Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    pretty good experience

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    • 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

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    good company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems

    Pros

    good company to work for. Best products. Be proud of the work.

    Cons

    Management not concerned with quality of life issue. Work then work OT to get jobs done. too much OT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at who is satisfying customers and reward them. No place for not having the real facts.

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  5. Excellent company, products, and corporate culture

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    • 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

    Excellent company, products, and corporate culture

    Cons

    This is a good, stable company. all good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Stable company

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Helps manage cancer care and life expectancy.
    Slowly working to become better company.
    Good gym and Cafe.
    Good people to work with.
    Good work and life balance.
    Good location in bay area.

    Cons

    Middle management politics causes in inefficiencies and negative employee relationships.
    Process inefficiencies and slow pace for improvements. Need new ideas.
    Low promotion rate at mid-levels.Promotions often does not reflect right skill levels.
    Culture is not in line with today's new companies, and ingrained in old style.
    Personal growth is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and provide them with full support. Reduce the political environment and fight for people you are responsible for. Benchmark other companies for faster improvements.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Safe,steady but slow!

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

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

    Pros

    stable company with great products and safe is this hard economy to stick too

    Cons

    old school,no bonus or 1% yrly bonus(max),avg iteration of ppl =1% may be,so none leaves-hence its stangant mind set of ppl in middle management...anyone is from european non-indian will be becom manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create bottom up clarity.empower low people and prmote them,pay good bonus..salary is as per texas area standarad not as per bay area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Good place to work

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great feeling knowing that each employee has a role in helping people. It's also good to see that same spirit with the people I work with. Management has really made an effort to unite all parts of the company into a positive direction and make sure that communication lines are open.

    Cons

    Enacting measures to cut costs while maintaining quality; this is a good thing and will help us stay profitable and keep our workforce. It's just that it adds a little pressure in every aspect of our work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    A little overworked, a little underpaid

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    I really like our foundation, the message that we stand behind, and the product that we deliver. I am very proud to be apart of that. They offer outstanding benefits and are relatively flexible with the work-life balance.

    Cons

    Management seems a little dated- no one leaves the company and no one new is brought in for fresh ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 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

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than a year)

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Solid company with 65 year history in Silicon Valley.

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

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    One of the first Silicon Valley companies, with a long history of innovative, high quality products. Truly, strives to add customer value.

    Cons

    Over the years the company has grown extremely conservative, sluggish and "corporate". The present company is NOT for those who want a dynamic, fast-paced tech company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the company's and founder's roots and bring the company back to the leading edge of human and social capital theory, and more aggressive product revolution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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