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Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are top notch. There are a lot of really great people working there. Easy to get behind the products since they are really good.

    Cons

    Does not empower management to make decisions, many items require VP approval making management over paid babysitters. Not much growth potential. Poor record keeping and IT infrastructure. In many ways still operates like a small company. Extremely under staffed and resourced, it takes months to get anything done if it requires assistance from outside departments.

    Advice to Management

    Dictate policy and trust managers to execute. Set realistic expectations given available resources.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great but doesn't have a good work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for the 20 somethings that are fresh out of college and need a starting point.

    Cons

    Typical large corporation, there's little to no flexibility. Horrible work/life balance. Don't be late.... ever.

    Advice to Management

    Recently they started using the call center as a farm for their head quarters.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, Great products"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Conservative, no layoffs, great benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are not at industry standards


  4. "Software engineer"

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

    Pros

    Stable, usually not too busy

    Cons

    Nothing new, basically doing similar products again and again.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good first learning experience for a college student

    Cons

    didn't feel viable for a long-term position


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Garmin hasn't come close to realizing it's potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with are at Garmin; there is incredible talent at this company for sure. Great 401K, health benefits and in a few departments a real camaraderie and chance for advancement - but not all of them. See below.

    Cons

    People are not considered the most valuable asset here. No real career paths into leadership were to be had in most parts of this company. Along with that, Garmin was rife with politics and, frankly, this will be it's undoing if not changed. The reality is that there is no real leadership and it's costing them a hell of a lot of money (no vision, no real engagement by CEO).

    The company didn't seem to have the ability to see the world through any 'lens' other than that of engineering so most decisions around marketing and selling their products are made by engineers. This was (is) a really big problem for them - at least while I was there. The 'culture' was ultra-ultra conservative and it's costing them market share.

    There were no performance incentives anywhere in the company and drove a 'show up and get paid' mentality in many parts of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Garmin when I was there was very much like Apple in her hay-day; loads of cash and 'just good enough' performance of the different business units hid what by any measure was gross mismanagement of really important resources (both human and capital).

    There was also significant misalignment from the CEO through VP and Directorate levels - all areas of the business - the worst being in the most important customer facing areas (MarComm, ITWeb and Sales).

    For a company your size in market cap to not have incentive based programs for your employees is extraordinarily short-sighted, IMO. Most organizations now in consumer electronics have mature incentive and bonus programs rewarding employees for contributions to customer satisfaction.

    I don't believe I've ever worked for a company with as much at stake, nor with as much promise. But until the issues above are addressed (likely through change of Sr. Leadership) Garmin will have a difficult time realizing it's potential.


  7. "Product Support"

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    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in North Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in North Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, day time shifts and perks. Chance to work with new gps technology

    Cons

    No support for advancement, call center seems to be separate from the headquarter. Typical call center regulations

    Advice to Management

    Create an advancement program for entry level employee. Provide the call center employees with some of the same perks and programs that are available to the headquarter

  8. "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    GREAT insurance. Wonderful perks. Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other call centers. If your spouse has insurance through their work you pay extra I'd they use your's.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Meh Sounded Good at First..."

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    Former Employee - PCB Designer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - PCB Designer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Garmin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had great vision and campus, helpful people and generally fun work atmosphere. Had a lot of fun activities to participate in with fellow co workers such as outdoor clubs and games during lunch and in the evenings.

    Cons

    business market is falling, poor cad software, poor training of employees on design processes, Required to work 50 hours for a few weeks due to department being understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a plan to train engineers on cad software and practices and make it manditory. Create seperate jobs for PCB Design and PCB checking currently they are in the same boat and one finds himself doing more of the latter.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good place for embedded software engineers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Garmin makes a lot of interesting consumer products. Benefits are pretty good. They are a large company in a variety of markets so there are a lot of opportunities for internal transfers.

    Cons

    Garmin lacks vision and focus. Garmin doesn't know what product to build so they build a lot of similar products which is inefficient and time consuming from an engineering perspective and confusing as hell from a customer perspective. Garmin is a hardware company and they are probably a pretty good place to work if you are a hardware engineer or you like doing embedded software on a proprietary platform. Garmin doesn't understand how to manage modern software platforms like web and mobile so if you work in those areas you will feel like the tail is wagging the dog. In other words the hardware products that Garmin sells generates all the revenue and so web and mobile teams have to do whatever the product teams want even if that means committing software suicide.


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