Garmin Reviews in Olathe, KS

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
256 Reviews
3.6
256 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest con is that there is very little structure for career path development (in 11 reviews)

  • Little to no guidance from management or HR for career growth (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. The developers that I work with are some the best I've ever worked with (and I've been in the industry for a long time)

    Cons

    The pay isn't terrible, but it is a little on the lower side of the pay scale for this area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    + 40-hour work week
    + Benefits
    + Work/life balance = Leave every day by 5:00
    + Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    + Shoulder Shrug Management "Not my problem"
    + No Clear Career Direction
    + Lack of Accountability
    + No Leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management would rather shuffle problematic employees from team to team and group to group vs. dealing with them. So instead of stopping the problem, it only grows as poor-performing employees move from team to team and get new titles / fewer responsibilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Garmin as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Garmin's work environment is second to none. Casual dress code and associates really love their jobs. The people are very friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organization. Garmin seems to not know where they want to go with the company. They are always playing catch up. (Ex. GoPro vs Virb or FitBit vs VivoFit)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more time training for the job. Being thrown into the fire can be a good experience but also very frustrating at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    Great place for hardware design - exposure to all levels of design/testing/validation/production. Work environment is top notch - friendly, intelligent, honest, hard-working, and honest individuals are the type that are hired by Garmin, which makes for a great day every day.

    Cons

    This is a very fast paced workplace, which can prove too much for some. Overall, I don't have many downsides to working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Call Center is horrible, things are probably much better at HQ

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Flexible hours if you are needing to work around school or childcare.

    Cons

    The call center atmosphere is horrible. You are totally disconnected from the Head Quarters. Management is terrible. There is a god awful point system in place. You get dinged if you sneeze funny. Going to the restroom? Make sure you log that into your phone. Forgot to log back in? Sorry, you're going to get docked for that. Extremely micromanaged.

    They have a team that scores your emails and recorded phone calls. They will try so hard to find the smallest mistake. Even if they are incorrect, you can try to fight it, but to no avail.

    Getting time off for major holidays is not easy. You can request time off 6 months in advance, but everyone is gunning for the same days. First come, first served. Only a small percentage of the staff can have certain days off. If you work 2nd shift, you will not be included in any of the company get togethers or family events. Look out during United Way time. Garmin will VERY strongly encourage you to have a pre-set donation to be automatically taken out of every paycheck. (I'm all for charity, but at my own discretion).

    You have to share a desk with people on other shifts. Disgusting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Average pay, but some of the best benefits and amenities around.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, outgoing coworkers, for the most part.
    Excellent health insurance, 401k, stock purchase plan, and other benefits.
    Very health-conscious environment where activity is highly encouraged and supported.
    Excellent amenities such as a cafeteria, a Starbucks, a parking garage, a workout room, and locker rooms.

    Cons

    The company seems to be meeting-heavy, and decisions take longer than they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking the temperature of your employee attitudes on a regular basis and making adjustments as needed. I've seen positive changes in the past couple of years; keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engineering at Garmin is very hands on for every level of engineer. The working environment is tailored for product development. Engineers can make decisions that effect almost every aspect of the product.

    Cons

    When competition comes, Garmin does not always put their best foot forward. Innovation is compromised for schedule and product cost. Many of the executives are engineers that seem to have forgotten what it is like as a design engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead your teams in a way that gives them a vested interest in making amazing products. Remember that the "product is everything".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Both good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really talented people working here. They offer flex time, a very good 401K and very good health insurance. They also have a completely casual dress code.

    Cons

    Upper management micro-manages everything. They stifle innovation. They like to think that all employees are equal even though some produce much more than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people who know their jobs have more input into what happens. Don't pay average salaries and expect to keep above average employees. Remember that your employees are your most important asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start out, easy to feel lost in the sea of engineers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Long term stability, very nice people everywhere. I've made a lot of good friendships here. There is only as much pressure as you want there to be. The company is also large enough that if you don't like where you are, you can probably go elsewhere without switching employers.

    Cons

    Raises are barely over cost-of-living generally and the work can feel a little "behind the times" sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    They hire some of the best available locally, most everyone is wonderful to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    Great experience for interns and good first job to learn about the software engineering process.

    Cons

    They have been growing for a number of years and were focused on whatever it took to make money. They are finally beginning to focus on managing the internal business. It's just very slow going!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Settle on a review system and make the grading consistent across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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