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Updated Oct 14, 2019

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Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
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Pros
  • "great staff great benefits beautiful weather(in 106 reviews)

  • "The work life balance is great with no one asking you to put in extra time(in 86 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Non engineering positions do not have much of an opportunity for career path development/growth(in 22 reviews)

  • "Hard to stay aware with what is happening in upper-management(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Excellent Company

      Oct 14, 2019 - Product Support Supervisor in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company and benefits, very employee focused.

      Cons

      Non engineering positions do not have much of an opportunity for career path development/growth.

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great company to work for as long as you're passive and don't mind a slow career path.

      May 17, 2019 - Team Leader in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The benefits are amazing, lots of great people, the prestige that comes with working here so much so that every time you interview elsewhere in the KC Metro you get asked "Why would you ever want to leave Garmin?" - Well, watch a movie on the downfalls of a Utopian society and you'll begin to get the picture.

      Cons

      Pay can be below what you are expecting but this is likely because emphasis is placed on benefits - not a bad trade for most but I would have gladly let go of some of the benefits to have more money. The career path is very long for associates and almost invisible if you're in low-level management. If you have a good idea, get ready for it to be brushed aside only for it to resurface months later by a member of upper management claiming it as their own. Yikes! I detected unsafe levels of hypocrisy in upper management. I'd be lying if I said I didn't begin to go down that path myself. I'm working on that though!

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      8 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great electrical design engineering experience

      Aug 28, 2011 - Design Engineer in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Comprehensive design experience for entire product cycle Analog, digital and RF design opportunities Enabled to make critical project decisions Work in multiple discipline teams (SW, ME, EE) Hardware quality and performance is very important to Garmin management People are very bright and fun to work with Garmin is an engineering company from the top down There are not very many design specialists at Garmin. Many of the engineers are jack of all trades. This gives design engineers the opportunity to work on many different problems, sometimes even at the same time.

      Cons

      Best engineers are promoted to team leader and manager position. No technical career path HR is over-staffed and ineffective Engineering salaries are not very competitive, working at Garmin is considered a benefit. Executive management has trouble delegating Executive management is very bad at training their upcoming managers. They just throw you in and say good luck. Very little accountability when something goes wrong Executive management has a long history of taking on too much and ignoring what is going on in the company. Nuvifone is a perfect example of how the executives were lured away from their primary responsibilities.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Former Product Support Specialist

      May 3, 2016 - Product Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The benefits and coworkers were great. The hours were good as well. The medical, dental and vision insurance is some of the best in the area. The matching 401k and pension are great as well.

      Cons

      The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent. There should be avenues for people to go directly to a leadership position with having to be vetted by people that don't interact with you on a regular basis. It's difficult for you to get ahead when the people making the decisions aren't in your office. I worked in the NKC office and they didn't get much respect It wad probably due to a lack of leadership at that location. There is no work life balance at all. They have begun to micro manage you at all turns. They need to be more concerned with the leadership than with the rank and file employees. The management at the NKC contact center is horrible with a couple of exceptions. They spend way too much time hiding behind their walls with headphones on pretending to work when most of the time they are probably watching youtube videos.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Autistic Management - Static Company

      Oct 9, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Benefits - 401K, Healthcare, Vacation, Employee Purchase Program, Stock, Stock Options Cool Products - In all markets. A techie's dream company Company Spirit - Almost religious driven by strong brand Company Management: No debt. Fiscally responsible. Fairly stable Nice facilities Global business - Offices and customers from all over the world

      Cons

      Culture: Servant mentality is embraced. "You are here to serve" No career path. People are pigeon-holed and rarely have opportunities to progress Mediocre pay packages & raises. Few bonuses or commissions (but stock options) Class system: Engineering is highly valued at the expense of other functions Extremely conservative and risk averse in aggressive consumer markets Homongenous employment: 20-30-something White Male. Few minorities or women in leadership roles. Feels like an engineering college environment. No sense of employee urgency. Traffic jam to leave the office at 5 PM Uncharismatic leadership. Senior leaders hide on their 8th fllor oak paneled offices Limited Management Engagement - Little positivity or encouragement/direction from senior leaders Thrifty to the point of stingy. Nothing is done BIG at Garmin

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not bad overall, but not much forward movement.

