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Need to be more open-minded

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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 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

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Depending on which team or department you are on, you might get to work on some exciting projects
    Founding principles and owners had a good vision.

    Cons

    Horrible middle management, very protective of thier own interests and promote people who will toe thier line.
    Lack of growth oppurtunities due to poor middle management.
    Petty politics effecting advancement
    You will find it hard to advance due to discrimination (typical midwest mentality)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open minded, give oppurtunities to people who perform rather than people who you like.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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