Garmin Reviews

Updated 29 Jun 2020

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3.8
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Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
Clifton Pemble
318 Ratings
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  • "Non engineering positions do not have much of an opportunity for career path development/growth(in 22 reviews)

  • "Cliff (the CEO) was once a software engineer and a lot of upper management started out in engineering as well(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great work environment!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin for less than a year

    Pros

    - Fewer team members working efficiently as a team. - Eager to teach the technical as well as non-technical aspect to a fresher/trainee. - Management is quite supportive in getting newly recruited employees to learn the deeper intricacies of the industry.

    Cons

    -Basically hardly any cons whatsoever.

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  2. "Great Benefits"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great health care options and generous roll over of PTO from year to year

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a struggle, but is becoming more of a focus

  3. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Taipei
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is better than most other companies

    Cons

    There is a little boring of the job

  4. "Good benefits, Good Location, Good People"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good Location, Good People

    Cons

    Too much work to get done by deadlines

  5. "Intership"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly HR and team to work with.

    Cons

    The location lacks somewhat in activities outside of work.

  6. "Careful Company for Better or Worse"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Conservative approach means less job volatility, feeling of consistency for employees, and preparation for bad times in economy. The culture historically has been friendly and personable, although that may be changing. Great medical benefits for single or family, overall good benefits package.

    Cons

    Management seems to be losing some of the original vision, or at least rhetoric, that Garmin is an employee first company, with a family atmosphere. Garmin seems to be getting more corporate, and less personally interested in their employees. Additionally, a negative to the conservative financial approach the company takes is that they are less likely to offer highly competitive salaries for top talent. Not the greatest paid time off plan. The flexibility with working hours and time off isn't great either.

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  7. "Great Company, Great Culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Culture is great, everyone is easy to work with. Great 401k match. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits somewhat subpar, besides 401k and Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  8. "Great Team. Great People!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Since working here, I've been only ever treated with respect and kindness from the team. All the members in the team work hard in achieving great goals for the quarters. Team members strive to help one another and making sure that we support each other to continue to grow in our careers.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Being in the Midwest prevents higher pay rates when comparing to SF, Seattle, NYC.

  9. Helpful (2)

    "The perfect place for the less ambitious career path."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible 401k match. I have yet to see a tech company get anywhere near it. Great work life balance. I never saw anyone (engineering or management) ever working over 40 hours a week and the building would be pretty empty at 5pm every day. Great horizontal job opportunities as an engineer. If you are working in one tech stack and want to move to another, there is likely another opening somewhere else in the company you can switch to. A lot of responsibility and valuable experience from day one. If you're starting your career and want to have the stability of a large corporation while also getting opportunities to work like a startup this is a great place to be.

    Cons

    Extremely conservative. The phrase I heard often was "Garmin likes to bet on base hits, not home runs". This does result in some pros like being extremely stable through downturns, but also results in ambitious projects being turned down and frequent pushes to maintain the status quo. Not a lot of diversity. Most decision makers in the company are white males, which can (and has by their own admission) resulted in a lot of missed opportunities in some market segments. A lot of groupthink due to a culture of promoting from within the company. Cliff (the CEO) was once a software engineer and a lot of upper management started out in engineering as well. There are also numerous examples of leaders being hired from outside of the company who end up leaving because they have a tough time adjusting to the culture. The performance review process was a waste of time. Your goals were set at the beginning of the year with little to no guidance from management and then never refined or discussed again until your performance review at the end of the year. Your manager would then leave a small blurb about the goal (sometimes as short as one sentence) and that was it. Garmin is very strict about promotions until you fit their job description. The general engineering path is around 2 years to become a Software Engineer 2A/B, 5 years to become a Senior Software Engineer, and 10 years to become a Tech Lead (with even further levels available, but it is generally rare). I was told by multiple managers that despite me exceeding expectations for multiple performance cycles and already operating at the next level, I would have to wait until I hit my years of experience requirement to advance to the next level. Olathe (and generally Kansas) does not have a lot of large tech companies, so it is challenging to advance your career long term while staying in the area (dependent on tech stack). If you're committing to moving to the Olathe HQ, you should be prepared to stay at Garmin for the duration of your stay because there are not very many places to move to if you're unhappy.

  10. "I have been working at Garmin full-time for 3.5 years"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Taoyuan
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Garmin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People here are very friendly, and willing to discuss and share some novel views or thoughts. It has complete and clear employee training that helps you familiar with the firm soon

    Cons

    Lots of miscellaneous works due to the manufacturing role

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