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Updated March 23, 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 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Lower end on compensation with little to no performance incentives (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good Company"

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    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.


  2. "Good company, few advancement options."

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great here and the health care plans are very affordable yet high quality. Co-workers are mostly great and company culture is inclusive, diverse, and family-oriented. Hard to get fired unless you really try.

    Cons

    Very little/no opportunity for advancement. Boss doesn't know much about what we really do or how to evaluate our performance accurately. Common sense is not applied freely enough.

    Advice to Management

    Give your managers more management training (and require them to perform the job they are managing for a while) so they can more effectively manage your employees.


  3. "Typical corporation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Workload and relaxed working atmosphere

    Cons

    1. Slow decision making.
    2. Too many old managers (dinosaurs) with narrow views, incapable of understanding today's trends or practices but desperate to have a word.
    3. Everyone runs from decisions that keep things going.
    4. Too many that come to work just to cash their paycheck.
    5. A lot of "seniors" that are very far from seniors rank in knowledge and skill.
    6. Too much time spent on useless meetings.
    7. Small people that bring value are ignored just to make room for big people that bring nothing but words.
    8. People that do nothing all day don't seem to alarm anyone (including supervisor) , looks like a clan or family where once entered you cannot leave no matter your performance. Just bad.
    9. Very few perfectionists , most if not all bow to the mighty "If it works" logic. That is why most Garmin products are average but not exceptional.

    Advice to Management

    1.Get rid of useless (old) managers (believe me , you have a lot of them).
    2.Useless spending , why do managers need to travel so much in the age of online conferences?
    3. Learn to value your working class. It's them that bring value , that write or test the code ,that bring ideas...
    4. Start to innovate not just copy other manufacturers.


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  5. "To quote Gershwin: Nice Work If You Can Get It"

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    Former Contractor - Electronic Assembler in Salem, OR
    Former Contractor - Electronic Assembler in Salem, OR

    I worked at Garmin as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by pleasant, mostly rational people on the manufacturing floor; clean, safe, well-organized and well-lit work environment; exposure to many interesting aspects of manual and SMT assembly; support staff very helpful; good worker autonomy; generally a very healthy work environment. Conspicuous absence of reactionary, punitive attitude toward trainee fallibility that's frequently observed in less sophisticated workplaces.

    Cons

    Sporadic nepotism; likelihood of being rolled over from temp to hire largely related to age of applicant and/or familial relationship with management. Some territorial hostility among low-level workers, albeit infrequent and usually not disruptive. Overall rating of "3" is a rough average, varying substantially in proportion to employee demographics.

    Advice to Management

    When older temps are classified as 'expendable no-hire only,' how about disclosing it directly at the outset, or at least with a decent interval before giving them the old heave-ho? There are no enforceable laws that preclude this, and it's always easier to find another job from a 'currently employed' status.

    Passing "throwaways" over for multiple hiring cycles while accepting mostly younger workers with approximately equal (or in some cases less) proficiency, less seniority and occasional extracurricular collusion is not a nice way to communicate management intentions.


  6. "food quality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    free lunch, free dinner if overtime work

    Cons

    Director 's mailbox is Bureaucratic


  7. "Only applies to Lawrence Office"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin as an intern

    Pros

    Good pay, PTO is awesome, flexible schedule. Mentor very knowledgeable and nice.

    Cons

    Lawrence office is completely silent all day. Nobody talks and being stuck in a cubicle all day was a little difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Spice things up in the Lawrence office


  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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


  11. "Garmin"

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    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



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