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4.4 of 5 stars

Real-world experience in both business and technical aspects of software development
Raleigh, NC | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The fact that it did not feel like an "internship" was nice. I was being treated at the level of an entry-level software engineer and given actual tasks that impact the development of our products.


Downers

Being a remote site, there were not very many interns, so it did feel strange at times being around the seasoned veterans of the industry with few others in my age group.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you are in computer science, this internship is going to stretch you. Garmin is a hardware company, so a lot of the classes that I was told I wasn't going to be using (i.e. assembly and a lot of the low-level principles in operating systems) will be prominent and perhaps the most important things you have learned. That said, it is excellent experience and a challenging and wonderful opportunity.


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4.3 of 5 stars

A look into the Garmin Engineering World
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Treated like a real employee. Great immersive experience, lots of events to encourage social interaction with other interns.


Downers

In my position I didn't always have something to do on a daily basis. I'm sure this is not a problem for other areas so much. I was a well qualified candidate for the position I interviewed for and got.


Advice to Potential Interns

Be yourself, the people here support that very much and was one of my favorite aspects of working there.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Great place to work.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Great work environment, supportive co-workers, meaningful impact.


Downers

A little more training would have been nice.


Advice to Potential Interns

Truly a place that makes you want to come everyday; care about your health and work/personal life balance.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Rewarding and enjoyable experience with great pay, great hours, and free housing
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

pay, benefits, people, experience


Downers

not many job opportunities in some departments and no direct reasons given. People placed in departments that aren't hiring feel overlooked.


Advice to Potential Interns

Don't be afraid to ask questions if you get stuck. They want you to ask questions.


Sample Interview Questions

Standard behavioral questions only


Advice to Management

Be more upfront about the business and hiring practices. Also, give more performance reviews and training sessions.


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4.3 of 5 stars

Great internship program at a great engineering company
Raleigh, NC | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

How approachable everyone was. I felt I could always ask questions, and was encouraged to do so. The work I did I felt was very applicable to my career, and enjoyed every bit of my internship there. The amount of work "assigned" (for lack of a better term) was not outrageous, but challenging. I learned a lot this summer, and hope to continue my work with Garmin in the future.


Downers

Nothing at all!


Advice to Potential Interns

Bring your thinking cap, because jumping in on a project as large as some of the ones you might work on here will be a challenge. But all of the engineers here are very competent in their work and are able to help. Within days of being there I already felt like part of the team, and was contributing a good amount.


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4.3 of 5 stars

Garmin's Internship Program is one of the best.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Learning where to use requirements documents and how to write tests properly.


Downers

Work was a little boring to write tests for a full 11 weeks.


Advice to Potential Interns

Garmin treats its interns very well. Great social experience, great pay, and free housing.


Advice to Management

Less unit testing would be nice. Important, but very boring.


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4.4 of 5 stars

How to make the step from good programmer to professional software engineer,
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Getting to work with so many people on the same project. Mentoring was excellent too!


Downers

Sometimes the work would get repetitive.


Advice to Potential Interns

Read your operating systems book! Learn how memory works too!


Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about your research. Tell me about your senior design project. Write some code to count the number of bits that are set in an 8 bit number.


Advice to Management

Place a higher value on graduate degrees. Travel compensation for interns.


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4.3 of 5 stars

Best internship ever
Other (US) | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

My manager allowed me space to do my work in my own way. My projects were interesting and challenging.


Downers

At times it was difficult to get the feedback necessary from tooling engineers


Advice to Potential Interns

In my role at Garmin, I did not need to use in-depth analysis techniques as taught in engineering school. Creativity, practical knowledge and intuition are much more important. (this was my experience, I believe interns in the past have done substantial FEA work)


Advice to Management

I liked how i was not overwhelmed with boring (though possibly useful) training the first few days/weeks of my internship. for some people this may work well but for me, this would have been torture.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Gain experience doing real world work.
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I really learned how things work in the real world.


Downers

I felt like I didn't have a lot of interaction with the other interns.


Advice to Potential Interns

Garmin is a great place to work. I felt like they did a good job introducing me to a great deal of things necessary for work in this industry.


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4.4 of 5 stars

Garmin offered the best Internship program I have ever seen
Kansas City, KS | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Work-life balance, very good benefits and pay, many fun events


Downers

Cafeteria could be a bit better with more varietyies of heathier food


Advice to Potential Interns

Work hard, learn lots and play hard, building a community with your fellow interns and team, have fun for your summer!


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