Gibson Guitar’s CEO Is A Huge Asshole About PTO, Sends Super Aggressive Emails To Anyone Who Asks For Time Off

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The holidays often require people to travel. It’s just a fact of life. People need time off. Don’t tell that to Gibson Guitar’s CEO Henry Juskiewicz. The dude is VIGILANT when it comes to employees in leadership positions asking for time off, even when it is the holiday season. You would think one would answer PTO emails with “Thanks for the notice. Have fun!” or “I’m sorry your best friend died. Take as much time as you want” or “Man, fuck the Broncos. Go Chiefs!”

Nope. Juskiewicz hates PTO probably as much as he hates it when people try to pronounce his last name.

He’s either a brilliant business genius obsessed with the bottom line OR a deranged psychopath. Either way, you’d think the CEO of a cool guitar company based in Memphis would be a lot more chill about missing work.

Subject: RE: Personal Day-Thanksgiving Approval requested


I do not allow leaders to be absent the days before and after a holiday. I had asked Tom to make it clear, but apparently people have not understood or the communication was not clear.

You cannot take long weekends or long holidays unless there are special circumstances. You are leaders and these are work days. During work our leaders need to be there doing their jobs. Taking time off when other people cannot do so or causing insufficient staff during working periods shows a lack of responsibility and consideration for all that depend on our business to be there for them.

Henceforth vacations must be taken for a minimum of one week and must be scheduled well in advance. I will expect a vacation calendar from my direct reports for an entire year.

I will turn down all requests for long weekends and for periods of less than 5 contiguous days without special circumstances.

I also do not believe it is appropriate for a request of this kind is to be shared with others. This suggests where you are coming from [employee name]. I also do not appreciate being lied to about being ill so you can game the system to get what you want [employee name]. As soon as I return from my travels, I will schedule a private conversation about this.

I have counted on the personal integrity of people working with me and have refrained from putting in place a rigorous oversight system. I have asked our HR department to oversee this activity on a spot basis which they have not followed through on. The result is I am seeing a continued decline in decorum, a deterioration in discipline in terms of appropriate attire, coming and going on time and other issues that do not belong in a professional situation with executives that are supposed to be examples of appropriate behavior.

It is not alright to leave early Friday afternoon or arrive late on Monday morning. It is not alright to take extended lunches. The list of unprofessional behavior goes on.

We will be implementing HR policies that were developed at Philips and we have appointed [person] as our global head of Human Resources. These new policies will be promulgated throughout our group of companies and these will be enforced strongly. I will take the time to review these new policies with the people that report to me directly.

I will schedule a private meeting with you [employee name].


Henry E. Juszkiewicz

CEO – Gibson Brands, Inc.

Your boss ain’t so bad now.

[via Gawker]

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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