Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated May 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Favorism for certain language speakers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    The company's motto is really good to cure cancer for patients.

    Cons

    If you are in Engineering, better you speak "Hindi". Otherwise, Look for something else.
    Place to know the meaning of "unorganized/unethical". Such a big company, so messy. Many small companies in valley are way better.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your project managers. Don't get mesmerized with fancy words such as Lean project managment. It means PMO get to do nothing than forwading emails and appointment scheduling for meetings. You can get that done by


  2. Helpful (2)

    A place I used to love to work.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits of product I believe in.

    Cons

    Lack of support and investment to make real and lasting change.
    Compensation that hasn't increased in five years even though performance reviews are positive.
    Growth opportuities are rare.

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion we have a poor management structure, although I don't believe the same holds true for our corporate team. I would love to see more opportunities where employees can become engaged and appreciated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    All stick, no carrot, old equipment, under staffed, micromanagers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok for engineers

    Cons

    Forced shut downs, forced vacations to hit numbers. Senior managers will micromanage at all levels to work on pet projects and constantly pull people away from their main responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employee's as people not property. Invest in modernizing.


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  5. Great company - unbalanced life

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are top tier and competitive.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nearly impossible, but not many great paying jobs will offer that.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Constant paycheck discrepancies for Sales force

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

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent Linac maker. The brand alone as a Sales employee will get you in the door easier than any other vendor.

    Cons

    Incompatibility internal systems communication leads to inaccurate record keeping for both sales and service contracts. Constant paycheck discrepancies (always fighting to get paid what you are due) and comp plan changes at fiscal year end (almost every year) typically results in lower than anticipated annual salary. Annual sales quotas have recently become not achievable.

    Advice to Management

    With the typical sales employee expected to bring in more than $40,000,000 each year, they can be paid a little better.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Who's running the show?

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

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent employees, very knowledgable, sincere and friendly. Good salary, ok benefits, and good educational opportunities. If your a middle manager you can easily hide in the fold.

    Cons

    Direct, middle, and some high management seem clueless, disorganized and arrogant. Old world middle management style disables the employees connection to the company. Forced vacations to cut costs.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone contributes the the companies success. Treat all employees like they count.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Micromanaging, risk adverse and vision-less physics geek place

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

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Large and leading in its field; Good compensation and benefits; You can hide as much as you want; You will like it if you like slow moving geeks;

    Cons

    No vision; Geeks run the place; Management focus on next quarter's results -- look at their compensation packages, and you know why....; Very old-fashioned and slow-moving; Extremely conservative; Not very diverse; Career advancement opportunities very limited; Lots of politics between departments as people try to collect brownie points

    Advice to Management

    Get fresh blood into the place ! Wake up -- management practices from the 70's don't work anymore....


  9. Helpful (5)

    Cancer Treatment, Silo, Poor Management, Lack of Vision

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

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

    Pros

    Be part of a company that fights cancer.
    There are some great engineering minds that produces cancer treatment machines.
    Many good and dedicated people (unfortunately not recognized at all).

    Cons

    Many silos within department/group
    Poor management
    Lack of vision in corporate depart, doesn't align with BU
    Unbalance work force
    Poor communication
    Old company = stuck in old ways

    Advice to Management

    Need some new blood in the company. Improve hiring and review process, need to open their eyes and identify good people vs incompetency. Stop being complacent.


  10. Helpful (3)

    It has become increasingly worse as management problems have overwhelmed the workplace environment.

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people: very smart, capable and friendly. They are loathe to do layoffs, thought they did one in 2009 of about 5%

    Cons

    Terrible management at highest level. Regulatory compliance is not a priority, Everything is driven by Engineering and the priority is to ship product - whatever it takes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, especially those at the individual contributor level. You have not created a healthy regulatory compliance environment. You do not mentor and promote people.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Lots of good people, but many are stuck in their ways and upper management doesn't have your best interest at heart.

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, interesting projects, freedom to do what you need to do, relaxing workload

    Cons

    Feels like upper management just wants you to be standard. Hard work is appreciated but not prized or valued.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better communications across groups and departments. Its like the business side doesn't communicate with Engineering sometimes.



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