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30 days ago

Cyber Security Training and Awareness Coordinator

Garmin International Inc. Olathe, KS

We are looking for a full/part-time cyber-security training and awareness coordinator at our Headquarters in Kansas City, to develop, execute, and… CareerBuilder


29 days ago

Business Development Manager

Garmin Detroit, MI

Our sales and marketing teams talk the talk and walk the walk, marketing hundreds of products worldwide for consumer, business and military… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Director, Aviation OEM Sales

Garmin Olathe, KS

Our sales and marketing teams talk the talk and walk the walk, marketing hundreds of products worldwide for consumer, business and military… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Product Architect - Watches & Wearables

Garmin Olathe, KS

Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Regardless if you re a newbie or a veteran, engineers dream it, design it and use it. Here, you will be… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Engineering Business Development Manager

Garmin Olathe, KS

If you re looking to lead, we re looking for you. Each of our markets has a business development manager who provides leadership support for… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Director, Recruitment & Retention

Garmin Olathe, KS

include partnering with the HR Leadership team to develop, implement, communicate and manage strategic recruitment… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Project Manager

Garmin Olathe, KS

In operations, we literally do it all in-house. We are looking for skilled, energetic individuals who want to join our quality, international… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Product Architect

Garmin Olathe, KS

Associates get the royal treatment at Garmin. Regardless if you re a newbie or a veteran, engineers dream it, design it and use it. Here, you will be… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Senior Counsel Latin America

Garmin Sao Paulo, NA

At Garmin, the foundation of our culture is honesty, integrity, and respect. We re looking for senior counsel to help us follow both the letter and… Ivy Exec


29 days ago

Senior Financial Technology Analyst

Garmin Olathe, KS

Now seeking: Number crunchers. In finance and accounting, we crunch the numbers to collect and pay the bills. Some of us plan for the future; others… Ivy Exec


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    Detached management and few opportunities for career growth, but stable with good work/life balance.

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    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.

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    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.

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