Varian

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Updated Jun 14, 2014

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3.6 10 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

Varian President, CEO, and Director Garry W. Rogerson

Garry W. Rogerson

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent company to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosstable company with an excellent working environment. People were very friendly and cooperative. Products were doing well in market.

    ConsSalary is average. Benefits are ok but stock plans are very conservative and only given to very few people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany is merged with Agilent. Therefore this section is not relevant

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for if you're a self-starter.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe company gives you the freedom to be aggressive in your role and try new things. If you make mistakes you'll hear about it in no uncertain terms but if you were honestly trying to do something to improve the situation, they'll appreciate it even while chastising you for it. Not sure how it is now that they're part of Agilent because it's a very different culture over there.

    ConsMy brief time during the transition to Agilent suggested the culture was more "go along to get along" and people get ostracized for trying new things. The cultures were so very different - Agilent has lots of "processes" and hurdles to jump over to get things done whereas Varian was so de-centralized few processes existed and it was at times like the wild west, which wasn't necessarily a good thing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs you wrap the company in all your processes, don't kill the creativity and freedom that made working there so enjoyable.

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    good company to work and develop your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood company to work and develop your career. Good people to work with also . I would say this is one of the best companies to work for ....I had great time/ learnt a lot . They put you in great projects to manage.

    ConsSometimes it becomes hard to break through some career movement, because mgmt takes more time than needed to make decsiions

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    old fashion and it's about the numbers

    Internal Services (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosnice people (some), some people are willing to teach and learn; location - Palo Alto; global company; free coffee and milk; cafe is eatable; smaller company so easier to come to decisions.

    Conscompany did not care about employees, responded to shareholders only; layoff to the point where only one person is left to any area; no changes a lot of manual processes; no budget for anything except for executive pays; keep everything as-is; not challenges.

    Advice to Senior Managementall gone now.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Meh...

    Job (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe freedom you have with your job. Compensation is good. Good products to work on. A lot of opportunity for travel. Local management is very supportive and understanding - they stand behind you and your decisions when needed. Coworkers are very knowledgeable and helpful. Very understanding when things come up in personal life. Very good bonus compensation program. Other co workers make themselves very available when they are needed.

    ConsBenefits (health, dental, retirement, etc) are among the worst I've seen. Tended to have a knee jerk reaction to the economic downturn - more layoffs than probably needed. Upper management is blind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore feedback would be appreciated.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong knowledge base, poor on execution.

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) Walnut Creek, CA

    ProsVery well established in the scientific instruments industry. Strong knowledge base. Fellow employees (non-management) are a pleasure to work with and interact with.

    ConsVarian's benefits package (ie medical, dental, retirement) is VERY poor. Forced furloughs even before it became en vogue due to the economic downturn. Low morale abounds due to lack of advancement opportunities and the threat of layoffs is ever present. There is a strong focus to outsource all/most product manufacturing thus career longevity should not be expected for any production support functions. There are alot of processes/people (and even products!) from a bygone era that are not relevant for today's business conditions

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to focus on new/updated products and iron out issues prior to shipping finished product to customers.

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    A lot of promise, bleak reality...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsBenefits and location are better than at other companies in the Valley.

    ConsOld company with a lot of legacy problems. Poisonously political environment. Marketing non-existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company is in desparate need of professional management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Short timer

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood balance between work and personal life

    ConsToo many middle managers and not enough top executives

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Old company, need new innovation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVarian, Inc. is currently being acquired by Agilent which should give long-time employees a boost that leads to new innovation.

    ConsExecutive management is in their own world. They do not walk around and are just waiting until they receive their retention bonuses for the acquisition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust walk around. Get to know your people. There are a lot of smart people that just need some recognition.

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    End of an Era

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- People care about each other
    - Technology
    - Service support
    - Was headed in the right direction

    Cons- Agilent acquisition too disruptive for maintaining long term value and employees
    - Felt company was undersold

    Advice to Senior ManagementLack of understanding how long Agilent acquisition would take has really ruined a lot of value. Hope you enjoy the beach with your millions!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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