Garmin
3.4 of 5 216 reviews
www.garmin.com Olathe, KS 5000+ Employees

Garmin Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.4 216 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

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Clifton Pemble

(64 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great benefits and they take care of their employees"
    in 35 reviews
  • "Supervisors are friendly and work/life balance is one of the best"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Middle management is a mixed bag when it comes to the above"
    in 8 reviews
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Great culture, work-life balance!

Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

I have been working at Garmin as an intern for less than a year

ProsI have been working at Garmin for 5 months now as an intern. My work experience is going to be much different than full time employees, so please review those if you are applying for a full time position.

Extremely FLEXIBLE work schedule. Part time interns make their own schedules to fit around class. These schedules are not set in stone, and can even be changed daily.

There are plenty of RESOURCES available for interns, including mentors and helpful managers.

RELAXED environment. I work in my school clothes, I listen to music while I code, and the other interns are typically open to small talk.

ConsRequired to meet 13 hours a week

Advice to Senior ManagementNone so far.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Garmin was values it's interns like gold

Design Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

I worked at Garmin as an intern for less than a year

ProsA positive, very hands-on environment for engineering interns. Lots of practical, invaluable experience, and generous pay. They really do encourage a healthy balance between work/life. They even helped pay league fees for employee/intern teams.

ConsWork-stream seemed very cyclical, but it seems to be that way with every employer. My main project my second summer there was taking longer than expected by another intern, but the engineers were able to pull extra work together to help keep me busy and engaged.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up. They were very approachable and easy to get along with. I rode in the elevator with Dr. Kao one day and was as nice and friendly as could be.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Garmin full-time for more than a year

ProsA great company that has a wonderful culture.

ConsIt's hard to move up in the ranks while working in Salem. There needs to be more opportunities for every hard working person in the contact center.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Product Support Specialist (Current Employee)

I have been working at Garmin full-time for more than 3 years

Prosmany opportunities for advancement if given the chance

Consmicro-managing kills the morale of the folks manning the phone.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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could be a world class company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

I worked at Garmin full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGarmin hires increasable people to work there. As most people that see Garmin from the outside knows the quality and reputation of the core products.
Excellent benefits - I have never worked anywhere where the benefits were as good as Garmin. But, there is a cost for everything...
Stable work environment.

ConsCheap - that is the best word to describe the company. Salaries are not competitive and the stress level is quite high for certain positions.

Advice to Senior Managementget a better management structure. Cliff is the most uninspiring leader and that flows down the corporate structure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, but it's still work

Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

I have been working at Garmin as an intern for more than a year

ProsGreat work/life balance.
Good benefits
Decent pay

ConsSoftware testing can be boring
Work can get repetitive

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to work.

Product Support Specialist (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

I worked at Garmin full-time for more than 3 years

ProsManagement gives you the latitude needed to make the customer happy. Great benefits.

ConsCall center job. Back to back calls usually.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave the top brass visit the call center more often. It's good to shake hands now and then.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work, good benefits

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

I have been working at Garmin full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood benefits, good work atmosphere, fun products, no dress code, good location if you like living in the suburbs, management is trustworthy.

ConsSalary is on the low side, most markets served are mature, management does not appear to know how to enter new markets or how to create new markets.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook into new markets or create new markets before all current markets become mature, saturated, and less profitable.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Product Support Specialist (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

I have been working at Garmin full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood company culture, great benefits, fun people to work with. Great local KC company to start with and explore career opportunities.

ConsAdvancement opportunities tend to be slow and at times difficult to come around. Auto industry is in decrease and need to find ways to amp it to increase.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave agents be able to rate supervisors just as agents are coached and evaluated by team supervisors.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Garmin

ProsWork environment is positive. Good team atmosphere within departments. Company cares about employees. Excellent benefits.

ConsSome positions don't pay very well but the great benefits can make up for some of that.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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