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Updated December 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good base pay out of college, great work life balance" (in 62 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management" (in 82 reviews)

Cons
  • "Too many meetings with little to no results" (in 11 reviews)

  • "It depends on people's long term career plan, career path is limited" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great work environment for white men, not so much for females or minorities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology and projects, good 401k matching, and cheap health insurance.

    Cons

    The career growth opportunities are very limited (even more so for females and other minorities). I’m in one of the largest departments in the company and, in that department, I am only aware of four people who aren’t white males that have direct reports.

    If you do join the company for a resume boost, as a female or minority, you have to consider it as an investment of a certain number of years and have an exit plan to move on as you will not have meaningful opportunities for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Management must recognize that we have a very small number of non-white employees and create some programs to help with the isolation this can create. If this kind of organization is created, don’t treat it as absolving the organization from any further action as seems to be the case with the Women’s Business Forum.

    HR must do a better job of training all members of management. If they are consistently ranking a female or other minority team member highly, ask the managers what they are doing to grow that team member’s career. Take an active role in helping management recognize their biases - ex: asking why they’re promoting yet another white male when another team member is a higher performer.

    Remember that having representation in leadership helps in recruiting additional non-white, non-male employees and that diversity leads to better products. A workforce that is 80% male and probably has an even worse white/nonwhite ratio is going to have skewed perspectives.

    Garmin Response

    Dec 3, 2018 – University Relations Team Leader

    As an organization, we understand diversity and inclusion helps foster an environment of creativity and innovation. We continue to work hard to build and strengthen our diversity and inclusion... More


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and nice people.

    Cons

    Some management seems unqualified. Pay can be unfair because increases are based on a percentage of current salary and not adjusted for new job titles.

    Advice to Management

    Offer telecommuting options and adjust pay scale fairness.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Male-Dominated Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - 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 benefits and generally a good work-life balance. Great 401k match.

    Cons

    Currently disappointed by the lack of diversity in such a large company.
    Very little senior leadership, and a tense competitive work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Better/honest/clear career paths for employees not in engineering.
    Make an effort to hire women and minorities.

    Garmin Response

    Dec 3, 2018 – University Relations Team Leader

    At Garmin, we are working hard to maintain an inclusive environment and have a concentrated effort on attracting and retaining women within the organization. As an organization, we understand... More


  4. "Good benefits, but monotonous."

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    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Consistent Schedule, New Facility

    Cons

    Little room for growth or advancement, monotony


  5. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Not much career growth


  6. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People! Fascinating work especially for an intern.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons. The company was great to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Great Leadership


  7. "Product Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, casual dress atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor communication from the top when it comes to the call center, and the call center functions totally apart from the rest of the company under a completely different set of rules. Opportunities are tough to come by now thanks to a recently implemented career path that discourages call center employees from applying directly for other jobs at the headquarters building (where the real good jobs are).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on training and consider the call center as a proving grounds for employees in other areas. Instead of trying so hard to retain skilled employees within the call center - then losing them to other places anyway - be prepared to lose them to other departments. The call center could be a great place to work if it was viewed as a recruitment center for those looking to do bigger and better things. This is how it was when I was hired, but new management and new strategies changed all that. We lost a lot of good people as a result.

  8. "Great organization to be a part of"

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    Current Employee - Aviation Programs Engineer/Manager in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Aviation Programs Engineer/Manager in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, coworkers, and culture. Engaging work.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can vary depending on what you're assigned.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work/life balance

    Cons

    Little opportunity for lateral movement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide alternate avenues for movement within company.


  10. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Diamond Bar, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small office, great benefits, good engineering culture, interesting work.

    Cons

    Many of Garmin's most interesting opportunities are based out of HQ in Kansas, so there is limited growth potential. Wages are low for the area and the experience required.