Accuray Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Joshua Levine
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Pros
  • Great technology; fantastic mission (fighting cancer is a fantastic thing); great people; fun place to work; new CEO, and therefore some new policies (in 3 reviews)

  • The product and people who work here are great (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor management from the top down (in 2 reviews)

  • On the tomotherapy side of bussiness there are lingering reliability issues (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Accuray is a great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Accuray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, great pay, comprehensive and affordable health care benefits. The leadership we have in place make good decisions for the betterment of the company and it's employees. They've also done a great job at making the company more transparent.

    Cons

    Certain departments lack the cohesiveness that others do. Not everyone has the same experience as it really depends on what section of the company you're in. Because the company hasn't been profitable there is always a lingering fear that your job could be lost on any given day. This fear has been lessened by the backing of Wallstreet and the change in leadership over the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing. Transparency, honesty, it all counts to us. Thank you for making Accuray//Tomotherapy a great place to work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Customer Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Accuray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting benefit to patients; Leading edge technology

    Cons

    Top heavy; Post merger: hemorrhage of key founding talent; benefits reduced to lowest common denominator; Want loyalty - Get a dog

    Advice to Management

    Bottom line is always important, but sometimes important to retain key core competencies


  3. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Meh...

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

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you get to work on any of the planning or delivery systems software you'll get good experience writing efficient C++ code. The people are nice and generally very helpful.

    Cons

    Management hides a lot of the decision making. You generally work on your tasks and are kept in the dark on everything else. Company always seems to be unstable. Benefits aren't that great and people seem to be pretty bummed about it. QA is understaffed and the deadlines are super aggressive. Different teams don't coordinate that well. Pretty much work in silos. Whenever you communicate with another team it's like talking to an external company. Aggressive cost cutting measures which are good but suck out the fun of working there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote people who screwed up?


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Growing Pains

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

    I worked at Accuray

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission, technology, compensation, work flexibility

    Cons

    Upper management is very secretive causing a culture of mistrust. Too many legacy VPs, not enough hands-on people.

    Advice to Management

    Trim some of the upper management bloat at the top who are costly and unproductive.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Great Product - Horrible Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Accuray (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Accuray / TomoTherapy both have innovative products with the cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Accuray is and has historically been entirely too top heavy. This company prides themselves with caring for their customers and the patients they treat...but have no appreciation for their employees and the level of expertise. Basically...you are a number and depending on your salary...you are expendable. Complete disappointment

    Advice to Management

    You have destroyed the original mission and continue to discard valuable, long term, talented, and dedicated employees without any regard to the impact on the customers and or product development. My advice...cut at the top level and start taking care of those who actually work towards adding value to the development.


  7. Struggling to reach profitability - highly motivated individuals

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

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Pros

    A good mix of go-getter young talent in combination with seasoned pros that earned their battle stripes and lessons learned at other companies. There are parts of the company where people work really hard to reach beyond their individual jobs to help out the broader team.

    Cons

    This is a low-volume, high-price, niche market capital equipment company. That is OK since it's merely a fact in and of itself, not a value-judgment, but there was no clear vision for how to grow to profitability. Acquisition of another company in 2010 of equivalent size in a similar situation made the prospects even worse.

    Advice to Management

    Management from that era has been shown the door. No comments regarding current leadership team.


  8. DQA Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Accuray full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Don't know I don't see any of there products in any private Hospitals

    Cons

    They hire Cheap 3rd party JR QA kids out-of-college w/ NO testing exp.


  9. Waiting for a breakout year

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Accuray full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Product is world class and helps thousands of people throughout the world. The idea is there to help millions of people world wide. The somewhat new CEO has the right idea about moving the company into a profitable business.

    Cons

    Upper management makes decisions behind closed doors which at times has a negative affect directly on the employees who contribute the most. In recent years, talented employees have left for other opportunity and those positions were at times never refilled.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower level employees who do the most work. Their feedback goes unheard and those employees feel under appreciated.


  10. Great Place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accuray

    Pros

    Flexibility with hours and work schedule

    Cons

    takes about 6 months to get to know the people they are a bit closed off


  11. Great experience

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

    I have been working at Accuray

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice, easy to get along with. The work environment in Sunnyvale is calm and great to work in.

    Cons

    Some people in Human Resources weren't as helpful as they could have been. Missing information, confusion, etc.

    Advice to Management

    None



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