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ViaSat Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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  • Some government projects command long hours (in 12 reviews)

  • Pay wasn't the best, even considering the lower cost of living in Phoenix as opposed to California (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, relaxed environment, growing company, good benefits

    Cons

    If you work on the government side, you don't get as much attention/support because management favors the commercial side.


  2. "OPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, along with great people.

    Cons

    There's quite a bit of ambiguity.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Global Trade Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Global Trade Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision and growth as a company. Offers a very favorable work/life balance.

    Cons

    Too many manual processes for a growing company.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    More focused on the technical than process.

    Cons

    Trying too hard with fun/social activities.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "The IT Circus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool people to work with and most are very laid back and chill-like individuals. The activities outside of work are fun!

    Cons

    Management has no clue what's going on and are not able to lead properly. Everyone is just running around like it's one big circus act!

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that actually know what they are doing. The IT department is a complete and utter mess from top to bottom!


  6. "Member of Technical"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No fun acitivities, work place environment can be better

    Advice to Management

    Add some fun elements too


  7. "Great Entry-Level Position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RF/Microwave Test Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - RF/Microwave Test Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ViaSat has an amazing collaborative environment. Everyone is very friendly. The benefits, especially healthcare, are amazing. Opportunities to have annual salary raises based on performance.

    Cons

    Growing very fast, so of course there are some growing pains. But it's a sign of company success!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice Place to Intern"

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    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


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Experiencing growing pains"

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    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.

    ViaSat Response

    Sep 26, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for your valuable insight and for being a dedicated team member over the past few years. As we’ve grown, the company has had to evolve in some ways but we are avidly protective of our... More


  10. "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.


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