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Updated October 10, 2017
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  • Too many meetings with little to no results (in 11 reviews)

  • The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Tech Support"

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    Former Employee - Automotive Technician in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Automotive Technician in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    They will make up reasons to fire employees even when all stats are met

    Advice to Management

    Get better call center managers that care and don’t hide in their office and eat all the time


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good welfare, freedom to work

    Cons

    limit resource, always want good benefit with little investment.

    Advice to Management

    it's time to develop more rule to let engineer to follow

  3. "Unspoken Expectations"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin as an intern

    Pros

    The work environment and culture were very relaxed.

    Cons

    My manager did not lay out clear expectations at the beginning of my internship. My end of the summer evaluation also felt to be focused more on my personality than the quality of work and my performance.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Relaxed company culture but no senior leadership."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back, no dress code. Everyone wears shorts and sandals. Many employees have free reign to come and go as they please. Great benefits. People are friendly and polite.

    Cons

    Most departments are very top heavy: too many managers and insufficient staff. Too many meetings with little to no results. Little opportunity for advancement. No telecommute options or flex time.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to embrace change and new ideas. Stop forcing the staff to support old outdated technology.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Okay for Men"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    Generous salary and benefits, but...

    Cons

    Better than generous if you are a man.

    Advice to Management

    Women are people too.


  6. "One of the best places to work in KC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Free coffee, Employee discounts

    Cons

    Low pay (because they are one of the only players in KC), No upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be a good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    casual dress code, very good health benefits package, growing company.

    Cons

    Upper management getting away from the company founders ideas and work ethics. If you don't have a degree, you won't get an interview. that is their policy.
    I worked under a manager that had favorites (i.e. ass-kissers) and if you didn't play the game garmin life sucked.

    Advice to Management

    go back to the way Gary and Min ran the company

  8. "Decent benefits, but that's about all"

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    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist III in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software Support Specialist III in Kansas City, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits, but low pay.

    Cons

    Very little advancement opportunities. Instead of hiring within, as is one of their main mantras, the company hired a dozen ex-Verizon/T-Mobile supervisors. The company has also done a complete 180 on employee relations and essentially treats their workers as numbers now.

    Even being a top rated employee involved in many projects, along with literally the best metrics in the company at the time, a 25 cent/hr raise is insulting.

    Advice to Management

    If you want a happy and stable work force, keep your promises. While you used to treat your support division well, the changes over the past few years make all feel like second class citizens compared to people that work at HQ.


  9. "Another Person"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Easily replaced because a lot of people what to work there


  10. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time

    Pros

    A good place to work, nice people.

    Cons

    So far no issues noted.

    Advice to Management

    Good managers, especilly the ones I have met.


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