Garmin Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
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Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 21 reviews)

  • Great benefits and time off policies (in 38 reviews)

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

  • At Garmin, you can get a title change but there's very little to no financial reward in it, so what's the point (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Steady Paycheck..... That's it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on with devices, not just manuals
    Good benefits, medical, dental, vision, etc.
    Great employee discount on devices and with other companies for other products
    Pleasant coworkers
    Not overly metric driven
    No call time restriction with a customer
    Fun activities to participate in like corp challenge and marathon and game nights

    Cons

    Slow computers for a tech company
    Management will "blacksheep" you if you have any mistakes (metrics, attendance, etc)
    Lots of supervisors were hired from outside the company instead of promoting from within, no advancement opportunities
    Not a challenge, just a steady check, gets repetitively boring being a robot that talks
    Low on the pay scale

    Advice to Management

    Hire an acessor to determine what is needed and not needed, position wise and employee wise.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Inadequate pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, great coworkers, pretty easy to use your PTO and flexible schedule. Manage will help best to their ability.

    Cons

    Pay is not adequate to work performed. Delevopling a process takes too long. Must have a approvals for everything and you never know how long it will take even on time sensitive deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they are worth


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great Company to work for, but not blow you out of the water awesome.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits, fun people to work with, ESPP program and 401k are amazing.

    Cons

    Location is terrible for new employees in terms of within the city. It would be great if HQ had a "satellite" office downtown KC rather than in the suburbs where there is nothing to do other than watch Saturday Soccer games at the High Schools. Kansas City is actually a really fun town but Garmin's location within the city is really dragging down the talent retention.

    Advice to Management

    BE MORE PROGRESSIVE/AGGRESSIVE. Garmin's culture is way too conservative to compete with the big name companies that are stealing our talent daily. Garmin's culture is centered around conservatism, and due to this Garmin takes way longer to get their products to market and eventually what is released is a day late and a dollar short.


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  5. Good benefits, but that's not all that makes a good workplace.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin full-time

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

    Pros

    There were some good basic benefits at Garmin. Many of the people were great to work with and committed to doing the best job possible.

    Cons

    The departments are very fragmented and communication from top to bottom is limited. Overall morale is very weak. Benefits are good, but not as valuable as implied for all employees. Pay is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees, keeping the lines of communication open. In general, people do not feel comfortable sharing their ideas or concerns.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sometimes fun, sometimes dull

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reason was team members and projects you get to work on. Products are cutting edge but work can get monotonous with time. Excitment at work depends on the team you are on.

    Cons

    Once you do something, you keep getting assigned same tasks for next projects and it gets boring.

    Advice to Management

    Kansas is not a place people are desperate to cone to work. Do not let people who are working for you leave for small things.


  7. Overall, good company to work for.

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

    I worked at Garmin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very cool people to work along side of. There seemed to be good opportunity to advance. Also, the products are great! Interns are treated well and and given hands on experience.

    Cons

    The pay scale was definitely in favor of the company. Pay raises were also not very good. Most employees didn't get bonuses either.

    Advice to Management

    Make the people in the lower end of the pay scale happy with something better than a $200 bonus and a Thanksgiving turkey. Better yet, give them much better pay.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great place to find your niche

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

    I worked at Garmin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Homegrown, innovative, worldwide, great culture, Automotive and Fitness arenas are growing strong

    Cons

    Garmin has been an incredible [lace to grow my skills. I have found my niche in process and procedural documentation in the OEM market


  9. Helpful (2)

    Work Life Balance and No Passion

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Garmin is the kind of place that you go to work when you want something safe, with adequate pay, decent benefits, and a 40 hr a week load because your life emphasis is outside the workplace. The headquarters location in suburban Kansas City ironically mirrors this sentiment. A suburban utopia of highly rated schools and from a national perspective- relatively affordable housing opportunities make an ideal location for the family oriented employee.

    Cons

    Garmin is not the place to work if you want to light the world on fire, want upward mobility, financial reward or future opportunity. The future prospectus is murky as portable navigation devices have fallen out of favor, forcing Garmin to look to emerging and third world markets to make up the slack, shift the identity of the company to a fitness-oriented focus, and deal with the ever increasing competition in what was historically their exclusive space from giants such as Apple, Google and Microsoft. If you're awesome and you know it, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate the number of product segments that you are pursuing. Either change the culture through demanding effort and providing more compensation or reach acceptance that you will have to retreat with your space under attack from competitors with superior talent and funding.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great industry exposure, but narrow-minded

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

    I worked at Garmin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Garmin makes it obvious from the start that they are dedicated to achieving a great work-life balance. The offices at HQ are fresh and very well maintained and inspiring at times. In-house training courses and tuition reimbursement, as well as several other very impressive benefits, The internship program within the aviation department exposes you to several aspects of the design process, from initial research and prototyping to FAA certification.

    Cons

    The aviation department is relatively awkward as a whole, with most employees fitting the stereotypical engineer personality. After talking to several FT employees, promotions seem based off of longevity rather than work performance and achievements. Additionally, there is a convoluted management hierarchy in every department. My supervisor was also unmerciful in adjusting my internship's timeline after I fell ill for the better part of a week -- very stressful trying to balance demanding work and illness.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for advancement due to personal achievement rather than longevity.


  11. Good experience out of college but IT department needs serious re-work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of learning opportunities for college grads with vast exposure if you ask for it
    -Good work environment and lots to do

    Cons

    -Disparity in pay for associates at the same level is huge (~30,000 annually)
    -Lots of unexplained rewards along with good performers being passed up for rewards mysteriously
    -Senior IT management, decisions and policies are questionable and very autocratic; little power to mid level management
    -As a result of the above points, a lot of great resources have resigned
    -The Exec Assistant wields more power than IT managers and throws her weight around resulting in frequent confrontations (moron!)

    Advice to Management

    -My advice to high level executives is to re-structure and re-evaluate the vision and leadership in support organizations like IT and introduce a more democratic process in their daily functions. This will bring some out of the box thinking in and keep resources and processes current with IT peers in the industry
    -A cultural shift is required where customer feedback should carry a lot of weightage as far as resource <-> customer engagement is required. Those that are the most involved with customers should be the ones with maximum face time with them
    -Introduce 360 degree feedback and add face-time with executives so they know the pain points of resources at the lowest levels
    -Compensation disparity between employees at the same level should be bridged regardless of immigration status



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