Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
138 Reviews
3.7
138 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 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.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Regular corporate mentality.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
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  5.  

    Varian

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    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
  6.  

    The only thing good is the people

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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 full-time

    Pros

    friendly co-workers and good environment

    Cons

    pay, raise, bonus, strict work from home policy

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good company.Improvement needed.

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    • Senior Management
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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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT manager

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    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
  9.  

    Great people to work with, not much upward mobility, compensation for engineers subpar

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    It's a very stable company, only one layoff so far. The people here are really nice.

    Cons

    Pretty much no upward mobility, not a very dynamic environment. Compensation is average to low.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seems to be okay

    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are pretty nice and easy to work with. Culture is fairly laid back. As an intern, I had a good amount of freedom to do things that interested me.

    Cons

    This company needs a lesson on efficiency. Perhaps I'm just new to the workforce and don't understand, but it just seemed like none of the divisions worked well together.

  11.  

    A company which works like Govertment sector

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer-III in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer-III in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job security,steady income,amazing life/work balance..

    Cons

    No career growth based on individual performance, need to stay atleast 5-6 yrs to even grow next level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no proper bonus plan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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