Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
129 Reviews
3.7
129 Reviews
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Varian Medical Systems President & CEO Dow R. Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer outstanding benefits and are relatively flexible with the work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Great mission, great products, good people, excellent corporate culture (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is nearly impossible, but not many great paying jobs will offer that (in 3 reviews)

  • Old world middle management style disables the employees connection to the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work for someone looking for stability

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    • 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 for 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
  2. 1 person 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
  3. 1 person 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company with 65 year history in Silicon Valley.

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    • 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
  6.  

    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 for more than a 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
  7.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Senior Project Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The Benefits of health/dental/vision are very good compared to most other corporations.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is disheartening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Working at Varian is very rewarding and challenging.

    • 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

    Pros

    Some of the best things about Varian are: stability, great people to work with. The flexibility of the work place is great.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges working at Varian are: finding opportunities to grow. The processes at Varian could use some improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve processes within manufacturing

  10.  

    Good solid company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Solid company, good technology and research, most employees work very hard and help each other out. Seems to be very stable and in a niche market so there are not wild swings like in the semi-conductor industry. Great technical training.

    Cons

    Niche market so growth and opportunities can be slow coming, not as good as at larger companies like Philips or GE.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Regular corporate mentality.

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

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

    Pros

    Industry is strong so job security is high. Company car for field reps.

    Cons

    Cost cutting measures at the employee's expense. Corporate mandate requiring minimum 2 weeks PPL usage during the last half of the year for the sole purpose to make company books look better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to make your budget sheets look better by requiring sacrifices from your lower employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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