Garmin Corp.


Garmin Ltd. manufactures navigation products that use global positioning system technology to wirelessly deliver geographic location data through satellite communications. Its portable products incorporate electronic maps and navigational charts. Garmin also makes communications devices that combine cellular and GPS technology.

Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and original-equipment manufacturer applications. Boat maker Ranger and Piper Aircraft incorporate Garmin equipment into their products.

The company was founded by Gary Burrell and Min Kao in 1989. Garmin is a combination of their names.

In April 2010, T-Mobile USA Inc. released the Garminfone, the first Android-powered smartphone with Garmin’s navigation technology. The Garminfone is a full-touch 3G smartphone with a 3.5-inch screen. The company recently completed the transfer of its place of incorporation to Switzerland from the Cayman Islands.


Garmin Ltd. is known for its laid back atmosphere with a casual dress code and an open, creative environment with small teams. Garmin likes to hire people that have passion for the products. For example, one of the lead developers for its outdoor watch GPS series is an active outdoorsman. All employees receive discounts for Garmin products as well as discounts throughout the community. There are regular volunteering activities, sports clubs and team-building trips.


Garmin Ltd recruits for the following sectors: engineering, administration, marketing and sales, marketing communications, operations and information technology.

All positions are based in the company's Kansas City, Kan., locations. The company assists with relocation costs.

Full-time Garmin employees can receive tuition reimbursement for graduate level courses.

Facts & Resources

Employees:   8,000
Stock Quote   GRMN
Company Site:
Career Site:   Careers


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