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Updated December 11, 2018
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  • "You will frequently be expected to work long hours" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Been here over a year and no cons I can think of" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great coworkers, exciting and meaningful work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of the Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, relaxed but professional environment, fantastic coworkers, meaningful projects, top notch facilities and equipment. Amazing education reimbursement, solid 401k match, benefits, and ESPP.

    Cons

    Salary isn't in the top tier, but it's close. Not a name brand company. Advancement can be unclear because of the lack of titles, but that can be a plus, too.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the great culture as we continue to grow! Once some of the medium and long term initiatives start to pay off, consider reinvesting more into employee recruitment, compensation, and retention

    Viasat Response

    Nov 5, 2018 – Company Representative

    Thanks for sharing your experience of life at Viasat Austin! We’re striving to hit the right note with an extensive benefits package and a chance for you to own your career development. We’re excited... More


  2. "Great Company to work at, but getting fatty"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging, rewarding, and interesting. You can work with any technology that you want. You can have your career pivot in any direction that you want it to. The benefits are fantastic. Nice office. Can work remote basically whenever. Smart coworkers. Great people to meet if you're young, but great place to live if older. Pay is good. I've worked in a few places, Viasat cares about me more than any other.

    Cons

    Upper management a mix between an old boys club, competent managers, and idiots. On the consumer side, the product (Satellite Internet) is pretty bad (though best in it's class). Growing fast, but still slow to hire. Cost controls in all of the wrong places. Working with some back office teams is a total disaster. Not everyone likes change. Accountability for poor business choices a bit of a third rail. Nepotism in some areas. HR doesn't tell you your title so you can't use it to your benefit.

    Advice to Management

    If people have done things poorly in the past, don't keep rewarding them or give them additional responsibilities. I've never seen anyone get fired; not to say that needs to happen, but there needs to be more accountability to people who make bad calls.

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viasat full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work assignment. Dynamic environment. Cutting edge technology stacks.

    Cons

    Can be demanding at times.


  4. "Engineer"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can control destiny.
    No hierarchy
    Good work life balance
    Highly talented people

    Cons

    none at this point

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good work. Our CEO is really inspirational. Employees Commitment and energy level multiplies after all hands meeting.


  5. "Operations Intern"

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

    I worked at Viasat full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to work with amazing leadership!

    Cons

    They are slightly unorganized, but that is by design


  6. "Great Culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viasat full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Challenging engineering projects

    Cons

    Nothing to share at this time


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cares about its employees"

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

    I worked at Viasat full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, tons of opportunities for career growth, exciting industry.

    The company really tries to take care of its employees, and you see the results in the technical wizards who've worked there for a decade or more.

    Cons

    The pay could be a little better and there is definitely a fair amount of siloing among different business areas.

    Viasat Response

    Nov 5, 2018 – Company Representative

    As we continue to grow, offering new services in new locations around the world, we’re really happy to hear that our commitment to employees struck a chord with you. We’re so proud that the teams... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work if you can tolerate ambiguity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth.
    Work life balance.
    Employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Some people can take advantage of the chill culture.
    Not a lot of processes in place which can make accomplishing basic tasks chaotic. In some cases, it does promote creativity, however there is a lot of room for improvement.

    Viasat Response

    Nov 5, 2018 – Company Representative

    It’s great to hear that you’re taking advantage of the unique growth opportunities here at Viasat. It’s true that we focus less on processes and more on enabling employees to develop and try new ways... More


  9. "Field Ops"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company overall and great benefits

    Cons

    Growth pains, management lacks organization


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Viasat is a great company, but your experience will largely depend on the department you’re hired into."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Upper Management of Accounting Tax Function in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Upper Management of Accounting Tax Function in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay if you are good at negotiating. Growing company, great experience and opportunity to enhance your resume.

    Cons

    Joining Viasat as a company might be a great idea by itself. However if you’re thinking of joining Viasat’s Tax, Accounting or Finance department, think again. That whole function might as well be a different company, or world. Crazy hours, no work life balance, no decision making power, alarming turnover. Don’t do this to yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Please read people’s comments in the employee survey and understand why the score is so low year after year. Read into people’s exit interviews and what’s behind such a high turnover rate. Otherwise, watch more great people give up and leave. I am leaving myself soon.