Frequently Asked Questions

General

How did the company come up with the name Garmin?
It is a combination of the two founder’s names: Gary Burrell and Min Kao.
Learn more about Garmin

What is the culture like?
We like to laugh, have fun and work hard. It comes easily when you work on cool products with fantastic, hard-working individuals who share the same passion. Associates also use words such as “respect, teamwork, innovative, community-focused, strong customer dedication, friendly and collaborative” to describe Garmin.

How is Garmin structured?
The global parent company is in Switzerland, but Garmin maintains operational headquarters in Olathe, Kansas.

What markets does Garmin handle?
Garmin offers products in the marine, aviation, automotive and outdoor/fitness markets.

What are the core business hours at Garmin?
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the business operations teams and various shifts in our manufacturing and warehouse departments.

It says Garmin is in Kansas City. Is that Kansas or Missouri?
Garmin’s headquarters is in a KC suburb called Olathe, in Kansas, but when you fly into Kansas City International Airport (MCI), you actually are in Missouri (there is both a Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri). It is about a 45 minute drive from the airport to Garmin, which is next to Interstate 35, a major north/south highway.

Why would I want to move to Kansas City? What is there to do in Kansas City?
With a population of more than 2 million people, Kansas City is the 29th largest metropolitan city in the United States. It is known for its fountains, jazz history and world-renowned BBQ. Because of its size and location, Kansas City has a little bit of it all, from restaurants and shopping, to night-time entertainment, a bustling fine arts community and professional sports teams. Visit www.visitkc.com for a complete listing of things to do and places to stay and eat.

If I accept a job at Garmin, how can I connect with other people?
For interns, Garmin hosts several activities throughout the summer, including outings to Worlds of Fun, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and laser tag.

For part- and full-time employees, Garmin also hosts regular outings, for full- and part-time associates, so employees can get to know one another.

There also is a group called GenKC that organizes ongoing events to help young professionals enhance their personal and professional skill set.

Applying for a Job

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Are unsolicited search firm and agency submissions accepted?
Garmin does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered property of Garmin International and will not be obligated to a referral fee. This includes resumes submitted directly to hiring managers without contacting the Corporate Recruiting Department.

How can I get help if I am having technical difficulty while submitting my resume?
Please email H.RIS@garmin.com

Can I apply for more than one job?
Absolutely! We encourage interested candidates to apply for any jobs for which they qualify.

Can spouses/family members work at Garmin?
Yes, as long as you do not report to the same supervisor or each other.

What are the steps in Garmin’s hiring process?
Once you've applied, if it seems the position may be a good fit for you, a member of our recruitment team will contact you to schedule a time to discuss your background, experience and the available position. From there, an on-site interview or technical phone screen with the individuals related to this position may be scheduled.

I submitted my application online. How will I know it has been received?
Once your application has been completed and received in our system, you should receive an email notification stating the status of your application.

How do I know the status of my employment application?
If you are selected for an interview, a Human Resources representative will contact you via phone or email. If you are not selected, an email will be sent you using the address you entered on your application.

What does the interview process entail?
This varies by department, but usually entails some sort of initial phone screening followed by an on-site interview.

How quickly do you fill your open positions?
As soon as we find the candidate that matches our qualifications and requirements.

Did You Know?
Garmin is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or marital status or other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.

Dress Code

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What should I wear to my interview?
Garmin does not have a formal dress code policy, but we do encourage you to dress professionally for your interview. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

What is the dress code?
Although there is no company-wide dress code at Garmin, it is expected that associates dress appropriately for the work environment.

Any department specific dress codes or safety rules pertaining to dress must be followed.

Benefits

When do my benefits start?
Benefits start the first of the month, after the day you start (i.e. if you start March 10, they will start April 1. If you start Jan. 31, they will start Feb. 1)

What holidays does Garmin observe?
Associates get 9 paid holidays every year.

How much vacation does Garmin offer its associates?
Paid time off is based on each associate’s anniversary date.

Full-time associates will be granted PTO as follows: Up to 15 days per year the first year through the fourth year of employment; up to 20 days per year in the fifth year through the ninth year of employment; and up to 25 days per year in the 10th year of employment and each year thereafter.

Rates are prorated for part-time associates.

Bereavement and jury duty absences also are recognized as well as Family Medical Leave of Absences (FMLA) and Military Leave of Absences.

Payroll

When do I get my first check?
Garmin pays bi-weekly on Friday.

How often are associates paid?
Bi-weekly. Associates can use ADP Self-Service to receive online, paperless pay statements.

How are employees classified?
Garmin associates are either exempt or non-exempt. Exempt associates are paid a salary and do not receive overtime pay. Non-exempt associates usually are paid on an hourly basis and receive overtime pay in accordance with federal and state laws.

Associates also are classified as full-time or part-time. Full time associates are regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week and are eligible to participate in Garmin benefit programs provided they qualify under the terms of the benefit. Part-time associates are regularly scheduled to work less than 30 hours per week and may be eligible to participate in certain Garmin benefit programs.

Garmin also may use temporary associates. Temporary associates are not eligible to receive holiday pay or participate in benefit programs.

How often are raises/reviews given at Garmin?
Performance evaluations are completed annually for all associates.

Advancement

Are there opportunities for advancement within Garmin?
This varies by team and department, but there are opportunities for growth and advancement technically or as a manager.

How long do I have to wait until I can apply for a transfer to another department?
Six months.

Do I have the opportunity to move within teams after I am hired?
Yes, this is looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Is there any developmental training at Garmin?
Yes. Garmin supports ongoing growth and learning; however, this varies for each department and is at the discretion of each team leader.

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