Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
65 Reviews
4.0
65 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 15 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.  

    Production Operator on x-ray side

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    amazing benefits and tuition reimbursement. onsite cafeteria, great people and fun and friendly environment. onsite gym. prices in cafeteria are onsite nurse is very helpful and caring.

    Cons

    Hard to advance without college degree. Managers don't seem to know who the hard workers are and who the slackers are. Pay is low, raises don't reflect actual performance and work goals aren't realistic. Company uses "Compass" to set goals and rate employees, but there is a lot of just checking the box and pencil whipping instead of real meaningful goals and ratings by managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the hard workers and give raises based on performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job satisfaction with challenging work.

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

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exciting work environment and great co-workers

    Cons

    Screwy managerial style, focused more on short term stock price than long term problem resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are real good at making low hanging fruit which prevents you from tackling serious problems and issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great stable company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have treated me well the 11 years I have been here. Have progressed through six challenging but satisfying roles. Lots of autonomy in my current position and plenty of room for advancement in the coming years. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lately it seems more focus is placed on driving the stock price higher and less on employee needs. Older management has created stagnation but this is starting to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on new technologies and expanding market share. Get help to some of the engineering departments that are running a little lean.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work on interesting medical and industrial imaging applications

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Varian's values are centered on helping people heal. Building business opportunities around this positive perspective is a good corporate culture. The focus is on the customer. Work-life balance is reasonable. Sometimes we work extra hours, but only when there is a valid reason for a push or deadline.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth are limited. Sometimes leadership will not commit to improving products for the long term, so resource allocation can be challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome

    • 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

    Awesome management team. They take care of you from a benefit perspective. Great bonuses and the ability to move around within the company. Training is great along with PTO.

    Cons

    Tough to deal with external customers. It's a sales order based organization, so there is a lot of demand that we have to deal with at times.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Varian is a good company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Varian is a good company.

    Cons

    Bonuses are only good if you are hourly.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, conservative company. Employees over 25 years and until they retire. Company appears to be moving in the right direction with technology and customer focus. Work-life balance is okay.

    Cons

    A lot of work but the pay is not where it should be compared to the workload. In some departments there is no room for advancement. There is still disconnect between business units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Stable Company

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    • 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

    The work environment may be slow pace but that's because it's in the Medical Industry where it is heavily regulated. The company is relatively stable in comparison to tech companies in silicon valley. The people who work at Varian are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Internal process are not well defined. A lot of information is stored within "tribal knowledge".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for.

    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    It is a little bureaucratic and things move slowly. The FDA and other regulatory requirements is the cause for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve decision making.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    pretty good experience

    • 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

    Have a big global environment

    Cons

    communication, technology growth, culture is ok, employee training, growth, new technology

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