Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    good company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    good company to work for. Best products. Be proud of the work.

    Cons

    Management not concerned with quality of life issue. Work then work OT to get jobs done. too much OT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at who is satisfying customers and reward them. No place for not having the real facts.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Safe,steady but slow!

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    stable company with great products and safe is this hard economy to stick too

    Cons

    old school,no bonus or 1% yrly bonus(max),avg iteration of ppl =1% may be,so none leaves-hence its stangant mind set of ppl in middle management...anyone is from european non-indian will be becom manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create bottom up clarity.empower low people and prmote them,pay good bonus..salary is as per texas area standarad not as per bay area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great feeling knowing that each employee has a role in helping people. It's also good to see that same spirit with the people I work with. Management has really made an effort to unite all parts of the company into a positive direction and make sure that communication lines are open.

    Cons

    Enacting measures to cut costs while maintaining quality; this is a good thing and will help us stay profitable and keep our workforce. It's just that it adds a little pressure in every aspect of our work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Stable company with great people and culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth. Great culture. Stable and profitable company.

    Cons

    Some middle management philosophy improvements needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall - great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, District Field Operations in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager, District Field Operations in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My team, as well as individuals from other functions, were very dedicated and knowledgeable. The customers (Medical Physicists and Radiation Therapists) were highly professional, yet very caring and personable. I occasionally had the opportunity to interact with patients. In spite of the trials they were going through (cancer treatments), they were consistently friendly (some with a great sense of humor!) and appreciative of what we – through our product and their health providers – were doing for them.

    Cons

    The sheer volume of work was the challenge! It was constant triage to see what items were delayed or had to slip completely in order to meet the higher priorities. While the frequent travels were fine, the actual travel time, especially driving, wasn’t really “built” into the job load. If a week of travel included 20+ hours of actual drive time, that lost time came out of personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate job scope with respect to travel. Reduce unnecessary reporting requirements, and provide evidence of how reporting is used and subsequent improvements.

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

    Great 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

    Pros

    A solid place to work for. A huge percentage of people have been with company for decades yet it has not slowed ability to innovate.
    Everyday, the work you do contributes to saving a life.

    Cons

    Likes to run lean for a resource standpoint. Though it potentially means job security it also means that there is much more demand and pressure to produce more in less time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take advantage of the dedication of the people who care about what this company does, hire the right amount of resources to do what needs to be done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Challenging and rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    Overall Varian is a great company to work for. They seem to be concerned about the folks in the field when trying to meet our needs, both personal and professional.

    Cons

    Poor oversight of low level managers.

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

    Enthusiastic and ready to help the world

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    The people there are great and the enthusiasm expressed by the workers provide a fun and easy environment to work in.

    Cons

    The workspace feels like it is from the 1970's. It does not have the progressive mentality that most companies in silicon valley, nowadays, possess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change up the work space and open the cubicles

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