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Helpful (3)

Micromanaging, risk adverse and vision-less physics geek place

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Large and leading in its field; Good compensation and benefits; You can hide as much as you want; You will like it if you like slow moving geeks;

Cons

No vision; Geeks run the place; Management focus on next quarter's results -- look at their compensation packages, and you know why....; Very old-fashioned and slow-moving; Extremely conservative; Not very diverse; Career advancement opportunities very limited; Lots of politics between departments as people try to collect brownie points

Advice to Management

Get fresh blood into the place ! Wake up -- management practices from the 70's don't work anymore....

Other Employee Reviews for Varian Medical Systems

  1. Helpful (1)

    Good people working with poor processes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The company is relatively stable compared to tech companies in the valley - Varian offers room for professional growth and advancement if you make the effort to explore and pursue them

    Cons

    - Internal processes are not well defined - A lot of "tribal knowledge" that makes it hard to transfer information - The downside to low attrition is having a lot of people who have been around for a long time who are stuck in their old ways

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear guidance on priorities so teams can have better focus


  2. Helpful (2)

    Decent work environment, lots of politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the employees are friendly, with time comes nice vacation packages and other benefits, bus/tram pass (if requested). If you have ambition you can stand out.

    Cons

    The internals of the company have become more political. A person used to be promoted based on merit, now it is about who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Varian Medical Systems is a great company, it is widely known in the industry. To stay in this position more of a focus needs to be placed deep in the heart of the organization with the workers.


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