Ventana Medical

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Ventana Medical Reviews

57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthcare benefits, mountain view and quiet area of town, great people, feel the mission (in 6 reviews)

  • Company's mission, improving diagnostic for cancer patients, really motivates you to work harder (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance became difficult with the numbers needed (in 5 reviews)

  • High turnover rate and slow to fill positions (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ventana Imaging group at sunnyvale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ventana Medical as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, an Indian company. Not very technical.

    Cons

    Low pay, no options, no bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential, but needs to clean house

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Oro Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Oro Valley, AZ

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

    Pros

    Strong cultural beliefs
    Strong science community

    Cons

    Limited vision for future, especially engineering
    Cultural beliefs come off as lip service or used to make a point
    Management does not lead, and does not listen to tacticle feedback from employees
    Imature product developement process
    Limited growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With over 1/2 of the engineering population leaving the company over the last 1.5 years, it would be apparent that something is not working. Launch delays and frustrated employees are a direct result of micro-management without the skills and knowledge to be able to execute a developement program. Most of those who have left were tired of being ignored and undervalued while watching schedules slip further and further to the right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not optimistic about the company's future in Tucson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great campus
    - Perks such as having a cafe and nurse on site
    - Health benefits are some of the best I have seen

    Cons

    - No room for advancement
    - Company is moving many jobs to its headquarters across the company
    - Many people in positions they are not qualified for; got in before Roche took over and there were no degree requirement. This hinders people trying to advance their careers.
    - Most of the time there is already someone they have in mind before a job is posted
    - Upper Management is not transparent at all, can not believe what you are told most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat all employees with respect
    - Help employees who are reaching out for assistance with career development - be mentors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not quite draconian but getting close

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Job with benefits in Tucson, nice overall facility, coworkers in departments outside of Operations (manufacturing) seem to be much happier and more or less content.

    Cons

    Operations management has adopted a Dickensian attitude towards the workers and staff. Not a very pleasant work environment, almost no chance for advancement or raises, no bonuses below scientist level but helltopay if the quota isn't met by department and if that means you'll pull long (uncompensated ) days to hit their bonus numbers... oh well. Overall >very unimpressive.
    Starting the structural organizational dissassembly of the franchise that is pretty typical of big pharma.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe the promises.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for Tucson, where there are not many large employers. Benefits are actually pretty good.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be questionable, depending on your manager. Too many directors and VP's means that the company is too top-heavy and not enough focus is on what is actually going on. Quality is spouted as something very important, but it is frequently sacrificed for profit. There are no career opportunities for hard working employees, though if you are willing to dive into the politics and social aspects of the company, you can move up quickly, regardless of your qualifications. The cultural beliefs are something else that are propped up as important, but again, if you actually practice them, you get nowhere, especially if you bring up anything negative (such as potential issues). Finally, there are certain members of HR that seem to have it out for certain employees. Instead of being fair, they are totally and completely biased and they are never wrong in their own eyes. If you get on their bad side, you will not be treated well at the company and you will not get the promotions you deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is more to Mara: get rid of the bad seeds in both management and HR. All they are doing is hurting the company more and more each day and pushing away the best employees. Actually focus on quality instead of just saying it. Our customers can tell the difference and when they start leaving, it will not matter how much product is produced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    So So Company. Still acts like a start up at times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Good compensation, and benefits. Good feeling of working on products that help people. Hope that Roche comes in and cleans things up.

    Cons

    Poor choices made by senior management. Trying to do too much with too few people results in people being overworked. Yields to high turnover of talented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on core competency and farm out the rest. Stop getting into a bad spot where you need to go around the process. Do things right from the start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    disappoved

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Cancer research is great for people fighting cancer, they work to improve patients life

    Cons

    The management chain of command has issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management chain of command has issues, responsiblity and requirements poor flow down the top goals are clear but responsiblity to get there has issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better with Roche in charge

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    The impact to the practice of medicine and the focus on the benefit to the patient. There are many dedicated, driven and passionate professionals that are focused on advancing the diagnosis of treatment. Overall in the working ranks of the company, there is a good level of professional respect. There is definitely a feeling of an up and coming company that is poised for great growth. With the acquisition by Roche, Ventana should be able to leverage Roche's reputation and commitment to science to increase their product offering. I think that Chris Gleeson's personality and leadership are big plus for Ventana.

    Cons

    While I was there the Sales departments where the leaders of the organization. This was troubling for the R&D department's commitment to deliver science that delivered clinical benefit. The sales sole focus on the quarter's numbers dominated all decisions and lead to short-sighted gains at the expense of long term strategy. The sales force were very aware of the position in the company and frequently "threw their weight around". Interdepartmental effectiveness was limited due their compensation being tied to competing factors that were not strategically aligned. Their were a lot of pet projects that received the departments first attention instead the projects that were consistent with the strategy of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that everyone is aligned with the strategic goals

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little or no opportunities for growth especially for women

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Technical Applications Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Applications Specialist

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Benefits in 2011 are very good. Now owned by Roche, they have leveraged some of the 'big' company attributes.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent . Career advancement is hard especially if you have a family, as they expect you to work 24 hours a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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