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Garmin Reviews

Updated 9 January 2016
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Garmin President and CEO Clifton Pemble
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  • Very male-driven company, hard to move up (in 8 reviews)

  • lack of well defined career path (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not bad overall, but not much forward movement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear and honest about opportunities for career advancement. Give employees greater advance notice and preparation for new products and policies.


  2. "Product Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relatively simple job, decent Company benefits and good for anyone with little experience or working towards something different career wise as they have many other opportunities within the company. But it is a decent temporary job no more than 40 a week while you work towards different goals. Good for anyone who enjoys customer service with a bit of technical twist.

    Cons

    Low paid if compared to others of similar natue. Annual review process isn't the best. Not many opportunities unless you enjoy customer service. Or have your own career goals such as education

    Advice to Management

    Have clear and concise quantitative data to give employees at year end annual reviews for each category being graded on. There shouldn't be a category without a clear way to do well in it. Also grade employees on how they actually do and not on some bell curve.


  3. "Excellent benefits, work culture but average salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative work culture, awesome benefits, casual dress code, good working environment, social awareness, flexible timing for engineers, stock options, works in many different technologies and domains.

    Cons

    Average salary, ambiguous directions from management causing confusion at times, less no of PTOs, no work from home policy, appraisal system outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more or the competitions will steal quality resources.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Status Quo"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, informal and flexible. If you are built status quo, want to show up 8-5 and no stress it's a decent place to work.

    Cons

    It's not built for the motivated and energetic type. Bringing in new ideas and knowledge of a segment usually lead to negative responses and insecurities. Too many levels of management. Poor Pay. Not much room for career growth.


  6. "Boring Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, paid time off

    Cons

    Not particularly interesting work. Workplace culture pretty much nonexistent


  7. "Garmin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Administrator in Thornton, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Security Administrator in Thornton, CO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Garmin has a healthy cash flow and is committed to purchasing industry standard technologies. Garmin is very big, with over 50 offices globally.

    Cons

    There are not enough security engineers for the size of the network. Garmin could do well to have sufficient staff to provide for 24/7 support.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus some talent to the security team, or hire from outside. Continue to take advantage of leading technologies and processes.


  8. "Internet Applications Developer 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health plans, best 401k match, truly casual attire.

    Cons

    Management's desire to keep a loose, fluid structure sometimes causes things to feel disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace and use more modern, social tools within the company to communicate with employees.


  9. "Software Engineer - Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin as an intern

    Pros

    Most everyone who works there is happy People are excited about Garmin products

    Cons

    I was not challenged much while working there

    Advice to Management

    Overall you are doing well


  10. "Software Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Garmin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, decent pay

    Cons

    Boring work, didn't learn much


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Garmin AT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    The company provides good benefits and the engineering side allows for significant autonomy. Management checks in every once in a while to make sure you're busy, but you are left to manage your work load as you see fit. Shift and break times are pretty flexible and management is good about allowing time off whenever you want it (in Salem at least). They are good at making sure whatever tools or equipment are needed for the job are available. The Salem location puts on a couple of parties/events for the employees every year and sometimes they pass out odd little gifts (flashlights, mobile battery packs, etc.). The management in Salem is better to their employees due to the location previously being a smaller, local company.

    Cons

    They pay below average, and without experience it's hard to get a sizable raise. Your performance counts for much less than the number of times you've swiped your door badge. If you are a fast learner, you'll just have to be patient while they come around to paying you what you're worth. Some have been told they can go 45 minutes north or west (to the cities with more tech jobs) if they don't like what they're getting paid. Additionally, they (headquarters in Olathe) will only go so far to make things right if you miss out on a benefit due to an error on their part. Perhaps that's normal for larger corporations.

    Advice to Management

    Have a bit more heart and consider employees as being at least as important as the customers and shareholders. Pay better because you appreciate everyone's contribution instead of doing it begrudgingly after complaints from employees and negative feedback from other companies (I've heard Garmin management was told the company is just a stepping stone fresh graduates use to gain experience before they get a real job).



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