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Updated June 21, 2017
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  • Lower end on compensation with little to no performance incentives (in 10 reviews)

  • The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of promise, but never seem to fulfill it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to take on additional responsibilities. Opportunity to work on consumer products. Garmin has dramatically diversified their product offering, have cash in the bank and no debt. It's a very secure place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic thinking. Very conservative mindset with little to no understanding of marketing in a true sense. Lots of "old guard" around keeping things stuck in doing things "the Garmin way"

    Advice to Management

    Hire Sr Management from outside - stop promoting long-time associates


  2. "Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Relaxed atmosphere
    - Hands-off management

    Cons

    - Pay low-to-mid end for KC metro, although getting better
    - Amentities on campus are pretty limited. Cafeteria is more expensive than eating out (and significantly lower quality) and workout facility is very limited

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing modernization. It feels like some teams are set in their ways and unwilling to adapt to changes and new technology.

  3. "Software Engineer 2"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyable team atmosphere - everyone is fairly laid back. Challenging and interesting embedded software development with a lot of testing and validation to meet DO-178 requirements. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Pay scale is a little on low end, but somewhat made up for with a decent benefits package. There is not a lot of turnover, so while you may advance in your career path based on title and pay rate, there aren't a lot of ways to make significant jumps into different roles.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage. Sometimes feels like Oregon office is viewed as red-headed stepchild vs. Olathe.


  4. "Stable Job, not much movement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    health benefits, 401K & 75% matching up to 10% of your contribution, free workout room, cafeteria, garden/fountain and walking paths, onsite software and soft skill training opportunities, meditation rooms, corporate discounts, while the m/f ratio is 80/20, I have never seen or felt any gender discrimination

    Cons

    you are one of many - feel like a cog, little career advancement opportunity, low salary (benefits are great, but for the younger, healthy and non-parent employees, they don't really get used), lots of engineers/type A personalities - communication is poor, have seen some talent hoarding by supervisors rather than putting them up for other positions

    Advice to Management

    create ways for people to advance through the company, job shadowing for moving departments, more communication, work together between departments - there is so much talent and knowledge at Garmin and it is not being utilized to its fullest capacity.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and career growth process

    Cons

    Longer hours and sometimes working at weekends is normal


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering/R&D Focused Corporation"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Supply Chain Planner in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Global Supply Chain Planner in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers that had a very family feel with the team
    Good work/life balance at the time
    Fun products to work with

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunities within the operations group
    Very structured and slow to adapt to new strategies
    Lower end on compensation with little to no performance incentives

    Advice to Management

    With a younger generational workforce, additional work is needed to understand and adapt career growth and compensation expectations.

  8. "Great culture, not as great code base"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture and people are great. Work is great

    Cons

    Undocumented code is everywhere. There's no expectation of documentation so anyone looking at old code is baffled for about a week until they can comb through it all and figure out what the hell is happening

    Advice to Management

    Mandate code documentation via confluence pages, javadocs, inline comments, etc...


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Application Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Olathe, KS

    I worked at Garmin (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment, good benefits and good place to work.

    Cons

    No flexible work hrs. Very flat hierarchy, hard to advance your career.


  10. "Treats their employees well"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - (Aviation) in Chandler, AZ
    Former Intern - (Aviation) in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Garmin treats their employees (and interns) extremely well. As an intern you are treated very similarly to a full time employee. The mentor system is very nice because you always have someone to go to for questions. The office is beautiful and relaxation (walks, ping pong...) is greatly encouraged. The work is similar to full time employees if not more interesting (often interns get to work on special projects the full time employees cannot afford to dedicate the time to, as I did).

    Cons

    Aviation is a slow field, even though Garmin develops the fastest of all companies (that I know of) within the field, it was still too slow for me.

    Advice to Management

    The company as a whole is a very nice place to work, the aviation segment has some things that can be optimized but I understand due to the scale of the division it is hard to make changes.


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