LiveTV Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good benefits, making product that real people enjoy, frustrating management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at LiveTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not making weapons or living off Government contracts like most local employers
    They employ up to date technology like C++, UML
    They take good care of their employees
    Lots of very smart people to work with

    Cons

    Leadership feels like a good old boy network.
    Suspicion of favoritism based upon religion/culture
    Too much authority given the technically deficient Project Engineering team, resulting in unreasonable schedules.
    Horrible unproductive open office environment
    They hire contractors for the fun new work, give the less challenging maintenance to employees
    They don't promote well from within, most managers are hired in vs being grown.
    Pointless random drug testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire some of the worst VPs
    Promote from within
    Use employees for the new development work vs contractors
    Ditch the drug testing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work If You're Into Panic Attacks!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at LiveTV as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    LiveTV is a powerful catalyst for both personal and career introspection. Such as "Why didn't I listen to my gut and NOT take this job?" Lots of free coffee. There are a "couple" good managers there (but I didn't work for any of them.)

    Cons

    Horrible work spaces, unreasonable schedules, absolutely horrible mid-level management and leadership. They treat the employees very poorly and in many cases are really cheap with providing the adequate workstations to get the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try treating your engineers with some respect and not like a commodity. Get rid of many of your worthless mid-level "office politicians". Stop acting like a bunch of dicks!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amateurs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LiveTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loss of flight benefits but a gain of tuition reimbursement. Every dollar counts education is not cheap.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, incompetent, no integrity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your supervisors are a joke, never send a boy to do a man's job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Dysfunctional Embedded Software Development

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at LiveTV full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Jet Blue flight benefits (which are now gone since the sale to Thales.) Decent 401k match by local standards, but 5 year vesting is a little harsh. Good location for the Melbourne area.

    Cons

    LiveTV has a very strange internal organization for projects and product development. The ends up created a very stovepiped environment. Parties involved with one generation Coupled with some poor software managers this leads to a very comprised development process and low quality products. LiveTV management is very cliquish. When I started at LiveTV they were VERY proud of the 95% employee retention rate. Now that rate is nowhere near the 90% level. LiveTV chews through software engineers like popcorn - just a cog in the wheel. Lousy "open concept" seating even for senior engineering staff. Only managers merit an office. Headphones become very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study good system engineering process. Do real requirements and system engineering - don't just check the boxes for DO-178 and then hack out some code. Learn how to actually estimate and schedule. (In other works, study the SEI CMM/CMMI!) Managers should stop pretending they are designers and just manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    You wont enjoy the journey

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at LiveTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great product, great teams but nothing else

    Cons

    Lack of vision, don't believe you'll be there long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you lose the loyalty of your team its time to rethink your business plan. Loyalty goes both ways not just when times are good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    If you want a dead-end job with free flights this is it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at LiveTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some good engineers to work with, some new technologies.

    Cons

    Management is biased, allot of politics, micro-managers are the norm, the process is extremely slow, very low emphasis on quality, instead there is focus on process and paper-work instead of creativity and imagination. VERY TOP Heavy management, there are 4 managers for every one engineer. Management likes to micro-manage engineer and create division between teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start emphasizing quality and open communication between team-members and teams, stop micro managing people and stop in-fighting. Stop the Divide and Conquer attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at LiveTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fly free on JetBlue. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    I second the comments about being stuck in your job and no promotions within. A lot of religious bias in application process. Wage discrimination. Retaliation when people speak up. Dishonest management, but there are a few good men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honesty is the best policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you never want to advance or receive training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at LiveTV full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun, great culture, nice people, good benefits.
    Relaxed environment, cool products
    If you are the type of person who wants a good stable place to work where you can come in and do the same basic job for your entire career, then this is a perfect place for you to be.
    It is very stable and you could be here 20+ years

    Cons

    You will never receive any training. They very rarely promote. Just about always hire from the outside. Not very good about employee retention.
    If you ever want to improve your skill set or learn something new, you will need to do it on your own outside of the company. You will never receive help or reimbursement for any training or education costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer your employees a reason to stay beyond just getting a pay check every two weeks.
    Offer your employees a future beyond doing the exact same job for the next decade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Best company I have worked for in Aerospace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at LiveTV full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People
    Engineering Great Products
    Work Life Balance
    Small Company culture

    Cons

    expansion of employee size, company in transition phase

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent Place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at LiveTV

    Pros

    Great Salary
    Great Co Workers
    Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    Managers are do as they please with no regards to the opinions of Techs.
    No matter how much you do , Never enough for the Manager.
    Manger aways expresses how he is looking out for your job. So unprofessional.
    Manager loves to Micro Manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Manager should step back and let the technicians do the job at hand, which is to fix and maintain the system. When nothing is broken, that should speak for itself. No reason to have to "find " something to do to fill the time.

    Doesn't Recommend

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