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Worst job I've ever had.

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Former Employee - Software Engineering  in  Olathe, KS
Former Employee - Software Engineering in Olathe, KS

I worked at Garmin

Pros

Decent health care package, but you'll need it to to deal with the stress of working at Garmin.
Some fairly competent co-workers, but their best efforts are squandered by management.

Cons

Upper management lacks strategic vision. Case in point is the Garmin smartphone debacle. Management can't decide what product strategy to pursue, so they demand that engineering work on all possible combinations, and then they complain when it doesn't come together on time.
Middle management is populated by people who have no clue how to manage people, much less show any leadership traits. Work at Garmin degenerates into a rat race of competing with your fellow co-worker for projects, appreciation, promotions, and ultimately your salary. Favoritism is rampant, and promotions and project assignments are mostly based on the buddy system.
Young recruits straight from college are favored over experienced professionals, as they don't seem to realize how horrible things have become at Garmin.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hang on to all the cash in the bank, and keep on slapping yourselves on the back for earning it all in the last decade. In the future, I doubt your company will earn you more than the interest on the cash.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Garmin

  1.  

    Good place to work; best in KS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Team Leader  in  Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Team Leader in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    Open to change
    Friendly people
    Intereseting products

    Cons

    Living in Kansas
    Not a very open/colorful building
    Some people are highly resistant to change

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has potential but doubt they will ever reach full possible capacity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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