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ViaSat Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Some government projects command long hours (in 12 reviews)

  • That said, company is all for work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place To Be"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Being a high tech company, this is one that flies below the radar. The company culture is emblematic of San Diego. Very casual atmosphere accompanied with sharp technical know how. The sand volleyball and basketball courts do get used during the week. They're not just for show. A big emphasis on collaboration and team work. The company is over 30 years old and still being led by the founders (which is awesome). They still put an emphasis on employee work experience.

    Cons

    Viasat operates within a matrix environment, so it maybe confusing to some. This is typical when it come to an engineering focused company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving fwd and doing what you do.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Bryan, TX
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Bryan, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is by far the best company I've ever worked for. Reading these negative reviews I don't see much of that here at the TX location. The benefits are fantastic, management is fine, and oboarding is easy. I should know, I'm the one who handles onboarding here.

    Cons

    I have no cons. I only see some of the same clashes of character that you see everywhere else, but better here because there is a culture of professionalism.

    ViaSat Response

    Feb 1, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thanks so much for the review! Your high praise means a lot to us and knowing that we have such a great ambassador for ViaSat helping to onboard our new employees is fantastic.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Company will take your heart and soul"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  4. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic and fast pace, great culture, family oriented company, always trying to keep employees happy

    Cons

    No formal organizational structure communicated company wide, sometimes makes it difficult for communication and accountability

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have an organization chart to better understand different groups and corresponding leaders

    ViaSat Response

    Feb 1, 2017 – Company Representative

    Thank you for taking a moment to write a review for us. We are in fact working on a few tools that should help all of us find who we're looking for. In the meantime, if you have a question your... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good and Bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Applications Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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!


  7. "Great Place to Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

  8. Helpful (6)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Strong engineering culture - weak sales culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Pick the right team to work with"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


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