According to an internal email, the mighty Guitar Center continutes to crumble before our very eyes. The leaked email, from new CEO Darrell Webb, announces a plan to “reduce corporate and field supervision staff.”
The internal email, from GearGods:
“After a comprehensive evaluation of our staffing levels, including a detailed benchmarking of staffing levels by function and department compared to similar size specialty tailstailers, Guitar Center’s leadership team made the difficult decision to reduce corporate and field supervision staff. The reduction included less than one percent of the overall workforce and consisted of reductions at the corporate offices in Westlake Village and field management positions. This action was designed to create a more effective and efficient organization and was based on functional area. Despite this reduction, we continue to actively recruit for a variety of positions in Westlake Village that are matched with the needs of our ongoing growth plans.”
The email says, “there are no plans to reduce staff at our 260+ stores,” so this seems to be a strictly corporate level blood-bath at the moment. There also doesn’t seem to be any plan for closing any stores, which is good news for any touring bands that need strings or repairs in a pinch.