Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
128 Reviews
3.7
128 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Love working at Varian. It provides me the work life balance needed at this point in my career and it feels good to be part of mission to save lives. I’m very excited about the future products we are working on. Knowing my children will not have to be as scared of the word cancer in the future is comforting as we are working really hard to design better treatment options.

    Cons

    Interacting with the staffing function within the past year has become horrible, just horrible. My team and I thought we were the only ones experiencing it but learned we are not alone. The words bully, nasty, and confrontational come to my mind, and it's obvious that upper management must be immune from this experience. Another con is that our pay isn’t as competitive compared to other companies within Silicon Valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay the course!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, a great company with great people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a great feeling to be on a mission to help as many people as possible to overcome a really nasty disease. Everyone that I worked with is genuinely concerned with doing what they can to make treating cancer as effective as possible, which includes the patient and the treater that needs to operate the machine correctly. It is one of the rare companies I've seen in Silicon Valley where many people I met had worked there 10 or 15 years.

    Cons

    The reality of medical devices of this scale is there is lots of complexity in the machine and in the software. That fact, coupled with regulatory oversight, makes it very difficult to add/change/modify features. You have to be willing to jump in for the long term in order to make improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    You get to travel all over and see the wold.

    Cons

    You have to travel all over the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacuring Technician  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Manufacuring Technician in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    No micro management, interesting work

    Cons

    Fixed yearly raises, does not cater well to weekend/off shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  6.  

    Great Benefits, nice co-worker, decent salary but boring routine work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Lincolnshire, IL

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

    Pros

    Varian is a great and well establish company, I was working with a group of higher educated people (30% of them are PHD), great benefits, you do get to learn a lot when I started working there. My immediate manager was kind, and he actually works, not just playing with PPT or projects timeline, he gets his hand dirty. So the environment there are more like working for a captain instead of being managed.

    Cons

    Unstable, during my time there, 2009-2012, there were lots of management change, 3 rounds of lay off.

    Work gets boring real fast

    Opportunity for moving up is VERY limited

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience has been mixed. I have had great times but now I am getting burnt out.

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    Current Employee - Commodity Specialist  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Commodity Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of stability. The office culture is still stuck in the 70s-80s.

    Cons

    The salaries are not very competative for Silicon Valley however the benefits are fine and the stock does well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the past year there have been many additions to the management in Supply Chain but few or no workers to get the job done. The organization is also full of nepotism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, slow growth for career opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Good people, casual culture, and positive mission

    Cons

    Slow career growth opportunities, slow to adopt business process improvements, old systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Our IT roadmap is fantastic. Our CIO is wonderful to work with and have a lot of confidence in her. Varian has great products that save lives. Feel like we are making an impact in patient lives in a positive way. We are growing at a nice pace. Great new cafeteria. I'm very proud to tell people I work for Varian and plan to be there for a long time.

    Cons

    IT budgets get tight sometimes and projects get delayed. Communication between business units can be improved. My team finds it disheartening working with the new HR staffing culture and that's a shame. Need more people in my group and always feel a little overstretched. Varian doesn't have a lot of younger employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the great oncology product roadmap. Be careful not to hire new employees who clash with our long established friendly and respective culture. Continue to be conservative on the finances!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company. Excellent products.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beyond state-of-the-art medical technology that actually can save lives.
    Stable market. Excellent world-wide engineering talent. Top-down search for excellence in execution: from the CEO to engineering, manufacturing and service.

    Cons

    Niche market. Modest growth. Too much resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a higher percentage of revenue in R&D. Decrease bureaucracy and too many layers of management. Achieve a better balance between an obsession with quarterly results vis a vis long-term goals. Expand beyond radiation oncology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Enginneer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good, friendly work environment. Lots to learn and work on. Everyone is friendly

    Cons

    The only con is that the company has an older crowd of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young talent, Keep up the good work!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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