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"Easy, steady, great work-life balance but no opportunity for growth or earnings"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
No opinion of CEO

Pros

1. Lifetime employment if you are an engineer
2. Nice benefits package compared to other hi-tech companies
3. Focus on work-life balance

Cons

1. Opportunity to grow is absent if you are not an engineer
2. Accountability resides with C-Level mgt only. Senior/Middle-managers are "nice people" and "yes-men".
3. Auto business has no forward looking vision or growth plan

Advice to Management

1. Focus on people development. Implement leadership development program and provide opportunities for growth to ambitious people.
2. Give freedom to VPs and Directors to make decisions, spend money and manage budgets. Reward / hold them accountable for their actions.
3. Move away from "core business hours" concept. It is not in tune with the international culture of hi-tech. Immigrants and single people are willing to put in more hours and be super productive. Exploit that potential.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I was able to work on cool products with a fantastic group of engineers."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My group at Garmin was very talented - the most talented team I have worked with in my career. My bosses recognized the talent and push us each to have many responsibilities. It was a very fulfilling place to work, and it was a treat to be able to see the products I developed on store shelves.

    Cons

    There were many other groups that didn't share the positive team dynamic that I experienced. There were areas of the company that were very bureaucratic, and areas where the individual engineer was ignored by management.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend trying to better recruit top-level engineers, and to expect each engineer to develop significant responsibilities for the products or features they are working on.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work but not to earn"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Build cool products
    2. Can see every phase of product development
    3. Great benefits

    Cons

    1. Cannot grow without sycophancy
    2. Growing into leadership roles are based on a 'Management By Strengths' personality test. Which was taken when you join the company. Unless you are in red category you cannot become a leader
    3. Not so great Compensation
    4. Inconsistent performance appraisals

    Advice to Management

    Do something to reward the talented engineers.

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