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Updated May 24, 2018
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  • Great work life balance and the benefits are superb (in 53 reviews)

  • Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management

    Cons

    Paternity benefit would be nice

    Advice to Management

    Stay diversified, avoid becoming bureaucratic as the company matures


  2. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is based heavily on experience and demonstrated aptitude is rewarded.

    Benefits package is unheard of - even the free healthcare plan rivals buy-in options at competitors.

    Work environment at the Olathe HQ is great - you’re working with highly educated, highly motivated people every day and the pressure to excel is great.

    Internships and college student programs are plentiful, many interns return after graduation.

    Schedule is amazing - starting PTO accrual is very generous in addition to many holidays which most competitors don’t get off.

    Total compensation include many benefits which are also very generous, including $400/hr undergrad tuition reimbursement and flight training reimbursement for any associate who wants to learn to fly or learn a new skill.

    Associates get 45% off everything with the Garmin nameplate, including the full line of fitness products and outdoor units.

    The people you work with are a very diverse bunch. There’s no “typical” Garmin associate, and they encourage their people to try lots of new things

    Cons

    Some departments are prone to micromanagement

    There is a huge potential as the company matures for needless bureaucracy

    Entry-Level positions tend to be mostly busy work that more senior associates would rather not do

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, there will inevitably be bad apples in the bunch.

  3. "Meh"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing health benifits
    Easy work when you only do your job

    Cons

    Low pay and this cool thing where if you do your job well you get to do everybodys job

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to your hourly employees


  4. "Absolute Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is awesome
    W/L balance is great
    Projects are exciting and prideful

    Cons

    Nothing. I love it here.


  5. "Cartography Technician"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work/Life Balance, On site gym, and rec area, cafeteria, flexible hours for coming and going.

    Cons

    Location, Olathe is pretty boring and traffic from KC to HQ is awful. Work is pretty tedious and repetitive, no learning or progression of your skills as using outdated hand rolled version for cartography software. Sometimes it was so slow you struggled to find and work and look busy. A lot of the people working there are pretty demoralized and unenthusiastic. Relatively low hourly pay.

    Advice to Management

    Move HQ to somewhere better. The work was relatively enjoyable when there were important things to be done, just not enough of the time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Design Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, company culture, and work is interesting

    Cons

    Pay is average, management isn't great


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Certification Analyst II in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Certification Analyst II in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great. I really like the company culture. There are a lot of extra perks given to us. IE, Garmin Holiday party, Worlds of Fun buyout, December Kids day, they cover memberships to Sams Club or Costco, also to fitness clubs. I get treated with respect and like an adult.

    Cons

    A bit more flexibility in scheduling would nice. A better working schedule of deliverables is needed. It gets to crazy and we bounce back and forth to much. A greater emphasis on creating quality requirements, code, and tests is needed. This would help with having so many releases. Also a greater emphasis on uniformity and how things should be done is needed; to many teams do everything different from other teams.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to the results of surveys you conduct. Listen to your employees.

  8. "Nice place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits and company initiative for wellness, lots of new grads to make friends with if you are new to the area.

    Cons

    Work life balance was pushed, and at one point 50 hr weeks were mandatory

    Advice to Management

    Invest in CAD software that is more up to date with industry standard.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great balance, so-so pay, weird MGMT"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is fantastic. Flexible hours, easy to truly leave work at work, and fitness breaks are encouraged company-wide.

    Path of advancement is very clear and objective - if you meet the goals, you manager sends it up for approval and you move on. There are advanced paths for both engineering and engineering management.

    Cons

    Consumer-side developers are constantly putting out fires. This is mostly due to poor internal documentation. According to management, the short time-to-market means documentation and code comments are a luxury.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better documentation, and your operations will improve.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Get ready for the politics."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Big company in KC and well-respected brand.

    Cons

    This is the most political environment I have ever worked in. Everyone is out for themselves. Zero trust between employees.


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