Ventana Medical

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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.5 54 reviews

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Daniel L. Zabrowski


71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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
  • Due to the demanding nature of the work there is little work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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

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54 Employee Reviews
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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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked and over managed

    Field Service Engineer (Former Employee)

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementLet 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?).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Watch your back.

    Scientist (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the talk.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ventana Imaging group at sunnyvale

    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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    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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    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 quite draconian but getting close

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

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

    ConsOperations 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.

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

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    Don't believe the promises.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

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

    ConsWork/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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tucson, AZ

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Little or no opportunities for growth especially for women

    Technical Applications Specialist (Current Employee)

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

    ConsWork-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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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