Garmin Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
247 Reviews
3.8
247 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 17 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development (in 10 reviews)

  • It's hard to move up in the ranks while working in Salem (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engaging and challenging work

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This is my second "real" job out of college and I couldn't be happier than I am working at Garmin. Initially, some of the work wasn't terribly interesting but that's what you should expect as a new hire. By now, I'm doing what I was made for, putting in extra hours just because I love what I'm doing. I expect I'll be at Garmin for a good long time.

    Benefits are excellent:
      75% 401k match on the first 10% of your salary
      Very inexpensive health care
      Tuition reimbursement
      Incentives to become a private pilot
      Very nice discounts on Garmin products
      Plenty of little things like Costco/Sam's Club memberships, discounted YMCA memberships, etc

    I work with people much smarter than myself, so I'm constantly learning

    I have an amazing supervisor who lets me get my job done. The best kind is one who will get you whatever you need to get your job done while protecting you from inconsequential trivia, and I have one of those.

    Cons

    Salary - while it is decent, I do feel it is too low for what I do

    Upper management has a history of being close-lipped when it comes to financials, future plans, etc. They started doing some things to improve morale, but they didn't tell anybody what they were; it seems to us like nothing was being done. This is getting better, but still needs to be worked on.

    Consistency with performance reviews - Every year I've been here the process and ratings have changed; I have no idea if I've improved or not

    Career advancement is sortof a mixed bag. There is a career path with 7 levels for technical types, which is good. However, effectively 80% will potentially ever reach 3, 20% will reach 4, and 5/6/7 are forever out of reach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries really do need to be bumped up.
    Continue becoming more transparent regarding what you're doing to improve the workplace for us.
    Make a consistent review process and stick with it for more than 1 year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I felt involved and trusted right from the start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Larger company with small company feel
    Casual dress code
    Young environment

    Cons

    Lack of feedback on completed work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Cafeteria, Plenty of intelligent people to work with. Everyone I met was always extremely friendly and willing to go out of their way to help me with what I was working on.

    Cons

    At times it felt like I wasn't really being trusted with very complex tasks. It seemed at the time as though they were underestimating the impact that smartphones would have on the navigation division.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great summer internship.

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

    I worked at Garmin as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Garmin has a great culture.
    The work was interesting.
    A lot of opportunities for interns outside of work.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Work may be boring or tedious at times.
    Your experience will be very dependent on which department and team your on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, great products, great appreciation!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Chanhassen, MN

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow your skill set, and be appreciated for it.

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out more to employees lower in the bureaucracy .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Garmin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They provide great benefits, like healthcare, dental, etc. Stable company with expanding markets.

    Cons

    The work atmosphere at my office was very boring. They don't have many events or other opportunities to branch out and meet new people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do Not Work at the Call Center to Try to Get Your Foot in the Door

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

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

    Pros

    Garmin is a great place to work as a company. They have great benefits, an awesome Winter Ball, and take the company to World's of Fun once a year. Besides a lower salary, the company does try to take care of its employees.

    Cons

    -Micromanaged if you are under the attendance policy
    -Very difficult to get out of the call center to persue other jobs
    -Very slow in promotion
    -Salary is OK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the attendance policy. It causes unneeded stress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good learning experience, started out well but ended with an anti-climax

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst
    Former Employee - IT Analyst

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Relative autonomy vs micro managment, casual working environment, good benefits, interesting projects

    Cons

    Little recognition for overtime hours, no work from home alternatives even with bad weather conditions, poor work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what goes on with individual associates, try to balance attention to all contributors and not just favorites, start providing work from home opportunities

    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work culture, good ESPP, 401K and insurance

    Cons

    Not a clear career path

  11.  

    Dream Job

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

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

    Pros

    Informal Environment/Dress Code - It's all about the design!
    Excellent Benefits
    Great leadership/management
    Support and encourage physical fitness
    Excellent facilities/Office space
    Opportunities for commumity involvement
    Tuition assistance for advanced degree and promotion upon completion

    Cons

    Limited travel opportunites for beginning engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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