Garmin Reviews in Oregon

Updated May 13, 2014
Updated May 13, 2014
253 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 17 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development (in 10 reviews)

  • It's hard to move up in the ranks while working in Salem (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Relaxed and friendly workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist  in  Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    The workplace is very relaxed, the workers are very friendly, training is on-going for products, and the health benefits are very nice. Getting time off approved, for PTO, is a breeze, which is so nice compared to other places I have been.

    Cons

    The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development. You have to pester and ask and ask, and no one seems to have a definite answer. Although I hear work is being done about that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to update the career paths for people that are not interested in being on the phone, and wanting to make a career in Garmin that is not engineer related.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to learn, but don't expect any recognition.

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Highly skilled subset of people within. Good benefits

    Cons

    Not much available for advancement. A lot of hoops to go through to get to the next level of your job, some unobtainable because of the length of project time and time of year advancements go through. Raises are laughable at best, and have rarely beat inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses, better advancement/recognition, these things will greatly improve morale. A lot of the time it feels like you're looking through rose colored glasses at the rest of us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Retro Spect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Setup Test Technician  in  Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Setup Test Technician in Salem, OR

    I worked at Garmin as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very Professional and Friendly Co-workers.

    Cons

    Hard to find the Cons. Their were some confusion to if the Engineers we in charge at times or the Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the connection that you have with the Production floor it does help the bottom line when they feel like you are paying attention to their likes or dislikes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work environment, work/life balance with a few annoyances!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist  in  Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Its a easy job with little stress. The pay is ok but the benefits are great. Supervisors are friendly and work/life balance is one of the best. Lots of training to keep you up to date on latest issues and products. Family atmosphere that makes you feel right at home on day one. The freedom to "goodwill" some of the repair cost or accessory prices for customers that you feel shouldn't have to pay full price. Garmin one of the best I've ever seen in making sure the customer is happy and taken care of.

    Cons

    Promotions and/or pay increases are rare. They do give raises based off of performance/attendance but its very small like 50 cents more a hour. Automotive department is extremely under staffed. Auto always has long hold times where other departments rarely have any. (partly because of this next part) Map update software like Express, web softwares like Garmin Communicator Plug-in are poorly written software with lots of bugs that can cause unneeded headache for customers. It will get better over time but Garmin uses its customers as beta testers way to much. Quality Assurance (AKA your recorded calls that get graded) can be unclear at times but overall not bad. Overall, no job perfect but I'm glad I choose to work for Garmin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more tech support people in automotive department and offer more opportunities for growth in the Salem, OR area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Comfortable but not challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salem, OR

    I worked at Garmin full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Close to work, low expectations

    Cons

    Compensation, culture, No learning opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think forward. dont just rehash the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance, not aggressive pay scale.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Strong family atmosphere, great work / life balance.
    Almost never any overtime at Salem location.
    Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay, even at the internship level.
    Issues committing and following through with OEM deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on maintaining objectives and improving inter-departmental communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist  in  Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    They offer good pay for the field. Their benefits are very affordable. Great work/life balance. Opportunities for advancement are available if willing to put forth the effort.

    Cons

    I can't really think of a lot of cons. If you are willing to put in the work that is expected of you, opportunities are made available to you.

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

    Excellent place to start your Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist  in  Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    They seem to care about their employees
    Great Benefits
    Little restrictions on Job
    Allows to self-productivity

    Cons

    some policies are unclear
    certain issues done have an easy or clear course of action

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship was one of the best!

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    I had a blast. The people were friendly. Work was interesting. I got to go up in airplanes.

    Cons

    FAA requirements were very strict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    An average place to work, fair benefits, low wages, good for beginners

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salem, OR

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    A great place to work fresh out of school.
    Easy and laid back for the most part.
    Company expectation is generally 40 hours/week.
    Some good people to work with.
    Benefits are acceptable and have some nice features.
    Great employee pricing on products.

    Cons

    Pay is very low and based on Kansas salaries.
    Company thinks your biggest benefit is the right to work for them.
    No promotion or advancement opportunities.
    NO opportunity to get recognition or significant pay increase.
    Standard 'merit' increases at review cycle are the same for everybody.
    Company thinks they are innovating by integrating existing technology from other products.
    Management promotion is based on the good ol' boy network.
    Focuses hiring in cheaper new grads, not experienced employees.
    Company has lack of trust of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to hire in external people, particularly into management. The company could really use some fresh thinking.
    Implement position grades with salary windows.

    Disapproves of CEO

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