Ventana Medical

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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
57 Reviews
3.8
57 Reviews
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Daniel L. Zabrowski
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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
  • 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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  1.  

    Ventana Medical Systems is one of the best Medical Devices employer!

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company highly values and invests in Research and Development. Being the market leader in Tissue Diagnostics, this company can dictate the technology and new product pipeline in the industry. The salary is fair and Tucson is one of the best places to live in the country weather wise. The company has flourished under the Roche umbrella while keeping its own identity and that is what makes this company a great employer for anyone interested in Cancer Biology, Biochemistry and Biomedical Devices!

    Cons

    There are no major downsides, the biggest one being you need to be placed high enough in the hierarchy to receive bonus and stock options.

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

    Ventana is a place of opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ventana offers the unique opportunity to directly see how your work can impact a patient. The company's benefits and salaries are competitive. The culture is good - people regularly laugh during meetings. It's a stable industry and a growing company.

    Cons

    The pace of work is very fast. Much is expected of employees. It is difficult to get hired because they have their pick of candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strongly believe in cultural beliefs. Believe and encourage work life balance. Emphasis on health

    Cons

    Promotions are very competitive and difficult to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was awesome...turned into roller-coaster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Best products compared to competition, patient focused, invests heavily in R&D to bring the absolute best products to market for the safest and best possible care in cancer

    Cons

    Very low earning compared to other device/capital companies, continuous changes to comp structure, leadership turnover, realignments of territories and also jobs happen yearly, dis-trust of leadership breeds very low morale among employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out into the filed and listen to the employees, their customers, etc. rather than hiring an outside company to reallign and resturcture. Leaders need to communicate more, establish trust, gather feedback on managers from subordinates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, a wonderful internship experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture, low stress environment, focus on innovation

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong market position. Overall a solid business

    Cons

    No senior career opportunities unless you have spent the last 20 years at Roche. Roche red tape is making the company less innovative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on self promotion and spend more time developing your employees by implementing better training programs and more attractive career paths

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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 for 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

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