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Varian Medical Systems President & CEO Dow R. Wilson
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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
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    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 10 years)


    Stable company, good values and mission statement. Good benefits, environment.


    No opportunity to advance. Company does not listen to input from senior personnel. Good old boy mentality is alive and well here. Hires outside instead of within, promoting incompetent managers to leadership positions leading to poor decision making. Company talks about collaborative decision making but, does not really do this. Bureaucracy and regulatory decisions are killing us. There are 5-7 titles and positions for managers, supervisors, directors, Vice Presidents...,no titles or roles for engineers ( just jr and senior). There is no role for staff, principal engineers for individual contributor (senior technical) role. You would never know this company was built by engineers in the way it has transformed.

    Advice to Management

    Work more collaboratively in REAL cross functional teams. Assign and execute projects this way start to finish. Streamline training, regulatory and change control processes. They are killing this company!!! Promote from within. Stop outsource work to China and lower cost sources. You get what you pay for.

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    Program Manager Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Varian Medical Systems.


    The recruiter reached out to me on LinkedIn. Our initial screening was one of the most awkward interviews I've ever had. The recruiter kept asking me why I would be interested and if I wanted to "join Varian for the rest of my career." That's not realistic (especially in Silicon Valley) and I think that's an odd thing to focus on during an initial screening anyway. Regardless, I went on to the next round which included a series of interviews in person with leadership and the team. I was impressed by everyone I met and I walked away feeling like the org culture might be a little old school, but the specific role sounded like a great opportunity. I followed up with everyone and the recruiter said he would follow up in a few weeks. One month later I followed up again and he and the hiring manager said they were wrapping up interviews and they would be in touch shortly. I followed up once again, two months after the in person interview, and he said they were still wrapping up the process. After that I decided not to follow up again, as I have a different job I've accepted anyway. My main note/feedback is: please don't ask for references if you have no intent on following up. So unprofessional!

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America's Top Companies , Forbes, 2009
50 Best Manufacturing Companies , IndustryWeek, 2009
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Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1950
Type Company - Public (VAR)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Accuray, Elekta

Varian Medical Systems radiates success in electrotherapeutics. The company works mainly with products related to x-rays and radiation treatment of cancer. The company's oncology unit makes linear accelerators, simulators, and data management software, primarily for cancer radiotherapy. Other cancer treatment offerings include devices for brachytherapy, a treatment that protects healthy tissue through the use of radiation implants. Varian Medical Systems' X-ray unit makes imaging subsystems and X-ray-generating tubes. The company markets its products through ... More

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