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ViaSat Overview

Carlsbad, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (VSAT)
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
ViaSat is in the business to connect the world. We are a global provider of satellite broadband and wireless services, infrastructure, and technology. We securely connect consumers, businesses, governments, and military to the internet — anywhere in the ... Read more

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ViaSat – Why Work For Us?

Engineering Professionals

We’re leading the pace of change in our markets — constantly creating better ways for people to connect. For you, that means plenty of challenging projects and working alongside some of the best minds in the business. Your career path here is in your hands, determined by your ideas and drive. Get started by applying now so we can meet you.

Hardware and Mechanical Engineering Professional

Hardware + Mechanical Engineering

Our systems and services run on devices we design and build. We are doing things that most people thought were impossible, let alone profitable. Our hardware engineers are experts in RF/analog design (MMICs and boards), digital design (circuits and boards), signal processing, and programmable logic (FPGA and ASIC).

Our mechanical engineers use the latest 3D modeling and analytical tools to design everything from in-home networking appliances to ruggedized military equipment to large tracking antennas. We support new products by fabricating and testing prototypes in close collaboration with management, business development, and engineering teams.

Networking and Cybersecurity Engineering Professional 002

Networking + Cybersecurity Engineering

We are a secure networking company and an internet service provider. We architect, build, and operate some of the most advanced secure networks around the globe. Being vertically integrated means we can optimize the performance of our networks by integrating at all layers in the protocol stack. Being an ISP means we defend and react to cyber threats in real time.

We develop military-grade information assurance products and secure critical infrastructure networks from the inside, not just on the perimeter. We provide consumer satellite internet service to secure our infrastructure and provide high-quality and high-speed service to our customers virtually anywhere on the globe — whether they are on the ground, on the water, or in the air.

Software and Datascience Engineering Professional 002

Software Engineering + Data Science

We develop software at all levels of our technology stack — embedded software on custom hardware with multiple processors and FPGAs, large-scale applications, cloud-based big data analysis tools, and web and mobile device applications to provide vertically-integrated, secure broadband products and services.

We have a growing team of data scientists who ask critical strategic questions about our services, and then answer those questions by designing algorithms to analyze massive data sets, often in near real time. As the data is produced, they implement those algorithms and create visualizations of the results. The results drive changes to all parts of the stack, to refine and optimize our service offerings.

System Engineering Professional

System Architecture, Integration, + Verification Engineering

We design and integrate large scale complex systems, working with customers to analyze markets and understand the critical use cases of our systems. We design architectures and requirements to guide the rest of the engineering teams working to build them. We understand how to efficiently verify the accuracy and robustness of our systems, working closely with management and all other engineering disciplines throughout product life cycle.

All Professionals

We are dynamic and energized by hard questions and unsolved problems. Drive your career opportunities through learning, growing, and thriving in pursuit of your full potential. Bring a passionate commitment to improving local communities, the environment, and the world through responsible, global corporate citizenship. If you’re ready to make an impact, we want to hear from you.

Join us and be the future of ViaSat.

Design + Create

Help us push past the old way of doing things to imagine and create the future. We need your expertise in software, hardware, applications, cloud, and network engineering, as well as big data, operations, and product management.


build and create

Build Our Business

Our marketing, communications, business development, customer care, and program management professionals take our unique story to the marketplace, find new customers and keep current customers happy. In other areas — finance, legal and more — you’ll ensure long-term growth and efficiency for our business


support our people

Support Our People

Talent acquisition plays a vital role in securing the superior talent we need to keep our innovative edge, while human resources makes it rewarding to stay. Among other career choices, we need creativity in administration, facilities, information technology, and other support functions to keep processes to a minimum and maintain our start-up spirit as we grow a global organization. 

Benefits + Perks

When you come to work for ViaSat you are joining our family. With this in mind we design our lineup of benefits and perks with the help of our amazing employees. Who better to tell us what’s important than our new grads fresh out of school or our engineers with growing families. We know you bring distinct needs and experiences to the table and we love hearing about them and doing what we can to create a total package that’s just what you need, when you need it.  

