ViaSat

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A Good Place for Engineers

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Program Manager in Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Carlsbad, CA

I worked at ViaSat

Pros

Great team-oriented atmosphere and non-stress culture. Engineers can thrive and find rewarding and challenging projects. "Flat" organization is good for the worker bees, though as ViaSat grows, so too does bureaucracy. I found pay and benefits to be above average. Great environment for a self-starter. Kind of regret leaving.

Cons

"Flat" organization has it's downside for those who prefer clearly delineated roles, objectives and coordinated effort. The small company approach to innovative engineering may be a necessary casualty as ViaSat grows. It's either a pro or a con depending on perspective.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The shareholder has become king, but don't forget to listen to and communicate with the workforce.

Recommends
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    Overall Good

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good Salary
    Great work environment in Carlsbad CA

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunities if you are not a US Citizen
    Not happy with Mid level managers
    Low profitability in most product lines
    Low business acumen in mid level management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an MBA to get good business insights.

    Approves of CEO
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    Viasat is not a career growth company

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at ViaSat

    Pros

    Good benefits including fitness club free membership.
    Nice location in Carlsbad, CA
    Opportunity to work on different and interesting projects.
    Qualified and professional people.

    Cons

    Very fragmented company with poor communication betwen management and employees.
    Very poor business model, based mostly on goverment contracts.
    Frequent overtime work is expected and requested.
    Constantly beeing reminded of the layoff possibilty and salary.
    Constantly beeing reminded of "lack of work" scenario.
    Management does not encourage innovation and "out-of-box" thinking.
    Horrible performance review model based on 360 peers reviews and opinions rather than goals and achivements.
    Not a cutting edge technology type of company.
    Not a career growth company, but rather a jumpboard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your business and your management model.
    Try to diversify your customer and contracts base.
    Once the government contracts dry out you are doomed.
    Try to change your corporate culture, improve internal communication and make your engineers happy.
    Once the economy will pick up, a lot of them will jump ship.
    Introduce and encourage in-house projects to improve your development methodologies and flow.
    Be more competitive, introduce more inovation and lean toward cutting edge technologies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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