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ViaSat Systems Engineer Reviews

Updated December 16, 2016
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  • Middle management could use work and many folks in somewhat construed leadership posts (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging and interesting"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff (Systems Test Engineer) in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff (Systems Test Engineer) in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to do a variety of tasks, and the interviewing process includes matching the interviewee's personality to the company culture and ability to work with a group

    Cons

    It might not be as rewarding if you are not an engineer. I think some of the other departments, like recruiting, are understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    I can't think of any advice to give to management. They take feedback from staff fairly well.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Germantown office is nothing to compare with Carlsbad"

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    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    stable company, decent pay and good place to for retirement ,....

    Cons

    lack of passion, bad office, bad middle management, slow growth


  3. "Good intern program"

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    Former Intern - Systems Test Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Systems Test Engineering in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many activities to engage interns outside of the standard workload, e.g. hackathon, weekly technical presentations. Challenging yet rewarding work, and I was free to solve coding problems however I wanted.

    Cons

    Varies among interns, but in my case I didn't have the freedom to take on extra work from associated engineering departments. I understand why my supervisor denied this, but it would have exposed me to more engineering/coding practices.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to assigning projects that have to be completed one by one, talk about side projects you're working on as well (if any) that interns can contribute to.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Want to work for a Narcissist then try VIASAT"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The actual work is challenging and sometimes leading edge , but mostly bleeding edge.

    Cons

    This company acts like a classical Narcissist. Almost everyone in managment seems to thrive by exhibiting conceited, argumentative, or self centered traits.This is a long-term pattern of abnormal thinking, feeling, and behavior that is played out from the interviews into every project that you will work on. These company traits are peculiar or disturbing when management encourages everyone to act this way. Now some thrive in this culture but they become like sharks and the workers become bate. There are meetings that are devoted to finding people in the company who can or will be laid off. This happens regularly , I know I have sat through them. Then there are the stalwarts who have been at the company for many years and they are untouchable . Overall if you can swim with the grate white then maybe you could survive in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Act like adults and look at yourselves. Most of you would not even pass your own hiring criteria.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Big company with small company feel"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, friendly. Up to date hardware and technology. Good atmosphere to work in. They won't give you an old PC from 2010.

    Cons

    Interview and recruiting process takes a long time. I feel they may miss out on good candidates due to the amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward - the IoT is here to stay, and the company can only benefit from that.


  7. "Overall Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get an MBA to get good business insights.