Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Ventana is a place of opportunity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Great Place, but...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people there. They care a lot about you. Passionate about what they do, and that they are working to help cancer patients worldwide.

    Cons

    Upper Mgt seems misguided on how to impact the marketplace. Recent separation of Mrktg/Sales from the main Ventana going to Roche corporate have created gaps and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the PASSION, but rely on your employees more to provide insight.


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  5. Good company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    none


  6. Was awesome...turned into roller-coaster

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great potential, but needs to clean house

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Not optimistic about the company's future in Tucson

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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