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Updated 14 July, 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. "Pretty good work, but repetitive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Cochrane, AB
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Cochrane, AB
    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.


  2. "Great Technical Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cochrane, AB
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cochrane, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - outdoor lifestyle
    - above-average compensation
    - excellent benefits and RRSP support
    - Active lifestyle
    - Interesting products

    Cons

    - flat architecture as an engineer
    - some office politics
    - difficulty in rising to higher ranks

    Advice to Management

    - more systematic reviews for skill and professional development / advancement

  3. "Software Engineer"

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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

    Progressive environment with the opportunity to work on relevant and very engaging projects. Lots of opportunity to be a part of these projects even as a new grad.

    Cons

    The moderately low turnover rate means that promotions are slow and getting more responsibility takes a long time even long after you have proved yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more responsibility to experienced employees and allow them to progress toward where they want to be more quickly.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A mixed bag"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Cochrane, AB
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Cochrane, AB
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work, for the first 1-2 years. Interns and graduates are relied on to help deliver key projects. Colleagues are friendly and willing to help with questions. There are lots of sports opportunities - often more than one at each lunch time, and the office culture is to take a full hour's break at noon.

    Cons

    Slow promotions and requirement to fully prove capability before being allowed to move into new roles. Stubborn and inflexible management. Constant work overload. Constant changing of priorities, as events are often elevated to 'emergency' status unnecessarily. If you are not part of the lunchtime sports culture, then you are less likely to be given opportunities. Employees are rarely trusted by management with enough authority to effectively get their jobs done. No annual bonus (you usually get a Christmas turkey).

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees more. And let them stretch their wings a little.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work on interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    The salary isn't the greatest


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  7. "Good company to work with."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Show great value to the employees

    Cons

    Very large company, hard to move up

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good balance of work/life, provides opportunities to help the community, great environment, awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to transfer to other positions internally because of low turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a little better support for cross-department transitions


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome company and benefits; TOXIC work environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - awesome 401k, PTO that doesn't reset at the end of the year, health insurance is great and affordable, ESPP

    You'll get to work with some fantastic products

    Cons

    Company culture is a joke. What's an even bigger joke is the work/life balance that HR loves to tout. You may be forced to work weekends while your peers with less seniority get to enjoy them.

    Never trust anyone. That includes HR. Many people are only concerned about what's in it for themselves instead of what's best for the company, and they'll throw you under the bus and make a big deal of the smallest "issues" that are in reality non-issues.

    Too many people who aren't passionate about their segment. Literally probably 95%+ are clueless.

    Limited to no room for advancement

    If they don't want to give you a raise, they'll find a reason not to, even if unjust

    If you like to be belittled, intimidated and threatened on a regular basis, you'll love working at Garmin.

    Advice to Management

    Coach your employees instead of taking the cowardly approach by going straight to HR.

    Upper management - take a good strong look at mid-level managers. Get rid of those who refuse to coach their employees to be the best they can be.

    Consider hiring more people who know the industry in which their business segment serves. Especially in marketing.


  10. "software developer 3"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    very good company to work for

    Cons

    some of the managers like micromanagement.


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