Garmin – Why Work For Us?

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Making great products takes great people. Our associates play a huge role in the continued success of our company. From engineering to marketing, operations and administration, we always are looking for talented individuals to join the Garmin family.

Since the beginning of Garmin time, our goal has been to be a world-class supplier of navigation, communication and information devices that enhance people's lives. Garmin's emphasis on continual innovation, paired with a desire to please our loyal customer base, has fueled our ever-growing product line.

We share a common vision and enthusiasm for the products and services that we develop. And what's really great is that we all respect each other and realize that cooperative team effort and dedication are essential to the continuous growth of the company.

A Peek Inside

Garmin has a unique business structure based on performing design, manufacturing and marketing processes all in-house. This allows us to maintain a high level of quality and be more responsive to the ever-changing marketplace. Our hands-on approach equals products that are reliable and easy to use — just what the customers ordered.

Our Products

Since the beginning of Garmin time, our goal has been to be a world-class supplier of navigation, communication and information devices that enhance people’s lives. Garmin’s emphasis on continual innovation, paired with a desire to please our loyal customer base, has fueled our ever-growing product line:

  • Aviation
  • Outdoor
  • Fitness
  • Automotive
  • Marine
  • Mobile

One Big Happy Family

At Garmin, we share a common vision and enthusiasm for the products and services that we develop. And what’s really great is that we all respect each other and realize that cooperative team effort and dedication are essential to the continuous growth of the company.

We like to laugh, have fun and work hard. It comes easily when you work on such cool products that you can truly be proud of and work with fantastic, hard-working individuals sharing the same passion. And hey, you might even make a friend or two in the process.

It is the combined effort of all departments at Garmin that make us the successful company we are today. We are looking for the best and the brightest for a wide range of divisions within our company including accounting, cartography, customer repair, facilities, human resources, legal, lobby administration and more:

Engineering

We employ software, design (electrical), mechanical and aerospace engineers. Each engineer has a hand in a product's concept, design and evaluation stages from start to finish. This allows engineers to play a huge role in the product’s creation. We're always looking for new members to join our team.

Administration

We are looking for future-minded managers with a proven record of leadership to promote our exciting and challenging work environment while helping to achieve the goals of the organization.

Marketing/Sales

We market over 100 products worldwide for consumer, business and military applications. Our communication and navigation products serve the aviation, marine, outdoor, fitness, automotive, mobile and OEM markets. Garmin's primary marketing strategy is to provide a quality product at an affordable price.

Marketing Communications

We have an in-house advertising agency that handles all of the company's promotional and communication needs. Included in this department are artists, writers, designers, media buyers, event coordinators, video producers and public relations specialists.

Operations

All production processes are handled in-house. We are continually looking for skilled, energetic individuals to join our Garmin team. These jobs include quality, international shipping, manufacturing, office service, planning, purchasing, receiving, returns and warehouse.

Information Technology (IT)

IT provides the foundation for all Garmin business systems. Projects range from developing new tools to implementing standards-based applications to managing Garmin servers, email and phone systems. The team uses industry-standard technologies but also creates customized programs to meet Garmin's needs.

We offer excellent compensation and a rewarding benefits package for our employees:

Insurance

Here's a pretty appealing benefit: Salary employee premiums are paid entirely by Garmin on two out of the three medical plans covered under Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Also enjoy free dental, vision, long term disability and basic life insurance.

Retirement

When you save for retirement by participating in our 401K program, Garmin matches 75 cents of each dollar you contribute — up to 10 percent of your salary. With over 20 investment funds to choose from, ranging from conservative to aggressive growth, you can customize your 401K to grow your nest egg.

Stock

Purchase discounted shares of Garmin Ltd. (the parent company of Garmin International Inc.) by participating in our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP).

Vacation, Sick & Holidays

With 15 days of paid time off for personal time, you'll have time to get out there and enjoy life. Employees also get 9 paid holidays per year.

Education Reimbursement

Full-time Garmin associates can apply for reimbursement of educational expenses (tuition and required fees) for undergraduate or graduate level courses.

Perks

For icing on the cake, we offer lots of extra perks. Purchase Garmin products at a discount, enjoy a variety of discounts throughout the community and more.

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    Pros

    Laid back culture, no uniforms, no one constantly looking over your shoulder - just make sure to get your work done, performance based salary, good benefits package (insurance, vacation, 401k, etc.), team I work with cares about doing a great job, most people are great to work with

    Cons

    Salary seems to be lower compared to other software companies, recreation area/room is small, no in house medical clinic

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have a dedicated clinic or set of doctors available on campus so that you can get "minor" health concerns checked up without having to leave campus.


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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Garmin.

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    Had phone interview with recruiter with typical HR questions about background, experience, etc. Was told that they would get back to me the following week to setup a call with the development team, and that the entire process would be about 3 weeks. Never heard back, and the recruiter never responded to a followup email asking about the status of things.

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Garmin Awards & Accolades

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100 Fastest Growing Companies , Fortune, 2009
America's Top Companies , Forbes, 2009

Additional Info

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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