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Garmin Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
267 Reviews
3.7
267 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 21 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 38 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.  

    The BEST workplace in KC

    • 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

    Pros

    workplace environment
    awesome benefits
    top notch management

    Cons

    need more PTO
    need more training classes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NIce place to work

    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    Good benefits and a relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Below average pay for industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to retain good employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't work in I.T. department

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

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

    Pros

    Caring company with a sense of purpose and fantastic benefits

    Cons

    I worked in the I.T. department and I would recommend that anyone try to avoid that department and go to engineering or aviation instead. There is more flexibility in other departments with a more positive atmosphere. I.T. leadership told us to drive to work during blizzards or else take vacation time; meanwhile other departments were working from home. This was representative of some overall negativity that I experienced in I.T. that didn't seem to permeate other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remake the I.T. department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good, Needs to pay a little better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great atmosphere, great people, great benefits

    Cons

    pay, upper management, secrecy, lack of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect all your people, not just the engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fun culture, engaging work

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Garmin's culture is relaxed but motivating. I've seen senior management dress up for Halloween, but we're doing serious work too. Lots of intelligent engineers, so it's a great place to continually hone your skills. They are committed to their employees and hire slowly to avoid the need to lay off later when projects finish. Garmin is improving its training offerings, both technical and inter-personal, and in the last couple of years has gotten much better in that area.
    Because of the various divisions and the vertical integration style of the company, there are usually lots of internal opportunities if you are not happy with your current position. Many of my coworkers have transferred in or out of my group from/to other groups.
    Overall, Garmin does a pretty good job of maintaining a culture that feels almost like a startup (outside of Aviation, which necessarily is more process driven).

    Cons

    Slow hiring means that we are always pretty busy as we could almost always use some more people.
    Promotions are still guided mainly by time, not skill level.
    Management can be slow on the public recognition of good efforts, but they are working on that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work right out of college.

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

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

    Pros

    Typically decent working hours with a lot of intelligent people.
    Recently added more opportunities to advance.
    Good healthcare. Friendly working environment. Team leads are promoted from engineers who typically know the products well.

    Cons

    Managers are frequently promoted from engineering staff, but are not always the most interested in actually being a manager. At the time upper management did not appear to care that compensation was below average for the area. This has since been adjusted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    QA Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, one of my best professional experiences overall, great environment for learning even though the company is extremely conservative. Respected work.life balance. Good people. Just a really good place overall. Very thorough and process driven - but sometimes to an extreme extent.

    Cons

    Very conservative, lags behind in using newest technology. Slow to provide new learning opportunities an encouragement for employees to stay current with new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline decision making process. Be more adventuresome in terms of new technology.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good level of work, very regular hours, great people to work with, everyone seems to have a positive view of the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like the culture is very conservative in spending or rewarding employees. Overall not an issue though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyable, but not long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment, and everyone is extremely nice.

    Cons

    No growth plans, and could reward their employees better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for.

    • 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

    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

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