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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A good place to learn, but don't expect any recognition.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Highly skilled subset of people within. Good benefits

    Cons

    Not much available for advancement. A lot of hoops to go through to get to the next level of your job, some unobtainable because of the length of project time and time of year advancements go through. Raises are laughable at best, and have rarely beat inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses, better advancement/recognition, these things will greatly improve morale. A lot of the time it feels like you're looking through rose colored glasses at the rest of us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Review

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

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

    Pros

    Well respected company in both the community and the industry.

    Cons

    No equal treatment by management. What's ok for one associate to do is not ok for another. One associate can be habitually late for work (30 to 90 minutes late every day) yet others are asked to make up time if they want to leave 30 minutes early for a doctor's appointment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and be equal. 90% of the jobs in IT could be done from home - yet there are only a select few that are allowed to work from home - seemingly when ever they want. I think management needs to reconsider its stance on "what's fair isn't always what's equal". If things aren't equal (relatively speaking) - they are never going to be fair. Associates being given special treatment causes resentment among other associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly people, good company, but progress is slow and pay is low.

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

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

    Pros

    Cool company objectives, cool products,

    Cons

    Takes forever for changes to be implemented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees more often than the once-a-year reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Software Developr

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

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

    Pros

    Technology, Industry , Good team mates and manager

    Cons

    compensation is low compared to the compensation at other places in the area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Quality Assurance

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    From 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Culture, Great Salary and Great Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, great leadership and opportunities for growth

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is fantastic, love the flat organizational structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An Engineer's Company

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

    I worked at Garmin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun products.
    Highly successful and stable.
    Tons of company spirit and brand loyalty.
    Talented people.
    Great benefits (healthcare, vacation, savings, etc).
    Top notch facilities with all the tools that you need to do a great job.
    Informal culture.
    Politics are mild compared to many companies.
    Cultural focus on service.

    Cons

    - Below average compensation (~20% lower in my case) and barely cost of living raises. No bonuses and not much reward for people who consistently put in 150% or more. Stock grants have been anemic.
    - Management charisma and communications are weak, especially from the top. Used to be that Min wandered around to speak to the teams. This in itself was uplifting. Now the 8th floor is a fortress.
    - A two class culture: engineering and "other". A lack of respect for associates who are not in engineering roles.
    - A flat organization with little career development potential. Little systematic succession planning. Moves between projects do not bring much advancement, especially in pay.
    - Too many "email meetings" and committee decisions. Need more delegation of trust & empowerment.
    - Conservative -sometimes overly so, which is a reflection of the senior leadership philosophy.
    - Too much focus on product technology. A "we know better" attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes a village with an inspirational and visionary village leader!
    You can do better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice, relaxing low stress environment

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great!

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, interesting projects

    Cons

    Nothing that is a deal breaker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Relaxed and friendly workplace

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    My 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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