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Updated February 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Approx 40hr work-week is just fine most of the time (good work-life balance) (in 41 reviews)

  • Great benefits - I do not have to pay for my health insurance (in 64 reviews)

Cons
  • Employees may be able to speak more freely about processes, but their feedback seems to have little to no impact on company policy (in 9 reviews)

  • The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Garmin Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Engineer in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Engineer in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They people who work there are really nice.

    Cons

    It is not the easiest job, so if you want a challenge, this job is for you.

    Advice to Management

    It is a really cool job.


  2. "Engineering/R&D Focused Corporation"

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

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

    Pros

    The engineers are treated well, and the benefits are excellent. R&D resources are plentiful, but budgeted responsibly.

    Cons

    The company has grown up from a very small company very quickly. The kinds of growing pains that take some companies a generation to sort out, Garmin has faced inside a decade. There's a definite disconnect in the individual-centric culture they want to have vs. the big corporation they need to be in order to serve their markets. The disconnect results in difficult management situations, and a serious lack of inter-group communication and collaboration.

    Garmin's Achilles heel is their marketing. They refuse to look outside the building for help, blaming their self-imposed vertical orientation strategy. I agree with VO models for nearly every aspect of a business _except_ marketing. If they hired a real marketing firm to get the job done, Garmin wouldn't be able to make enough products to keep up with demand.

    Advice to Management

    Make concrete plans for the future, and tell the employees what those plans are. Not just things like "expansion" and "acquisitions." Tell them about the short-game and some of the strategic decisions that are in play.


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    "Highly collaborative"

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    - Well-diversified stable company, separate segments serve numerous markets (aviation, automotive, automotive OEM, marine, outdoor, fitness)
    - Variety of types of embedded development work depending on the segment, including some interesting innovation.
    - Highly collaborative environment, emphasizes face-to-face interaction and individual ownership/initiative
    - Your role is not dictated by your title, tenure, or org chart. Pay, responsibilities, and autonomy grow organically with your initiative/contribution.
    - Plenty of opportunities for growth on either the "technical" or "management" tracks
    - Company does its own manufacturing (in US and Taiwan), very little outsourcing of any kind.
    - Good benefits
    - Approx 40hr work-week is just fine most of the time (good work-life balance)

    Cons

    - Many segments develop using languages and operating systems that aren't considered cutting edge (C/C++ and in-house OS)
    - Due to company size, some types of technical and process improvements can be difficult or slow to make.
    - Less flexible than some companies regarding when working hours occur, work from home, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep emphasizing the diversified business model -- it brings long term stability and makes Garmin an interesting place to work.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Struggling to make the transition"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people. Great location

    Cons

    Pay is low, the culture is not good. Used to be a great place that had passion now it is poorly managed and most of the management needs replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Your not the same company Gary and Min starred move on and admit it. Treat employees with respect and cut HR in half.


  6. "Not that flexible but still okay"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers
    Decent benefits
    Lots to do

    Cons

    40 hour work week, 8 hours a day (NOT counting lunch, which really makes it 9 hours a day) is the only option. Working from home on a regular basis is not an option.

    Advice to Management

    Consider different work schedules/work from home options.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "acknowledge right people that bring you success"

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

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -great benefit for family
    -almost no overtime work

    Cons

    -too many meetings
    -too many people with weird job titles coming to meetings either talking common sense or guessing about things they don't really know
    -too many types and layers of managements - some teams have 3 layers all named "Manager"

    Advice to Management

    -use more engineers who can solve technical problems and produce results
    -don't spend too much money hiring project managers or analysts they are simply like book-keeping secretaries without knowing too much about the content
    -make sure technical career path goes to the people with the right expertise and education, not just americans


  8. "Garmin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Products, Good benefits, and Job ownership

    Cons

    Long hours, Teamwork not emphasized


  9. "IT-Operations"

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    Current Employee - Soc in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Soc in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything about it, awesome place to work.
    Overtime if Hourly, advancement, great pay, great atmosphere, and every benefit is awesome too, educational reimbursement. awesome bosses.

    Cons

    The hours can suck at time due to when they are and how long they are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the hard work, make sure your team know that they are wanted, you guys do a great job but have not had a day to do team build.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Desktop Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and great culture. Management is really easy to work with. I like coming to work knowing where the company is going and knowing they are growing.

    Cons

    Always work to do, I dont see this as a con because it is job security. I do believe they could be more competitive with compensation.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary for the industry, very good health and 401k benefits, decent vacation.

    Cons

    Your experience depends greatly on your manager; some managers are great and working for them is great. some managers make you wish you worked for Dilbert's boss.



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