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Garmin Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 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.  

    Nice place to work right out of college.

    • 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

    Typically decent working hours with a lot of intelligent people.
    Recently added more opportunities to advance.
    Good healthcare. Friendly working environment. Team leads are promoted from engineers who typically know the products well.

    Cons

    Managers are frequently promoted from engineering staff, but are not always the most interested in actually being a manager. At the time upper management did not appear to care that compensation was below average for the area. This has since been adjusted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good level of work, very regular hours, great people to work with, everyone seems to have a positive view of the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like the culture is very conservative in spending or rewarding employees. Overall not an issue though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Garmin as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Garmin's work environment is second to none. Casual dress code and associates really love their jobs. The people are very friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organization. Garmin seems to not know where they want to go with the company. They are always playing catch up. (Ex. GoPro vs Virb or FitBit vs VivoFit)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more time training for the job. Being thrown into the fire can be a good experience but also very frustrating at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, poor management at this level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Easy to learn job
    Overtime available but not usually required
    Strong product discounts
    Lots of company events

    Cons

    Little/No growth opportunity or room to move up
    Supervisors are not very useful and it usually requires a manager to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure your lower managers and supervisors are doing their jobs and playing essential roles in the company. Our supervisor is useless and we would be much more well suited with a competent department lead instead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Average pay, but some of the best benefits and amenities around.

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

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, outgoing coworkers, for the most part.
    Excellent health insurance, 401k, stock purchase plan, and other benefits.
    Very health-conscious environment where activity is highly encouraged and supported.
    Excellent amenities such as a cafeteria, a Starbucks, a parking garage, a workout room, and locker rooms.

    Cons

    The company seems to be meeting-heavy, and decisions take longer than they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking the temperature of your employee attitudes on a regular basis and making adjustments as needed. I've seen positive changes in the past couple of years; keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Engineering at Garmin is very hands on for every level of engineer. The working environment is tailored for product development. Engineers can make decisions that effect almost every aspect of the product.

    Cons

    When competition comes, Garmin does not always put their best foot forward. Innovation is compromised for schedule and product cost. Many of the executives are engineers that seem to have forgotten what it is like as a design engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead your teams in a way that gives them a vested interest in making amazing products. Remember that the "product is everything".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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

    Pros

    Good placer to work with good benefits

    Cons

    Bad salary and bad workplace beverage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • 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

    Great work life balance. Great benefits and time off policies

    Cons

    Salary compensation could be better. Could be a little more transparent and a more open company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Solid Internship

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Garmin has a very well thought out internship program. It is obvious that it is not the first time they have hired 170 college students for 10 weeks. Mentors are there for you when you need you but don't hover over your shoulder the entire day.

    Cons

    I was only there a few months so it is hard to say.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture and great people to work with

    • 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, company culture, laid back but hard working culture, health initiatives

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Several lateral moves available. Too many policy changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Garmin is an innovative company but don't be too conservative as several products get to the market too late. Garmin needs to innovate early and be the first to market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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