Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
124 Reviews

3.7
124 Reviews
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Varian Medical Systems President & CEO Dow R. Wilson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer outstanding benefits and are relatively flexible with the work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • 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)

  • Old world middle management style disables the employees connection to the company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Laissez-faire managers participate in and turn a blind eye to harassment and workplace bullying in clinical education.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physics Instructor (Clinical Applications)  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Physics Instructor (Clinical Applications) in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    Good benefits, OK salary. Company still has secure market position with regard to some flagship products. There are some really good people who work here. Unfortunately, they are overshadowed.

    The clinical education department is better suited for new grads or lower ranking radiation oncology personnel, rather than for more knowledgeable, seasoned, higher ranking professionals. Good for therapists, but not attractive for certified, clinical medical physicists.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management exists at all levels in clinical education. The working environment is politically toxic.

    A "clickish, "ol-boys club" is very much in place. To an outrageous extent, false work reviews, false (often preposterous) accusations, workplace bullying, downright lies, and all manner of underhanded tactics are often used to subdue employees who are seen as a threat by some unscrupulous individuals. Unfortunately, workplace bullying is not yet against the law in most states.

    A Laissez-faire approach to management is the norm. They are taking what they perceive as the easy way out.

    Beware of taking a job here where you have more credentials, experience, and expertise than your coworkers and especially your manager. You may become a target. Run! Don't just walk away.

    For me, this was absolutely the worst working environment in my substantial career. Unbelievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the companies published values rather than doing the opposite. Do the right thing.

    Many people in radiation oncology facilities, both domestic and abroad, who are key decision makers regarding large capital equipment purchases will be going with Elekta and Accuray rather than Varian in the future. When considering such purchases, It is often easy to make an argument either way, for one vendor or the other. But many people just don't like dealing with Varian. Could this have something to do with loosing market share? I assure you that it has and will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Production Operator III

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Operator III  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Production Operator III in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses, tuition reimbursement, great insurance.

    Cons

    Sucky management, no room for professional growth. Your success is based solely on who you know...typical corporate politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like people, not like your personal worker bees. We make the products so you receive your huge bonuses and yearly trips.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst and most unstable management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bergisch Gladbach (Germany)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bergisch Gladbach (Germany)

    Pros

    Training opportunities. The project managers (rather than functional managers) are generally professional.

    Cons

    Frequent manager changes. Managers have too little time knowing their direct reports because everyone of the managers is responsible for too many direct reports. Promotion is based on how you can brag and how well you play politics. The managers are too busy in playing office politics to learn the technology. They don't provide technical guide to the engineers, hoping them to find what to do by themselves (with the help of project managers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on providing technical guidance to direct reports instead of blaming them for not knowing what to do!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    No career path, too much politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Good Products, employees are nice

    Cons

    Compensation not compatible, Bureaucracy, Management treats employee as like mechanical parts ... but not human being

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    EX employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)

    Pros

    good people....technically sound,, salaries at par

    Cons

    poor management, employees have being treated madly in Pune.
    Facilities are provided but at discretion to supervisors!!
    HR Dept SUCKS!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pls have a close monitoring on managers who dont have immediate reporting based in Pune

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Favorism for certain language speakers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    The company's motto is really good to cure cancer for patients.

    Cons

    If you are in Engineering, better you speak "Hindi". Otherwise, Look for something else.
    Place to know the meaning of "unorganized/unethical". Such a big company, so messy. Many small companies in valley are way better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your project managers. Don't get mesmerized with fancy words such as Lean project managment. It means PMO get to do nothing than forwading emails and appointment scheduling for meetings. You can get that done by

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place I used to love to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits of product I believe in.

    Cons

    Lack of support and investment to make real and lasting change.
    Compensation that hasn't increased in five years even though performance reviews are positive.
    Growth opportuities are rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my opinion we have a poor management structure, although I don't believe the same holds true for our corporate team. I would love to see more opportunities where employees can become engaged and appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    All stick, no carrot, old equipment, under staffed, micromanagers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    Pay is ok for engineers

    Cons

    Forced shut downs, forced vacations to hit numbers. Senior managers will micromanage at all levels to work on pet projects and constantly pull people away from their main responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employee's as people not property. Invest in modernizing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company - unbalanced life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are top tier and competitive.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nearly impossible, but not many great paying jobs will offer that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant paycheck discrepancies for Sales force

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oncology Sales
    Former Employee - Oncology Sales

    Pros

    Excellent Linac maker. The brand alone as a Sales employee will get you in the door easier than any other vendor.

    Cons

    Incompatibility internal systems communication leads to inaccurate record keeping for both sales and service contracts. Constant paycheck discrepancies (always fighting to get paid what you are due) and comp plan changes at fiscal year end (almost every year) typically results in lower than anticipated annual salary. Annual sales quotas have recently become not achievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the typical sales employee expected to bring in more than $40,000,000 each year, they can be paid a little better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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