Ventana Medical
3.5 of 5 48 reviews
www.ventanamed.com Tucson, AZ 500 to 999 Employees

Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated Feb 7, 2014
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3.5 48 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

Ventana Medical President Mara G. Aspinall

Mara G. Aspinall

(21 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good company to work for

Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStrongly believe in cultural beliefs. Believe and encourage work life balance. Emphasis on health

ConsPromotions are very competitive and difficult to achieve

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Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall, a wonderful internship experience

Intern (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Ventana Medical as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat company culture, low stress environment, focus on innovation

ConsMBA internship pay is the same as undergrad internship pay, well below the average for most MBA interns

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more for better internship talent, which will in turn increase chances of securing current interns for future positions within the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ventana offers a lovely campus in view of the mountains, where scientists and engineers gather to advance health care.

Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than a year

ProsBeautiful campus in Oro Valley, northern Tucson, with the Catalina mountains as a backdrop. Many of the younger employees are adventurous and athletic and participate in cycling and hiking and cross fit. Ventana cares about its employees and offers a lot of benefits. Being owned by Roche, there are many opportunities for advancement or relocation, and even just movement within the Tucson location. There are quarterly staff meetings and other events which are catered. The campus is smoke-free! (although this doesn't stop many of the employees from smoking on the sidewalks) and Ventana's management does a lot to promote good health, being a company whose motto is to improve the lives of cancer patients everywhere.

ConsThe largest complaint I had was how long it took to push a project through to completion. A lot of this was caused by implementation of Roche policies after the acquisition, and some is caused by a lack of communication between departments, which is a bit baffling when one considers the number of meetings which take place. These issues are ones which I believe plague many larger companies. Ventana certainly continues to make efforts to fix the procedural problems. There are also some issues with using old technology and re-implementing designs which had flaws in the first place, without spending more time and resources for innovation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tipping point from start-up to global conglomerate passed...but still a great place!

Manager (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe culture can't be beat- it's embraced by nearly every employee. The products are best-in-market and getting better. Top-notch science and experience- such that even Roche's pharma competitors are in long lines to sign contracts with Ventana for companion diagnostic work.

ConsThe Roche acquisition changed the color of things at Ventana; we're not a scrappy start-up anymore. We went from biggest fish in a small pond (something to hang your hat on) to tiny fish in a big ocean ($500m revenue is a drop in the bucket to Roche Dia's billions). Still vital, and absolutely crucial to Roche's diagnostics portfolio, however. Many people are seeing the recent consolidation of commercial operations to Indianapolis as a death knell; those people don't realize that Ventana is more than US commercial operations. Sorry to see friends go, but it's optimizing operations and freeing up space for Development, Manufacturing, Marketing and other global organizations to grow. Many of those leaving already have jobs in Indy, so net job loss is minimal.

Advice to Senior ManagementTransparency is King, particularly in challenging times such as we're in now with some recent high profile departures.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a great company to gain an understanding of medical protocol and good manufacturing practices.

Quality Engineer, Associate (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

ProsThere is a lot of communication between different teams in order to promote progress in projects. Most of the employees are very experienced because they have been working there for quite some time.

ConsA few of the employees who have been working there a long time are not very accepting of ideas proposed by people who have not been working there quite as long, which can slow down project progress.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Growing company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

ProsGood benefits. Great people. Collaborate spirit.

ConsProcesses still being developed and improved.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent to where the company is headed and what that means for each individual contributor.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at Ventana Medical

ProsOpen environment to share ideas and exchange information.

ConsExcessive paperwork and regulation. Sometimes it seems the company is more motivated by profit than actually satisfying customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should consider the sacrifices employees regularly make when review time comes around.

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great corporate culture

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

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

Proslove my team and field employees

Consloosing their edge since bthe uy out. no leadership

Advice to Senior Managementlisten and value your employees, it is too costly to replace them. reward them with the compensation they deserve.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Bio Tech company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than a year

ProsThe core values of the company are as strong as ever, it has a strong future outlook and friendly employees.

ConsThe location is somewhat of a drive for anyone residing in central Tucson and parking can be an issue sometimes.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement can be a little more appreciative of employees but otherwise no problems.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the great employment experiences In my career

Sales (Former Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOutstanding commercial engine. Extremely competent sales management. Culture of accountability. This company began as a start up where every employee had a vested interest in its performance and its mission (positively effect the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer). This culture created an apolitical organization that fostered teamwork and business success. This culture is fading but still exists in the commercial group.

ConsNo more homegrown talent. Roche acquisition and poor leadership at the corporate level has created massive turnover. Every single scientific fellow has departed. This has stunted the innovation engine for years to come. Lost the entrepenaurial spirit.

Advice to Senior ManagementHiring all senior management from outside the organization builds zero trust and dilutes the culture that made Ventana great. Have faith in your people and challenge them with greater responsibility. It builds extreme loyalty.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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