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4.8 of 5 stars

Engineering excellence combined with the best BBQ and camaraderie the country can offer.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I loved the friendliness seen all across the Garmin campus. My mentor, team, and fellow interns were very welcoming and friendly! I also thoroughly enjoyed the work I was doing. At the end of the internship I could play on the device I was working on and really see the changes I had made! It's something to be proud of, and it's fun always trying to excel in the work we do because it's all about making the best product we can for the users!


Downers

There wasn't much of anything that was bad, but I would have liked a bit more structured feedback about my work throughout the summer. After sharing this with them, I think they plan on implementing some feedback notes throughout the summer for future interns.


Advice to Potential Interns

I would first tell them YES! If a candidate is considering Garmin, I would ask them about their interests and major because Garmin has internship programs across all forms of engineering. There are internship opportunities for computer software/hardware engineers, mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers, and more! Garmin also has products in the automotive, marine, fitness, outdoor, and aviation markets, so there is a place for everyone! Knowing their interests, I could help them in the right direction as far as which department they'd like to work in.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Great Embedded Systems Experience
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The intern social committee planned some great events. The work was meaningful and I gained valuable technical experience I would not have gotten in a classroom.


Downers

The thing that I liked least about the internship program was that it went by so fast.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you are looking to do meaningful work and gain valuable technical experience, I highly recommend that you consider Garmin in your internship search.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Hands on software engineering internship with real world work
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The work being done will actually be used, you get placed on a team just like a regular full-time employee, and you function like a true full time employee for the duration of your internship.


Downers

The intern social group sent out too many emails.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you have the skills to work effectively on a team in a real world environment and you like challenging work, I suggest this place of work.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Amazing experience working with a knowledgeable team
Raleigh, NC | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The experience


Downers

No full time offer


Advice to Potential Interns

Be willing to learn


Sample Interview Questions

Describe a semaphore


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5.0 of 5 stars

The internship is entirely hands-on work for a great local company with a global reach.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The hands on, highly technical work, the people who work there and the environment, and the compensation.


Downers

Feedback was only provided at the end of the internship rather than throughout it.


Advice to Potential Interns

It's an excellent place to be at with interesting work, especially if you're from around the area.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Gain real-world experience by contributing to the creation of amazing products.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Because of the welcoming company culture, I was very at ease with my colleagues. It was easy to ask questions and get help and cooperate on tasks.


Downers

I have no complaints.


Advice to Potential Interns

Do some research on what Garmin does. They are involved in many different market segments. During the interview, they will ask you which division you would like to work in.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Very interesting experience and you feel like you are not just an intern but a full time employee of Garmin
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Challenging and rewarding


Downers

Inability to pick/choose from a couple of projects, instead of being assigned one that may or may not be that interesting.


Advice to Potential Interns

It is a great place to have an internship at and to work for! Great people, awesome HR team, and challenging work. Definitely the top internship in the Kansas Area. I would recommend it to everyone!


Sample Interview Questions

Analyze this piece of code and find if there are any errors and how would you fix them.


Advice to Management

May be a possibility for the intern to pick from a couple of projects, or to ask them what projects they like working on, before the internship starts. That way the intern could possibly choose the one that is of the most interesting subject to them. Of course, they will have to sign some sort of a non-disclosure statement beforehand, but it will make their internship even more fun.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Engineering student experiences awesome internship with exposure to industry-desired skills.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Co-workers and outside activities


Downers

I guess the worst thing about my internship was the traffic after work on the way home.


Advice to Potential Interns

Everyone is really helpful and always willing to offer advice to new hires. Everyone is assigned a mentor for the first year of employment, so be sure to ask plenty of questions and never be afraid to learn new things.


Sample Interview Questions

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

Are you more of a leader or a follower?


Advice to Management

I thought everything was really well done. Want to comment on how helpful it was to have a mentor of about the same age group as me. I feel that this enhanced my learning abilities and helped myself feel more welcome.


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5.0 of 5 stars

At Garmin you get your own desk AND your own soldering iron
Other (US) | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

They give you real projects to work on that will help out your team. It is easy to learn from the people you work with and they are always friendly and willing to help. The project lifecycles are fast enough so that you can actually make progress through the summer (in the consumer segment at least)


Downers

I didn't get to work directly with any other interns because they were spread pretty thin throughout the company.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you would like to play a central role in the development of electronics you would enjoy working at Garmin. As an electrical engineer you get to work with mechanical and software engineers to turn ideas into products.


Sample Interview Questions

Draw a block diagram of a system or product you have designed by yourself or as part of a team in a previous internship or school project. The interviewer then picks a particular block and asks you to describe how you implemented it in detail.


Advice to Management

Encourage more out of work activities between coworkers. The different product segments feel slightly isolated. I think this leads to a 'knowledge island' effect which makes it more difficult to find people with expertise in certain areas.


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5.0 of 5 stars

Positive people. Quality work.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people.


Downers

I would have liked to see more training and better organization of wiki articles, but it was easy to ask other employees any questions.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be friendly, hardworking, and knowledgeable in a programming language. Be able to describe projects you've worked on.


Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about some projects you worked on?


Advice to Management

The wiki documents about technical development need to be updated and organized. There should be better training and documentation of the software architecture/systems.


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Yes


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