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Garmin Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
253 Reviews

3.7
253 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Both good and bad

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of really talented people working here. They offer flex time, a very good 401K and very good health insurance. They also have a completely casual dress code.

    Cons

    Upper management micro-manages everything. They stifle innovation. They like to think that all employees are equal even though some produce much more than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people who know their jobs have more input into what happens. Don't pay average salaries and expect to keep above average employees. Remember that your employees are your most important asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to start out, easy to feel lost in the sea of engineers.

    • 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

    Pros

    Long term stability, very nice people everywhere. I've made a lot of good friendships here. There is only as much pressure as you want there to be. The company is also large enough that if you don't like where you are, you can probably go elsewhere without switching employers.

    Cons

    Raises are barely over cost-of-living generally and the work can feel a little "behind the times" sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    They hire some of the best available locally, most everyone is wonderful to work with.

    • 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

    Pros

    Great experience for interns and good first job to learn about the software engineering process.

    Cons

    They have been growing for a number of years and were focused on whatever it took to make money. They are finally beginning to focus on managing the internal business. It's just very slow going!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Settle on a review system and make the grading consistent across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Just OK

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

    Pros

    Salary is OK comparing with other Taiwan companies. Acceptable workload and working time, but I guess it depends on which team you are in. People are friendly.

    Cons

    FLAT Management. No training, always try to cut costs on little things but use up stuff's energy and patient. Not willing to spend more on benefits or development. Too conservative, management has no motivation to try new technology or business.
    Losing talents, have to arrive office before 8AM, SILLY!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hello??

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The people at Garmin are great to work with. Benefits are awesome and management is flexible about work schedules and time off. Very fitness-minded, work/life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organization can be frustrating. Seems we are changing direction often, and with what appears to be very little forethought. There is always something new, which is soon abandoned for the next new trend in process management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start and thats it!

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

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot in the begining. Technology was innovative. Excellent benefits. Great mentors that pull you along very well. Kind of flexible hours. No parking problems.

    Cons

    Heavy micro management. No room for growth. You do similar stuff for years. Late to market. Low pay. Review system is terrible. Only designed to find flaws. Low raises, low bonuses, if any. No room for promotions. Very conservative upper management all the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas. Reward employees more than once a year. Don't nickle and dime for every thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to start

    • 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

    Pros

    Good work ethics and innovative

    Cons

    Not competitive pay and relatively very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand in to other areas. Look for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice working atmosphere, but less appreciation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Würzburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Würzburg (Germany)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    nice atmosphere
    Open policy

    Cons

    comp & benefits under average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees as you do other sorts of capital

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a paycheck

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance, great co-workers, HR is friendly, good management

    Cons

    Ranking system, personal growth is non-existent in call center environment, pay is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changes to the ranking and raise system.

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

    A good place to learn, but don't expect any recognition.

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Highly skilled subset of people within. Good benefits

    Cons

    Not much available for advancement. A lot of hoops to go through to get to the next level of your job, some unobtainable because of the length of project time and time of year advancements go through. Raises are laughable at best, and have rarely beat inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses, better advancement/recognition, these things will greatly improve morale. A lot of the time it feels like you're looking through rose colored glasses at the rest of us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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