Varian Medical Systems
3.4 of 5 104 reviews
www.varian.com Palo Alto, CA 5000+ Employees

Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.4 104 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Varian Medical Systems President & CEO Dow R. Wilson

Dow R. Wilson

(44 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Pace is not too fast allowing work life balance"
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  • "Great mission, great products, good people, excellent corporate culture"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance is nearly impossible, but not many great paying jobs will offer that"
    in 3 reviews
  • "No career growth based on individual performance, need to stay atleast 5-6 yrs to even grow next level"
    in 3 reviews
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CSS - awesome place to work in. Feels like a family and excellent collaboration.

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent work life balance. You have a life after work.

ConsNot very motivated to pay well

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople first - reward the workers bee as well as the management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working at Varian is very rewarding and challenging.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

ProsSome of the best things about Varian are: stability, great people to work with. The flexibility of the work place is great.

ConsSome of the challenges working at Varian are: finding opportunities to grow. The processes at Varian could use some improvement.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to improve processes within manufacturing

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Taking a job at Varian has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat mission, great products, good people, excellent corporate culture.

ConsThe company has grown organically for the most part, and we are sometimes working with systems that are outdated or that weren't scalable enough so haven't kept pace with our needs and hamper our ability to perform.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere might be invisible pockets of excellence and achievement, because not everyone is a great "self promoter." I'm not sure how you ferret out this kind of information but it's important to try.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company with great benefits

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVarian is a great company. It has an excellent group of people who are enjoyable to work with. There is plenty of exciting things to work on and it is always changing so the boredom never sets in.

ConsSome of the middle managers are really worthless. It seems like Varian has a hangup of creating managers for no reason or filling the positions with people who are not right for the job. The company is great, certain managers are not!

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the people who you have at your middle management levels. Make sure they are happy in their position and also their employees are happy with them as a manager!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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have a good working experience here

Physicist (Current Employee)
Las Vegas, NV

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgood health coverage, espp plans

Consit gets hectic some times, but interesing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsI've been working at Varian in Engineering for a few years now and overall enjoy it. Putting my focus on technology that saves lives is wonderful. The team I manage are all driven around this too. As with every company, there are pros and cons and here are my opinions on this. Pro:
Mission: Saving lives. What better mission can one have?
Technology: Our products are among the best in the world.
People: Many employees have been here for decades. Overall I see longer tenure here than any technology company I've worked for.
Bonuses: Consistent, but not as high as I've seen in tech sector
Culture: Kind.
Facilities: Great new cafeteria and gym.
HR: Helpful new technology launches. Good support when needing a hand in reviews, salary planning, performance issues.
Market: Varian is the leader!

ConsMy Con list keeping in mind that no company is 100% perfect:
Compensation: salary not as competitive as other tech companies in the valley. Little to no stock given any longer. Most Engineers I interview from tech companies still get stock.
Finance: Very conservative and I find I have to do more leg work with little support. In a bad economy a conservative mentality helps though. But I need more support with budgets!
IT: It’s ok.
HR: Useless required training (goes with the territory though). Staffing function has become scary to deal with recently. HR seems to not value work from home programs as much as other companies. Maybe that’s an executive management issue.
Market: Not a high growth market as in other technologies. But it’s stable.
People: Some need to be weeded out and not be able to hide from job capabilities.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management is to stay conservative on finance, but not as extreme. Give more bonuses to workers other than sales. Keep up the good job at investing in R&D. Bring the head of Salt Lake City to our all hands meetings and give us an update on what's happening there. We hear it's good, but don't see anyone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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culture is good but upward movement seems slow to none

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time for less than a year

Prosgreat culture and people are nice

Consslow upward movement and outlook for the future

Advice to Senior Managementmore pay and benfits

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good solid company.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

ProsSolid company, good technology and research, most employees work very hard and help each other out. Seems to be very stable and in a niche market so there are not wild swings like in the semi-conductor industry. Great technical training.

ConsNiche market so growth and opportunities can be slow coming, not as good as at larger companies like Philips or GE.

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Regular corporate mentality.

Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIndustry is strong so job security is high. Company car for field reps.

ConsCost cutting measures at the employee's expense. Corporate mandate requiring minimum 2 weeks PPL usage during the last half of the year for the sole purpose to make company books look better.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit trying to make your budget sheets look better by requiring sacrifices from your lower employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

ProsHealth, dental, vision, and life insurance

ConsLately, quantity seems to be more important than quality.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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