Varian Medical Systems

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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
147 Reviews
3.7
147 Reviews
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Varian Medical Systems President & CEO Dow R. Wilson
Dow R. Wilson
70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer outstanding benefits and are relatively flexible with the work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • There are some really good people who work here (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely poor management exists at all levels in clinical education (in 6 reviews)

  • Middle management politics causes in inefficiencies and negative employee relationships (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    No micro management, interesting work

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5.  

    Good company, slow growth for career opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company. Excellent products.

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

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (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
  7.  

    Great company, good comp, solid benifits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the travel and Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Location of the job, Management Training, Accessibility of Managers from smaller locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management Training or provide a Management training program for promising employees on all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great
    If you want to lead there are ample opportunities

    Cons

    No vertical growth; a very flat hierarchy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to increase opportunities for employees with talent to grow.
    Need to give more RSUs
    Talent management is very poor

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

    Favorism for certain language speakers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    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

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A place I used to love to work.

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Enginneer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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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