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

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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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Clifton Pemble

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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Ok

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsGood commute, good benefits (401k and health insurance)

ConsPay not competitive, sometimes workload can have unrealistic deadlines

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

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Engaging and challenging work

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsThis is my second "real" job out of college and I couldn't be happier than I am working at Garmin. Initially, some of the work wasn't terribly interesting but that's what you should expect as a new hire. By now, I'm doing what I was made for, putting in extra hours just because I love what I'm doing. I expect I'll be at Garmin for a good long time.

Benefits are excellent:
  75% 401k match on the first 10% of your salary
  Very inexpensive health care
  Tuition reimbursement
  Incentives to become a private pilot
  Very nice discounts on Garmin products
  Plenty of little things like Costco/Sam's Club memberships, discounted YMCA memberships, etc

I work with people much smarter than myself, so I'm constantly learning

I have an amazing supervisor who lets me get my job done. The best kind is one who will get you whatever you need to get your job done while protecting you from inconsequential trivia, and I have one of those.

ConsSalary - while it is decent, I do feel it is too low for what I do

Upper management has a history of being close-lipped when it comes to financials, future plans, etc. They started doing some things to improve morale, but they didn't tell anybody what they were; it seems to us like nothing was being done. This is getting better, but still needs to be worked on.

Consistency with performance reviews - Every year I've been here the process and ratings have changed; I have no idea if I've improved or not

Career advancement is sortof a mixed bag. There is a career path with 7 levels for technical types, which is good. However, effectively 80% will potentially ever reach 3, 20% will reach 4, and 5/6/7 are forever out of reach.

Advice to Senior ManagementSalaries really do need to be bumped up.
Continue becoming more transparent regarding what you're doing to improve the workplace for us.
Make a consistent review process and stick with it for more than 1 year.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsExcellent Cafeteria, Plenty of intelligent people to work with. Everyone I met was always extremely friendly and willing to go out of their way to help me with what I was working on.

ConsAt times it felt like I wasn't really being trusted with very complex tasks. It seemed at the time as though they were underestimating the impact that smartphones would have on the navigation division.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I felt involved and trusted right from the start

Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsLarger company with small company feel
Casual dress code
Young environment

ConsLack of feedback on completed work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great summer internship.

Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsGarmin has a great culture.
The work was interesting.
A lot of opportunities for interns outside of work.
Good work/life balance.

ConsWork may be boring or tedious at times.
Your experience will be very dependent on which department and team your on.

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

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Great people, great products, great appreciation!

Software Engineer I (Current Employee)
Chanhassen, MN

I have been working at Garmin full-time for more than a year

ProsOpportunity to grow your skill set, and be appreciated for it.

ConsPay is not as competitive.

Advice to Senior ManagementReach out more to employees lower in the bureaucracy .

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

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Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
Chandler, AZ

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

ProsThey provide great benefits, like healthcare, dental, etc. Stable company with expanding markets.

ConsThe work atmosphere at my office was very boring. They don't have many events or other opportunities to branch out and meet new people.

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

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Do Not Work at the Call Center to Try to Get Your Foot in the Door

Product Support Specialist (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsGarmin is a great place to work as a company. They have great benefits, an awesome Winter Ball, and take the company to World's of Fun once a year. Besides a lower salary, the company does try to take care of its employees.

Cons-Micromanaged if you are under the attendance policy
-Very difficult to get out of the call center to persue other jobs
-Very slow in promotion
-Salary is OK

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the attendance policy. It causes unneeded stress.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good learning experience, started out well but ended with an anti-climax

IT Analyst (Former Employee)

I worked at Garmin full-time

ProsRelative autonomy vs micro managment, casual working environment, good benefits, interesting projects

ConsLittle recognition for overtime hours, no work from home alternatives even with bad weather conditions, poor work-life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to what goes on with individual associates, try to balance attention to all contributors and not just favorites, start providing work from home opportunities

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dream Job

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

I have been working at Garmin full-time for less than a year

ProsInformal Environment/Dress Code - It's all about the design!
Excellent Benefits
Great leadership/management
Support and encourage physical fitness
Excellent facilities/Office space
Opportunities for commumity involvement
Tuition assistance for advanced degree and promotion upon completion

ConsLimited travel opportunites for beginning engineers

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work!

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

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