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. Helpful (5)

    It's all on the Yahoo Finance Message Board

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Accuray

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CK is a great product that saves lives and is making a tangible difference. Incredibly smart people who are dedicated to their jobs and are fighting an uphill battle with the deck stacked against them.

    Cons

    Everything you need to know about the company can be found on the Yahoo Finance Message Board. At first, you think it's just one disgruntled employee or stockholder. Then, as you read, you come to realize there are so many people and so many comments about outlandish behavior that something is amiss. It all starts at the top, and it is a tragedy to see an extraordinary technological lead frittered away by poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new management or sell out to a company with deeper pockets. It's past reform time.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great Product - lousy management

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Accuray full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very cool technology: Accuray builds and sells a medical instrument that destroys cancer tumors.

    Cons

    Poor company culture, inept senior management, low salaries. This company could be great, so it's just disappointing and frustrating that the management team can't make it grow and be successful. Lots of empire building (especially new CCO) and roadblocking between departments. Communication almost doesn't exist. Bloated management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Resign! ... or wake up and look at the cold hard facts: you are not succeeding. Change starts at the top.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Worst in fifteen years in Silicon Valley

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

    I worked at Accuray full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Cool technology and product – non-invasive treatment for cancers.

    Cons

    Engineering organization has little ability to do original product development due to poor leadership, ignorance and political maneuvering. Bloated, bureaucratic middle management and ineffective business processes throughout the firm. Extreme short-term emphasis in decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half the people with VP, SVP, director or manager in their title and hold those who remain accountable. Revise bonus and option plan to improve incentives for long term performance of the firm.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Bureaucracy & Micromanagement

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros apparent for someone with professional aspirations.

    Cons

    Colleagues sadly uneducated and undertrained — they could have been working anywhere as long as someone had a connect-the-dots diagram. Management was condescending on a personal basis and micromanaged their employees within an inch of their lives, to the point of dictating the color pen you used to take notes at a meeting. My manager would (arbitrarily) alternatate between commanding me to pay attention in meetings to ignore meetings and do work meanwhile. Sexual harassment was overlooked if the perpetrators were management pets. Overall, the most uncomfortable environment imaginable.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.


  6. DQA Engineer

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great Product - Horrible Management

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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Keeps trending from bad to worse

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Accuray

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    high quality products that make a real difference in the quality of life for those fighting cancer

    Cons

    senior management, senior management, senior management. They are inconsistent, act like they are infallible and individual contributors aren't of value. Hollow talk of 'best practices' while implementing confused, inefficient processes and tools while not listening to feedback because it doesn't fit their views.

    Advice to Management

    good management earns respect, recognizes and rewards loyal employees at all levels. Arrogance and demanding respect while failing to appreciate currently committed employees will backfire. The majority of employees I know would not recommend Accuray as an employer despite a handsome referral program.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Chaotic, lack of focus or direction, running rudderless

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Madison, WI

    I worked at Accuray full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Laid back enviroment, not much concern on whether you even show up for work on any given day. Just call in just before start time and inform management that you are not coming into work that day.

    Cons

    Does anyone know what they are doing or managing? Total chaos as to the current management team, high employee turnover. Lack of focus,

    Advice to Management

    Develope focus and direction


  10. Helpful (2)

    A lot of work with very little reward.

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

    I have been working at Accuray

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

    Pros

    The product and people who work here are great. There are many hard working resourceful people working here.

    Cons

    Training is non-existent and most of the company is run inefficiently with very little structure. There are many key individuals in Accuray who hold are struggling to hold the company together.

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance and compensation need to be examined. I would not advise any friends to work at Accuray.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great products, consistently poorly run company

    • 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 full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The passion for the products is what binds all colleagues together and provides a sense of pride for giving patients truly great cancer treatment options.

    Cons

    Poor management from the top down. CEO has minimal to no accessibility, especially for a small company. Tactics are always changing and rarely line up to strategies. Sales globally have consistently lacked, causing budget/funding cuts from the bottom to make quarterly earnings. Lack of career growth- lots of Directors/VP's are hired, but long-term, dedicated employees rarely receive significant promotions. Low morale and poor culture.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate/reward your employees properly. Hone in on lack of sales and rally the company's efforts to support the funnel. Build a personality for the company by nurturing a culture where people feel valued and heard.



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