Accuray Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Lots of learning opportunities in a difficult environment

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Accuray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to take on new areas if one is proactive. Mostly good people and trying to help each other out.

    Cons

    Struggling to generate profits, so there's always the overhang of restructuring and cost cutting.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Until Purchased

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accuray

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    TomoTherapy provided for an excellent work/life balance. Also, I really felt like I was part of helping patients even from behind the scenes.

    Cons

    When the company was purchased by Accuray, everything changed. It was more about the management and internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Growth is good, but remember those who helped get there! It's still great to see how much the company's products help patients.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Pros and Cons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accuray

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, motivated employees, technology makes a difference

    Cons

    Top heavy organization, recent loss of technical talent

    Advice to Management

    Provide growth opportunities to individual contributors and augment development resources instead of continued upper management hires

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Everything was chaotic after the merger

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Madison, WI

    I worked at Accuray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible; good work/life balance; able to (mostly) manage my own workload.

    Cons

    Four bosses in three years; multiple, arbitrary re-orgs after the acquisition/merger.

  6. Helpful (1)

    ok place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accuray

    Pros

    good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    communications from management was poor

    Advice to Management

    communicate better with people in the trenchs

  7. Trend of the company has changed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accuray full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be a company driven by engineering. It is now driven by sales and marketing.company may become profitable soon.

    Cons

    With the company gets bigger, it starts to have issues that big company usually have.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Tremendous technology, struggling to shed years of "ivory tower" management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accuray full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best two products (CK and TomoTherapy) in the industry ... trying to defeat the Varian marketing machine.

    Cons

    Too many years of a leadership structure that assumed they could just have the best technology and ignore what customers were telling them ... believe new CEO sees this and may be the way forward if he listens to more "feet on the ground" around the country ... and not the newest polished MBA who thinks they know what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your experienced folks in the field ... you'll be surprised what the customer is telling you.

  9. Helpful (3)

    hardworking people, not so good management team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Accuray

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of smart and friendly people

    Cons

    work load is high; compensation less than efforts

    Advice to Management

    you need to be aggressive

  10. Helpful (7)

    Accuray - a good idea longing to become a real company

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Accuray

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is good, people are open and friendly. Their service organization stands out as one of the most level headed management teams I have seen. Sales and Marketing are a joke. Engineering has a lot of good people just mismanaged due to the absence of a real product roadmap. Manufacturing is still in the early 1900's.

    Cons

    C-Level management is detached from employee base. Communication is poor to non-existent. Highly hierarchical culture where VP Level and above employees behave like they can get away with murder and almost always do. Extremely top heavy, when I left (Fall 2008) there was 1 executive (director level and above) for every 4 employees at the manager level and below. Lack of fundamental processes (Product LIfeCycle Management, for example) make things that would normally be fairly straightforward elsewhere in a valley, exercises in futility. Many many layers of highly ineffective controls perpetuate an illusion of "things are OK." The company operates without a strategic plan and it acts like an unguided missile.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the people who took the company public cannot manage it as a public company and will inevitably fail. The company needs to bring in professional managers and replace the people currently at the C-Level (CFO already gone, good start) and VP Level. Mid level management is actually OK, just too many of them.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, Great product, Questionable Mgmt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    People care about the product. Technology is amazing. Ability to manage your time to what works best for you. A true attempt to establish cross functional communication within the lower ranks of the Company

    Cons

    Upper mgmt has always been seen as a "Boys club" and reactive as oppose to strategic. There is a lot of finger pointing. Team morale is very stifled.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending dollars to chase pennies.

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