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Updated February 5, 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    "Amazing Company, Culture, and Impact"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations/Logistics Leadership in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations/Logistics Leadership in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viasat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Engaged, motivated, intelligent team members. The culture is self-empowered, creative, energetic, and independent. Real sense of "making an impact" on customers and markets. I continually feel like my work matters and makes a global impact. Lots of opportunity for growth and diversity of responsibilities.

    Cons

    Our flat organizational structure may be difficult for those used to hierarchical environments with clearly defined roles and structure.

    Viasat Response

    Sep 28, 2018 – Company Representative

    It’s awesome to hear how you’re seeing the value of your work here at Viasat! Our unique culture can be a surprise if you’re used to direction coming from the boardroom; we really live and breathe... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Immense opportunity for self-starters"

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

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

    Pros

    Viasat is a phenomenal place to work, and seems to provide endless opportunities for those who have initiative.
    - Amazing benefits and on-site facilities- what other company offers putting greens, hammocks, basketball courts, outdoor volleyball courts, and even slides and suspension bridges between conference rooms?
    - Development and education: Viasat financially supported me in achieving my master's degree and continuously offers tech talks, learning sessions, engineering scholarships, and more.
    - The culture: Viasat's culture is very unique- everyone is very bright, collaborative, and open to new ideas. There's a great group mindset, and self-starters who have initiative and drive will succeed tremendously.

    Cons

    We always talk about having somewhat of an ambiguous environment- this shows that Viasat truly trusts its employees. However, if you're someone who needs very specific direction or tasks assigned to you by a supervisor, perhaps Viasat is not the best fit. Things change rapidly and you'll need to be open to embracing change to do your work well.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in platforms and tools to reduce silos and antiquated processes throughout the company, and continue to develop your managers and leaders as we grow quickly.

  3. "Very Good Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viasat full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good, meaningful work available. A ton of opportunities to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Lack of titles sometimes makes communication confusing


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not Secure"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome. Pay is not bad.

    Cons

    As long as you know how to suck up to the right people, you're golden.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Was 5 stars when the company was smaller, slowing going down to 3...maybe 2..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corp Finance in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Corp Finance in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viasat full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lax dress policy, gym benefits, days off, etc.

    Cons

    In the Corp Finance Organization, need the pedigree to get anywhere and/or work 55+hrs week.

    Advice to Management

    Finance Management need some shake up and determine how to improve morale.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great Company to work at, but getting fatty"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Engineer"

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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 (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.


  9. "Operations Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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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


  10. "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