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Garmin Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
276 Reviews
3.7
276 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Support in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Engineering Support in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    very stable. Very competent workforce. Strong engineering team. Strong Operations team.

    Cons

    very conservative culture. Managers are not very well equipped to help employees grow in their career. The tendency is for management to treat everyone the same rather than rewarding top employees and correcting substandard employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what employees want from their job, what motivates them, and what makes them happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Garmin is the best place I have worked

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to solve problems.
    Get to work on a variety of projects.
    Liberal time off.
    Great benefits.
    Provides great equipment to work with.

    Cons

    Everyone dosent carry the same load sometimes you have to pick up othe team members.
    Long hours when deadlines approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job selecting mid and low level managment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    An out of college job then get out within 2 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Gym on location
    - Fun to use Garmin gadgets

    Cons

    - No advancement opportunity
    - Pay is below average for the field
    - Office is very boring, lacks energy
    - 100% desk job, extremely repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better pay for the position is must. Need performance based raises. 3% for a great job and 1% for an average job is no incentive.
    - The company has an extremely high turn over rate yet nothing is done to fix it. They ask for employee feedback then ignore it.
    - Too many management levels. Everything got lost in the shuffle. Between the CEO and I there were roughly 10 bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience out of college but IT department needs serious re-work

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

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

    Pros

    -Lots of learning opportunities for college grads with vast exposure if you ask for it
    -Good work environment and lots to do

    Cons

    -Disparity in pay for associates at the same level is huge (~30,000 annually)
    -Lots of unexplained rewards along with good performers being passed up for rewards mysteriously
    -Senior IT management, decisions and policies are questionable and very autocratic; little power to mid level management
    -As a result of the above points, a lot of great resources have resigned
    -The Exec Assistant wields more power than IT managers and throws her weight around resulting in frequent confrontations (moron!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -My advice to high level executives is to re-structure and re-evaluate the vision and leadership in support organizations like IT and introduce a more democratic process in their daily functions. This will bring some out of the box thinking in and keep resources and processes current with IT peers in the industry
    -A cultural shift is required where customer feedback should carry a lot of weightage as far as resource <-> customer engagement is required. Those that are the most involved with customers should be the ones with maximum face time with them
    -Introduce 360 degree feedback and add face-time with executives so they know the pain points of resources at the lowest levels
    -Compensation disparity between employees at the same level should be bridged regardless of immigration status

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    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
  7.  

    Absolutely Amazing

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone here gives the feeling that they love it here just as much as I do. The international headquarters is centered in Olathe, KS, a suburb of Kansas City. There are many benefits to this like having the convenience of being in a big city while still having the outdoors and nature feel less than an hours drive away.

    Cons

    As is common for larger companies, it is hard to feel like the projects that you are working on are making a huge difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your doing great! Keep up the awesome work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay,,, it's a job

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

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    Really good benefits!!! Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Low moral over all. People are constantly trying to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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