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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 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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great co-workers, great benefits.
Operator (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSAugust 25, 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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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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workload was okay but won't get too much achievements
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Taipei TaiwanSeptember 21, 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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Great place to work
Electronics Technician (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSAugust 23, 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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reliable company to work for
Product support specialist, Company (Current Employee) –  Salem, ORJuly 12, 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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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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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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Great Work and Life balance.
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Olathe, KSSeptember 25, 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 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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Great inviroment
Production/Assembly Worker (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSAugust 11, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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