ViaSat

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One of the best companies to work for in the US

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Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Carlsbad, CA

I worked at ViaSat full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great corporate culture and compensation. Company rewards success and encourages personal achievement and growth.

Cons

Nothing to complain about here. Management is very receptive to employee requests.

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Keep doing what you're doing.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place for Software Developers

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, chiropractic/wellness, gym membership, coffee house in the company, tuition reimbursement and lots of company events.
    -On the whole the people are nice to work with and pretty laid back

    Cons

    -Very understaffed and lots of overtime involved.
    -The salary isn't competitive enough for software developers
    -If you're a software person, this is not the place for you. You won't get to work on the cutting edge software/technology like other companies in the bay. What I found is that the people who rise in this company have EE/DSP/Digital Communications backgrounds and they get to work on the exciting stuff. Software developers are treated like a commodity here (aka seen as code monkeys).
    -There's really no room to grow here, the company values seniority over everything else.
    -Compensation increases are the same across the board, whether you worked hard or not.
    -Most of the people at the top don't do much at all (Engineering Director and up level), it's all political.
    -Most people are bored with their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously value your better engineers, and provide a room to grow for them. Don't have software and team leads who don't know anything about software and are just paper pushers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pockets of technical competancy, Understaffed, with consitently unrealistic scheduling. Abusive middle management

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is founded by engineers, so in pricniple is an engineering oriented organization. Engineers actually have their won offices and are not relegated to cubicles. Reasonably good benefits if you can hang in there.There are pockets of excellence in the company that can make the work challenging and rewarding, however it is highly dependant on the group you are associated with.

    Cons

    Many groups are highly political and not open to oustsiders or innovative design approaches. Many extrapolate the success of a handful of organizations and a handful of individuals (e.g the launch of ViaSat's own satellite) to support the belief they are ALL the best and the brightest. Much of the design work I saw was journeyman at best and much of the hardware is based on archaic discrete level design..... cheap and many times effective, but nothing to write home about. Projects are either understaffed or so aggessively scheduled, that the engineering and support staff are expected to make it happen on their own time. Many engineers love their work, so passively submit to this routine, predatory as it is, especially in a tight economy where many live in fear of losing their jobs. This situation takes unfair advantage of the engineer at the very least. The IEEE could learn a few lessons from the AMA in this regard.
    There is a level of arrogance in the company that is pervasive and counter productive.The arrogance manisfests itself with abusive. ego driven interactions between engineers and an unhealthy lack of cooperation between groups, particularly in different geographic locations, based on an attitude that their particular group is the only one with any brains or competance. My experience with the RF organization in particular is that they are at least 10 years out of date with much of their analysis capabilites, still relying on spreasheets to simulate applications that need more advanced system and hardware analysis. In the Carlsbad facility, they have have not yet begun to understand or appreciate the need for EM simulations for their RF hardware, or advanced Systems spurious analysis where their outdated spreasheets barely scratch the surface. Several of the key middle management are no more than bullies who remain largely and blissfully uninformed or misinformed. I am aware of several engineers who left the organization based on the aggressive and abusive behavior of one manager in particular.

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    The upper management needs to seriously address the problems with some of their more aggressive middle management who are more focused on placing blame and covering their butt than they are in creating a supportive organization that looks to facilitate their staff's success through creative and cooperative problem solving. They all need to recognize that despite the fact that they have created a viable process control (Gateway), they are consistently circumventing and undercutting the process with unrealistic scheduling and understaffing. This situation is in direct conflict with good process control and creates a totally uncomfortable and frequently thankless work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
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