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Updated 7 December 2018
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Pros
  • "Good base pay out of college, great work life balance" (in 62 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management" (in 82 reviews)

Cons
  • "Too many meetings with little to no results" (in 11 reviews)

  • "It depends on people's long term career plan, career path is limited" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Stone age"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small degree of autonomy and flexibility

    Cons

    Presenteeism, lack of trust between senior management and staff

    Advice to Management

    Trust more


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and nice people.

    Cons

    Some management seems unqualified. Pay can be unfair because increases are based on a percentage of current salary and not adjusted for new job titles.

    Advice to Management

    Offer telecommuting options and adjust pay scale fairness.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to work. People are nice.

    Cons

    Middle salary compared to other similar company


  4. "Very old fashioned & cliquey"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location in the New Forest is a bonus

    Cons

    Maybe the US branch is better, but the UK is terrible. Flexible working, widely available in other companies, doesn't exist at Garmin UK. Working environment is very cliquey and preferential. The line management is detached from the floor and engages with few favourite employees rather than the whole team. The pay is low compared to other companies in the South Coast (for the same role).

    Advice to Management

    Please improve working environment, this company could be a great place to work with a little bit more effort


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Male-Dominated Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and generally a good work-life balance. Great 401k match.

    Cons

    Currently disappointed by the lack of diversity in such a large company.
    Very little senior leadership, and a tense competitive work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Better/honest/clear career paths for employees not in engineering.
    Make an effort to hire women and minorities.

    Garmin Response

    3 Dec 2018 – University Relations Team Leader

    At Garmin, we are working hard to maintain an inclusive environment and have a concentrated effort on attracting and retaining women within the organization. As an organization, we understand... More


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Great work environment for white men, not so much for females or minorities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology and projects, good 401k matching, and cheap health insurance.

    Cons

    The career growth opportunities are very limited (even more so for females and other minorities). I’m in one of the largest departments in the company and, in that department, I am only aware of four people who aren’t white males that have direct reports.

    If you do join the company for a resume boost, as a female or minority, you have to consider it as an investment of a certain number of years and have an exit plan to move on as you will not have meaningful opportunities for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Management must recognize that we have a very small number of non-white employees and create some programs to help with the isolation this can create. If this kind of organization is created, don’t treat it as absolving the organization from any further action as seems to be the case with the Women’s Business Forum.

    HR must do a better job of training all members of management. If they are consistently ranking a female or other minority team member highly, ask the managers what they are doing to grow that team member’s career. Take an active role in helping management recognize their biases - ex: asking why they’re promoting yet another white male when another team member is a higher performer.

    Remember that having representation in leadership helps in recruiting additional non-white, non-male employees and that diversity leads to better products. A workforce that is 80% male and probably has an even worse white/nonwhite ratio is going to have skewed perspectives.

    Garmin Response

    3 Dec 2018 – University Relations Team Leader

    As an organization, we understand diversity and inclusion helps foster an environment of creativity and innovation. We continue to work hard to build and strengthen our diversity and inclusion... More


  7. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people in a small team that all work hard and are easy to get along with social people.

    Cons

    Due to costs the New Zealand operations are mostly ran from HQ in Australia so not much room for career progression

  8. "Good benefits, but monotonous."

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    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Consistent Schedule, New Facility

    Cons

    Little room for growth or advancement, monotony


  9. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Not much career growth


  10. "NPI Assembly Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - NPI Assembly Process Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - NPI Assembly Process Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your first job,

    Cons

    Too many miscellaneous tasks outside of job responsibility.
    Colleagues are nice, its great to collaborate with cross-functional team.
    Need to work overtime.
    Low salary (compare to ENG department).

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to control everything.
    Give credit to those work hard and have contributions, not the one you like.