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Accuray Reviews

Updated October 14, 2016
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Pros
  • Great mission and great products (in 8 reviews)

  • high quality products that make a real difference in the quality of life for those fighting cancer (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management including executive team seem lost (in 7 reviews)

  • Top heavy organization, recent loss of technical talent (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very cool medical technology that helps cancer patients.

    Cons

    Company is becoming too corporate


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Production Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Pros

    Great to work on products that help caner patients.
    Company created social events (BBQ, Ice Cream Socials, Picnics) to help employees socialize.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance.
    Some of the worst management that I ever had was at Accuray.
    Company struggles to become profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Close up shop in Sunnyvale and move whole operation to Madison.
    Determine and fire bad managers more quickly.
    Keep trying to bring employees together.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    there are some good and super smarts engineers

    Cons

    management team lacks vision on how to grow the product and revenue

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Accuray full-time

    Pros

    Smart engineers, good mission but ultimately we are bound by who buys the cyberknife and thus adding features becomes all about $$ rather than actually helping people fight cancer

    Cons

    sales dpt is 1 person
    mgmt cares too much about themselves

    Advice to Management

    build out a sales team


  6. Helpful (5)

    "The best thing is also the worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Systems Installations Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Installations Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel to new places.
    Good pay for fresh out of school.

    Cons

    Be ready to travel a lot.
    Poor pay for the amount of work. Not much of promotions.
    No opportunities for growth. Someone needs to leave or be fired for you to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Pay to keep your best and brightest around. Don't get rid of good workers for cheaper ones.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sad state of affairs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineering in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineering in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accuray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Accuray was generally ok after the merger, they were straight forward about the process and didn't hide anything.

    Cons

    My position was cut upon completion of the merger, but what was rather depressing was the series of layoffs prior to mine, 7 in total. My team went from 12 down to 2 when I was let go, and there was still a Manger for two people.

    Advice to Management

    Properly size the staff to meet business needs. Don't be over zealous about hiring during sales spurts.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Customer Support"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accuray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting benefit to patients; Leading edge technology

    Cons

    Top heavy; Post merger: hemorrhage of key founding talent; benefits reduced to lowest common denominator; Want loyalty - Get a dog

    Advice to Management

    Bottom line is always important, but sometimes important to retain key core competencies


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty Meh..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Pros

    If you get to work on any of the planning or delivery systems software you'll get good experience writing efficient C++ code.

    The people are nice and generally very helpful.

    Cons

    Management hides a lot of the decision making. You generally work on your tasks and are kept in the dark on everything else.

    Company always seems to be unstable. Benefits aren't that great and people seem to be pretty bummed about it.

    QA is understaffed and the deadlines are super aggressive.

    Different teams don't coordinate that well. Pretty much work in silos. Whenever you communicate with another team it's like talking to an external company.

    Aggressive cost cutting measures which are good but suck out the fun of working there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote people who screwed up?


  10. "Waiting for a breakout year"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product is world class and helps thousands of people throughout the world. The idea is there to help millions of people world wide. The somewhat new CEO has the right idea about moving the company into a profitable business.

    Cons

    Upper management makes decisions behind closed doors which at times has a negative affect directly on the employees who contribute the most. In recent years, talented employees have left for other opportunity and those positions were at times never refilled.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower level employees who do the most work. Their feedback goes unheard and those employees feel under appreciated.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of learning opportunities in a difficult environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to take on new areas if one is proactive. Mostly good people and trying to help each other out.

    Cons

    Struggling to generate profits, so there's always the overhang of restructuring and cost cutting.



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