Garmin
3.4 of 5 216 reviews
www.garmin.com Olathe, KS 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.4 216 reviews

                             

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Clifton Pemble

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great benefits and they take care of their employees"
    in 35 reviews
  • "Supervisors are friendly and work/life balance is one of the best"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Middle management is a mixed bag when it comes to the above"
    in 8 reviews
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Software Quality Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsRelaxed atmosphere. Some of the greatest, friendliest and smartest people you'll find in the Midwest. Awesome benefits. Advancement opportunities for lower end employees.

ConsHR and red tape. We have lost too many talented people because of minimalist raises that left too many people on the lower end of the pay scale compared with other employers. A "decent" raise is 3.5% while the average inflation is 4%.

Advice to Senior ManagementFrom a business standpoint they've got a great grasp on where the company needs to go. From a personnel standpoint see my above comment. An employees pay trends downward compared with inflation and is really half what it should be to retain employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Culture, Great Salary and Great Benefits

Software Quality Team Leader (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsFantastic work environment, great leadership and opportunities for growth

ConsSome of the standard red tape that plagues most large companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementCulture is fantastic, love the flat organizational structure.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice, relaxing low stress environment

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsThe people here are very friendly and fun to work with. Interesting work most of the time. Great benefits, probably the best I'll ever see.

ConsManagement can be somewhat frustrating at times. Plans can change and there is a lot of miscommunication that occurs. Pay is a little low.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great!

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsGreat work environment, interesting projects

ConsNothing that is a deal breaker

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Relaxed and friendly workplace

Product Support Specialist (Current Employee)
Salem, OR

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

ProsThe 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMy 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Retro Spect

Setup Test Technician (Former Employee)
Salem, OR

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

ProsVery Professional and Friendly Co-workers.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good learning experience

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsStable company
Smart people to work with

ConsToo passive with respect to compensation
Not much encouragement for growth
Horrible cafeteria

Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation should be attractive esp. when expectation is that employees have to work hard

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Garmin is GREAT

Product Support Specialist (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsEverything from the culture and people, to the products and services. Great benefits! Wonderful company!!

ConsNone that I can think of!

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep rocking!

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Engineer Haven

Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Chandler, AZ

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

ProsChallenging work with lots of opportunities to shape the products we work on through personal freedom and innovation. Everything we do has a purpose and the end goal in mind. Time is taken if needed to do things right, but isn't wasted on efforts that don't yield any value.

ConsNone. There are things that could be improved with any situation, but realistically there is very little to complain about.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Garmin

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsGarmin has an awesome environment at their headquarters in Olathe. The team leaders / management all started as engineers which makes work a lot easier instead of business majors being managers. Great benefits and they take care of their employees.

ConsIt's in Kansas. Not much in Kansas. A little too far from KC to be traveling too regularly but about 40 miles away.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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