Onsite Health Center


We invest in our employees in a number of ways, including a comprehensive healthcare package with top tier medical plans. What could be better than that? Plus, ViaSat pays for the vast majority of the cost.

Onsite clinic at our corporate headquarters for employees and their dependents

PPO and CDHP options with 100% coinsurance

Complementary health screenings

Dental and vision coverage

Employee Assistance Plan for personal guidance




What does wellness mean to you? Participating in a race? Joining a softball team? More salads and fewer cheeseburgers? Wellness is personal, and it means different things to different people. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us and we want to support and inspire your wellness for years to come. 

Gym reimbursements

Onsite fitness facilities

Event sponsorships

ViaSat sport teams

Organic produce delivery

Stress management resources

Benefits-Personal Time

Time for You

Is there anything more important than your time? We don’t think so. We offer a generous paid time off plan that covers anything you need it for. Whether you are going on vacation to the Bahamas or visiting the pediatrician, you have options. 

Generous paid time off and vacation plans

As-needed sick time

Paid holidays

Parenting leave

Disability coverage

Benefits-financial future

Your Financial Future

We provide tools to help you make wise decisions and reach your financial goals.

Employee stock purchase plan

Discretionary 401(k) matching

CollegeBound 529 savings plan

Financial planning and education

Pre-tax flexible spending accounts

Health savings account option

Company provided life and AD&D insurance

Benefits-family life

Family Life

If you are looking for a little assistance with the family you have or are ready to start one, we offer a range of benefits to help you grow, care for, and enjoy life. We offer parenting leave for new moms and dads, an adoption assistance plan, and backup care to help cover occasional gaps in child and elder care. We also offer fun events for family members, like Halloween parties, company picnics, and bring-your-child-to-work day.

*Some benefits may vary by location.

Employee Development

Sustaining a culture that fosters innovation, curiosity, and continuous learning and growth is one of our highest priorities. One way we accomplish this growth is by empowering and engaging our employees in their own personal and career development. 

Employee Development - ViaSat University

ViaSat University

A highly skilled workforce is vitally important to our company. Since technology changes rapidly, ensuring our employees have access to education in cutting edge technologies is critical. We offer a number of technical and professional development courses to our employees on an ongoing basis. Here's a sampling of topics:

General business skills

Team development

Interpersonal communication

Engineering skills and management

Program management

Information technology

Employee Development - Leadership

Leadership Development

Growing current and future leaders is a priority for our organization. We offer a number of onsite and offsite leadership development programs designed to enable our employees to strengthen their skills through customized curriculum developed in conjunction with a number of exceptional university partners.

Supervisor development program

ViaSat Leadership Institute 1 & 2

Employee Development - Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance Programs

Many employees are interested in earning additional degrees. We offer generous educational reimbursements and a complete scholarship program as well. These programs enable employees to continue growing in their careers, change directions, or simply stay current with new technologies.

Educational reimbursement program

Masters engineering scholarship program

Employee Development-Onboarding


Starting at a new company can be exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. To enhance the experience and help you connect socially with others, we offer our new hires a number of opportunities to connect.

Buddy program

New hire luncheons and evening networking with our executives

Facilitator program

Onboarding portal

ViaSat Reviews

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ViaSat Chairman and CEO Mark D. Dankberg
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in College Station, TX
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    I have been working at ViaSat (Less than a year)


    Coding based company, amply opportunities to learn new technologies, chilled out


    No fun acitivities, work place environment can be better

    Advice to Management

    Add some fun elements too

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ViaSat Interviews



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    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
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    Easy Interview


    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at ViaSat (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2017.


    Met with a recruiter at the career fair at my school. Afterwards, was called back for an interview on campus. The interview was at the hotel by our school.

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ViaSat Awards & Accolades

  • San Diego's Healthiest Companies, San Diego Business Journal, 2015
  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
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