Accuray Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Bureaucracy & Micromanagement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst in fifteen years in Silicon Valley

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Great Product - lousy management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    It's all on the Yahoo Finance Message Board

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    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.

  6. Integration & Leadership Changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission and great products

    Cons

    Leadership continues to change. The culture is very top-down and does not empower or listen to middle management or technical leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Listen

  7. Helpful (1)

    Crazy Environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people who deeply care about the product they provide. What could be more rewarding than helping patients with cancer.

    Cons

    Poor management, uncompetitive pay, disorganized leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to retain key people. Get a better HR team. Decide how you are going to gain a competitive advantage over your much more well established competitors.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great products, consistently poorly run company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  9. 2 years in Accuray doing Sales

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    Former Contractor - Sales Manager
    Former Contractor - Sales Manager

    I worked at Accuray as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Noble cause of fighting cancer
    New technologies

    Cons

    Poor management
    Not enough consideration for the customers (too centered on orders..)
    Poor marketing in general, a single offer, no market segmentation...
    Disappointing results since the acquisition of TomoTherapy (merge has been very badly managed)

    Advice to Management

    Have a better and more innovative marketing approach
    More consideration for the customers
    Improve management skills
    Should listen more its employees

  10. Helpful (2)

    A lot of work with very little reward.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (2)

    Chaotic, lack of focus or direction, running rudderless

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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