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Updated 12 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance and the benefits are superb" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, interesting work, excellent management" (in 74 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 19 reviews)

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  1. "Stone age"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Fair company to work for, great benefits.

    Cons

    Not many other than conflicting priorities, at times.

  3. "Inventory Control Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    OMG!!! this Company is to die for excellent company to work and grow with
    Benefits
    Atmosphere
    Pay
    Moral
    this is by far top 5 in the companies i have worked for

    Cons

    none to think of


  4. "Pretty good work, but repetitive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Cochrane, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Cochrane, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young colleagues, everyone is active and the people are really fun to work with. The work is sometimes challenging, there is generally new stuff coming along all the time.
    Benefits are good, gym and race reimbursement.

    Cons

    Endless release cycle, some days it feels like it won't end, and it doesn't.
    Expectation of overtime work.
    Minimal raises per year (~inflation), no bonus.
    Can easily get stuck in the same pattern.
    Too many meetings some days to get anything done at all.
    Easy to burn out.

    Advice to Management

    More variety in work is good! Avoid letting employees settle into a constant pattern.


  5. "An ok place to get additional work experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Current Employee - IT Technical Support Specialist in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (sports, glasses, meal tickets, medical assurance)
    Close location from city center

    Cons

    High workload and few employees
    Lack of procedures and organization
    Lack of involvement from stakeholders


  6. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Olathe, KS (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is based heavily on experience and demonstrated aptitude is rewarded.

    Benefits package is unheard of - even the free healthcare plan rivals buy-in options at competitors.

    Work environment at the Olathe HQ is great - you’re working with highly educated, highly motivated people every day and the pressure to excel is great.

    Internships and college student programs are plentiful, many interns return after graduation.

    Schedule is amazing - starting PTO accrual is very generous in addition to many holidays which most competitors don’t get off.

    Total compensation include many benefits which are also very generous, including $400/hr undergrad tuition reimbursement and flight training reimbursement for any associate who wants to learn to fly or learn a new skill.

    Associates get 45% off everything with the Garmin nameplate, including the full line of fitness products and outdoor units.

    The people you work with are a very diverse bunch. There’s no “typical” Garmin associate, and they encourage their people to try lots of new things

    Cons

    Some departments are prone to micromanagement

    There is a huge potential as the company matures for needless bureaucracy

    Entry-Level positions tend to be mostly busy work that more senior associates would rather not do

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, there will inevitably be bad apples in the bunch.


  7. "Meh"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing health benifits
    Easy work when you only do your job

    Cons

    Low pay and this cool thing where if you do your job well you get to do everybodys job

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation to your hourly employees

  8. "Sqa"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Salary is higher than many other companies in Taiwan

    Cons

    Product is not creative enough


  9. "Absolute Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Olathe, KS (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is awesome
    W/L balance is great
    Projects are exciting and prideful

    Cons

    Nothing. I love it here.


  10. "Cartography Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Work/Life Balance, On site gym, and rec area, cafeteria, flexible hours for coming and going.

    Cons

    Location, Olathe is pretty boring and traffic from KC to HQ is awful. Work is pretty tedious and repetitive, no learning or progression of your skills as using outdated hand rolled version for cartography software. Sometimes it was so slow you struggled to find and work and look busy. A lot of the people working there are pretty demoralized and unenthusiastic. Relatively low hourly pay.

    Advice to Management

    Move HQ to somewhere better. The work was relatively enjoyable when there were important things to be done, just not enough of the time.


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