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Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
275 Reviews
3.7
275 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 38 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.  

    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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Fast paced, multi tasking environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ready for next level or?

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Really good health benefits for pre 2013 hires. Conservative culture. Loyal to employees and will go long way to assist employees that need help. Looking for ways to improve morale. Offers good educational benefits.

    Cons

    The job opportunities once inside are limited because the size of the company. Engineering driven company has innovation in roots but that restricts inputs from other disciplines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace risk at all levels of the organization. The associates are going to get the company to the next level if you work with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do your job, keep your head down, and get a paycheck.

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Monday through Friday schedule.
    Excellent health benefits.
    Great coworkers.
    No pressure to rush customers off the phone.
    No script to use for calls.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to do anything besides work at the call center once you start there.
    Very small annual pay increase.
    Low hourly pay.
    Sasquatch and a Garmin bonus have something in common.
    Repetitive tasks (Day mostly consists of coaching older people on how to use a computer).
    A lot of time is wasted looking for devices at your coworkers cubicles (Employees are only issued a few devices)
    Hold times often get very long and make customers irritable by the time they speak with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay and respect for Product Support Reps. Provide career opportunities so that Product Support can be a launching pad at Garmin and not a dead end road. Find positive things to recognize employees for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Garmin is a good place to work, despite uneven leadership among management.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about Garmin is the generally friendly attitude among the employees. Managers and employees are eager to share knowledge across teams. It's not uncommon to have face-to-face discussions with the other people working on a project. There's a definite focus on problem-solving and creating better products. Company provided benefits are acceptable, and other amenities such as on-site gym are a plus.

    Cons

    The leadership among management seems hit or miss. Some are very interested in the well-being of their team, good at communication, or have a vision for products, while others are lacking. This has created confusion or frustration among employees about projects ("What are we doing? Why are we doing this?"). Sometimes management seems isolated, or lacks "big picture" thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up to employees in general: become more inclusive, communicate strategies and goals, and ask for constructive feedback more often.

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

    Low pay and poor management

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, some good people

    Cons

    The entire company is reactive not proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the business people run the company not the engineers

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    There seemed to be a great future ahead when I started but it turned into just a job.

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package is great; one of the best I've ever had.

    Cons

    - The product support division carries a virtual life sentence. Very few people get to move out of the department or get meaningful promotions.
    - Moral is almost nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen! The employees convey the thoughts and opinions of the customers. When you ignore the employees, you are effectively ignoring the customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, as long as it's not the call center taking calls.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees and family. Cool community events for employees and family. Working with cutting edge technology. If you are an
    Compensation
    Innovation

    Cons

    Lost in the shuffle if you work in the call center. Your advice seems to go on deaf ears. When applying for internal position, you are denied with no help as to why and how to make yourself a better fit for the position. Human resource rules the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee concerns

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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