Nov 06, 2019 - Heather Dewis
We might be a little biased, but we think San Diego is a pretty special place. It's full of passionate forward-thinkers who somehow find the perfect balance of both working hard and playing hard. So what’s San Diego's secret formula? Simply add life-changing companies, nearby mountains and beaches, and friendly, driven people, and a great work-life balance will come naturally. Here, it’s almost impossible not to have it all – and telecommunications heavyweight Viasat is all about this harmony.
Located in the growing tech hub of Carlsbad, Viasat is a global communications company that enables high-quality, affordable internet connection for new markets. Viasat innovators design solutions to provide Wi-Fi for commercial aviation, military technology, and underserved areas. We met Gary Lovely, a lead front-end engineer (now promoted to development manager) who moved to San Diego from the Bay Area. At Viasat, he helps connect communities to internet access, enabling more opportunities for people around the world.
"San Diego has actually given me a new lease on life, to be able to understand that I can, in a way, have it all," he said. Even with this critical work, Gary still finds time to take advantage of Viasat's indoor and outdoor collaborative spaces, and enjoy its basketball and beach volleyball courts. "[Before San Diego,] I didn't realize that work-life balance was something that existed. Coming from the Bay Area, everyone always preached about it, but no one actually lived it."
To learn more about how Viasat employees solve important problems while enjoying life, watch Gary's video below. You'll discover how San Diego enables a life in balance and, most importantly, why Gary loves coming to work every day. "When we're able to solve a problem that impacts a large mass of people, it brings us a lot of joy to know that we're doing the right thing for the community and the world as a whole," he said. Transforming lives, including your own – it doesn't get more #SDlifechanging than that.
Stay tuned for more videos from San Diego’s life-changing companies in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in seeing your company in a video, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.