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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Great technology in need of a shepherd to cross the chasm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Accuray

    Pros

    Working for a company that provides a truly disruptive, game-changing technology that makes a real impact on cancer patients' lives (How many jobs can you say that about?). People are intelligent and really passionate about the company, its customers, and patient care.

    Cons

    Company's grown significantly, is now a publicly traded company with fiduciary responsibilities to shareholders, and yet is still being managed like a startup; there is a serious lack of process and protocol for many key operational areas that you think would be a no brainer for a company of Accuray's age and size. Everyone I think has their heart in the right place, but I'm not sure there's a clear strategic vision nor proper management in place to realize that vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has had its up and downs, but its undeniable that the CyberKnife is a fantastic technology and one that truly can benefit cancer patients. Upper management needs to realize that while they were successful in taking the company public and their dream of making radiosurgery a treatment option for cancer patients is a noble one, new management might be needed to take the company to the next level and make that dream a reality.

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  2. 7 people found this helpful

    Accuray - a good idea longing to become a real company

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    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.

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