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Updated December 26, 2014
Updated December 26, 2014
276 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 21 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest con is that there is very little structure for career path development (in 11 reviews)

  • Little to no guidance from management or HR for career growth (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid local offices, awful scheduling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Imho all good reviews on glassdoor were mostly referring to HQ office in Kansas. Branch offices were quite different depending on your local projects and local management. Mine wasn't good. Often pressured us to meet unreasonable deadlines showing off to HQ. You can't work from home even you live far from office.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities unless you are in Kansas. Garmin trying to evolve away from handheld gps device which has been its expertise for decades. Problem is years of inhouse driven development and lack of industry awareness in new approaches and new technoligies. Culture is very conservative and very "inside" the box thinking. New engineers leaving after about 2 to 3 yrs once they realize it takes an arm and leg to put this company on the right track. Scheduling is awful cuz garmin had been in its own domain for so long and lack of expertise in collaberating with other vendors. However it is good for intern and less experience engineers. After all they do have 20+ years of legacy code for you to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take closer look at all the branch offices. The turnover rate is a very good indicator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Call Center is horrible, things are probably much better at HQ

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Flexible hours if you are needing to work around school or childcare.

    Cons

    The call center atmosphere is horrible. You are totally disconnected from the Head Quarters. Management is terrible. There is a god awful point system in place. You get dinged if you sneeze funny. Going to the restroom? Make sure you log that into your phone. Forgot to log back in? Sorry, you're going to get docked for that. Extremely micromanaged.

    They have a team that scores your emails and recorded phone calls. They will try so hard to find the smallest mistake. Even if they are incorrect, you can try to fight it, but to no avail.

    Getting time off for major holidays is not easy. You can request time off 6 months in advance, but everyone is gunning for the same days. First come, first served. Only a small percentage of the staff can have certain days off. If you work 2nd shift, you will not be included in any of the company get togethers or family events. Look out during United Way time. Garmin will VERY strongly encourage you to have a pre-set donation to be automatically taken out of every paycheck. (I'm all for charity, but at my own discretion).

    You have to share a desk with people on other shifts. Disgusting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was great before Garmin purchased the company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Open environment that was fun to work

    Cons

    meeting schedule was more important than designing good products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Dull cubicle farm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well for the area and the benefits package is the best around.
    The people are friendly and there are lots of out of work activities arranged.

    Cons

    They had the audacity to advertise themselves as the "Google of the mid-west" but nothing could be further from the truth. This is a grey, old fashioned cubicle farm where employees clock in at 8, go through hours of pointless meetings and clock out at 5pm on the dot with barely any work being done.

    If you do try to get any work done you will be hit by roadblocks at every turn. Usually fighting their out-dated internal software and practices but it can also be peers and management expressing shock (and disappointment!) at your progress for "making them look bad".

    I didn't last long here. It felt like being strangled and suppressed, dying a little piece every day until you join the ranks of the Garmin zombies trudging through to retirement and a gold watch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get a job at.

    Cons

    Prepare for a career fixing other people's bugs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Total mismanagement of personnel and industry competition.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only "Pros" this company had are no longer with the company. Gary and Min were some of the best people anyone could ever work for.

    Cons

    Management has no idea how to properly place people in areas that best suit them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your head out of the dark cavern it is in and see what is really going on in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not enough pay, no respect, no compassion.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Order Dispatch/Shipping&Receiving in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Order Dispatch/Shipping&Receiving in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medical Benefits
    Basketball goal/ping pong tables
    There's a Starbucks in the office.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what is going on. The job gets progressively worse the longer I stay here. There's a myth of internal advancement opportunities and growth within the company, but in reality everyone either makes lateral moves or leaves the company. The management is under-qualified, while there is a bottle neck of worthy employees who know whats going on working underneath them and filling the gaps until one by one they leave for greener pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits (although this is changing in negative direction)

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - High expectations
    - Master/slave workplace
    - Dishonest management
    - Almost forced overtime
    - Boring office location
    - Uninteresting people
    - Depressing offices
    - Red tape
    - No growth opportunities

    It started like a dream job and management were saying the company appreciates the hard work. With time you realize all that is lies and empty promises. People are forced to work much overtime, being payed below the market average. At the end all are herded to a room where management says thank you and gives a con of free ice-cream. No matter how hard you work, there is one thing where you didn't give 110% and your boss will be covering entire time of your evaluating to justify the little raise you are about to receive. Very cheap company.

    I wouldn't leave a feedback but after switching the job, I am getting good bonuses, work twice less, getting paid twice more, living in much funner place and working with interesting people. I just feel I have to let others know about working at Garmin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Racist, dictatorial Aviation division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Embedded Test Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Embedded Test Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. Decent benefits, good 401k match
    2. In aviation division, work was good. Some of the software developers were really smart.

    Cons

    1. Worst culture for non-whites.
    2. No flex hours at all. Strictly 8:30 to 5:30 pm work schedule.
    3. The aviation division treated a fresher like me with out any respect and used draconian laws to teach me a lesson rather than giving me an opportunity to explain my so called "mistakes"
    4. HR is equally useless and believes in taking punitive/retaliatory measures against erring employees regardless of their circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Stop running this company like a 19th century manufacturing unit.
    2. Your employees are your strength and if you dont treat them right, you will get screwed. The company is already losing talent
    3. This is not Texas and racial bias towards south asian culture is useless in 21st century. Please address these concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Worst job I've ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Decent health care package, but you'll need it to to deal with the stress of working at Garmin.
    Some fairly competent co-workers, but their best efforts are squandered by management.

    Cons

    Upper management lacks strategic vision. Case in point is the Garmin smartphone debacle. Management can't decide what product strategy to pursue, so they demand that engineering work on all possible combinations, and then they complain when it doesn't come together on time.
    Middle management is populated by people who have no clue how to manage people, much less show any leadership traits. Work at Garmin degenerates into a rat race of competing with your fellow co-worker for projects, appreciation, promotions, and ultimately your salary. Favoritism is rampant, and promotions and project assignments are mostly based on the buddy system.
    Young recruits straight from college are favored over experienced professionals, as they don't seem to realize how horrible things have become at Garmin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hang on to all the cash in the bank, and keep on slapping yourselves on the back for earning it all in the last decade. In the future, I doubt your company will earn you more than the interest on the cash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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