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- "The benefits are great and there is no shortage of challenging work to be had." (in 254 reviews)
- "They have really great people working there and produce really cool products." (in 145 reviews)
- "Great work eviorment and culture!" (in 82 reviews)
- "The work life balance is great with no one asking you to put in extra time." (in 80 reviews)
- "Good work environment and lots to do" (in 40 reviews)
- "Low pay and this cool thing where if you do your job well you get to do everybodys job" (in 82 reviews)
- "Low Salaries and Kansas is a boring place to work." (in 69 reviews)
- "The management at the NKC contact center is horrible with a couple of exceptions." (in 64 reviews)
- "Your experience depends greatly on your manager; some managers are great and working for them is great." (in 29 reviews)
- "No bonus given." (in 18 reviews)
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Updated Sep 21, 2023
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- 5.0Sep 8, 2023Team Lead (Staff Software Engineer)Current Employee, more than 10 yearsKansas City, MO
Moving forward with the current technology Great products and Team members
Great and probably the process is a bit slow
- 5.0Jul 10, 2023Software Engineer IIFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsOlathe, KS
For the embedded industry there really isn't much better than Garmin. Benefits (401k, healthcare, ESPP, product discounts) are at the top of the industry and incredibly generous. There is a brand new on-site gym which is also nice. You can tell the company really cares about its employee's well being. In terms of a work environment, Garmin is an engineering company first and foremost. Lots of internal tools that are very high quality (I can only speak from aviation software but the internal testing tooling really made our life so much easier). Also the codebase was one of the cleanest i've ever worked with. It's a great place to start your career and a great place to stick to long term. They have a good mentoring program for new hires and there are many people here who have spent their entire career at Garmin. The work life balance here really cannot be beat. I left Garmin to be closer to family (see cons), but if not for that I would have absolutely stayed here long term, it really is that good. I cannot recommend Garmin enough
There is little flexibility for remote work. They do offer a hybrid system (3 days in person, 2 at home), but no fully remote option. This wouldn't be a huge issue, however the HQ is based in Kansas City. If you are an outdoor person KC does not offer much + that midwest summer can be brutal.4
- 2.0Sep 21, 2023Graphic DesignerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsOlathe, KS
Office space is amazing. Most everyone you work with loves their jobs. Lots of little perks. Benefits are great. Work life balance is amazing.
Pay is extremely poor and low. Promotions are rare and unlikely. There are no pay negotiations and will be told “benefits are great.” Benefits don’t pay the bills. Very Engineer focused so don’t expect to make work that isn’t outside of pushing numbers and stats. Very little room for creativity and is seen as defiance. No work from home options. Airport food prices for the vending machines and cafeteria. Business model is wacky.
- 4.0Sep 15, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 years
Culture, benefits, coworkers, products. They find very good people to work for them.
In my case, the department I was in and the slow pace of advancement. I’m sure I’d feel much different coming in for a different role.
- 2.0Jun 19, 2023Software DeveloperCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearYarmouth, ME
The health and retirement benefits are better than average at Garmin. These come from the corporate office in the midwest. My guess is the Maine office would never provide these benefits if it were up to them.
Constant drinking required to fit in. The company doesn't have any kind of way to recognize a person joining or leaving, or getting promoted, and the engineering group has developed a culture of doing it on their own after work using alcohol. They even boast beer as part of the culture during the interview process. Large groups from Garmin drink together after work, and I am constantly terrified my husband is not going to make it home. He feels that he needs to do it in order to fit in, develop rapport with the other developers, and get promoted. The Yarmouth office is very controlling of employees, including not allowing them to work from home until they were absolutely forced because of Covid. I am filling this out for my husband, who started working at Garmin in Maine over a year ago.3
- 4.0Aug 28, 2023Storage AdministratorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearOlathe, KS
Benefits! Product discounts! Salary! WFH for some.
I think they have a wonky interpretation of time off for salaried vis-a-vis having to take PTO for short doctors visits. Others for other companies are scratching their heads about it too.
- 3.0Aug 30, 2023Cartography TechnicianFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsOlathe, KS
Decent work-life balance. You can pretty much take pto when you want/need without much pushback Pretty decent discounts on most products
Extremely low pay compared to similar positions locally and nationally Management has changed its focus to profits over everything else, especially employee retention Department is extremely shorthanded, leading to heavy workloads There is almost no communication between departments or teams in the same department so there is always a disconnect between what management or marketing expects to get done, and what is actually feasible.1
- 4.0Aug 28, 2023Project ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsOlathe, KS
Overall values are progressive and employee focused. Decent work life balance, great benefits, flexibility.
Little room for career advancement, pay doesn’t meet market standard for positions in other tech companies, get stuck doing work above your title & pay grade.1
- 5.0Aug 31, 2023Raw Materials HandlerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearOlathe, KS
Impressive benefits Lenient music policy for those who like background noise Opportunities around the company
Pay slightly lower than what would come with similar work in neighboring businesses
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Garmin has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 1,590 reviews left anonymously by employees. 74% of employees would recommend working at Garmin to a friend and 70% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.
74% of Garmin employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Garmin 4.0 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 3.6 for career opportunities.