Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
142 Reviews
3.6
142 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer outstanding benefits and are relatively flexible with the work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • There are some really good people who work here (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely poor management exists at all levels in clinical education (in 6 reviews)

  • Middle management politics causes in inefficiencies and negative employee relationships (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company but going downhill with management styles/culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Member in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Member in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great Mission. Fiscal responsibility

    Cons

    The management style is the worst I've experienced in the years of working with staffing functions. It was like they introduced a culture/style of cancer into a company that fights cancer and there has been a demotivating effect which has spread to other parts of HR. My recommendation is that if you are approached to join the recruiting organization at Varian, run as far away as possible. It's no surprise to see the negative feedback on the staffing from non-HR reviewers in here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the mission focused. Look closely at new managers. Make sure they don't only manage up well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall not bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, tuition reimbursement, most managers are flexible, decent pay, especially if you come from the outside. Most of the people are decent people just looking to make a living. If you want to be an engineer, this is a great place to work and get a start in your career.

    Cons

    Not all managers are high quality. Not all really live the values the company says they have. Be careful who you work for. Lean manufacturing is actually Clean manufacturing. In general management seems to be too hands off. Team leads are not empowered with disciplinary authority, yet are expected to act like a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have someone that leaves destruction and poor morale everywhere they go, FIRE THEM!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good working experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management. No chance to grow

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable with many silos, good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SQE in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - SQE in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to make friends with, easy to be your own free agent since management is pretty oblivious
    Great Hardware Gadgets to assist in n the fight to control Cancer
    Ability to learn all about the Indian culture,foods
    Great company to work for if you do not want challenge but just collect a paycheck

    Cons

    Old school mentality, very poor management structure, promotion d/t likeability of a few stuck manager, directors
    Poor software, poor communication between silos
    Salaries based on what the import offshore guys accept
    No consistency within products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have managers and directors that know the purpose/mission of our products instead of focusing on checkboxes and spreadsheets
    Management that is capable of recognizing and engaging employees in their strengths and not just as a head in a cube,
    Return to core mission of producing software that customers are excited about and do not just tolerate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work for someone looking for stability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable place to work, they hardly ever fire anyone. Co-workers are mostly good to work with. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Many people have worked there for decades, leaving a "this is how we've always done this , why should we change?" mentality. It's gotten better in the past few years,but still predominant. Older age workforce. No christmas party. Exchange lower salaries for the job stability mentioned above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decisions on priorities change a lot. Tries to communicate with worker bees - not always successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable company

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Helps manage cancer care and life expectancy.
    Slowly working to become better company.
    Good gym and Cafe.
    Good people to work with.
    Good work and life balance.
    Good location in bay area.

    Cons

    Middle management politics causes in inefficiencies and negative employee relationships.
    Process inefficiencies and slow pace for improvements. Need new ideas.
    Low promotion rate at mid-levels.Promotions often does not reflect right skill levels.
    Culture is not in line with today's new companies, and ingrained in old style.
    Personal growth is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and provide them with full support. Reduce the political environment and fight for people you are responsible for. Benchmark other companies for faster improvements.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A little overworked, a little underpaid

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    I really like our foundation, the message that we stand behind, and the product that we deliver. I am very proud to be apart of that. They offer outstanding benefits and are relatively flexible with the work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management seems a little dated- no one leaves the company and no one new is brought in for fresh ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company with 65 year history in Silicon Valley.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    One of the first Silicon Valley companies, with a long history of innovative, high quality products. Truly, strives to add customer value.

    Cons

    Over the years the company has grown extremely conservative, sluggish and "corporate". The present company is NOT for those who want a dynamic, fast-paced tech company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the company's and founder's roots and bring the company back to the leading edge of human and social capital theory, and more aggressive product revolution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ok experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Design in Marietta, GA

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Casual Atmosphere, bonus, the product

    Cons

    Micro Managed Atmosphere, inexperienced managers, negative culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better culture for employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My experience has been mixed. I have had great times but now I am getting burnt out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Commodity Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of stability. The office culture is still stuck in the 70s-80s.

    Cons

    The salaries are not very competative for Silicon Valley however the benefits are fine and the stock does well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the past year there have been many additions to the management in Supply Chain but few or no workers to get the job done. The organization is also full of nepotism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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