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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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
  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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
  2.  

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

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    • 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Growing company

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

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great people. Collaborate spirit.

    Cons

    Processes still being developed and improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a good company in the past...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7.  

    I had an excellent experience working for these people :)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Medford, OR
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Medford, OR

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The quality of the people working there and the joy that everyone had.

    Cons

    Honestly couldn't say there were any. Anyone could always use more benefits :).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job you guys keep up the good spirit :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Applications Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ventana Medical

    Pros

    Open environment to share ideas and exchange information.

    Cons

    Excessive paperwork and regulation. Sometimes it seems the company is more motivated by profit than actually satisfying customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider the sacrifices employees regularly make when review time comes around.

  9.  

    great corporate culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Pros

    love my team and field employees

    Cons

    loosing their edge since bthe uy out. no leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen and value your employees, it is too costly to replace them. reward them with the compensation they deserve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing Environment

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

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I remember my first day on campus, and the atmosphere was just so completely welcoming. People I had never even met would just walk up to say hi, and it was nice to feel so much like I belong from the first time I walked through the door. Honestly, that is really how it has been the entire time that I have been with Ventana. They manufacture top quality diagnostics products that people can believe in, and that are helping to save lives every day. The most rewarding part of the job is during the all-employee meetings, Dr. Grogan presents the employees with a case study on a patient where Ventana products have helped to save their life with a focus on personalized medicine. It is very enlightening, and it definitely lets you know that you are making a difference in the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer, regardless of your role. Benefits are amazing, and there is a ton of opportunity throughout Ventana and the rest of the Roche community.

    Cons

    Along with the tremendous mass of those who are welcoming, there are some select individuals that I have encountered that are not, but these are few and far between within the company. Contracted employees be advised, I am currently one and will not be hired on permanently because there is no room in my department. They will contract and anticipate room will open up, but it will not always do so. Do not let this deter you, but if you are contracted, be sure to have a backup plan just in case.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Bio Tech 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    The core values of the company are as strong as ever, it has a strong future outlook and friendly employees.

    Cons

    The location is somewhat of a drive for anyone residing in central Tucson and parking can be an issue sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can be a little more appreciative of employees but otherwise no problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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