004
          • 2293

          #5
          I just spoke to him again and he learned it is commission based. I never figured that, I don't get hassled much when I go in. Commission = cut throat = fuck that
          This space for rent.

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          • jhale667
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            • Aug 2004
            • 20929

            #6
            Originally posted by indeedido
            I just spoke to him again and he learned it is commission based. I never figured that, I don't get hassled much when I go in. Commission = cut throat = fuck that
            Yeah, I literally got reprimanded because the guys under me were, and I quote, "too happy"...a lot of us were in the Top 5-10 sales-wise, departmental numbers were well above my predecessor's, but my store manager literally said to me "They should want to KILL each other!!" - who wants to work in that kind of atmosphere? Like "Good morning" "Yeah, fuck you too!"
            Originally posted by conmee
            If anyone even thinks about deleting the Muff Thread they are banned.... no questions asked.

            That is all.

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            Originally posted by GO-SPURS-GO
            I've seen prominent hypocrite liberal on this site Jhale667


            Originally posted by Isaac R.
            Then it's really true??:eek:

            The Muff Thread is really just GONE ???

            OMFG...who in their right mind...???
            Originally posted by eddie78
            I was wrong about you, brother. You're good.

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            • Nitro Express
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              • Aug 2004
              • 32809

              #7
              Originally posted by jhale667
              Uh...not nearly what you'd think. My friends and I did fairly well, but practically lived there to do so...and again, from what I'm told they've further lowered the pay scale over the years.
              All sales is pretty much long-hours. I know guys who have done very well in the car business but they live at the dealership. I was a stock broker and that was long-hours as well if you were to make any money at it. You have to know the product, you have to know the customer, and match the product to the customer. A good car salesman will walk the lot early in the morning and know what's on it and have that information in their head and be able to recall it when discussing what the customer wants.
              No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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              • Nitro Express
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                • Aug 2004
                • 32809

                #8
                One trick big companies like to do with commissioned sales people is they hire an experienced salesman, let him build up a customer base and then make it so miserable they quit. Then they replace the seasoned guy with lower paid rookies to handle the accounts. You also don't want to be a sales person for a company that competes on price only. You want to work for a service oriented company because you become part of the customer satisfaction strategy more than a gun for hire to move product.
                No! You can't have the keys to the wine cellar!

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                • jhale667
                  DIAMOND STATUS
                  • Aug 2004
                  • 20929

                  #9
                  Yep, by design

                  Originally posted by Nitro Express
                  One trick big companies like to do with commissioned sales people is they hire an experienced salesman, let him build up a customer base and then make it so miserable they quit. Then they replace the seasoned guy with lower paid rookies to handle the accounts. You also don't want to be a sales person for a company that competes on price only. You want to work for a service oriented company because you become part of the customer satisfaction strategy more than a gun for hire to move product.
                  Yeah, last I heard the (desired) average turnover rate there is 90 days.
                  Originally posted by conmee
                  If anyone even thinks about deleting the Muff Thread they are banned.... no questions asked.

                  That is all.

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                  Originally posted by GO-SPURS-GO
                  I've seen prominent hypocrite liberal on this site Jhale667


                  Originally posted by Isaac R.
                  Then it's really true??:eek:

                  The Muff Thread is really just GONE ???

                  OMFG...who in their right mind...???
                  Originally posted by eddie78
                  I was wrong about you, brother. You're good.

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                  • Sensible Shoes
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                    • Oct 2009
                    • 4648

                    #10
                    Originally posted by jhale667
                    Uh...not nearly what you'd think. My friends and I did fairly well, but practically lived there to do so...and again, from what I'm told they've further lowered the pay scale over the years.
                    Well Ii was thinking it probably paid crap.

                    Oh dear.

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                    • FORD
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                      • Jan 2004
                      • 58908

                      #11
                      Go die in a fire GAyR.
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                      • jhale667
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                        • Aug 2004
                        • 20929

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Shoes, Sensible
                        Well Ii was thinking it probably paid crap.
                        Pretty much does these days from what I hear...besides the networking aspect, wouldn't really advise a friend to work there unless he was independently wealthy already...
                        Originally posted by conmee
                        If anyone even thinks about deleting the Muff Thread they are banned.... no questions asked.

                        That is all.

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                        Originally posted by GO-SPURS-GO
                        I've seen prominent hypocrite liberal on this site Jhale667


                        Originally posted by Isaac R.
                        Then it's really true??:eek:

                        The Muff Thread is really just GONE ???

                        OMFG...who in their right mind...???
                        Originally posted by eddie78
                        I was wrong about you, brother. You're good.

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                        • Hardrock69
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                          • Feb 2005
                          • 21888

                          #13
                          ????

                          Who in this thread is Garfuckle?

                          Or did you delete some posts from 'it', Ford, before I arrived?

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                          • jhale667
                            DIAMOND STATUS
                            • Aug 2004
                            • 20929

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Hardrock69
                            ????

                            Who in this thread is Garfuckle?

                            Or did you delete some posts from 'it', Ford, before I arrived?
                            I did the latter...GimpyChump is a banned poster's alias, goes straight to the timeout playpen.
                            Originally posted by conmee
                            If anyone even thinks about deleting the Muff Thread they are banned.... no questions asked.

                            That is all.

                            Icon.
                            Originally posted by GO-SPURS-GO
                            I've seen prominent hypocrite liberal on this site Jhale667


                            Originally posted by Isaac R.
                            Then it's really true??:eek:

                            The Muff Thread is really just GONE ???

                            OMFG...who in their right mind...???
                            Originally posted by eddie78
                            I was wrong about you, brother. You're good.

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