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Garmin Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
260 Reviews
3.6
260 Reviews
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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 37 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.  

    Software Developer

    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Good company, popular company.Asked me lot of question about pointer and data structure

    Cons

    I dont know about cons

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, but poor management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Flexible work hours when needed. Casual dress code and the people are very friendly.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that there is very little structure for career path development.
    Supervisors are not very useful, rather micro managing their team, and it usually requires a manager to get anything done. Male associates are clearly favored for any manager or lead positions.

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

    Good start, but limited opportunities.

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

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed and friendly work environment. Not a bad place to start work and get experience. Potential to work on some consumer products.

    Cons

    Severally under pay compared to the rest of the market. Lack of upward job mobility. Not a work place that rewards monetarily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits for a dead end job.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits like health and dental are really good.
    Monday through Friday work schedule.
    Fun annual trip to Worlds of Fun and Christmas party.

    Cons

    Little actual technical troubleshooting involved. Most calls are from people that do not know where the start button is on their computer. Make sure you would be ok with giving computer lessons to your grandparents for 8 hours a day.
    All time off comes out of your PTO regardless of if you are on vacation or sick.
    Low pay and small yearly raises like 25 to 50 cents per hour if you can manage to get one.
    The annual raise structure is setup so that no matter how you do, x amount of people in a team will receive nothing.
    Very few people advance out of the call center once they start there.
    Toxic work environment where coworkers are pitted against each other for the few advancement opportunities that exist.
    Little to no guidance from management or HR for career growth.
    Rigid attendance point system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest more resources into your call center employees so they can contribute more to the company. Most of us started as Product Support at Garmin because we thought if we worked hard enough we would be given opportunities to learn things besides how to answer phones. Some jobs at headquarters could be handled by existing call center employees with a few weeks of training but are instead given to interns and new graduates. I would highly recommend rotating middle management and periodically give Product Support associates different tasks. Something really should be done to improve a perception of career stagnation at the call center.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Worth It Here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Care
    Current Employee - Customer Care

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

    Pros

    Employee discount, benefits, and your co-workers (most) are good to work with. Supervisors Not so much!

    Cons

    Supervisors do not take escalated phone calls from Customers, they will expect for you to do your best. Even if they demand a supervisor they make you transfer to voicemail. They expect you to treat the Customer with loyalty and respect but yet they cannot treat their own employee's with a positive attitude! Pay is not worth what the job details intake. No advancements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish everyone was on the same exact same page. Stay true and positive to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    could be a world class company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Garmin hires increasable people to work there. As most people that see Garmin from the outside knows the quality and reputation of the core products.
    Excellent benefits - I have never worked anywhere where the benefits were as good as Garmin. But, there is a cost for everything...
    Stable work environment.

    Cons

    Cheap - that is the best word to describe the company. Salaries are not competitive and the stress level is quite high for certain positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a better management structure. Cliff is the most uninspiring leader and that flows down the corporate structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Monotonous & boring, not challenging, little career growth

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

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed and flexible work environment, great benefits, and good work/life balance. Overwhelmingly nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Garmin was my first job out of college and, based on my interview with them, it sounded like an exciting, innovative place to work -- great for a new engineer. I couldn't wait to dive in. Unfortunately, it fell far short of that initial promise...

    The work itself was, to put it mildly, boring. There was nothing to make me feel engaged or invested in it. Most projects assigned were either small/inconsequential or rehashes of prior designs. The few new, innovative product designs were left to more senior engineers. Many projects were started and stopped, never seeing completion...especially when Garmin unsuccessfully dipped into the mobile phone market. Felt like it was impossible to grow and develop as an engineer here. Often stuck in minor supporting roles on projects even as you are supposedly "advancing" to higher levels (Engineer II, III, etc.)...which should in theory command more responsibility.

