Garmin Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
256 Reviews
3.6
256 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance for where I am in life right now is amazing (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits and they take care of their employees (in 36 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.  

    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 an 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Just OK

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is OK comparing with other Taiwan companies. Acceptable workload and working time, but I guess it depends on which team you are in. People are friendly.

    Cons

    FLAT Management. No training, always try to cut costs on little things but use up stuff's energy and patient. Not willing to spend more on benefits or development. Too conservative, management has no motivation to try new technology or business.
    Losing talents, have to arrive office before 8AM, SILLY!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hello

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    The people at Garmin are great to work with. Benefits are awesome and management is flexible about work schedules and time off. Very fitness-minded, work/life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organization can be frustrating. Seems we are changing direction often, and with what appears to be very little forethought. There is always something new, which is soon abandoned for the next new trend in process management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start and thats it!

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

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

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot in the begining. Technology was innovative. Excellent benefits. Great mentors that pull you along very well. Kind of flexible hours. No parking problems.

    Cons

    Heavy micro management. No room for growth. You do similar stuff for years. Late to market. Low pay. Review system is terrible. Only designed to find flaws. Low raises, low bonuses, if any. No room for promotions. Very conservative upper management all the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas. Reward employees more than once a year. Don't nickle and dime for every thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start

    • 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

    Good work ethics and innovative

    Cons

    Not competitive pay and relatively very conservative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand in to other areas. Look for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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