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ViaSat Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  • Some government projects command long hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Middle management mired in politics and nepotism is rampant (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great company culture
    -fun place to work
    -different culture at each department
    -fun monthly company wide events as well as individual department events every once in a while
    -fun groups/clubs you can join
    -unlimited sick time and 15 days PTO
    -ability to work from home
    -flexibility in working hours, work the times you want
    -company is really open to feedback of it's employees
    -cool lounges/ alternative places to work during the office day
    -basketball and volleyball courts around most buildings
    -gym reimbursement up to $30/month or free membership at the crunch gym on campus if you go 8 times/month
    -good about getting you all the tools you need to be successful (SW, licenses, etc.)
    -wellness center on campus! with massages :)
    -great healthcare
    -pays decently

    Cons

    -Your flexibility depends on your manager
    -Running out of space in buildings, but they are building several new buildings to combat that over the next several years
    -Some buildings are older and not updated
    -Have to log hours for projects everyday even if you are salaried full-time


  2. "Awesome Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome team and work environment. I really enjoy coming to work everyday and get a good sense of satisfaction. I would recommend the company anyone who likes to work hard.

    Cons

    Growing company so normal growing pains. So developing new processes and roles are always a challenge, but still manageable. If you are looking for a boring non challenging role this company is not for you.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great Carlsbad campus and passionate employees and leaders. There are fire drills just like at any company but everything else about this company makes up for it. The people are their most important asset and leadership understands that.

    Cons

    Occasional growing pains... but that's a good problem to have. Just like any large company there could always better communication across the functions.


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  5. "Financial Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    ViaSat is an awesome place to work. The culture is great, the benefits are awesome, and the growth potential is virtually unlimited for anyone in any position.

    Cons

    Not much bad to say. Salaries tend to be a little lower and industry average, but when you look at the benefits (i.e. - The best healthcare money can buy for ~$55/month) it all comes out even.


  6. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good benefits. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Volatile, not for the long run


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great, progressive company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ViaSat is still run by its original founders, so the drive for excellence doesn't come from the bottom line (although of course that's still important) but from a genuine desire to disrupt the industry and do really cool stuff. ViaSat is a good place for people who don't like very hierarchical management structures; it's the kind of company where titles mean less than what you're doing. You may start doing 'A' and end up doing 'B' just a few months later, and a few years down the line you may be doing something new entirely. That's because ViaSat fosters a culture where you're encourage to pursue your interests and passions.

    Cons

    'Flat' management structure can sometimes mean a lot of ambiguity on projects and a lot of cooks in the kitchen.

    Advice to Management

    Even in our loose corporate structure, sometimes decisions need to be made by someone with the most authority. Work to ensure those people are in place and empowered to step in when projects are in disarray.

    ViaSat Response

    Apr 16, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you so much for your candid feedback. It seems like you really “get us” and share our cultural values. Thanks for being such a valued member of the ViaSat team!


  8. "Opportunities for mastery and purpose, but very little autonomy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workspace amenities and infrastructure
    Flexibility in work conditions, good benefits
    Advanced technology and state of the art products, motivating projects

    Cons

    Lack of common goals to foster collaboration between departments
    Most decisions centralized at Carlsbad headquarters makes it heavy for remote sites, and limits opportunities for promotion
    Lack of recognition and very uneven workload

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to grow, the centralized organization is less and less efficient, and increases the disconnect between local, agile program teams, and the support functions. The great work environment cannot overcome the need for better management skills and communication.

    ViaSat Response

    Apr 16, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. We are truly committed to listening to employee feedback and making the changes we need to make to ensure employees can chart a path to an exceptional career no matter ... More


  9. "Coordinate interviews and assist recruiters with sourcing needs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Coordinator in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Coordinator in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with, the flexibility I have as I was given the ability to work from home. Also, the fast pace work environment keeps me in my toes!

    Cons

    Challenging to learn the ways of our organization but once you do you realize what a great place ViaSat is to work at! Must be flexible and able to adjust to the ever changing nature of our industry. ViaSat is always striving to improve their products and our processes.

    ViaSat Response

    Apr 16, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for sharing your love of ViaSat with us! We are so grateful to have you as a brand ambassador. We can tell that you share in our hunger for overcoming challenges and embracing ambiguity. We ... More


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working in a collaborative environment with great team members. Everyone is treated fairly and most leaders are open to hearing new ways of doing things. Flexible in some roles to allow work from home/remote activities.

    Cons

    Our all hands meetings are not exciting. We miss opportunities to include employees more in what is going on around ViaSat. A spotlight on employees - acknowledgement of anniversaries or project win teams - something more to engage employees in this area.

    ViaSat Response

    Apr 16, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We have taken note of your suggestions and are looking to incorporate more recognition of the amazing work that is happening throughout ViaSat ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Coordinator in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Coordinator in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture, supportive team members, tons of room for upward mobility, free on site gym membership to Crunch Fitness...It does not get any better.

    Cons

    No cons. If I had to think of one thing, it would be that living in San Diego can get rather expensive but ViaSat takes that into consideration best they can.

    ViaSat Response

    Feb 27, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and for everything you bring to our team.


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