Garmin Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

Garmin Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
145 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
Clifton Pemble
45 Ratings

145 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

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

  • The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent (in 18 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits, but the company often takes advantage of hard-working employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (especially retirement)
    Casual work environment
    People who know their stuff
    Cool products - more job satisfaction when you know you're working on something interesting
    Interesting opportunities

    Cons

    As with any work environment, it all depends on who you work for and with. If you work with and/or for. There are constant reorganizations within the company. I was there for 10 years and had 8 different managers in that time. There are a lot of people that work very hard, but some employees seem to skate by without any repercussions.

    Job responsibilities are very broad and it's easy to take on more than an individual can handle, and management does little to help ease the workload or help those who are overworked. They rely heavily on their great workers, who often end up being the only person who knows the ins and outs of different systems. When an employee leaves the company there is often a big gap. It's filled when the company moves on to a new technology and abandons the old one, so it doesn't seem to impact the company for long overall, but it makes already overworked employees experience a lot more stress.

    The company has worked to give more opportunities for upward advancement, but new positions are often filled by handpicked individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and offer feedback more than just during yearly reviews. Set expectations and champion your employees.

    Senior management is out of touch with its employees and often hinders progress by overlooking pain points that cause a lot of extra work. Maintenance activities suffer when everyone is pulled into the new hot project causing major issues later down the line.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great starter company for experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Order Administrator in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Order Administrator in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome! I know nurses whose benefits aren't even close to what Garmin provides.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't always match the work you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Work on a better pay scale for employees

  3. "Tech Support"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automotive Technician in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Automotive Technician in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    They will make up reasons to fire employees even when all stats are met

    Advice to Management

    Get better call center managers that care and don’t hide in their office and eat all the time


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Relaxed company culture but no senior leadership."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, no dress code. Everyone wears shorts and sandals. Many employees have free reign to come and go as they please. Great benefits. People are friendly and polite.

    Cons

    Most departments are very top heavy: too many managers and insufficient staff. Too many meetings with little to no results. Little opportunity for advancement. No telecommute options or flex time.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to embrace change and new ideas. Stop forcing the staff to support old outdated technology.


  5. "Unspoken Expectations"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin as an intern

    Pros

    The work environment and culture were very relaxed.

    Cons

    My manager did not lay out clear expectations at the beginning of my internship. My end of the summer evaluation also felt to be focused more on my personality than the quality of work and my performance.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Used to be a good place to work."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    casual dress code, very good health benefits package, growing company.

    Cons

    Upper management getting away from the company founders ideas and work ethics. If you don't have a degree, you won't get an interview. that is their policy.
    I worked under a manager that had favorites (i.e. ass-kissers) and if you didn't play the game garmin life sucked.

    Advice to Management

    go back to the way Gary and Min ran the company


  7. "One of the best places to work in KC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Free coffee, Employee discounts

    Cons

    Low pay (because they are one of the only players in KC), No upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent benefits, but that's about all"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist III in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist III in Kansas City, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits, but low pay.

    Cons

    Very little advancement opportunities. Instead of hiring within, as is one of their main mantras, the company hired a dozen ex-Verizon/T-Mobile supervisors. The company has also done a complete 180 on employee relations and essentially treats their workers as numbers now.

    Even being a top rated employee involved in many projects, along with literally the best metrics in the company at the time, a 25 cent/hr raise is insulting.

    Advice to Management

    If you want a happy and stable work force, keep your promises. While you used to treat your support division well, the changes over the past few years make all feel like second class citizens compared to people that work at HQ.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Another Person"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Easily replaced because a lot of people what to work there


  10. "Good Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    A good place to work, nice people.

    Cons

    So far no issues noted.

    Advice to Management

    Good managers, especilly the ones I have met.


Showing 145 of 588 reviews
Reset Filters