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    QA Specialist

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    Former Employee - QA Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than a 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid local offices, awful scheduling

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II

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

    Pros

    Imho all good reviews on glassdoor were mostly referring to HQ office in Kansas. Branch offices were quite different depending on your local projects and local management. Mine wasn't good. Often pressured us to meet unreasonable deadlines showing off to HQ. You can't work from home even you live far from office.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities unless you are in Kansas. Garmin trying to evolve away from handheld gps device which has been its expertise for decades. Problem is years of inhouse driven development and lack of industry awareness in new approaches and new technoligies. Culture is very conservative and very "inside" the box thinking. New engineers leaving after about 2 to 3 yrs once they realize it takes an arm and leg to put this company on the right track. Scheduling is awful cuz garmin had been in its own domain for so long and lack of expertise in collaberating with other vendors. However it is good for intern and less experience engineers. After all they do have 20+ years of legacy code for you to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take closer look at all the branch offices. The turnover rate is a very good indicator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyable, but not long term

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (more than a 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
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • 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 a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    + 40-hour work week
    + Benefits
    + Work/life balance = Leave every day by 5:00
    + Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    + Shoulder Shrug Management "Not my problem"
    + No Clear Career Direction
    + Lack of Accountability
    + No Leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management would rather shuffle problematic employees from team to team and group to group vs. dealing with them. So instead of stopping the problem, it only grows as poor-performing employees move from team to team and get new titles / fewer responsibilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Olathe, KS
    Current Intern - Intern in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    Garmin's work environment is second to none. Casual dress code and associates really love their jobs. The people are very friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organization. Garmin seems to not know where they want to go with the company. They are always playing catch up. (Ex. GoPro vs Virb or FitBit vs VivoFit)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more time training for the job. Being thrown into the fire can be a good experience but also very frustrating at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Developer

    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Good company, popular company.Asked me lot of question about pointer and data structure

    Cons

    I dont know about cons

  10.  

    Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Chandler, AZ
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    As an intern I worked on software real projects. Some of the work involved debugging or verifying production quality software but the majority of my time was spent on developing an internal tool. I was given the project at the start of my internship and told to run with it. I designed, implemented, debugged, and updated my tool as the internship progressed. It was great to be working on my own project and implementing useful code instead of simply debugging someone else’s code or getting someone coffee.

    Cons

    No real cons come to mind, but there is a 20 word minimum so… bla bla bla bla bla

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, but poor management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Flexible work hours when needed. Casual dress code and the people are very friendly.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that there is very little structure for career path development.
    Supervisors are not very useful, rather micro managing their team, and it usually requires a manager to get anything done. Male associates are clearly favored for any manager or lead positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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