Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
153 Reviews
3.6
153 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 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
  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (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
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  5.  

    Working at Varian is very rewarding and challenging.

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    • 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

  6.  

    Good solid company.

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    • 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
  7.  

    Regular corporate mentality.

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    • 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 (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
  8.  

    Varian

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Health, dental, vision, and life insurance

    Cons

    Lately, quantity seems to be more important than quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The only thing good is the people

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    • 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

    friendly co-workers and good environment

    Cons

    pay, raise, bonus, strict work from home policy

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good company.Improvement needed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    I love my job.Company takes care for employees.I wish all companies are like that.If you like to stay forever to work in production,then this is excellent place to work for.If you think about moving your career upward,it will not be the best place for you.

    Cons

    I work for Varian in Salt Lake City.It is family place.That mean management will always give a job or promotion to family member.You can have better education,experience...Nothing matters.You have to be family connected to management to be first in line for promotion.I applied for different management positions and never got any.Sometimes not even an interview.I am Masters Degree holder,VA,experienced in managing people,speak German and Chinese.Sometimes I apply for position that require German or Chinese language.Somehow people that do not speak any foreign language get that position.It is sad to be production worker and have Masters Degree.I am having interviews with GE and Adobe so I hope they will recognize my talent.I come from minority.I feel my disadvantage in Varian is because I am member of minority group.I see diversity among production workers,not among management.Few people made it.Very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I see every day big sign that Varian is EOE.Yes,it is on that piece of paper.Please think about how to attract the best talent not just family members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Integrity in management team. Pace is not too fast allowing work life balance.

    Cons

    Pace is not as fast as other Siicone Valley companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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