Garmin Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
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Pros
  • "great staff great benefits beautiful weather(in 106 reviews)

  • "The work life balance is great with no one asking you to put in extra time(in 86 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Non engineering positions do not have much of an opportunity for career path development/growth(in 22 reviews)

  • "Hard to stay aware with what is happening in upper-management(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Career

      May 7, 2021 - Team Leader in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, On Site Leadership and Windows Classes, Education Assistance, Entry level positions, great culture, and great atmosphere

      Cons

      Larger companies can be hard to be seen. Middle of the road pay

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company, dead end job

      Apr 6, 2021 - Senior Product Support Specialist II 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Garmin is an ethical company that care about providing good products and services to customers. They have good health benefits, so if you or a family member are sick or need maternity leave, they are a great place for that.

      Cons

      Promises or advancement opportunities were false, you have to work their 9 plus years before openings for advancement are options. Compensation is bellow market and raises are minimal or less than inflation so the longer you work their the more responsibilities they will give you with very little compensation. Product Support is left out of most decisions and are treated like second class workers. Marketing and Engineering don't associate with Product Support or ask their opinions. Marketing may do something that doesn't make sense and then leave it to Product Support to mop up the mess.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Apr 30, 2021 - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good employer they pay well

      Cons

      Not much to complain about

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company overall - just stay away from Auto OEM

      Apr 15, 2021 - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits (healthcare, 401k match, stock purchase plan), talented engineers

      Cons

      Salaries are on the low side overall. For the Auto OEM department specifically, there are multiple silos in the group. The department cannot agree on common tools to use (ex: requirements tool is different between system and hardware/software engineers). There is a lack of planning, which leads to fire after fire as engineers scramble to get components ready in time. Lots of late nights and weekends because of this. Other departments do not suffer from this scramble, and are much better run.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great company

      Apr 14, 2021 - Senior Engineer in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great work culture, self -motivated people, challenging work, good work-life balance

      Cons

      Can be more flexible with Work from home option, good insurance, but other than that not many benefits for employees.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good employer, troubled location (Maine)

      Dec 22, 2020 - Marketing Professional in Portland, ME
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits (health, 401k match) Casual dress Nice building Nice people Flexible job description might allow for trying new things

      Cons

      I was looking to jump to the next level in my career, so I responded to a job posting with the title I wanted. The pay I was offered was not on par with the new title, but I took it to get the title. The job itself turned out to not have anything to do with the title, and it was not a professional position. I was basically treated as a secretary. It seemed because no one could agree on, or decide how to do things, they created my position as a neautral person to create reports for all the departments to the managers. Unfortunately I had to change what I was doing every week because of the lack of alignment. It was very chaotic, and people were rightfully frustrated with it. The managers have crisis style management down, but there was little capability in decision making, consistency, delegation, and motivation. I think the people themselves are good, but they are locked in a culture that isn't working. I didn't see how I could shift it, so I left after a short time.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Current Review

      Apr 14, 2021 - Senior Technical Writer in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent Company to Work For

      Cons

      Needs More Organization at every Level

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good work life balance

      Apr 8, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good balance of benefits, interesting work, and prioritization of life outside work

      Cons

      Large company, will have to deal with the typical corporate things

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Low pay for employees with talent

      Apr 26, 2021 - Software Quality Analyst in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good working environment. Gives recent college graduates a great opportunity.

      Cons

      Low pay and hard to advance in careers

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Garmin

      Apr 28, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, 401K contribution match, PTO

      Cons

      Mostly male, mostly white, conservative

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