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Helpful (2)

Great company but happiness depends on what project you're on

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at ViaSat full-time (more than 10 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Flexible, comfortable, casual work environment. People are friendly, and the Carlsbad campus is very nice. If you're on the right project and are a meaningful contributor, you'll be recognized and typically be given interesting and challenging work. Lots of smart people to learn from. Most employees are very happy. If you're self-motivated, intelligent, and friendly, you'll probably do well at ViaSat.

Cons

Some projects are understaffed and weekends can be necessary to get the work done on time. Schedules can be unreasonable as projects are often won by promising unrealistic short schedules to the customer. If you're not a self-starter, you may get lost in the noise. If you're on a project with a couple of "rock star" engineers, you may not get the interesting work.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Do very thorough research before signing on with the former Wildblue part component of ViaSat.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very casual work attire and environment; almost no micromanagement of employees; mostly friendly co-workers; opportunities to work on and with very high-tech, cutting-edge technology.

    Cons

    High disorganization; poor top-down communication; extremely weak training (really almost no training) for new employees; lack of communicated/documented processes; a "non-stop fire drill" work environment; hostility and lack of cooperative work between Headquarters and other offices; new employees expected to have an intuitive-with-no-real-training-needed knowledge about the company's ultra-complex technologies and systems.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and really look at what's going on with your employees and how the organization operates internally. Show how much you value your employees instead of just giving lip service to that concept. Develop a meaningful, role-based on-boarding process.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Summer at ViaSat

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at ViaSat as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is not very stressful and everyone is very laid back. There is a great sense of community and a lot activities to do outside of work on campus.

    Cons

    Work can sometimes not be very interesting. It also seems to me they pay much lower than other employers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more!

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