Garmin Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Good benefits, but that's not all that makes a good workplace.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    There were some good basic benefits at Garmin. Many of the people were great to work with and committed to doing the best job possible.

    Cons

    The departments are very fragmented and communication from top to bottom is limited. Overall morale is very weak. Benefits are good, but not as valuable as implied for all employees. Pay is not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with employees, keeping the lines of communication open. In general, people do not feel comfortable sharing their ideas or concerns.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Garmin is very engineer oriented and offers excellent benefits. You get to work on products that customers use in their daily lives. Garmin affords plenty of opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    New employee training isn't very well developed, especially for new college grads. Also, not quite as much vacation time as others in the tech field

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up the appreciation of the engineers creating the products. Adding to the new employee training with team-specific trainings could prove very beneficial.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Just another corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable Pay Stable Benefits No Dress Code

    Cons

    Everything pertains to aviation: First: You are brought in with basically zero training. Garmin uses a variety of homebrewed tools and frameworks, and you'll be expected to learn them all with the very little documentation provided. You can ask your teammates/mentor for help, but they'll be so busy, that it will be hard to aquire time from them. Certain teams work their employees so hard, that you can feel how miserable their lives are with every conversation. Next, you'll be given asinine requirements from your manager. I tried to partake in some of the social groups at Garmin(as I was new to KC), and my manager harped on me for not being in my chair for ~90% of the work day. I never felt treated like such a child. Personally, I found the work dull and boring. I can't sit in a chair for 9 hours 5-6 days a week without becoming extremely burnt out. You'll hear that term thrown around a lot, by the way. Everyone is talking about burn out. My current job, I have yet to hear one person say burn-out. Good luck getting promoted. Upward mobility is like winning the lottery in this company. Everyone is to complacent with the 3 promotions they'll receive during their career here. Everyone is complacent with the 1-3% raises you'll get every year. Everyone is complacent with $200 bonus and the $20 gift card to Walmart. This job has way too much stress to warrant such lack of career development.

    Advice to Management

    Find out which groups in your company are unhappy, and do your best to fix that. There is way to many poor middle management that is wearing down your workforce.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sometimes fun, sometimes dull

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best reason was team members and projects you get to work on. Products are cutting edge but work can get monotonous with time. Excitment at work depends on the team you are on.

    Cons

    Once you do something, you keep getting assigned same tasks for next projects and it gets boring.

    Advice to Management

    Kansas is not a place people are desperate to cone to work. Do not let people who are working for you leave for small things.


  6. Great company

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

    I worked at Garmin (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hires only the best. Some fields promote quickly. Excellent benefits. Initial compensation at average or below, but total compensation including bonuses exceed market with proven track record. Lots of social activities supported by company.

    Cons

    Long hours. Engineering and software driven company, and support departments not held in high regard.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more promotional opportunities.


  7. Overall, good company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Assistant in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Assistant in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very cool people to work along side of. There seemed to be good opportunity to advance. Also, the products are great! Interns are treated well and and given hands on experience.

    Cons

    The pay scale was definitely in favor of the company. Pay raises were also not very good. Most employees didn't get bonuses either.

    Advice to Management

    Make the people in the lower end of the pay scale happy with something better than a $200 bonus and a Thanksgiving turkey. Better yet, give them much better pay.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great place to find your niche

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Homegrown, innovative, worldwide, great culture, Automotive and Fitness arenas are growing strong

    Cons

    Garmin has been an incredible [lace to grow my skills. I have found my niche in process and procedural documentation in the OEM market


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Work Life Balance and No Passion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Garmin is the kind of place that you go to work when you want something safe, with adequate pay, decent benefits, and a 40 hr a week load because your life emphasis is outside the workplace. The headquarters location in suburban Kansas City ironically mirrors this sentiment. A suburban utopia of highly rated schools and from a national perspective- relatively affordable housing opportunities make an ideal location for the family oriented employee.

    Cons

    Garmin is not the place to work if you want to light the world on fire, want upward mobility, financial reward or future opportunity. The future prospectus is murky as portable navigation devices have fallen out of favor, forcing Garmin to look to emerging and third world markets to make up the slack, shift the identity of the company to a fitness-oriented focus, and deal with the ever increasing competition in what was historically their exclusive space from giants such as Apple, Google and Microsoft. If you're awesome and you know it, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate the number of product segments that you are pursuing. Either change the culture through demanding effort and providing more compensation or reach acceptance that you will have to retreat with your space under attack from competitors with superior talent and funding.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Aviation Software

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Decent salary for the area. Decent benefits. I hear good things about the non-avation-segments at garmin (Personal Navigation Devices, fitness, outdoor, marine).

    Cons

    Aviation is necessarily slow. Be prepared to work with tools that are well over 20 years old, mostly home grown. Most of management is made of former engineers. Unfortunately, most of them started as EEs and do not understand software. Most believe C is the ideal language for any and every problem faced in the field (actually, a few admitted to me they'd prefer to develop our customer facing GUIs in assembly language). You'll frequently get pulled of of your project for weeks at a time to help other teams test their code. This mostly means getting code coverage. There are very few opportunities for learning. Management makes no attempt to keep you up-to-date with the happenings of computer science or the latest tools/technology for engineering software. I can't recommend getting a job in Garmin's aviation segment unless you're prepared to spend your career there. You won't acquire very many marketable skills.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change more. You won't keep talent around long if they're forced to test other people's crappy code and work with incredibly antiquated technology. Lose the one-size-fits-all approach for C. It'll be worth it to invest the time certifying new technologies--you'll attract younger, more talented engineers and retain them.



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