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Micromanaging, risk adverse and vision-less physics geek place

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people working with poor processes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear guidance on priorities so teams can have better focus

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Decent work environment, lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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