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Updated February 15, 2019
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  • "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. "Aircraft system engineer"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Systems Engineer in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Aircraft Systems Engineer in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good life/work balance

    Cons

    Not much bad so far


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    "Great Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The size of Garmin certainly has great benefits. Inexpensive health insurance, discounts around the KC area at many places. Awesome events.

    Cons

    They really need to step up their game on training management how to be leaders, and not just providing minimal support.

  3. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to explain in a variety of tools and products to customers In a fast-paced environment.

    Cons

    Still have to stock products and clean.

    Advice to Management

    There is much more to my story my resume can show. I guarantee a explanation of my life will move you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Love My Job"

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    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

    In my team the work environment is very healthy. We have great leaders whom I trust. The work environment is healthy. Software engineering managers strive to hold us to a 40 hour workweek. I've never felt overworked here.

    In software engineering we do anything from web applications to mobile apps to assembly code drivers. There's a lot of freedom to move around to try different things. I've known a number of folks to switch teams as their interests change.

    The work itself is challenging. Garmin is always needing to innovate to stay in business. We set a very high bar with new product introductions. What other company introduces new wearables and action cams to the market which are instantly recognized as amongst the best in class. Aviation is slowly but surely growing, and Marine is #1 in the world. We want to win here.

    I'm content with my salary. RSUs and PSUs come as you demonstrate value to the team. Health insurance benefits are absolutely outstanding -- I pay next to nothing to have pretty much everything covered. And the Employee Stock Purchase Plan is a wonderful benefit -- you're guaranteed to make 15% on 10% of your salary. In some periods where the stock price jumped I made 50% on my money. 401(k) match is similarly outstanding -- 75 cents to the dollar up to 10% of your income. If I made a career out of Garmin I'd be guaranteed to retire a millionaire with that kind of match.

    On top of all that, the campus is growing. It's really transformed the last few years to be a fun place to play. Sand volleyball, soccer/ultimate Frisbee, a walking trail, gardening club, fitness room with equipment, ping pong, and so on.

    It's just a fabulous place to work. I can't speak for the negative reviews here, but my experience has been nothing but positive.

    Cons

    Honestly, nothing. This is a genuine endorsement of the company.

    Advice to Management

    I think you all are doing a great job. Nothing to complain about.


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    "Overall great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great company culture
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry
    Vertical movement is highly dependent on the quality of your manager

    Advice to Management

    Managers need better training at helping to grow their employees outside of being engineers for life.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Hard work does not pay off, office socializing does."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits.
    - Friendly co-workers.
    - Good place to gain experience.

    Cons

    - Quality of leadership is questionable to awful.
    - Lack of diversity and notably sexist.
    - No career advancement unless you are prepared to change your personality, question your character and do a lot of office socializing.
    - Team leaders are contradicting.
    - Too many people to please, so just be prepared to be the loudest person in the room.
    - Hard work gets overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to choose quality over convenience for leadership roles in the future.


  7. "Good work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment and office culture

    Cons

    Nothing really bad about it

  8. "Micro management and no value to feedback my comment"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good high level management, good direction and technology opportunity.

    Cons

    Immediate manager is jerk, his way or no way. HR is worthless when you complained about that manager. No incentive when bonus is at high level position.

    Advice to Management

    Where many complains about that manager existed or when many associates left department, it is no brained that issue is related to that manager and HR is always taken side with that manager. Waste so much time with meetings. Just like a dictator. It is constantly yelling, shouting and swearing to each other like a prison. No respect at all.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    a good work life balance

    Cons

    there is limited career growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to hire women and minorities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SMT Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and family culture.

    Cons

    Management has an inner circle mentality

    Advice to Management

    Stop being a club that only admits within circle.