Garmin Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
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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. product support specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in North Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in North Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Garmin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good environment great schedule and great people to work with and for

    Cons

    not a lot of advancement opportunity


  2. Software Engineer II

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    There is cons for this company.


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    Team Lead

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, nice people, good facilities

    Cons

    Workload, career path, overly conservative

    Advice to Management

    Need to stop being penny wise and pound foolish


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  5. Garmin is a good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Test Engineer in Wellsville, KS
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Test Engineer in Wellsville, KS

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

    Pros

    The company is very good to work for. Great benefits including a pension plan on top of 401k and employee stock. Lots of activities if you like to get involved in various activities. Very health oriented company. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Too many projects going at once and all due within too short of a time and sometimes back to back.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin

    Pros

    Solid financials and established markets

    Cons

    too conservative for consumer electronics


  7. Ok

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits , smart engineers, 401k and pension. Low cost of living , very laid back , occasionally good projects and ideas

    Cons

    Politics , directors and managers with less to no product knowledge especially on the declining markets , no push for innovation or new markets , laid back management, personal favoritism , appraisals are a joke .

    Advice to Management

    Improve accountability for directors / managers , make them responsible for products and decisions. Increase transparency .


  8. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Garmin had a great work environment & good people to work with. Enjoyed working at Garmin. Would recommend Garmin to other.

    Cons

    I have no cons for Garmin.


  9. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Olathe, KS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Garmin has great benefits and treat their employees well with plenty of activity in and outside the company to create a fun working environment.

    Cons

    Compensation is not the greatest and the available parking space is a problem when arriving to work during or after rush hour.


  10. Steady Paycheck..... That's it

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on with devices, not just manuals
    Good benefits, medical, dental, vision, etc.
    Great employee discount on devices and with other companies for other products
    Pleasant coworkers
    Not overly metric driven
    No call time restriction with a customer
    Fun activities to participate in like corp challenge and marathon and game nights

    Cons

    Slow computers for a tech company
    Management will "blacksheep" you if you have any mistakes (metrics, attendance, etc)
    Lots of supervisors were hired from outside the company instead of promoting from within, no advancement opportunities
    Not a challenge, just a steady check, gets repetitively boring being a robot that talks
    Low on the pay scale

    Advice to Management

    Hire an acessor to determine what is needed and not needed, position wise and employee wise.


  11. Benefits kept me for 6yrs, but it was miserable.

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    Former Employee - Reverse Logistics Operator in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Reverse Logistics Operator in Olathe, KS

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

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

    Pros

    You cannot beat Garmin's benefits. Their health insurance is absolutely amazing, you start earning PTO when you start work, and they offer some really great deals on products.

    Cons

    I heard from friends this is completely different outside of Operations/Warehouse, but, they treat you so terribly. My department literally had this loud buzzer telling us when we could leave for break and lunch, and when we should be back. Management treats you like you're worthless and they look down on you. The atmosphere was miserable - giving you the mentality to just keep your head down, strive to meet ridiculous numbers, and kiss any thought of a decent raise goodbye. Also, moving up is a rarity in this company, no matter where you are.

    Advice to Management

    Humble yourself. We all knew you all had the mentality of "they don't have to like me." But it sure does make life better if you have a decent relationship with your subordinates.



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