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Has potential but doubt they will ever reach full possible capacity

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

I have been working at Garmin

Pros

The company has done very well in a short amount of time which leaves it with an ample amount of cash in reserves. So it's not going anywhere for a while. Good company to work for if you're used to living in a very small fish bowl and have little to no clue what else is out there to be offered. People are great to work with.

Cons

The pay range for engineers is FAR below what the industry standard is. And they feed off new college graduates and people in dire situations that have little to no leverage to say anything about it. From what I've seen, they do not utilize people to the best of their abilities and it's difficult to get your voice heard when you have more experience dealing with specific situations.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get your mid level management to put some action behind their big mouth.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Extremely unpleasant, uptight, cold, weirdly disinterested management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Garmin is full of good people who are technically competent and easy to work with. If you can get on a mobile app project, you will get to work with new technology on interesting problems. Just stay away from "Info-serv"

    Cons

    Below average compensation plus an unpleasant work environment has caused an exodus of talent. If you get stuck on "Info-serv" your life will be significantly worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to retain talent. It is doubtful you will be able to rebuild what has already been lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Used to be a fine place to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    * great benefit
    * nice people
    * easy-going style
    * no dress code

    Cons

    * little interaction among projects
    * no specific project goals
    * no clear career growth plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * listen to those who have a proven record and technical background/education instead of those who come up with empty talks
    * try to understand why there are a record number of engineers leaving in 2011
    * don't use less technical people evaluate the technical competency of more capable engineers. That will simply make 2012 another record-breaking year of people leaving the company
    * use those talented people the right way, not just the company way. They have lots of other opportunities, too

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