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Updated 20 January 2015
Updated 20 January 2015
276 Reviews
3.7
276 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 21 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest con is that there is very little structure for career path development (in 11 reviews)

  • Little to no guidance from management or HR for career growth (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    An out of college job then get out within 2 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Cartography Technician in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Gym on location
    - Fun to use Garmin gadgets

    Cons

    - No advancement opportunity
    - Pay is below average for the field
    - Office is very boring, lacks energy
    - 100% desk job, extremely repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better pay for the position is must. Need performance based raises. 3% for a great job and 1% for an average job is no incentive.
    - The company has an extremely high turn over rate yet nothing is done to fix it. They ask for employee feedback then ignore it.
    - Too many management levels. Everything got lost in the shuffle. Between the CEO and I there were roughly 10 bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience out of college but IT department needs serious re-work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst/Developer in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    -Lots of learning opportunities for college grads with vast exposure if you ask for it
    -Good work environment and lots to do

    Cons

    -Disparity in pay for associates at the same level is huge (~30,000 annually)
    -Lots of unexplained rewards along with good performers being passed up for rewards mysteriously
    -Senior IT management, decisions and policies are questionable and very autocratic; little power to mid level management
    -As a result of the above points, a lot of great resources have resigned
    -The Exec Assistant wields more power than IT managers and throws her weight around resulting in frequent confrontations (moron!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -My advice to high level executives is to re-structure and re-evaluate the vision and leadership in support organizations like IT and introduce a more democratic process in their daily functions. This will bring some out of the box thinking in and keep resources and processes current with IT peers in the industry
    -A cultural shift is required where customer feedback should carry a lot of weightage as far as resource <-> customer engagement is required. Those that are the most involved with customers should be the ones with maximum face time with them
    -Introduce 360 degree feedback and add face-time with executives so they know the pain points of resources at the lowest levels
    -Compensation disparity between employees at the same level should be bridged regardless of immigration status

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    okay,,, it's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Garmin

    Pros

    Really good benefits!!! Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Low moral over all. People are constantly trying to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyable, but not long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment, and everyone is extremely nice.

    Cons

    No growth plans, and could reward their employees better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    + 40-hour work week
    + Benefits
    + Work/life balance = Leave every day by 5:00
    + Relaxed Culture

    Cons

    + Shoulder Shrug Management "Not my problem"
    + No Clear Career Direction
    + Lack of Accountability
    + No Leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management would rather shuffle problematic employees from team to team and group to group vs. dealing with them. So instead of stopping the problem, it only grows as poor-performing employees move from team to team and get new titles / fewer responsibilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Detached management and few opportunities for career growth, but stable with good work/life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good, and you can generally expect 40-hour weeks unless under special circumstances. Benefits package is comprehensive, which includes stock purchase plan discounts and retirement savings plan contribution matching, as well as impressive dental/paramedical/medical coverage. Recently, training has become more prevalent, though the training may or may not directly affect your career path depending on your job function. Depending on your area of interest, the work can be engaging, and seeing your work make it to market can be rewarding.

    Cons

    Career growth is "encouraged" but sparse; a stigma is attached to those who move horizontally. Recognition requires abnormal levels of sacrifice and even then is reserved for those already in the spotlight; the problem is compounded by a lack of observation and communication. For a non-military, non-government contract company, communication is particularly opaque and on a need-to-know basis; power and position are maintained through tight control of information in the name of non-disclosure. Collaboration and brainstorming sessions are rare, and the creativity of individual engineers is quashed under senior developers and managers who ultimately enforce their iron rule. Exploration and research with high potential to the company is irrelevant; deviation from the dictated path is generally frowned upon. In some circumstances, engineers in a 'team' work on individual projects with little to no collaboration since communication is seen as a hindrance. The work is repetitive; if you become an 'expert' at something, you'll be doing it for life, even if in different forms; without new challenges or training, your versatility and skills will start to wane. Base compensation is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management requires more frequent and targeted training; progressive management styles should be preferred over draconian techniques. Management should also take the time to both formally and informally engage their team and promote discussion and collaboration without enforcing heiarchy, and learn to value and leverage the strengths of their individual members. Creativity should be encouraged and rewarded, and management should follow individual creativity closely to see how it can best contribute to the success of the company, even if there is a possibility of the member outgrowing their position. Communication is paramount; egos should be checked at the door and transparency should be promoted. Volunteer information freely, and not only when asked; not just at the highest levels where individuals have little effect, but at all levels, including immediate supervisors. Volunteer targeted specialized training to your employees: their value isn't going to appreciate without some investment by the company. Offer choice and freedom of mobility to your team members; they are ultimately the greatest asset the company has and if neither are offered to them here they will look for choice and freedom of mobility elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good working atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    Good balance between life and work

    Cons

    Garmin Taiwan is more like a factory but not a R&D center.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Both good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of really talented people working here. They offer flex time, a very good 401K and very good health insurance. They also have a completely casual dress code.

    Cons

    Upper management micro-manages everything. They stifle innovation. They like to think that all employees are equal even though some produce much more than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people who know their jobs have more input into what happens. Don't pay average salaries and expect to keep above average employees. Remember that your employees are your most important asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start out, easy to feel lost in the sea of engineers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Long term stability, very nice people everywhere. I've made a lot of good friendships here. There is only as much pressure as you want there to be. The company is also large enough that if you don't like where you are, you can probably go elsewhere without switching employers.

    Cons

    Raises are barely over cost-of-living generally and the work can feel a little "behind the times" sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    They hire some of the best available locally, most everyone is wonderful to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Great experience for interns and good first job to learn about the software engineering process.

    Cons

    They have been growing for a number of years and were focused on whatever it took to make money. They are finally beginning to focus on managing the internal business. It's just very slow going!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Settle on a review system and make the grading consistent across the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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