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ViaSat Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • Some government projects command long hours (in 12 reviews)

  • Cost of living for California is almost unsustainable, if you are single prepare to hunt for room/house mates (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New and interesting technology to work with.
    ViaSat's vision is great, get to work for a company that's innovating in technology.
    Great work life balance
    People and co-workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Really the only downside is that ViaSat is a large company trying to act like a small one. This creates an awesome culture, but it can be a bit overwhelming at times if there is a lot to do with less structure than you'd expect a company of this size to have. It is a two edged sword, this is why ViaSat is great, but it can also be a bit chaotic at times. If you are a by the book, black and white, everything needs to be written down type of person, this may not be the place for you.

    ViaSat Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for your honest review and for being an employee who really “gets” us! The innovation and collaboration that this environment allows has rendered all of our successes and great... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place to Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked as an intern, lots of fun intern events, ability to talk with upper management, worked on a meaningful project with a helpful and engaging manager

    Cons

    With the branch I worked at growing so quickly, space was getting a little crowded, taking over collaborative areas with employee cubes

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Experiencing growing pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Carlsbad, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ViaSat values growth, skills, and an open mind. It is possible to take on opportunities that would be closed off at other companies.

    Cons

    When I started, the sky was the limit. A majority of leadership were engineers who had been in the trenches at the company, had seen it grow, and were honest and open about feedback and putting younger engineers in a position to succeed and grow. As we grow, it feels more like just another company, with the same politics and staffing decisions driven more by personal relationships than skills.

    Advice to Management

    Determine the balance between growth and the company's former ideals. Break down the silos. Base compensation more on skills than tenure.


  4. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, great healthcare benefits. Great team, excellent facilities on campus. Adding words because this will get me the requisite 20.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, it is possible, but not trivial. Not much downside, corporate HQ is in California and company is shifting to a more service centric business, which can be a liability in antenna systems.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Install Tech"

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    Former Employee - Installation Technician in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Installation Technician in Edmond, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent money when installs are complete

    Cons

    Very strict install code leading to impossible installs or charge backs.
    Service calls and troubleshooting calls were waste of time/money.
    Bad support for field techs. Activation servers would go down weekly causing the tech to have to wait onsite from anywhere to 1~4 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate techs for drive time or pay techs for consultations with customers whether they can or can't get service so techs don't waste time/resources.


  6. "Supply Chain Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Buyer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Buyer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company Culture.
    Areas and opportunities to grow.
    Great area to live in.

    Cons

    There sometimes isn't a strict organization on who does what but that's mainly because of company growth.

    ViaSat Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Company Representative

    Glad to have you on our team and thank you for your review! You are absolutely right: strict structure isn’t really our thing. We believe that our talented and intelligent employees deserve to spread... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology in the sat telecom market space. 1 terabit satellites before competitors are even launching 100 Mbps satellites? Game changer!

    Cons

    Some organizational challenges may exist within the company. Good for flat structures but can be hard to find out who really has authority

    ViaSat Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Company Representative

    We want to take a moment to “geek out” with you. We are so excited to be on the forefront of cutting edge technology and internet services! And the best part is, we’ve only just begun! We feel the... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fun place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AMS Buyer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - AMS Buyer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance
    Positive Atmosphere
    Employee-Directed Work Schedule
    Great benefits
    Work hard, play hard
    Open Door Policy

    Cons

    Org structure is confusing for New Employees (No Org Charts - Intentional)

    ViaSat Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for taking time to provide feedback. The flexibility here at ViaSat lends employees to open and collaborative communication. Titles and a restrictive hierarchy can sometimes discourage... More


  9. "The Real Corporate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with viasat for 4+ months and 6+ yrs experience with my previous organization. The thoughts which we dream about the corporate companies is what VIASAT. I can also say VIASAT is the one and only example for how the corporate companies should be.

    Cons

    N o a n d N e v e r :)

    Advice to Management

    Not required. They are perfect.

    ViaSat Response

    Sep 12, 2017 – Company Representative

    Wow! You’re going to make us blush! Thank you for being such a great brand ambassador and valued employee!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ViaSat (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, company has great long term vision. Fringe benefits are awesome; free snacks, great 401k match and health insurance. Work life balance is excellent. Very low turnover.

    Cons

    Like all large companies there's a lot of variability between teams and business areas, some teams and projects are better than others.


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