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workload was okay but won't get too much achievements
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Taipei Taiwan21 September 2016
I worked at Garmin Taiwan, the company was okay overall. The superiors were a little bossy somehow. Colleagues were good mostly. Salary and benefits were about the average and that's all. The management was bad in some teams and not likely to change at all. A company you can stay if you just want a stable career.
Pros
Stable, OK salary, life balance
Cons
Nothing cool, conservative
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Was a fun place to work but can't compete rivals at all
Software Engineer, Testing Team (Former Employee) –  Taipei21 September 2016
I was working at the smartphone department of this company. The company culture was good, everyone enjoyed life working there but the management was terrible. I only had only done two complete projects during the two hand half years there. Won't learn too much there.
Pros
Highly balanced life
Cons
nothing to do
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great co-workers, great benefits.
Operator (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS25 August 2016
I enjoyed my co-workers...2nd shift management usually played there little games of who they like and don't like. Job was easy. benefits were great. I got let go during time off for health reasons. i was shocked when i got the call not to return to work the following week. if you work there, work on 1st shift. 2nd shift management was terrible in the production area alot of work needs to be done there.
Pros
company outings, benefits.
Cons
2nd shift management in production areas, getting letting go while i was on fmla
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The best call center of Salem!
Product Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Salem, OR7 August 2016
Garmin AT is a great place to work! They have great benefits, good pay, and a great structure. The employees are super friendly, and the supervisors really care to know you and what your goals are. If you don't mind or love Customer Service/Tech Support, this would be the call center to work at.

Note: I was there as a temp so my pay was different than the full time reps.
Pros
Great Benefits, management cares, friendly relaxed enviroment
Cons
Can be repetative, schedule stays the same
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Great Work and Life balance.
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KS25 September 2016
Challenging work environment. 0 growth opportunity. If you want job security but no career, this is the place. No Bonuses. Great 401K, health benefits.
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Great Midwest technology company
Technical Lead (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KS6 March 2016
Typical 40 hours work week. Nice co-workers. Majority of engineers have a bachelor degree from universities in mid-west region. Management has open-door policy where complains can be addressed quickly. Friendly culture.
Pros
Work-life balance
Cons
Career advancement
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Great co-workers, Good benefits medical, dental, vision and matching 401 K plan.
Product Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS7 April 2016
Great co-workers and good benefits and 401 K plan. Learned a lot about different departments within the company. Got to work with most of those departments on a daily basis.
Pros
Medical, dental, vision among the benefits along with a matching 401 K plan.
Cons
Low pay with an average of 2% to 3% annual raises.
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reliable company to work for
Product support specialist, Company (Current Employee) –  Salem, OR12 July 2016
Very reliable company to work for with great hours. Once of the downfalls is there is only full time positions available. I recently had a baby and being a first time mom I would rather work part time that full time.
Pros
reliable company with great benefits
Cons
no part time
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it ok
Product Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KS 6606226 September 2016
they are moving everything to Olathe and i live in MO i cant afford to make the drive on the salary they provide so i have to quit and find a new job and they are offering no compensation.
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NZ brand with US influence
International Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Auckland6 August 2016
FUSION operates in the fast paced marine tech sector and thus needs to be fast to adapt when change happens. Because of this there is always something new going on which makes it exciting on a daily basis.

Since the Garmin takeover there is more of a US influence on what happens at FUSION which has improved some efficiency and added some complexities.

The co-workers are great and everyone works towards a common goal. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with stakeholders from all over the world and getting to experience the various markets in which FUSION participates.
Pros
Great team of people
Cons
No family friendly activities
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Great products and engineers, lack of advertising prevents people from knowing about those products
Software Engineering Manager (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS11 October 2015
Highly engineering driven company that over and over misses out on amazing opportunities for growth due to lack of understanding that advertising sells. Word of mouth gets you the niche markets that Garmin has.

The people are great at Garmin, but the compensation hasn't kept up with the rest of the tech market. The culture of the company also changed over the years from one where employees were treated great to a culture where employees became more of a number. Cost cutting was cited frequently as a way to cut benefits (Charmin Ultra), despite Garmin having $2b in the bank.
Pros
Great people, low cost of living area
Cons
Not competitive compensation, benefits getting cut
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Software Support Technician (Former Employee) –  Overland Park, KS19 April 2016
In sum, major advancements have occurred in the area of cultural competence among managed care plans, health insurers, and health care purchasers. However, there still exists strong resistance to investing in cultural competence as these entities search for evidence that supports a potential for quality
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productive and conpetetive
MERCHANDISER/PROMOTER (Former Employee) –  Al-Ayn31 May 2016
8 hours a day
explaining products
managing stocks
providing customer service
management is good
we deal at customers technical problems
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Great place to work
Electronics Technician (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS23 August 2016
Fast paced work environment. People are great. Cutting edge technology. What I enjoyed the most was the introduction of a new product into production. It was fun solving the problems and suggesting solutions. I enjoyed working with the engineers with troubleshoot, repair and production flow.
Pros
Excellent staff
Cons
None
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Productive and enjoyable place to work
Software Quality Specialist (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KS12 January 2016
Job culture is the best by far. Flexibility with work hours is helpful when attending school full time. Management is involved in helping make decisions for professional growth
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Great inviroment
Production/Assembly Worker (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS11 August 2016
Wonderful hours and people. loved the OVER TIME. Nothing compared to the work it wasn't hard but NOT easy. The people were nice to
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great company to work for
File Coordinator, accounts pay/receive (Current Employee) –  Olathe Ks11 May 2016
Garmin International is a great company to work for. I answered phones and took care of a lot of customers. I was taught how to work with Oracle system and Outlook. Love the founders of the company, the integrity of these men is incredible.
Pros
Very flexible family first at this company
Cons
Very under staffed, company grew too fast and not enough employees
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The marine team at Garmin is the absolute best!
Marine Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS5 July 2016
From engineering to sales, the marine team really cares about the success of the product lines. The team is spread thin and overworked.
Pros
Great people
Cons
Lack of trust and loyalty
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Good place to work, but not long term
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS27 May 2013
Garmin's upper management doesn't have a clue what's going on at the lowest ranks. They do not recognize the many many extra hours put in by lowest level employees. Pay is sub-standard and there were no bonuses or profit sharing, despite paying hundreds of millions in dividends to investors.

Management at the middle and low levels is much better. I never had any issues with the managers I had, and in fact thought they did an excellent job in the situations they were placed.

From 2011 until I left, a large number of engineers left the company for 20-30% pay raises without having to leave Kansas City. If you're willing to sacrifice pay for a laid back, relaxed environment, then this is the place for you. If you're looking for a company that will reward you for your hard work, look elsewhere.
Pros
No dress code, relaxed environment
Cons
Low pay, lack of care from upper management
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Too Much Politics
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KS21 May 2014
Started in the company's first year. Worked as much as 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Kept getting the "share the wealth" speech from the owner. The bigger they got, the harder it was to get a raise. Talent and work ethic meat nothing, politics meant everything. Worked there for 9 years, never saw "share the wealth" for anyone. There's a reason why most of the employees who started in the first year are gone.
Pros
Co-Workers, Sales Staff
Cons
Health Insurance not subsidized, fight tooth and nail to get a raise, upper management clueless.
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