Garmin Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Software Developr

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Technology, Industry , Good team mates and manager

    Cons

    compensation is low compared to the compensation at other places in the area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Friendly people, good company, but progress is slow and pay is low.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    Cool company objectives, cool products,

    Cons

    Takes forever for changes to be implemented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees more often than the once-a-year reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good learning experience

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

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company
    Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Too passive with respect to compensation
    Not much encouragement for growth
    Horrible cafeteria

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be attractive esp. when expectation is that employees have to work hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Educative

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    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist

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

    Pros

    many opportunities for advancement if given the chance

    Cons

    micro-managing kills the morale of the folks manning the phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. senior electrical engineer

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

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice benefit , engineering friendly envirement.

    Cons

    lack of in-work training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good first job for a college grad, build your resume and leave

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products, friendly people, comfortable place to live and work

    Cons

    Management has a product roadmap but no technology roadmap. The software teams are forced to use outdated tools and practices because the products use a proprietary operating system that is outdated and needs to be deprecated. Pay is not competitive with the market. Lots of top performers have left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote leaders that understand modern software practices and technology. Ditch the old ways and start making products that can compete in the post smart phone world. Make retention a top priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place to start your career but not for those seeking to grow old with a company.

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    Former Employee - ERP Applications Analyst in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - ERP Applications Analyst in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    Learning experience, people, benefits, exposure to technology

    Cons

    Salary, compensation, growth opportunities, feeling under valued, lack of empowerment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost a lot of good talent lately.. executives should get feedback from the lowest levels to fix this.
    It would help immensely if all employees were made to feel valued and empowered.
    Some managers have gotten very autocratic, some indifferent and incompetent and that needs to be fixed.
    With the CYA attitude, innovative out of the box thinking is discouraged which is not good for a growing company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good commute, good benefits (401k and health insurance)

    Cons

    Pay not competitive, sometimes workload can have unrealistic deadlines

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

    Do Not Work at the Call Center to Try to Get Your Foot in the Door

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Garmin is a great place to work as a company. They have great benefits, an awesome Winter Ball, and take the company to World's of Fun once a year. Besides a lower salary, the company does try to take care of its employees.

    Cons

    -Micromanaged if you are under the attendance policy
    -Very difficult to get out of the call center to persue other jobs
    -Very slow in promotion
    -Salary is OK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the attendance policy. It causes unneeded stress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Good learning experience, started out well but ended with an anti-climax

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Relative autonomy vs micro managment, casual working environment, good benefits, interesting projects

    Cons

    Little recognition for overtime hours, no work from home alternatives even with bad weather conditions, poor work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what goes on with individual associates, try to balance attention to all contributors and not just favorites, start providing work from home opportunities

    Positive Outlook

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