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Easy, steady, great work-life balance but no opportunity for growth or earnings

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS

I worked at Garmin

Pros

1. Lifetime employment if you are an engineer
2. Nice benefits package compared to other hi-tech companies
3. Focus on work-life balance

Cons

1. Opportunity to grow is absent if you are not an engineer
2. Accountability resides with C-Level mgt only. Senior/Middle-managers are "nice people" and "yes-men".
3. Auto business has no forward looking vision or growth plan

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Focus on people development. Implement leadership development program and provide opportunities for growth to ambitious people.
2. Give freedom to VPs and Directors to make decisions, spend money and manage budgets. Reward / hold them accountable for their actions.
3. Move away from "core business hours" concept. It is not in tune with the international culture of hi-tech. Immigrants and single people are willing to put in more hours and be super productive. Exploit that potential.

No opinion of CEO

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    A great place to work but not to earn

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

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    1. Build cool products
    2. Can see every phase of product development
    3. Great benefits

    Cons

    1. Cannot grow without sycophancy
    2. Growing into leadership roles are based on a 'Management By Strengths' personality test. Which was taken when you join the company. Unless you are in red category you cannot become a leader
    3. Not so great Compensation
    4. Inconsistent performance appraisals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to reward the talented engineers.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salem, OR

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Salem Oregon is a nice place

    Cons

    Limited work space makes for uncomfortable work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growing pains

    No opinion of CEO
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