Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Great People. Important Work. Great Company. Difficult Upward Mobility.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Installation Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Installation Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    worked with a great group of people. Loved the work. The time lines to get the work done was stressful, but I enjoyed it. It was satisfying to see it all come together in the end. The benefits were good. Stock options were great. Company car was nice. Salary was lacking, but there was no shortage of overtime. Bonuses were good.

    Cons

    It was hard to move up from where I started. The next logical step in my career (which was offered to me) did not make sense financially. Most promotions would have given a small increase in salary but came with a loss of overtime and a loss of the company car. In short I felt stuck in my current role. The travel was a lot, but not horrible. Often gone 3 to 4 days per week. More or less married to the phone answering emails and calls at all hours.

    Advice to Management

    Make career advancement make sense.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Varian

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Good management. Average work/life balance. Old school. Great CEO.

    Cons

    Need some upgrades. IT management needs to be replaced.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Marketing communications

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great product - save lives. Good people who believe in their work

    Cons

    Career growth is not easy

    Advice to Management

    Help employees grow


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Best Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Well Paid * Industry Leader * Focused Purpose * Excellent Corporate Management

    Cons

    * Stressful in that there are market challenges * Pressure to achieve goals


  6. Helpful (1)

    great culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the company has a mission to cure cancer. that mission infuses the culture--people generally treat each other with respect and compassion.

    Cons

    everybody is very busy. . .there's not a lot of time for reaching across the organization and getting to know or help people in other departments or business units.


  7. Good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly environment and every one is ready to help each other.

    Cons

    NO cons as such I came across


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great job satisfaction with challenging work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great stable company to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Good place to work on interesting medical and industrial imaging applications

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Awesome

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

    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.



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