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Garmin Olathe Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  • Lower end on compensation with little to no performance incentives (in 10 reviews)

  • The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of promise, but never seem to fulfill it"

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to take on additional responsibilities. Opportunity to work on consumer products. Garmin has dramatically diversified their product offering, have cash in the bank and no debt. It's a very secure place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic thinking. Very conservative mindset with little to no understanding of marketing in a true sense. Lots of "old guard" around keeping things stuck in doing things "the Garmin way"

    Advice to Management

    Hire Sr Management from outside - stop promoting long-time associates


  2. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Relaxed atmosphere
    - Hands-off management

    Cons

    - Pay low-to-mid end for KC metro, although getting better
    - Amentities on campus are pretty limited. Cafeteria is more expensive than eating out (and significantly lower quality) and workout facility is very limited

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing modernization. It feels like some teams are set in their ways and unwilling to adapt to changes and new technology.


  3. "Best place I ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the culture at Garmin is exceptional.

    Great work life balance and the benefits are superb. 3weeks of PTO starting out and more vacation can be earned through years of service.

    Cons

    The only bad thing I have to say is that sometimes working at a large company can have its drawbacks like having so many levels of management.


  4. "Stable Job, not much movement"

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    Current Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    health benefits, 401K & 75% matching up to 10% of your contribution, free workout room, cafeteria, garden/fountain and walking paths, onsite software and soft skill training opportunities, meditation rooms, corporate discounts, while the m/f ratio is 80/20, I have never seen or felt any gender discrimination

    Cons

    you are one of many - feel like a cog, little career advancement opportunity, low salary (benefits are great, but for the younger, healthy and non-parent employees, they don't really get used), lots of engineers/type A personalities - communication is poor, have seen some talent hoarding by supervisors rather than putting them up for other positions

    Advice to Management

    create ways for people to advance through the company, job shadowing for moving departments, more communication, work together between departments - there is so much talent and knowledge at Garmin and it is not being utilized to its fullest capacity.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits (health insurance, 401K, stock purchase, etc) are top notch. Very reasonable work hours. I find the work interesting. Facilities are nice (most engineers work in 3 person offices, not cubicles).

    Cons

    Management does not necessarily do a great job of unifying teams across departments. This causes some odd interactions when working with other teams as they often have little concern for the things you are doing.
    The company is definitely organized around electrical engineers and selling hardware, so they are not as well setup to understand the needs of software development.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to better organize teams together so there is more unity of understanding of priorities.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and career growth process

    Cons

    Longer hours and sometimes working at weekends is normal


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Struggling to make the transition"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people. Great location

    Cons

    Pay is low, the culture is not good. Used to be a great place that had passion now it is poorly managed and most of the management needs replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Your not the same company Gary and Min starred move on and admit it. Treat employees with respect and cut HR in half.


  8. "Amazing Company!"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Olathe, KS
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Garmin provides an amazing work environment for Interns and gives them real world experience in their area of interest.

    Cons

    I have yet to find any cons with Garmin and believe that this company holds a lot of potential for career growth.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering/R&D Focused Corporation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The engineers are treated well, and the benefits are excellent. R&D resources are plentiful, but budgeted responsibly.

    Cons

    The company has grown up from a very small company very quickly. The kinds of growing pains that take some companies a generation to sort out, Garmin has faced inside a decade. There's a definite disconnect in the individual-centric culture they want to have vs. the big corporation they need to be in order to serve their markets. The disconnect results in difficult management situations, and a serious lack of inter-group communication and collaboration.

    Garmin's Achilles heel is their marketing. They refuse to look outside the building for help, blaming their self-imposed vertical orientation strategy. I agree with VO models for nearly every aspect of a business _except_ marketing. If they hired a real marketing firm to get the job done, Garmin wouldn't be able to make enough products to keep up with demand.

    Advice to Management

    Make concrete plans for the future, and tell the employees what those plans are. Not just things like "expansion" and "acquisitions." Tell them about the short-game and some of the strategic decisions that are in play.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Highly collaborative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Well-diversified stable company, separate segments serve numerous markets (aviation, automotive, automotive OEM, marine, outdoor, fitness)
    - Variety of types of embedded development work depending on the segment, including some interesting innovation.
    - Highly collaborative environment, emphasizes face-to-face interaction and individual ownership/initiative
    - Your role is not dictated by your title, tenure, or org chart. Pay, responsibilities, and autonomy grow organically with your initiative/contribution.
    - Plenty of opportunities for growth on either the "technical" or "management" tracks
    - Company does its own manufacturing (in US and Taiwan), very little outsourcing of any kind.
    - Good benefits
    - Approx 40hr work-week is just fine most of the time (good work-life balance)

    Cons

    - Many segments develop using languages and operating systems that aren't considered cutting edge (C/C++ and in-house OS)
    - Due to company size, some types of technical and process improvements can be difficult or slow to make.
    - Less flexible than some companies regarding when working hours occur, work from home, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep emphasizing the diversified business model -- it brings long term stability and makes Garmin an interesting place to work.


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