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Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and the benefits are superb (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits - I do not have to pay for my health insurance (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • Lower end on compensation with little to no performance incentives (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits for the employees

    Cons

    Not a lot of support while working


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Former Product Support Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and coworkers were great. The hours were good as well. The medical, dental and vision insurance is some of the best in the area. The matching 401k and pension are great as well.

    Cons

    The career path of a product support specialist is non-existent. There should be avenues for people to go directly to a leadership position with having to be vetted by people that don't interact with you on a regular basis. It's difficult for you to get ahead when the people making the decisions aren't in your office. I worked in the NKC office and they didn't get much respect
     It wad probably due to a lack of leadership at that location. There is no work life balance at all. They have begun to micro manage you at all turns. They need to be more concerned with the leadership than with the rank and file employees. The management at the NKC contact center is horrible with a couple of exceptions. They spend way too much time hiding behind their walls with headphones on pretending to work when most of the time they are probably watching youtube videos.

    Advice to Management

    Get out into the contact centers without HR present and ask some difficult questions that you may not want to hear the answers to and then take action on them. You have plenty of good people left use them to your advantage or they will leave like I did. My only regret while I love the company was that I didn't leave sooner.


  3. "Software Quality Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Quality Analyst in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Software Quality Analyst in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team, Interesting Products, Amazing benefits

    Cons

    Upward mobility seems a bit limited, pay is ok


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  5. "Overall good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Highly motivated teammates with lots of technical experience. Community within work is good.

    Cons

    Hard to really influence products and there isn't a lot room for R&D. Some of the verification work can be bland.

    Advice to Management

    I would prefer if there were more opportunities to innovate and create new technologies. Also some teams are on different sites so it can be hard to collaborate.


  6. "Software Support Level II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Support Level II in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Support Level II in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garmin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your team really supports you

    Cons

    Other teams support themselves and not interactive with other teams


  7. "Garmin has lots of perks besides a competitive hourly wage."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Product Support Helpdesk in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Product Support Helpdesk in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pension, 401k, ESPP, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short/Long Term Disability, and PTO.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunity, no schedule variation, and no separate sick time.

    Advice to Management

    Be more available


  8. "Software Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Self-described "meritocracy" - internal structure is based on what you contribute rather than formal titles. Reasonable work hours and Kansas City is surprisingly fun for young people

    Cons

    Prospects for the future are looking dim. Company is struggling to find a new driving product as people move away from personal navigation devices.


  9. "Software Engineer II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great team. You get to work with very smart people.
    - Work hard play hard environment.
    - Be willing to get used to rigorous test environment.
    - Very flexible hours. Manager was okay with me making up hours in the weekend
    - You can be open with the management and they will listen to you.

    Cons

    - I don't have any reason to be dissatisfied.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Top talent requires top money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Analyst in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Software Quality Analyst in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool projects, awesome people, and a laid-back culture. As long as you get your work done, your schedule is pretty flexible. 401k and stock options benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Pay is severely lacking. With a recent huge increase in the cost of family medical insurance coverage has taken a large bite out of overall compensation. I've seen quite a few people leave for greener pastures. Communication between teams/groups can be limited, if it exists at all. Too much work for such aggressive schedules, with little regard given to the effect such constraints have on quality.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoring meeting target dates over delivering high quality. Garmin already pays under the industry standard. Increase our monetary compensation if you're going to reduce our benefits coverage. People will be willing to work the hours you demand if you compensate accordingly.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Motivated/Career minded individuals look elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garmin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, decent benefits, Salem location has brand new building with basketball court and volleyball. Great co-workers that become good friends outside of work as well. $250 Christmas bonus.

    Cons

    Garmin doesn't care about the people working Product Support and even worse if you work outside of Kansas. There rarely any growth opportunities and when a promotion job does pop up they always go to people in KS, no mater the qualification of person in Salem. This has created a bad work culture in Salem that gets more ugly every day. The biggest topic among co-workers is how badly they want to leave.

    On top of this, the yearly wage increase doesn't support the top performers that go the extra mile for Garmin.The max possible wage increase is 5% and rarely anyone gets that. What's bad is you can kill yourself working really hard all year being top 5 performer and get 4% raise or just slack off and do avg to below avg work and get 3% raise. Why would anyone try hard for extra 8 cents per hour vs their lazy co-worker? Maybe for a possible promotion right? but that not happening if you work in Salem.

    Garmin loves taking advantage of top performers but won't compensate them and will pass on them for that promotion if they don't live in KS. If your not motivated/career minded then Product Support might be ok for you. If you live in KS then might be ok for career growth but sill not great.

    Advice to Management

    Show you care about your top performers that truly go extra mile. Focus on building more growth opportunities for people in Salem. Its hilarious that KS management wonders why turn over is higher in Salem.


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