Ventana Medical
3.5 of 5 53 reviews
www.ventanamed.com Tucson, AZ 500 to 999 Employees

Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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3.5 53 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Ventana Medical President Mara G. Aspinall

Mara G. Aspinall

(26 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "There are a lot of great people that work here"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Great healthcare benefits, friendly work environment, heavily focused on cultural beliefs such as speaking up and keeping the customer in mind"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Due to the demanding nature of the work there is little work/life balance"
    in 3 reviews
  • "High turnover rate and slow to fill positions"
    in 3 reviews
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    Overall, a wonderful internship experience

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsGreat company culture, low stress environment, focus on innovation

    ConsMBA internship pay is the same as undergrad internship pay, well below the average for most MBA interns

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more for better internship talent, which will in turn increase chances of securing current interns for future positions within the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience at the beginning but Ventana is now experiencing some headwinds with slower growth

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong market position. Overall a solid business

    ConsNo senior career opportunities unless you have spent the last 20 years at Roche. Roche red tape is making the company less innovative

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus less on self promotion and spend more time developing your employees by implementing better training programs and more attractive career paths

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsRelaxed environment, an Indian company. Not very technical.

    ConsLow pay, no options, no bonus.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ventana offers a lovely campus in view of the mountains, where scientists and engineers gather to advance health care.

    Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsBeautiful campus in Oro Valley, northern Tucson, with the Catalina mountains as a backdrop. Many of the younger employees are adventurous and athletic and participate in cycling and hiking and cross fit. Ventana cares about its employees and offers a lot of benefits. Being owned by Roche, there are many opportunities for advancement or relocation, and even just movement within the Tucson location. There are quarterly staff meetings and other events which are catered. The campus is smoke-free! (although this doesn't stop many of the employees from smoking on the sidewalks) and Ventana's management does a lot to promote good health, being a company whose motto is to improve the lives of cancer patients everywhere.

    ConsThe largest complaint I had was how long it took to push a project through to completion. A lot of this was caused by implementation of Roche policies after the acquisition, and some is caused by a lack of communication between departments, which is a bit baffling when one considers the number of meetings which take place. These issues are ones which I believe plague many larger companies. Ventana certainly continues to make efforts to fix the procedural problems. There are also some issues with using old technology and re-implementing designs which had flaws in the first place, without spending more time and resources for innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tipping point from start-up to global conglomerate passed...but still a great place!

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsThe culture can't be beat- it's embraced by nearly every employee. The products are best-in-market and getting better. Top-notch science and experience- such that even Roche's pharma competitors are in long lines to sign contracts with Ventana for companion diagnostic work.

    ConsThe Roche acquisition changed the color of things at Ventana; we're not a scrappy start-up anymore. We went from biggest fish in a small pond (something to hang your hat on) to tiny fish in a big ocean ($500m revenue is a drop in the bucket to Roche Dia's billions). Still vital, and absolutely crucial to Roche's diagnostics portfolio, however. Many people are seeing the recent consolidation of commercial operations to Indianapolis as a death knell; those people don't realize that Ventana is more than US commercial operations. Sorry to see friends go, but it's optimizing operations and freeing up space for Development, Manufacturing, Marketing and other global organizations to grow. Many of those leaving already have jobs in Indy, so net job loss is minimal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparency is King, particularly in challenging times such as we're in now with some recent high profile departures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great potential, but needs to clean house

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Oro Valley, AZ

    ProsStrong cultural beliefs
    Strong science community

    ConsLimited vision for future, especially engineering
    Cultural beliefs come off as lip service or used to make a point
    Management does not lead, and does not listen to tacticle feedback from employees
    Imature product developement process
    Limited growth potential

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith over 1/2 of the engineering population leaving the company over the last 1.5 years, it would be apparent that something is not working. Launch delays and frustrated employees are a direct result of micro-management without the skills and knowledge to be able to execute a developement program. Most of those who have left were tired of being ignored and undervalued while watching schedules slip further and further to the right.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not optimistic about the company's future in Tucson

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    Pros- Great campus
    - Perks such as having a cafe and nurse on site
    - Health benefits are some of the best I have seen

    Cons- No room for advancement
    - Company is moving many jobs to its headquarters across the company
    - Many people in positions they are not qualified for; got in before Roche took over and there were no degree requirement. This hinders people trying to advance their careers.
    - Most of the time there is already someone they have in mind before a job is posted
    - Upper Management is not transparent at all, can not believe what you are told most of the time.

    Advice to Senior Management- Treat all employees with respect
    - Help employees who are reaching out for assistance with career development - be mentors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is a great company to gain an understanding of medical protocol and good manufacturing practices.

    Quality Engineer, Associate (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsThere is a lot of communication between different teams in order to promote progress in projects. Most of the employees are very experienced because they have been working there for quite some time.

    ConsA few of the employees who have been working there a long time are not very accepting of ideas proposed by people who have not been working there quite as long, which can slow down project progress.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a good company in the past...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsGood place to begin a career. Good learning opportunity.

    ConsAll the good talent has left or is in the process of leaving. Roche and management has killed any innovation left in this company. Downsizing and centralizing of departments to Roche headquarters will limit your advancement if you plan on staying in Tucson.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growing company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits. Great people. Collaborate spirit.

    ConsProcesses still being developed and improved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent to where the company is headed and what that means for each individual contributor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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