Garmin Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place to work at!

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    • 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

    Work culture, good ESPP, 401K and insurance

    Cons

    Not a clear career path

  2. An average place to work

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work / life balance, lots of side benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is less than average, needs more room for advancement

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

    Just OK

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

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

    Pros

    * Good health care even though we have to pay for some of it now
    * Exciting industry
    * Willing to invest in technology
    * Company has no debt, strong financially

    Cons

    * Will Garmin be able to make up for the sinking PND market?
    * Poor salary
    * Tries to do too many projects at once. Can't have 50 #1 priorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep the high quality talent that joined Garmin in the last 5 years during the down economy, you need to pay them a better salary. You're sitting on hundreds of millions of $, paying it out in dividends, why not invest in your employees?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Benefits

    • 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

    The health insurance and dental benefits are great. Lots of company discounts and perks.

    Cons

    Very flat structure so little to promotion opportunity. Pay is typically below industry average, but they feel they can get away with paying less because the benefits are so good. Company is ran like a small business and is therefore not very open minded or forward thinking on policies that may make it easier to work for their employees to work. Sometimes the focus is more on saving money vice quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt more modern work policies, attract better talent, and stop being so cheap, you get what you pay for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Good first job with poor lasting career opportunities.

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Garmin provides young developers a good place to earn experience with the many aspects of developing software for consumer electronics. They treat their developers very well with great benefits and many fun events to keep morale high. They are open to hear complaints and try very hard to keep the environment up beat and employees satisfied.

    Cons

    The worst thing that can happen to a software developer is to become technologically obsolete. Unfortunately for Garmin, that is inevitably what happens to every engineer. Garmin has had many opportunities to see the ever changing market for navigation and has refused to change; chasing the success of the nuvi by trying to re-release variants. Even in those markets which they lead, they are satisfied to focus on the smallest niche of consumers, shrinking their audience instead of growing it.

    Another unfortunate fact for Garmin longevity is the lack of opportunity for personal growth by way of responsibilities and compensation. In many places, Engineer II's are responsible to supervise several Engineer I's while taking on many responsibilities reserved for higher ranking employees, yet they never see substantial raises, bonuses or promotions. In my time there, I saw a peer given preferential treatment as this person was groomed for promotion over others who were equally qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what once made you great. Innovation. In this current atmosphere for technology, you can never be satisfied. Look to competitors' successes and failures and put resources into making a better product, or take the same risk you took decades ago and invest in something new altogether. You can have more pride if you strike out swinging than watching.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Ok place to work if you really need a job

    • 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

    There are some great associates at Garmin. Unfortunately, many of them leave quickly.

    Cons

    The executive leadership team did a good job of getting Garmin to where it was in 2008. Since 2008, revenues and sales have been declining. They have no clue or plan for a way reverse the downward trend. There are no bonuses or stock for managers and no incentive to perform well. Aviation production is months behind schedule because of management's unwillingness to spend money on necessary production equipment. That's bad because that is supposed to be Garmin's strength.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward performance. Hire an outside marketing firm and spend some money on advertising. Co-op advertising through the Garmin dealer network isn't cutting it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great if you have a family-not so much if you want to move up

    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Laid back dress code
    Cafeteria on site

    Cons

    Low pay
    Minimal advancement available
    Like to switch job titles on you so you aren't able to get a better raise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Laid back environment, no reward for going the extra mile

    • 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

    Shorts and t-shirts are common in the summer, environment is very casual. The people are generally great to work with. My immediate manager (and many of the other team leads) were fantastic. Health insurance benefit is great for a family, but I was single when I worked there.

    Cons

    Salaries are far sub-par and there is little in the way of bonuses. Sometimes engineers spend months on end working long hours and never see a bonus while the company rakes in huge profits and gives huge dividends to investors. The promotion system (Engineer I, Engineer II) is a joke, there is no clear definition of how to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bonus or at least some tangible recognition (extra days off?) for employees that go the extra mile would go a long way. When I left the company there was a general feel that the upper management did not appreciate the work of those at the lowest level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Fast paced, multi tasking environment

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to projects from inception, room to explore a lot. Project analyst role very broad, you can do as much or as little as you want! Lots of initiatives for employees health, fitness.

    Cons

    Management not very versatile. Promotions difficult, you need to be part of "the" lunch group. Newly promoted team leads very petty and inexperienced with employee times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone a fair chance. Change with changing times, allow more WFH, be more understanding and don't be petty with employee timings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Technically satisfying but disappointing in terms of professional leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    Neat products to work on.
    Not a lot of pressure.

    Cons

    Leadership training is practically non-existent for new managers, resulting in morale drop among employees.
    Revers age discrimination in promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employee leadership training prior to promotion.
    Install professional development programs for engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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