Ventana Medical

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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
57 Reviews
3.7
57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthcare benefits, mountain view and quiet area of town, great people, feel the mission (in 6 reviews)

  • Company's mission, improving diagnostic for cancer patients, really motivates you to work harder (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance became difficult with the numbers needed (in 5 reviews)

  • High turnover rate and slow to fill positions (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was a good company in the past...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to begin a career. Good learning opportunity.

    Cons

    All 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked and over managed

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I worked at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Products provide superior staining, making for fast and reliable patient diagnosis. Produts are considered "top of the line". Impressive technical apptitude from the support staff.

    Cons

    Poor managment. Technicians are are given all the responsibilities with none of the authority for most situations. Expected to put company before family. Employees are asked to provide ways to improve operations, but when they do, thery are chastised and reprimanded for not being a "team player". In short, the company structure is a "Comedy of Contradictions".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the employees manage themselves. Trust that the people who are doing the work, know how to do it best (that is why you hired them in the first place, right?).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch your back.

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    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

    I worked at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Product line in a important and growing area of healthcare. Strong competitive position.

    Cons

    Culture of undermining others as a way of getting ahead. A zero sum game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ventana Imaging group at sunnyvale

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Ventana Medical as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, an Indian company. Not very technical.

    Cons

    Low pay, no options, no bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not optimistic about the company's future in Tucson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential, but needs to clean house

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Oro Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Oro Valley, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong cultural beliefs
    Strong science community

    Cons

    Limited 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 ManagementAdvice

    With 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not quite draconian but getting close

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Job with benefits in Tucson, nice overall facility, coworkers in departments outside of Operations (manufacturing) seem to be much happier and more or less content.

    Cons

    Operations management has adopted a Dickensian attitude towards the workers and staff. Not a very pleasant work environment, almost no chance for advancement or raises, no bonuses below scientist level but helltopay if the quota isn't met by department and if that means you'll pull long (uncompensated ) days to hit their bonus numbers... oh well. Overall >very unimpressive.
    Starting the structural organizational dissassembly of the franchise that is pretty typical of big pharma.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe the promises.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for Tucson, where there are not many large employers. Benefits are actually pretty good.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be questionable, depending on your manager. Too many directors and VP's means that the company is too top-heavy and not enough focus is on what is actually going on. Quality is spouted as something very important, but it is frequently sacrificed for profit. There are no career opportunities for hard working employees, though if you are willing to dive into the politics and social aspects of the company, you can move up quickly, regardless of your qualifications. The cultural beliefs are something else that are propped up as important, but again, if you actually practice them, you get nowhere, especially if you bring up anything negative (such as potential issues). Finally, there are certain members of HR that seem to have it out for certain employees. Instead of being fair, they are totally and completely biased and they are never wrong in their own eyes. If you get on their bad side, you will not be treated well at the company and you will not get the promotions you deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is more to Mara: get rid of the bad seeds in both management and HR. All they are doing is hurting the company more and more each day and pushing away the best employees. Actually focus on quality instead of just saying it. Our customers can tell the difference and when they start leaving, it will not matter how much product is produced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    So So Company. Still acts like a start up at times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Good compensation, and benefits. Good feeling of working on products that help people. Hope that Roche comes in and cleans things up.

    Cons

    Poor choices made by senior management. Trying to do too much with too few people results in people being overworked. Yields to high turnover of talented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on core competency and farm out the rest. Stop getting into a bad spot where you need to go around the process. Do things right from the start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little or no opportunities for growth especially for women

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    Current Employee - Technical Applications Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Applications Specialist

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Benefits in 2011 are very good. Now owned by Roche, they have leveraged some of the 'big' company attributes.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent . Career advancement is hard especially if you have a family, as they expect you to work 24 hours a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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