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Great products and engineers, lack of advertising prevents people from knowing about those products
Software Engineering Manager (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSOctober 11, 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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fun productive work with a ping pong table that brought people togetgher
Client Service Escalation/Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOFebruary 2, 2016
Great company to work for with excellent benefits. They provide a great work environment. They give the employees the right materials to handle the job preformed.
Pros
benefits, work hours
Cons
n/a
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Great Midwest technology company
Technical Lead (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSMarch 6, 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 pay and good benefits
Garmin International Software Support Technician (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSOctober 13, 2015
Great pay and great benefits. Sometimes the job is stressful but they make up for it with perks. The company is large so sometimes moral issues may get missed. The supervisors I had really cared and tried to be neutral and non biased at all times. Looking back, probably one of the best jobs I had. I am grateful to have been employed there.
Pros
Exellent pay and benefits
Cons
stressful at times.
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Good first job out of college, but long-term potential is unlikely.
Senior Aviation Systems Test Engineer (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSSeptember 6, 2015
Doesn't even come close to competing with salary offers from other organizations. Top talent routinely leaves the organization for nearly double salary offers from competitors.
Pros
Very casual environment; no dress code
Cons
Compensation
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Great company and great management.
Electronics Assembler (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSJune 11, 2015
Great company.All A plus team.great fun and very good company.they have great benefit package and good holiday PTO hours. I just started great company to work and great management.
Pros
Good health benefits, fun people to work with, ESPP program and 401k are amazing.
Cons
for the new worker some time very hard but they have training for everything so they make easy.
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Work hard play hard
Software Engineer II (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSMarch 22, 2016
At Garmin, every engineer is treated equally. The best part about working at Garmin is the people that I work with. Garmin is located in Midwest and it is fair that say that everyone shares a sense of midwestern hospitality. The engineers that I work with on a daily basis are on of the smartest that I have ever met. Working on Garmin has made me a better Software Engineer
Pros
Ping pong during lunch
Cons
Non
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Great co-workers, Good benefits medical, dental, vision and matching 401 K plan.
Product Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSApril 7, 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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Nice place to work, good benefits
Customer service representative (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, MOApril 2, 2016
I worked as a customer service Rep. Job duties are easy. Not a phycial job. Co workers are a treat to work with, got along with everyone. Got to talk to some interesting people. Some fun to talk to. Others not so much. Customers can be difficult to talk to.
Pros
benefit's, pay is good, fun work parties.
Cons
not always a fair place to work.
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Culture
Software Support Technician (Former Employee) –  Overland Park, KSApril 19, 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 enjoyable place to work
Software Quality Specialist (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSJanuary 12, 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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The marine team at Garmin is the absolute best!
Marine Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSJuly 5, 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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Electronics Assembler
Electronics Assembler (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSMay 28, 2015
The way they treat their employees keeps going down hill.
Repetitive work with no chance of moving up.
Co workers are like high school very clickish.
Not challenging work.
Pros
good health benefits
Cons
Management
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Good place to work, but not long term
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSMay 27, 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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I love working at Garmin, so far it has been a great learning experience.
Android Developer (Current Employee) –  Cluj-Napoca, CJJanuary 19, 2014
Working at Garmin, this is the first time I'm actually excited on my commute in the morning. Management is transparent and shares high-level goals and company changes; they're accessible, and want to see employees succeed. Feedback from managers is a balance of constructive criticism and insight into your strengths, and provides clear direction on how to continue to develop.

My team is motivated and fun - they take pride in their work, and collaborate together. I learn from them, and continue to be impressed by the ways they challenge themselves to improve their skills and knowledge.
I feel trusted to make decisions, and help change the business for the better.
Pros
stocked kitchen, happy hours, collegial environment, consistent manager feedback
Cons
benefits are good but could be better.
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Too Much Politics
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSMay 21, 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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Good work life balance
Product Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Kansas City, MOFebruary 25, 2015
Good work life balance, good place for students to get a job. However, there is little chance for advancement and raises are not good. The management is also subpar. I would recommend it as a first job.
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Work closely with department managers and with software help desk team to resolve advance system issues with GPS at a tier II level.
Customer Service Tech tier II (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSAugust 12, 2014
. Use experienced and advance knowledge on personal computers and rebuilding/restoring system files in various GPS products in automotive, handheld tracking, fitness, aviation units and marine units. I have received numerous praise within software management and documented exceptional service emails from customers of my expertise and service
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Productive and energetic workplace
Automotive Technical Support (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSJanuary 24, 2016
Great work atmosphere, everyone is very helpful and understanding. I learned oracle operating system, and how to troubleshoot and operate all Garmin car devices.
Pros
All employees were encouraged to have a healthy, active lifestyle
Cons
Seasonal position
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Good Company!
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSFebruary 15, 2015
I have no real complaints about working at Garmin. They treat their employees well and have a great work environment. My only real reason for leaving is the type of work.
Pros
collaborative environment, benefits, compensation
Cons
type of work, outdated technologies, embedded development
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4.0
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