Garmin Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 21 reviews)

  • Great benefits and time off policies (in 38 reviews)

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

  • At Garmin, you can get a title change but there's very little to no financial reward in it, so what's the point (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Good Software Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back culture, no uniforms, no one constantly looking over your shoulder - just make sure to get your work done, performance based salary, good benefits package (insurance, vacation, 401k, etc.), team I work with cares about doing a great job, most people are great to work with

    Cons

    Salary seems to be lower compared to other software companies, recreation area/room is small, no in house medical clinic

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have a dedicated clinic or set of doctors available on campus so that you can get "minor" health concerns checked up without having to leave campus.


  2. Software engineer intern garmin

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern

    Pros

    Great place to intern at.

    Cons

    Didn't really enjoy segment they placed me in.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great People

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people you could ever work with. Employees tend to stay a long time. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    A company that continues to grow. Can be hard to get good ideas pushed through. The layers can get to be a little much. Some promotions don't always make good sense.

    Advice to Management

    Listen those specialized to to their jobs. Allowing good work to go through hurtles and strings of people to review is pointless and weakens work.


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  5. Great Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work a lot of opportunity. Great benefits and very healthy atmosphere.

    Cons

    No cons. Garmin has moments like all businesses. I think the individual determines if cons are actually cons.

    Advice to Management

    Live the vision


  6. Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Culture. Good people. Management cares about their employees; you are more than just a number. They care about keeping you interested in the work you do and you can move around the company. Really good health care. Best 401k of any company ( 7.5% match up to 10% plus 5% pension; so you get 12.5% match for 10%). Excellent work/life balance. Managers and promotions are almost all in-house for engineering.

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below average.


  7. Garmin AT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    The company provides good benefits and the engineering side allows for significant autonomy. Management checks in every once in a while to make sure you're busy, but you are left to manage your work load as you see fit. Shift and break times are pretty flexible and management is good about allowing time off whenever you want it (in Salem at least). They are good at making sure whatever tools or equipment are needed for the job are available. The Salem location puts on a couple of parties/events for the employees every year and sometimes they pass out odd little gifts (flashlights, mobile battery packs, etc.). The management in Salem is better to their employees due to the location previously being a smaller, local company.

    Cons

    They pay below average, and without experience it's hard to get a sizable raise. Your performance counts for much less than the number of times you've swiped your door badge. If you are a fast learner, you'll just have to be patient while they come around to paying you what you're worth. Some have been told they can go 45 minutes north or west (to the cities with more tech jobs) if they don't like what they're getting paid. Additionally, they (headquarters in Olathe) will only go so far to make things right if you miss out on a benefit due to an error on their part. Perhaps that's normal for larger corporations.

    Advice to Management

    Have a bit more heart and consider employees as being at least as important as the customers and shareholders. Pay better because you appreciate everyone's contribution instead of doing it begrudgingly after complaints from employees and negative feedback from other companies (I've heard Garmin management was told the company is just a stepping stone fresh graduates use to gain experience before they get a real job).


  8. Pretty Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very Nice facilities at the headquarters in Olathe, KS. I worked in software engineering. My boss was terrific. Be expected to work fast and hard and to figure things out on your own. If you can handle that, you will enjoy working at Garmin. Remember not all managers are the same. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Salaries should be a little higher.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more employees to advance.


  9. Fun place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Casual, fun, teamwork, flexible, interesting projects at times

    Cons

    Boring, lots of computer work


  10. Not the place for someone that wants to 'set the world on fire'

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back dress code, pretty good health insurance and great 401k match, not micromanaged at all, teams that I'm aware of use modern tools (outside of aviation). There are a lot of good people at Garmin, and everyone is very approachable. If you want a job that you can work no more than 40 hours every week if you want, have kids and want to send them to decent public schools, and keep chugging comfortably along toward retirement, Garmin is definitely the place for you.

    Cons

    When I was hired, I was given the impression that Garmin has an innovative culture that encourages creativity. This couldn't be further from the truth. I don't know if it's the sleepy conservative midwest culture that Kansas breeds, but there is just no drive or investment from anyone to be innovative and cutting-edge in the products. As a result, always releasing products a day late and a dollar short. Management is too cheap, and in competitive segments cutting corners is not something that should be done if you don't want the Silicon Valley companies completely eradicating your market share when they inevitably move into your niche strongholds. Complementing the sleepy midwest culture, the location of HQ is in Olathe, KS, which is a very far-flung suburb of KC. This location attracts a certain type of employee, and it isn't the type of employee you desperately need (the ones that are driven and really put their heart into their work). Olathe, KS (as opposed to KC proper or elsewhere) as a headquarters location will continue to drag down the talent pool you desperately need to remain relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting corners.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Senior Electronic Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Wellington, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Wellington, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and working environment for a newly college graduate

    Cons

    Lack of compensation and opportunity to advance career level after 5yrs experience most people leave to work for different company that pays more

    Advice to Management

    better end of year review



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