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Aviation Systems Engineer

Garmin International Inc. France

Whether you love conception, development, installation or compliance, our systems engineers enjoy the flexibility of a multi-faceted job that allows… Glassdoor


4 days ago

Aircraft Certification Engineer

Garmin International Olathe, KS

If you think you have what it takes, apply for our full time Aircraft Certification Engineer position at our office in Olathe, KS. Garmin's Aircraft… Glassdoor


8 days ago

Database Administrator Intern

Garmin International Olathe, KS

Database Administrator Interns will learn to work with database servers and provide client and cross-platform connectivity. This includes analyzing… Glassdoor


21 days ago

Finance Internal Auditor

Garmin International Olathe, KS

We are looking for a full-time Internal Auditor to support the finance and accounting team at our headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. In this role, youll… Glassdoor


17 days ago

Customer Service Representative

Garmin International Olathe, KS

Customer Service Representatives are responsible for handling customer inquiries and requests regarding products, orders and returns with the highest… Glassdoor


19 days ago

Corporate Controller

Garmin International Olathe, KS

Garmin is looking for a full time Corporate Controller at our headquarters in the Kansas City, MO metropolitan area. Garmins Corporate Controller… Glassdoor


15 hrs ago

ERP Applications Analyst 2 - HR/Payroll – new

Garmin International Olathe, KS

Must love computers. And the Internet. Sounds simple enough, but at Garmin, we strive for excellence; just loving computers and the Internet isnt… Glassdoor


8 days ago

Java Web Developer

Garmin International Olathe, KS

We're seeking a Software Engineer on our web development team, located at our world headquarters in Olathe, KS. In this role, you'll be responsible… Glassdoor


17 days ago

Software Engineer (algorithms/data structures/protocols) - Wearables

Garmin International Olathe, KS

The Wearable Group at Garmin is an exciting, fast-paced group of software engineers committed to making products that are a part of every active… Glassdoor


11 days ago

Incoming Inspector (1st Shift)

Garmin International Olathe, KS

We're seeking an Incoming Inspector at our headquarters in Olathe, KS. Core essential functions for this role include inspecting purchased materials… Glassdoor


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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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