Garmin Reviews

Updated September 1, 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. Garmin AT

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    • 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).


  2. 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.


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    Senior Electronic Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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  5. Interview

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very quick to respond to all forms of communication, very quick to move through interview process

    Cons

    Felt rushed through some of the interviewing process. Wasn't very personal and often times felt like I was a burden to the person conducting the interview


  6. Good, but it doesn't live up to its history

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Generous benefits for healthcare and retirement. 2. Teams usually maintain a good work-life balance. 3. Working hours can be held to 40 hours per week if that's what you want. 4. Some new products have interesting features. 5. Generous product discounts.

    Cons

    1. I heard a lot about "servant leadership" when I came in almost 5 years ago - I see very, very little of it. 2. Tendency toward micromanagement of engineers. 3. Engineering management positions have been awarded to younger engineers who are not ready for it (as evidenced by 1 and 2). 4. Most teams are not very open to flexible work schedules - at least not on a regular basis. 5. Compensation is probably a little low; don't expect any kind of annual bonus; raises tend to lag inflation. (Benefits make up for some of this, but probably not all of it.)

    Advice to Management

    Go outside the company to hire managers if necessary; staying within the company is not building the culture the founders espoused. Have managers rethink what "servant leadership" should look like.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Just another day in paradise :(

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good products, nice location

    Cons

    Salary, micro management, senior leaders with Napoleon complex

    Advice to Management

    Need to weed the top ... long term leaders does not equal good leaders.


  8. Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit and great people

    Cons

    lack of well defined career path


  9. Marketing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Benefits / Security / Lifestyle job

    Cons

    Hard to make a difference

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the market when making product development decisions


  10. A good stepping stone if you are looking for more.

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits...... Education reimbursement is great. There are many resources to better your career, even if you don't stay with Garmin these are tools that you can use at your next job!!

    Cons

    Advancement is not based off merit. You need to call a hotline everyday to determine if you are working two hours of overtime. You can be held accountable for company policies. Even if you have been told incorrectly by your superiors. THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY!!! I was not given the attendance policy until six months in. And it was extremely vague leaving room for interpretation. Absolutely no training. (The newbies train the new hires) Forced to work 12 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    I have come across associates who can barely understand what I am saying. I ask them to do something, and they cannot comprehend. This is mainly in the warehouse. This disturbs me mainly because if you are a picker, or in receiving, or VA, or anything having to do with operations, comprehension is just as important as being able to read and speak English. How can I effectively communicate with someone who can't understand what I am saying? C'mon HR!! Shift deviation is a wonderful tool. But if you are already forced to work 10 hours of overtime per week, you have to add any hours you deviate on top of that as well. So it is better to take the day off. Too much management...too many fingers in the cookie jar!! Human Resources are really for management not the associates. If you have a problem, more than likely they will belittle you and take their side. Here at Garmin there is the framework for success. You have excellent programs that make it seem like you are a company that cares. But the people you have put in place to govern others have no checks or balances. There is no accountability. Many associates started out with a positive attitude about Garmin. Within a year, they are all just getting a paycheck, waiting on another and better offer.


  11. Steady Paycheck..... That's it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.



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