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"Worst job I've ever had."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Engineering in Olathe, KS
Former Employee - Software Engineering in Olathe, KS
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Decent health care package, but you'll need it to to deal with the stress of working at Garmin.
Some fairly competent co-workers, but their best efforts are squandered by management.

Cons

Upper management lacks strategic vision. Case in point is the Garmin smartphone debacle. Management can't decide what product strategy to pursue, so they demand that engineering work on all possible combinations, and then they complain when it doesn't come together on time.
Middle management is populated by people who have no clue how to manage people, much less show any leadership traits. Work at Garmin degenerates into a rat race of competing with your fellow co-worker for projects, appreciation, promotions, and ultimately your salary. Favoritism is rampant, and promotions and project assignments are mostly based on the buddy system.
Young recruits straight from college are favored over experienced professionals, as they don't seem to realize how horrible things have become at Garmin.

Advice to Management

Hang on to all the cash in the bank, and keep on slapping yourselves on the back for earning it all in the last decade. In the future, I doubt your company will earn you more than the interest on the cash.

Other Employee Reviews for Garmin

  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Repair Technician in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Computer Repair Technician in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits
    401K and stock options
    Flexible Hours
    Flexible time off
    3 weeks PTO

    Cons

    *Incapable of and unwilling to change process
    *Poor management/employee relations
    *Forced over time
    *Unpaid on call time
    *Low pay compared to other IT jobs
    *Substandard equipment
    *No accountability
    *Poor performance accepted norm for employees, management, and equipment
    *Management too concerned about "looking good" to upper levels and will dismiss problems or process improvements that would make them look otherwise.
    *Cafeteria food is WAY over priced ($12 for lunch on average)
    *Very little room for advancement and very small pay raises
    *Extreme corporate mentality and budget constraints

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employee's suggestions and take action. Don't be afraid to push for changes when your employee's ask for it.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, as long as it's not the call center taking calls."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees and family. Cool community events for employees and family. Working with cutting edge technology. If you are an
    Compensation
    Innovation

    Cons

    Lost in the shuffle if you work in the call center. Your advice seems to go on deaf ears. When applying for internal position, you are denied with no help as to why and how to make yourself a better fit for the position. Human resource rules the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee concerns

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