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Updated October 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Excellent benefits and work/life balance" (in 59 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management" (in 79 reviews)

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

  • "Work-life balance can vary depending on what you're assigned" (in 10 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facility, modern office, good cafeteria

    Cons

    Cultish environment, unrealistic expectations of associates, substandard salary.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Limited growth opportunities, questionable engineering practices"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    This satellite office employees less that 150 engineers, with about half of them working in aviation on the first floor. Engineers on the second floor work mostly on auto and consumer products. The turnover rate is fairly low.

    Office management works hard to make Garmin a great place to work by providing popular deviations like lunchtime movies, an annual BBQ in the park, basketball, video games, volleyball, and the much loved ping pong. Also, they manage a product library for associates to borrow current and past generation Garmin products for evaluation.

    Despite the number of perks that Garmin provides, the work/life balance is generally good. Most people work a standard 40 hour week unless there is a specific need to work overtime.

    All associates, regardless of business unit, can take pilot ground school training in house and have the fee reimbursed upon passing the test. Also, I believe there are benefits for those seeking to gain a pilot's license.

    Garmin offers covered parking for all associates with free charging for electric vehicles.

    Cons

    Since the turnover rate is fairly low, there are insufficient opportunities to do other things within the company if you want to pursue different interests or end up on a team that is a bad fit.

    The compensation structure is based purely on performance, but the subjective methods for determining performance seem to be designed to reward more junior level engineers, while creating a predictable plateau for senior engineers. It would benefit a prospective employee to negotiate a good starting salary, since raises can be meager, even for those with acceptable performance.

    Local leadership consists mostly of senior engineers that get promoted to be team leads. This is not necessarily bad, but considering the size of the office, the small number of teams, and the fact that team leads have no path for promotion, ineffective managers or those with personality problems tend to stick around longer than they should.

    Despite the work culture that Garmin tries to foster, the engineering culture remains frustrating and inefficient. The tools used to document and review software are largely in-house creations. While there is purportedly an effort to improve the tools, the current state is below average and leads to an inordinate amount of wasted time trying to navigate them. Industry standard version control tools such as git are used, but dangerous practices like allowing engineers to push untested and unreviewed software to the master release branch make the codebase unstable and creates unnecessary headaches for developers, management, and customers. Design documentation is virtually nonexistent, supplemented insufficiently by a mess of conflicting and out of date wiki page entries.

  8. "Great company with good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Family like work environment and everyone is great to work with

    Cons

    lack of communication from the executive leadership team on a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Create a plan for the future and communicate it to the masses


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lead Engineering Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    stable, large corporation, somewhat relaxed,

    Cons

    no career advancement. no growth opportunities from within, management will keep you in your job even if they and your peers know you deserve to advance. Management are set in their ways and only consider certain educational institutions good enough for people to work there. More interested in money than the employee or the customer. Management really has no power to stand up for workers- meaning the boss can't do anything to promote from within even if the though is you should move up. Employees are treated as numbers, not individuals. Some management are not honest. Management has favoritism with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Treat your employees experience with importance, Consider time as important as a specific degree from a specific school. Consider educational achievements for advancement. Don't be so near sited and overlook employees who have shown that they can do a job when creating jobs in the same group for which the employee could fit into. And don't lie to your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Experience as a Product Support Specialist at Garmin"

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    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: Great management experience that really helped me learn.
    - Coworkers are great and the dress code is very lax.
    -I had to get surgery in the middle of the summer that I was there and they accommodated my needs very well.

    Cons

    People speak of little upward mobility but for a summer seasonal position, there is not really that concern.
    Customers can be hard to work with but Garmin tries to put every resource available in front of you to help you.


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