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Under Appreciated by Management, Not Challenged

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Olathe, KS
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS

I have been working at Garmin

Pros

Benefits (Dental, Health, 401k, etc.)

Cons

Complacency
Attrition issues
Lack of ability to keep up with competitors
Under Paid
Cramped offices

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the corporate culture to be truly customer focused

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need to be more open-minded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    benefits are good
    Job security, company is quite stable
    Good compensation in midwest aera
    Friendly environment
    People are generally nice and friendly

    Cons

    Outsiders are very rare. Almost all management grew from Garmin.
    Very closed minded.
    Not very enthusiastic about new technology and innovation.
    Management is rather satisfied with existing status
    Operate in a small company mindset

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace new technology
    Be open minded
    Hire management from outside
    Seriously consider how to retain good engineering staff
    Learn to spend money where you need to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Real Management & HR Practices Are Not Equal to What You Hear

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Give good benefits
    Used to have a good reputation

    Cons

    -- Talented and good employees are leaving because they are not managed/lead correctly. Yet, instead of acknowledging that, management constantly choose to blame those who leave.
    -- Conservative means not progressive, not open to new ideas/innovation, no employee development, training, low salary and increase, will not spend for anything even for things to support the success of projects/employees.
    -- Declining performance causes management to be more desperate and strict, yet normally management do not provide clear goals or vision. Therefore, project leads are often under many pressure and often punished for things that are not necessarily their mistakes.
    -- Many employees are unhappy, yet upper managements continue to keep their current style and process that continue to loose employees' trust and loyalty.
    -- Servant leadership is what was shared in many of the company's PR, but the real practices of HR and management do not project that at all.
    -- Organizational structure change constantly, and whenever this happens new management/leader of an area tends to promote people based on subjective reasons (instead of people's real contribution)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -- You can NOT gain employees' loyalty, trust and motivation by threatening, punishing then making sure they kept their mouth shut.
    -- If an employee shared a complain, that is a sign that the employee is needing management support and encouragement, may also be a sign that something need to be improved. What normally happens is that the employee is scolded and threaten for pointing out the management's/company's faults.
    -- Upper management & HR need to take serious accountability and responsibility of the bad environment and the negative mood they've created, instead of blaming their employees.
    -- Admit failures and mistakes - learn to show humility instead of using force/fear to control employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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