      Jan 10, 2016 - Product Support Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company looks after you and compared to other customer service jobs, customers are generally not unpleasant to work with. Employees get to exercise their brainpower by troubleshooting and have some decision-making leeway. Supportive peers and supervisors who accommodate employees' health needs and back them up rather than put them down when customers make excessive demands. Decent medical benefits and fairly generous perks. Employees feel freer to speak frankly about company processes than at other companies.

      Cons

      Increasingly limited opportunities for advancement as more arbitrary hurdles are placed along the career path. Inconsistent communication from upper management about requirements and opportunities for advancement. Training on new products and processes can be insufficient and is often delivered right before or several weeks after the new product is publicly announced. Upper management does not appear to have a clear idea of what processes best help their employees to help their customers, favoring counterproductive cost-cutting measures over solutions that would be efficient for both employees and the bottom line. Employees may be able to speak more freely about processes, but their feedback seems to have little to no impact on company policy.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Product Support Specialist

      Oct 18, 2018 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, decent pay, casual dress atmosphere

      Cons

      Poor communication from the top when it comes to the call center, and the call center functions totally apart from the rest of the company under a completely different set of rules. Opportunities are tough to come by now thanks to a recently implemented career path that discourages call center employees from applying directly for other jobs at the headquarters building (where the real good jobs are).

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Excellent benefits, but Garmin lacks vision when trying to understand what end users want.

      Aug 17, 2011 - Product Support Supervisor in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      • Employee benefits • Fiscally responsible • Friendly people • Extremely easy work environment (no pressure)

      Cons

      • Little to no leadership in Product Support • HR runs too many departments in the company • Limited to no Career Path (or employee development) • IT Dept - Tickets are left open for 6 months or longer • Poor customer service for Canadian & Australian customers • Engineering refuses to listen to the end users or look at market trends – lacking innovation • Unprofessional employees are promoted into the management positions • Employees are hired without the proper phone or computer skills • Focuses on symptoms instead of the cause

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      You can make your own opportunities, if you keep an open mind

      Dec 29, 2013 - Marketing Associate in Olathe, KS
      Recommend
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      Pros

      401k plan is one of the best around--my financial advisor has told me as much, compared to other area companies it just plain rocks. Employee Stock Purchase Plan is also excellent. It makes me wish I made enough money to invest the full 10% possible. Health insurance is excellent--thanks to the current political situation it is (mostly) not free, but it IS much more affordable compared to the same plans bought on the federal exchange. Especially if you have a family, you'd be crazy not to take advantage of it. That good. If you are in excellent health, there's even one plan they'll pay you to take! Current department I work in has an excellent director who genuinely cares if her associates are happy in their work. She's also fantastic when it comes to how well we work with other departments and vice versa. We're fortunate to have her. Overall culture of company is informal--in most cases, regardless of title or position, anyone here will greet you by first name and talk to you face-to-face. No "corporate snobbery" here. If you're a self-starter who knows what your skill set is and what it makes you capable of doing, you can do very well here.

      Cons

      Take-home pay isn't as much compared to other area companies. The company reminds you with a benefits letter each year that it's a trade-off, but profitable as the operation is, it's still a head-scratcher. The only serious reward for excellent performance is a management position. Not everyone wants to be a manager. Not everyone is cut out to be a manager. I suspect many of the negative reviews here on Glassdoor for Garmin have their roots in a manager who shouldn't have been one. If you prefer a plainly-defined, start-here-to-get-here-via-this-and-this-and-this career path, Garmin is just not for you. There's an effort being made to make those happen, but they've really never been part of our culture. To advance, you have to be a self-starter, you have to ask questions, you have to make contacts, and you have to keep your eyes open.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Relaxed and friendly workplace

      Mar 28, 2014 - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The workplace is very relaxed, the workers are very friendly, training is on-going for products, and the health benefits are very nice. Getting time off approved, for PTO, is a breeze, which is so nice compared to other places I have been.

      Cons

      The big con here is that there is very little structure for career path development. You have to pester and ask and ask, and no one seems to have a definite answer. Although I hear work is being done about that.

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