    All in all, I spent almost 5 years at Garmin, and at the end, felt like, professionally, I advanced little beyond when I first came out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow younger engineers the chance to take on more advanced, more complex projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Has a chance to be great, but leaves something to be desired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits - health, vision, dental, relaxed environment, access to management, covered parking, good location, Flexible schedule when needed, free coffee

    Cons

    sometimes disorganized, not a lot of variety in terms of types of work so each engineer ends up working on the same things for a long time. Leaves something to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the development environment. The use of all kinds of free open-source tools can be frustrating and each engineer managing their own copy of the repository takes quite a bit of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Was a great company to work for, now it's only average to below average.

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

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Probably the best thing about Garmin is it's relaxed work environment. Casual dress code, friendly people, etc make working there relaxing. Benefits are great though it's been indicated that the health care may be getting cut some. After the Best Place to Work survey disaster last year they have made some effort to correct some issues. It's not a bad place at all to work, just significantly below what it used to be unfortunately.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Basically, the main problem is compensation. Almost every review on here mentions it, yet they do nothing about it despite ridiculously high turnover rates. They don't value employees at all, we're just a commodity. If someone gets offered a better position, most companies will try and match that offer to keep that person. Not Garmin, they'll just tell you to pack your bags and good luck, which is really insane when for $10k more you could have kept your 10 year veteran. Instead, they'd rather just replace them with another new hire (who ironically won't even make it close to 10 years, most of the new guys bail about year 5 due to the out of whack pay scale).

    Probably the second biggest problem is actually the fact that the upper level management is so oblivious to the problems. When they hear a problem, by far the two most common responses are to a) sweep it under the rug and ignore it or b) pretend it's just an isolated case and not representative of Garmin as a whole. Just like this review, they'll pretend like it's an isolated case and not representative of the company as a whole. In their minds, Garmin in 2013 is an awesome and great place to work at, just like they thought last year before they gave that survey. They've totally lost touch with reality unfortunately. The only time I've ever seen the company actually respond to issues is when the Best Place to Work survey was a complete surprise disaster last year. Unfortunately, it was only a surprise to upper management, as people had been trying to tell them there were problems for almost 2 1/2 years but no one upstairs paid any attention.

    Other items:
    Flexible work hours are very limited compared to most companies, and some managers are very strict on them.
    There is no advancement path for anyone. In most jobs, advancement means taking on new responsibilities and getting a nice pay raise. At Garmin, you can get a title change but there's very little to no financial reward in it, so what's the point?
    We make no attempt to keep employees who get other jobs
    There are zero bonuses for doing a good job, working lots of overtime, innovating a new project on your own time. Basically no incentive to actually do more than the normal job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some very clear measures that could be taken to start improving things immediately.
    1) Start trying to keep employees that are leaving by matching the offer. And don't make it this halfhearted attempt like Garmin does so much of the time by like only matching part of the offer, match the whole thing or even beat it. Basically, act like you care that an employee is leaving, it's embarrassing to have guys that have worked at Garmin for 10 years not even get a counteroffer.
    2) Reinstate year end bonuses. $200 a year for 5 straight years is a joke considering how much money Garmin has in the bank and pays in dividends.
    3) Pay for overtime in crunch times. So many times, Garmin makes guys work 60+ hours for months, then gives them nothing. Garmin gets the product out on time so shareholders and customers are very happy, but the completely burned out employee gets nothing.
    4) Start paying people to work on the best ideas on the ideas website. You talk about innovation, well you have a board with 100's of ideas that are just sitting there collecting dust.
    5) Fix the pay disparity between Garmin and the rest of the industry. Garmin only hires the very best, now pay them like they're the very best. Google gave their employees at 10% raise across the board and repriced their stock options to keep their employees from being poached, while Garmin has done nothing.
    6) Improve the career path. Right now there aren't enough engineering levels, plus they don't really mean anything. Being a manager doesn't really mean anything special either. They're basically just titles with little to no financial aspects attached to them.

    In general, just show the employees that you care. Not through canned speeches, emails, or newsletters, but by actions. That's why everyone is leaving, because Garmin started neglecting the employees several years ago. The trend will continue until some of the items listed above are addressed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Comfortable but not challenging

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

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Close to work, low expectations

    Cons

    Compensation, culture, No learning opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think forward. dont just rehash the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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