Varian Reviews

Updated June 14, 2014
Updated June 14, 2014
10 Reviews
3.7
10 Reviews
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Varian President, CEO, and Director Garry W. Rogerson
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  1.  

    Excellent company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is merged with Agilent. Therefore this section is not relevant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Varian full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  3.  

    good company to work and develop your career

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

    I have been working at Varian

    Pros

    good 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.

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    old fashion and it's about the numbers

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    Former Employee - Internal Services  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Services in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Varian

    Pros

    nice 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.

    Cons

    company 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 ManagementAdvice

    all gone now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Meh...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Job in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Benefits (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 ManagementAdvice

    More feedback would be appreciated.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong knowledge base, poor on execution.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Varian

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Varian'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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of promise, bleak reality...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Varian

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is in desparate need of professional management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Short timer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Varian

    Pros

    Good balance between work and personal life

    Cons

    Too many middle managers and not enough top executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Old company, need new innovation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Executive 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    End of an Era

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

    I have been working at Varian

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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