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Updated August 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance and the benefits are superb" (in 54 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management" (in 76 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 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good balance of work/life, provides opportunities to help the community, great environment, awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to transfer to other positions internally because of low turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a little better support for cross-department transitions


  2. "Software Engineer"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Interesting work on interesting products. Never expected to say late or work more than 40 hours. Great 401k, ESPP and benefits! Great long-term job.

    Company is expanding into new markets and growing a lot = job security.

    Cons

    Low turnover rate means it can be difficult to transfer internally.

  3. "One of the best in the Midwest"

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

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. Great work-life balance. Great benefits. They have really great people working there and produce really cool products.

    Cons

    Despite Garmin’s great benefits, they aren’t always willing to pay a person what they’re worth. Simply compare your salary to the national average. Or worse, compare your salary to what you’d make on the east or west coast. They also don’t incentivize people to excel with a obvious bonus structure. The people that are passionate about their jobs will always do a good job, but others will see this as an excuse to come in and do the bare minimum. Can be frustrating. BUT! This also reduces the “dog-eat-dog” impulse that can be present in other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a good job!


  4. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay, great benefits package

    Cons

    repetitive, little potential for advancement


  5. "Aviation Product Support"

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    Former Employee - Aviation Product Support in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Aviation Product Support in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with aviation products all day ranging from small Cessnas to business jets. Flexible work schedule. Work from home flexibility, although not full time. Overtime. Incredible benefits.

    Cons

    Lower pay without a lot of room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a solid structure with room for advancement and a path to other career opportunities. This job is somewhat dead end, but not a bad place to be nonetheless.


  6. "Good place to work if you’re a guy"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Olathe, KS
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool tech in the Midwest, strong overall benefits package, and decent work/balance.

    Cons

    Pay is below average, career progress is hard to come by, and the culture really depends on the department. This is especially problematic for females.

    In some areas, women are treated as equals, in others, we definitely are not ... instead, mansplaining, assigning you secretarial tasks, and speaking over you are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    As a start, train *ALL* managers and leads on their unconscious biases and recognize that the Women’s Business Forum is not a solution to all sexism issues in a company that is approximately 80% male.


  7. "Great benefits, but not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Marine Product Support Specialist III in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Marine Product Support Specialist III in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (100% paid health and vision, cheap dental)
    Chance to learn a lot about a lot of different markets

    Cons

    The call centers were treated like the red-headed step children during my time there

    Advice to Management

    Around the time I was leaving, massive improvements were being made to how the call centers operated. My supervisor at the time, as I have heard, is no longer with the company, and he was exactly the reason why I left. I tried to bring concerns to HR several times, and was brushed off. It got bad enough that I had a panic attack at work and had to quit.

  8. "Poor lower level management"

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    Former Employee - Electronic Assembler in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Electronic Assembler in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere with fellow workers.

    Cons

    Poor management at the lower level.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your products and people better. Don't just sit in the office complaining when you should be on the floor leading.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome company and benefits; TOXIC work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - awesome 401k, PTO that doesn't reset at the end of the year, health insurance is great and affordable, ESPP

    You'll get to work with some fantastic products

    Cons

    Company culture is a joke. What's an even bigger joke is the work/life balance that HR loves to tout. You may be forced to work weekends while your peers with less seniority get to enjoy them.

    Never trust anyone. That includes HR. Many people are only concerned about what's in it for themselves instead of what's best for the company, and they'll throw you under the bus and make a big deal of the smallest "issues" that are in reality non-issues.

    Too many people who aren't passionate about their segment. Literally probably 95%+ are clueless.

    Limited to no room for advancement

    If they don't want to give you a raise, they'll find a reason not to, even if unjust

    If you like to be belittled, intimidated and threatened on a regular basis, you'll love working at Garmin.

    Advice to Management

    Coach your employees instead of taking the cowardly approach by going straight to HR.

    Upper management - take a good strong look at mid-level managers. Get rid of those who refuse to coach their employees to be the best they can be.

    Consider hiring more people who know the industry in which their business segment serves. Especially in marketing.


  10. "Wonderful so far!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Associate in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Product Support Associate in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is very laid back

    Cons

    You get some disgruntled customer which is to be expected.


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