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    Former Employee - Engineering Support in Olathe, KS
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    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 5 years)

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    very stable. Very competent workforce. Strong engineering team. Strong Operations team.

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    very conservative culture. Managers are not very well equipped to help employees grow in their career. The tendency is for management to treat everyone the same rather than rewarding top employees and correcting substandard employees.

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Garmin Interviews

Updated Dec 29, 2014
Updated Dec 29, 2014

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Garmin.

    Interview Details

    Interview was 2 part. The first part was a getting to know you phone interview, that assessed your knowledge of the company, your interests, anything that was on your resume, pretty standard interview. An in person interview was scheduled for a week later. The in person interview was more technically focused. There was a lot of discussion about previous projects, embedded systems, and more about the company itself. A programming assignment was given with 3 problems. They were all written in C. The first problem was a program the draws an exponential function on a Cartesian plane. There is a semicolon after the for loop that causes the function to run incorrectly. You are asked to explain what the program does, find the problem, then explain what it actually does with the added semicolon. The next two assignments are adding programs. An array is values is to be added. In the first problem the variable "int total" is not instantiated to 0, so it will have a crazy value. In the second instance pointers are used for the program. In the for loop where total would be incremented the pointer "p" was not dereferenced with an "*"

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    • The question over the pointer is tricky, many young developers (including myself) have difficultly understanding and using pointers effectively.   Answer Question
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100 Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune, 2009
America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009

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Website www.garmin.com
Headquarters Olathe, KS
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Public (GRMN)
Industry Telecommunications
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Navico, MiTAC, TomTom

Garmin hopes to make stopping to ask for directions a thing of the past. The company manufactures navigation products that use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to wirelessly deliver geographic location data through satellite communications. Its portable products incorporate electronic maps and navigational charts. Garmin also makes communications devices that combine cellular and GPS technology. Boat maker Ranger and Piper Aircraft incorporate Garmin equipment into their products. The company sells its consumer products through retailers including Bass Pro Shops... More

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