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Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 17 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development (in 10 reviews)

  • It's hard to move up in the ranks while working in Salem (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was great before Garmin purchased the company

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    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
  2.  

    Dull cubicle farm

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time for 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
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time for 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Total mismanagement of personnel and industry competition.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time for 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not enough pay, no respect, no compassion.

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    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 for 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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time for 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Racist, dictatorial Aviation division

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    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 for 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
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Worst job I've ever had.

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    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Extremely unpleasant, uptight, cold, weirdly disinterested management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Garmin is full of good people who are technically competent and easy to work with. If you can get on a mobile app project, you will get to work with new technology on interesting problems. Just stay away from "Info-serv"

    Cons

    Below average compensation plus an unpleasant work environment has caused an exodus of talent. If you get stuck on "Info-serv" your life will be significantly worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to retain talent. It is doubtful you will be able to rebuild what has already been lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Real Management & HR Practices Are Not Equal to What You Hear

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Give good benefits
    Used to have a good reputation

    Cons

    -- Talented and good employees are leaving because they are not managed/lead correctly. Yet, instead of acknowledging that, management constantly choose to blame those who leave.
    -- Conservative means not progressive, not open to new ideas/innovation, no employee development, training, low salary and increase, will not spend for anything even for things to support the success of projects/employees.
    -- Declining performance causes management to be more desperate and strict, yet normally management do not provide clear goals or vision. Therefore, project leads are often under many pressure and often punished for things that are not necessarily their mistakes.
    -- Many employees are unhappy, yet upper managements continue to keep their current style and process that continue to loose employees' trust and loyalty.
    -- Servant leadership is what was shared in many of the company's PR, but the real practices of HR and management do not project that at all.
    -- Organizational structure change constantly, and whenever this happens new management/leader of an area tends to promote people based on subjective reasons (instead of people's real contribution)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -- You can NOT gain employees' loyalty, trust and motivation by threatening, punishing then making sure they kept their mouth shut.
    -- If an employee shared a complain, that is a sign that the employee is needing management support and encouragement, may also be a sign that something need to be improved. What normally happens is that the employee is scolded and threaten for pointing out the management's/company's faults.
    -- Upper management & HR need to take serious accountability and responsibility of the bad environment and the negative mood they've created, instead of blaming their employees.
    -- Admit failures and mistakes - learn to show humility instead of using force/fear to control employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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