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ViaSat Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The people are outstanding and there is a good work life balance throughout the company's culture (in 25 reviews)

  • ViaSat has a wonderful work environment with many employee benefits and events (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • 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)

    "Company will take your heart and soul"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some fantastic people on personal side of things and some very bright folks. If you can find the right department to work for, can be great place.

    Cons

    Weight of the world placed on people day after day. Unprofessional communication by management. Frequent firings and lay offs. This is a cut throat public company, don't let the image of what they are trying to convey fool you. Very few are able to play basketball or bike ride at lunch despite what they tell you. It's a full grind.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to remove some managers or provide some training and or therapy for their lack of people skills. Understaffed in most departments which offers little work balance life.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aftermarket Support Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Aftermarket Support Representative in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    opportunity to take on projects you're interested in. The management doesn't try to dictate or micromanage your schedule. Not to mention the friendly co-workers, good benefits, and spacious work environment. Overall loved working at ViaSat!

    Cons

    low pay compared to similar companies in the area

    ViaSat Response

    Feb 1, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thanks for the feedback and for sharing your "love" of ViaSat. In terms of compensation, we keep a close watch on market trends to ensure that every employee's compensation remains competitive. If ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and a growing company

    Cons

    If you want to get ahead you need to be at HQ


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Applications Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility in work schedule; numerous opportunities in diverse fields; benefits and compensation a definite plus!

    Cons

    At times, very fast paced and challenging to keep up!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE IF YOU WORK IN SUPPLY CHAIN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Buyer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing benefits- health, gym, casual dress

    Cons

    Every single new hire that starts in supply chain gets bait-and-switched. You will interview for a job you think you are applying for and then after you've accepted an offer and started you start doing a completely different job under a completely different manager than you interviewed with. This has happen to every single new hire in the last 6 months. They don't believe in performance reviews, measurements, or metrics so you never know how you are doing or what you are measured to. Everyone on the supply chain team is severely overworked, undervalued, and under appreciated. The supply chain group has the worst reputation throughout the entire company because it it so dysfunctional. If you are on any other team at ViaSat- Program Management, Engineer, HR, etc. you will be fine, but do not under any circumstances come to this company to work in operations or supply chain.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees and new hires like they are completely disposable. Stop bait and switching them into thinking there is career development, career advancement, or even the slightest possibility of a promotion. Learn how to develop, teach and grow your team. Everyone on the supply chain team is extremely unhappy and the entire group is crumbling from within. Learn how to develop high performers and employees with potential otherwise you're going to only be left with the supply chain employees who watch videos and tv at work all day.

    ViaSat Response

    Feb 1, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. The description above is obviously really concerning and something we need to look into right away. If you could reach out to someone on the ... More


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Pick the right team to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program/Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Program/Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent C level management, Flexible work environment, Good office and work environment, A lot of nice and knowledgeable people, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Very tight in giving out RSUs to lower level employees - much lower than average SD companies. Poor middle management who have been promoted because of their technical talent but lack leadership and basic management skills. Heterogeneous culture and values, such as big contrast between Denver and Carlsbad offices. Denver office is entangled in their hierarchical, and process oriented culture as oppose to Carlsbad. The same level employee who has 3 layers to top management in CLBD may have as many as 6 layers in Denver. Your advancement is hit and miss and highly dependent on who your boss maybe.

    Advice to Management

    Improve middle management. Work on integration of values and culture across multiple biz units. Build a culture of effective project execution by streamlining process across company biz units. Help employees build a career to look forward to.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Strong engineering culture - weak sales culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a good depth and breadth of engineering capabilities across several communication technologies. Relaxed culture and environment.

    Cons

    This is an engineering driven company, following the premise of "if you build it, they will come". They don't understand the need and differences for marketing, sales, or business development. Constant pressure to meet Wall St quarterly expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fearing org charts. Employees benefit from understanding structure, relationships, responsibilities, and accountability.


  9. "considerations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Cloud Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work hours and good office environment, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Healthcare plans are considered to be the worst. Every company in valley offers kaiser. this company does not even offer.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees

    ViaSat Response

    Feb 1, 2017 – Company Representative

    Very sorry to read that you are dissatisfied with the healthcare/benefits we offer. This is surprising as we usually hear employees raving about how comprehensive, rich, and affordable (in some cases ... More


  10. "Fun, Challenging, Flexible work that lacks direction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Encinitas, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Encinitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Great culture and community. On site volleyball courts and basketball courts. Encouraged to stay active and healthy. Challenging work and interesting projects. A lot of variety in work. Tons of freedom on how to approach work. Sometimes too much freedom.

    Cons

    Understaffed. No performance based rewards or compensation, flat raises across the board. Often lacking direction from mentors and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more closely involved in what's going on. A lot of program managers are new and do not know the norms of how programs should be run. There is a large disconnect between the upper management and business development and the lower level managers and engineers that actually execute designs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Germantown office is nothing to compare with Carlsbad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ViaSat full-time

    Pros

    stable company, decent pay and good place to for retirement ,....

    Cons

    lack of passion, bad office, bad middle management, slow growth



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