Varian Medical Systems

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overall not bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Benefits, tuition reimbursement, most managers are flexible, decent pay, especially if you come from the outside. Most of the people are decent people just looking to make a living. If you want to be an engineer, this is a great place to work and get a start in your career.

    Cons

    Not all managers are high quality. Not all really live the values the company says they have. Be careful who you work for. Lean manufacturing is actually Clean manufacturing. In general management seems to be too hands off. Team leads are not empowered with disciplinary authority, yet are expected to act like a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have someone that leaves destruction and poor morale everywhere they go, FIRE THEM!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable but stagnant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, established and respected company with steady profit growth. Product is health-care related and company has good ethics. Good work-life balance. Mufti-disciplinary projects. Multi-cultural atmosphere. If you are looking for stability and don't care if you do the same thing for 20 years, this is it. If you have a family and want to have dinner with them, this is a good place.

    Cons

    No opportunities for lateral movement. Bureaucratic to the point of ridiculous--product life cycle is cumbersome and admin-heavy. Mid- to lower-level management more interested in finger-pointing than solving process problems. Priority is to see butts in chairs, not productivity. Slow to innovate (however, product is quite dangerous). Difficult to coordinate with teams in other parts of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More telecommuting options. Productivity can be measured by quality and quantity of work rather than time employee spends in their chair. Working in groups is not productive for all disciplines. Give people opportunities to move laterally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Varian is a good company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Varian is a good company.

    Cons

    Bonuses are only good if you are hourly.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stable, conservative company. Employees over 25 years and until they retire. Company appears to be moving in the right direction with technology and customer focus. Work-life balance is okay.

    Cons

    A lot of work but the pay is not where it should be compared to the workload. In some departments there is no room for advancement. There is still disconnect between business units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stable with many silos, good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SQE in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - SQE in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to make friends with, easy to be your own free agent since management is pretty oblivious
    Great Hardware Gadgets to assist in n the fight to control Cancer
    Ability to learn all about the Indian culture,foods
    Great company to work for if you do not want challenge but just collect a paycheck

    Cons

    Old school mentality, very poor management structure, promotion d/t likeability of a few stuck manager, directors
    Poor software, poor communication between silos
    Salaries based on what the import offshore guys accept
    No consistency within products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have managers and directors that know the purpose/mission of our products instead of focusing on checkboxes and spreadsheets
    Management that is capable of recognizing and engaging employees in their strengths and not just as a head in a cube,
    Return to core mission of producing software that customers are excited about and do not just tolerate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good working experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management. No chance to grow

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work for someone looking for stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable place to work, they hardly ever fire anyone. Co-workers are mostly good to work with. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Many people have worked there for decades, leaving a "this is how we've always done this , why should we change?" mentality. It's gotten better in the past few years,but still predominant. Older age workforce. No christmas party. Exchange lower salaries for the job stability mentioned above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decisions on priorities change a lot. Tries to communicate with worker bees - not always successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Stable Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    The work environment may be slow pace but that's because it's in the Medical Industry where it is heavily regulated. The company is relatively stable in comparison to tech companies in silicon valley. The people who work at Varian are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Internal process are not well defined. A lot of information is stored within "tribal knowledge".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for.

    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    It is a little bureaucratic and things move slowly. The FDA and other regulatory requirements is the cause for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve decision making.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    pretty good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    Have a big global environment

    Cons

    communication, technology growth, culture is ok, employee training, growth, new technology

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