Accuray Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Joshua Levine
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Pros
  • Great technology; fantastic mission (fighting cancer is a fantastic thing); great people; fun place to work; new CEO, and therefore some new policies (in 3 reviews)

  • The product and people who work here are great (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor management from the top down (in 2 reviews)

  • On the tomotherapy side of bussiness there are lingering reliability issues (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Customer Support

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting benefit to patients; Leading edge technology

    Cons

    Top heavy; Post merger: hemorrhage of key founding talent; benefits reduced to lowest common denominator; Want loyalty - Get a dog

    Advice to Management

    Bottom line is always important, but sometimes important to retain key core competencies


  2. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Meh...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accuray full-time

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

    Pros

    If you get to work on any of the planning or delivery systems software you'll get good experience writing efficient C++ code. The people are nice and generally very helpful.

    Cons

    Management hides a lot of the decision making. You generally work on your tasks and are kept in the dark on everything else. Company always seems to be unstable. Benefits aren't that great and people seem to be pretty bummed about it. QA is understaffed and the deadlines are super aggressive. Different teams don't coordinate that well. Pretty much work in silos. Whenever you communicate with another team it's like talking to an external company. Aggressive cost cutting measures which are good but suck out the fun of working there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote people who screwed up?


  3. Struggling to reach profitability - highly motivated individuals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Pros

    A good mix of go-getter young talent in combination with seasoned pros that earned their battle stripes and lessons learned at other companies. There are parts of the company where people work really hard to reach beyond their individual jobs to help out the broader team.

    Cons

    This is a low-volume, high-price, niche market capital equipment company. That is OK since it's merely a fact in and of itself, not a value-judgment, but there was no clear vision for how to grow to profitability. Acquisition of another company in 2010 of equivalent size in a similar situation made the prospects even worse.

    Advice to Management

    Management from that era has been shown the door. No comments regarding current leadership team.


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  5. Waiting for a breakout year

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Product is world class and helps thousands of people throughout the world. The idea is there to help millions of people world wide. The somewhat new CEO has the right idea about moving the company into a profitable business.

    Cons

    Upper management makes decisions behind closed doors which at times has a negative affect directly on the employees who contribute the most. In recent years, talented employees have left for other opportunity and those positions were at times never refilled.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower level employees who do the most work. Their feedback goes unheard and those employees feel under appreciated.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lots of learning opportunities in a difficult environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Until Purchased

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. 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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Everything was chaotic after the merger

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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


  11. Trend of the company has changed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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