Accuray

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Accuray - a good idea longing to become a real company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Accuray

Pros

The technology is good, people are open and friendly. Their service organization stands out as one of the most level headed management teams I have seen. Sales and Marketing are a joke. Engineering has a lot of good people just mismanaged due to the absence of a real product roadmap. Manufacturing is still in the early 1900's.

Cons

C-Level management is detached from employee base. Communication is poor to non-existent. Highly hierarchical culture where VP Level and above employees behave like they can get away with murder and almost always do. Extremely top heavy, when I left (Fall 2008) there was 1 executive (director level and above) for every 4 employees at the manager level and below. Lack of fundamental processes (Product LIfeCycle Management, for example) make things that would normally be fairly straightforward elsewhere in a valley, exercises in futility. Many many layers of highly ineffective controls perpetuate an illusion of "things are OK." The company operates without a strategic plan and it acts like an unguided missile.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize that the people who took the company public cannot manage it as a public company and will inevitably fail. The company needs to bring in professional managers and replace the people currently at the C-Level (CFO already gone, good start) and VP Level. Mid level management is actually OK, just too many of them.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accuray - High quality people passionate about the product

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

    I have been working at Accuray

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are good for this industry. Bonuses are low, maybe because sometimes stock grants and options are given to better performing employees. The atmosphere is relaxed, yet professional. The quality of people is exceptional and people are friendly. Mid level management is very good. Employees are passionate about our product.

    Cons

    Corporate communication can sometimes be poor. Verbal communication is at a minimum. People like to communicate via email too often. Accuray performs in a very competitive marketplace. Small company finding it's way in a large market. Perspective customers have a lot of barriers to get past (CON, construction, contract contingencies). Poor stock performance makes employees question upper managements ability to lead the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall communication must improve with employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    2 years in Accuray doing Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Accuray as a contractor (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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