Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. Good experience at the beginning but Ventana is now experiencing some headwinds with slower growth

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Ventana Imaging group at sunnyvale

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, an Indian company. Not very technical.

    Cons

    Low pay, no options, no bonus.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great potential, but needs to clean house

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

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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

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

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    A 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.

  9. Was a good company in the past...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  10. Growing company

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

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great people. Collaborate spirit.

    Cons

    Processes still being developed and improved.

    Advice to Management

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

  11. Not quite draconian but getting close

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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