First day on the job @ Guitar Center!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Nick man, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Hows it goin?

    I was hired by guitar center a couple of days ago, and Im about to head out for my first day on the job.

    I owe a lot to one of the lower managers who kept on recommending me to the stores general manager. He knew I was good for the job from the time I had come in with friends who were buying gear to help them deal with the sales people. I showed them that I knew my stuff and how to talk to people and it must have made a good impresion. Aparently I wasnt hired after my first interview sicne I would be leaving for college in a few months, but because of my new friend's insistance I got the job.

    Its probably gonna be mostly training, but Im still nervous as heck.

    I gotta go now.
    Wish me luck.

  2. that's pretty cool, man. i also just got a job (at a grocery store, though, so it's not nearly as cool. but then again, a job is a job, and money is money!)
    good luck on the first day!
  3. What part(s) of your brain did you have to cut out to meet their criteria?

    Seriously, good luck. It could be a great job and they really could use some good people.:)
  4. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    What department will you be working in?

    I heard that you have to take a test to work there? Is that true? If so how hard is the test?
  5. Hey, you're in Miami?
    Which GC: the one in Hallandale?
  6. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    how old do you have to be to work there?
  7. 18, I once tried to apply for a job there and they said absolute minimum age you must be is 18. so yea...
  8. man i would love to work in a music store :(
  9. Yeah, but this thread is about Guitar Center.
  10. sorry, but could someone tell me whats so bad about GC? ive never been to one and dont know anything about it other than people seem to dislike it...
  11. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Nothing is wrong with GC, some salespeople are vultures, that care nothing about what you buy so long as it is the most expensive, but not all. Some salespeople are great, some are not, same with just about any big store.

    The selection is rather limited, especialyl for basses, they have a good selection of Drum equipment, keyboards and DJ stuff, and of course guitars, but the bass section is usually a little lacking, that's not to say it's bad, if you like warwicks, squiers and soundgears.

    Prices are generally as low as street price gets, and it is possible to haggle, if I'm not mistaken GC will beat advertised prices, especially from sam ash(their biggest competitor if you ask me)

    not a bad store, Another thing people generally don't like about GC, is that often times the only people there are a bunch of fretboard wankers not there to actually try out gear or buy anything, just to show off. But whatever, don't feel initmidated or anything.
  12. oh ok. see i am in a bad situation, the only music store near me is 45 mins away and guess what they carry (bass wise): fender and ibanez (and everyonce in a blue moon they will get a peavey or yamaha, but its always the low end ones) :meh: so i never get any hands on experience with other basses. i wish i had a good music store near me. oh well, once i get to and outta college ill be living in a much larger place (hopefully) so maybe it will get better.
  13. GC is an easy target, but in terms of price, I can't really complain. They're not always the absolute lowest, but the prices are reasonable, and every once in awhile, you're in the right place at the right time and you score big.
  14. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    How did it go Nick?
  15. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    None actually. =P They hired me because they saw that I wasnt one of those guys they would later regret hiring because of a lack of knowledge or wrong idea of what a salesperson should do.

    Im going to be working in the accesories department for now, bu hopefully there will be a opening in guitar or bass sales. Thats where I would really shine.

    Yes you do have to take a test, and you have to score 100%, but dont worry. Its based on a copmuter video tutorial (6 hours!)and they let you take it over and over till you ace it. Thats not to say its easy, I took it twice and still have to take it again tomorrow because the highest I scored was a 98.6%.

    Actually, its the one in Miami. Kendall to be exact.

    Some of the sales people there are idiots, jerks, and big headed.

    To clarify:
    They dont know the gear, treat you like you are stupid, and like the sound of their playing better than you finding out if you like how you sound through it.

    Of course its like that everywhere you go, and thats not always the case. In fact most those sales people dont stick around too long. The guy that recommended me to the manager saw that I knew my gear and was reasonable and respectful in my dealing with the Guitar Center staff when helping friends to negotiate gear purchases. The fact that they realized the other guys we were dealing with (the first type mentioned here) had to be let go, and that they are hiring people who will try to do a better job all around shows that Guitar Center see's it to be as much of a problem as you guys.

    Also the selection and condition of their gear leaves something to be desired. I will recommend that the bateries in the active basses be changed when needed (trust me many of them need it badly), and I will also try to recommend that they bring in a better variety of basses based on new products I see comming out.

    Well said, and to clarify on the pricing policy, they will beat any authorized dealers advertised price not only before a purchase, but up to 30 days after the purchase.

    If you buy a piece of gear from Guitar Center and withing 30 days find a better deal some where else, you should bring your Guitar Center reciept, and the add/printout of the competitor's (or even Guitar Center's)advertised price and they will refund you the difference.

    Im not totally sure but I believe that means that if Guitar Center has a sale within 30 days of your purchase you can redeem the difference in the cost.

    Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

    See above. They will be the absolute lowest if you alert them to a better deal.

    I spent 6 hours with headphones on listening to a stupid training video computer program.

    Otherwise, it was great. Everyone around me was really friendly and quick to answer any questions I had.

    Ive wanted this job since before I can remember, but for the past 3 years I would go by and be denied an application as they only hire anyone above the age of 18. Now that I have the job I have to say Im thankful, and will do my best.

  16. From Nick's posts I can see he's going to be an asset to that business. Best of luck.:bassist:
  17. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay

    If you are ever in Miami and have some time to kill or actually wanna look at some gear let me know.

    (Edited to sound less like a sales person and more like a TBer)


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nick i thoght of you i was in sams trash and saw a reissue pink paisley bass, very similar to the one Robert DeLeo has with out the ash trays. What do you think will happen to STP, their still one of my favorites and i personally think shangri was probably one of their best records but i wouldent be supprised if the band falls apart this time. It is so sad. Well keep rockin with the G&L, best of luck with your Job:)
  19. Nick, I think the only thing I'd say about this is that there are some shoppers who don't know a lot about competitor's prices and end up getting fooled by unscrupulous GC employees. Certainly these people need to be better shoppers, but I think part of my almost-subconscious disdain for GC has to do with the fact that I know some well-meaning people who have been totally ripped off by the salespeople there. Every once in awhile I'll see a salesperson giving inaccurate information in an attempt to make something seem like a better deal than it is. Of course, this is not to say that this wouldn't happen elsewhere. And as mentioned earlier, I don't expect that you'll be anything like that kind of employee, which is good. GC needs more honest folks who actually like music.
  20. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    I love that paisley bass! I just have to hope I can save up enough and then factor in employee discount.;)

    I think they'll pull through for at least one more album, but who knows.

    I totally understand what you are talking about.

    To tell you the truth, I absolutely hated shopping at Guitar Center untill I learned who to stay away from and what sales people were good.

    I think it worked pretty good. My favorite guys are still there and as for the other guys.... well, lets just say there wouldnt be 3 new guys working at GC today unless there were new openings.