Great palce for engineers, but not Accounting or Finance
Government Accounting Manager (Former Employee), Carlsbad, CA – October 7, 2013
Pros: free coffee, tea, etc.
Cons: long drive, much overtime
Great palce for engineers, but not Accounting or Finance. The management was not very good, communication was not good. Most co-workers were easy to work with. I learned that I was more successful working for a really large company, than a smaller on like ViaSat.
Antenna Design Intern (Former Employee), San Diego, CA – September 30, 2013
Great people and great job opportunity. I was just an intern so can't say a lot about being a full-time. I learned a lot though, senior engineers were very willing to give help. I took advantage of it!
Recruiter (Former Employee), Carlsbad, CA – June 16, 2013
Pros: good coffee
Cons: stuffy work place
The company is still too "wet-behind-the ears", pandering to little cliques groups on the non-engineering side. Those with seniority have not dealt with the outside world in eons and have antiquated perspectives.
Source Inspector (Former Employee), Newark, NY – May 29, 2013
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: not much in the way of advance notice when i would be required to work
ViaSat gave me an opportunity to utilize my attention to detail and observational powers to find and define defects in material and workmanship missed by the contract manufacturers quality inspectors. I learned a lot about tact and diplomacy due to the sensitive nature of Source inspection. The hardest part of the job is being the bearer of bad news, – more... no one wants to hear they made a mistake, much less on an almost daily basis. The thing I enjoyed most was finding the hidden/hard to find non-conformances. – less
Installer Relations Representative (Current Employee), Englewood, CO – May 16, 2013
Pros: dress, benefits, 401k, stock options
Cons: advancement is not great
A normal day at ViaSat is very work hard, but in a laid back atmosphere. The dress is very casual and there is a belief here that a relaxed atmosphere is a more productive one. The only draw back is that the advancement here is not as good as they make you think in the beginning with departments wanting to hold on to their better employees.
Associate (Former Employee), Phoenix – October 9, 2012
Pros: very nice, laid back enviroment.
Cons: training needs lots of work!!
I think this could be a great company, if some didn't think they walked on water. I enjoyed the work and most of the people were very helpful. The training area 'Lack of" no people skills to train!! This was very difficult at times. for the most part its a good company Ihope they suceed.
App Eng (Former Employee), Gilbert, AZ – July 23, 2012
Cons: office politics, circles
In my own experiences: salary was lower than industrial standard. Pre-employement process was very tedious but then NO DRUG TEST ??? - I had never been asked to do this. There were circles of USM (US Monolithics - former company or group) vs. ViaSat(new acquired company) - Which one would you belong to?? You can tell at lunch time in the breakroom !! – more... The politics was so thick that I chose to leave. It's more like a R&D facility than Mfg. one. It may work out if you "fit" in one of those circle. – less
SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER - TECHNICAL LEAD (Current Employee), Carlsbad, CA – May 31, 2012
Its like a start up company with lots of disorganization and lack of planning but is like a larger company with a lot of work and employees so it can be chaos at times. The technical work is challenging and interesting. Flip flops and jeans are what everyone wears...all the time.
tech (Former Employee), englewood – April 27, 2012
Pros: good pay and benefits
Cons: they will suck the life out of you.
The facilities team has zero people skills and does not understand how a proper facility runs. If you like 280 people who are helpless telling you what to do this job is for you. Also don't ask for any help when you have a question because you need to come with all knowledge. They are young and need to grow up.
Generally a great place to work at depending on the group you are with.
Hardware Engineer (Former Employee), Carlsbad, CA – April 13, 2012
Pros: great enviornment, ability to grow if you know the right people, excellent co-workers, great oppurtunity to learn, lots of great resourses.
Cons: bad management, lead's don't help/guide new engineers.
I was part of the Hardware Engineering Team, they have flexible hours but I usually got to work early. My typical day began with getting to work around 7 to 7:30Am. Did all my e-mails and prepared for the day. Most meetings started at 10 AM and by that time had gotten all the production/manufacturing information/issues that were required to bed discussed – more... in the meetings. After the meeting I either addressed any priorities from the meeting or went back to the production issues.
There is a great opportunity to learn at this company, however the information is so great that without proper direction one can get lost in the abyss. I learned skills from: software, to hardware design, hardware testing, configuration management, to liaison engineer, production assembly process, production assembly issues, and much more.
The management at this company is not so great, they are not aware of what is actually happening on the floor. They are not too concerned with individual but just how much profit, also they are not as helpful to the engineering staff from my point of view, I've heard similar stories from other colleagues.
Your co-workers at this company are the best resources! I believe that without them the company would be nowhere. The co-workers, almost all of them, were very helpful to me, always there for guidance, and are able to help an individual understand issues, most of my learning was done from my co-workers, they are the greatest assets of the company.
The hardest part of the job was no direction, I had 3 managers, each telling me something different to implement, so I would say the lack of direction was the issue.
The most enjoyable part of the job was working with one of my manager out of the 3, not my lead, but he was able to give the best guidance about life and how to be a successful engineer all around. – less