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Accuray Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great mission and great products (in 8 reviews)

  • Great technology and plenty of smart, passionate employees (in 6 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 (6)

    "It's all on the Yahoo Finance Message Board"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CK is a great product that saves lives and is making a tangible difference. Incredibly smart people who are dedicated to their jobs and are fighting an uphill battle with the deck stacked against them.

    Cons

    Everything you need to know about the company can be found on the Yahoo Finance Message Board. At first, you think it's just one disgruntled employee or stockholder. Then, as you read, you come to realize there are so many people and so many comments about outlandish behavior that something is amiss. It all starts at the top, and it is a tragedy to see an extraordinary technological lead frittered away by poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new management or sell out to a company with deeper pockets. It's past reform time.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great Product - lousy management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very cool technology: Accuray builds and sells a medical instrument that destroys cancer tumors.

    Cons

    Poor company culture, inept senior management, low salaries. This company could be great, so it's just disappointing and frustrating that the management team can't make it grow and be successful. Lots of empire building (especially new CCO) and roadblocking between departments. Communication almost doesn't exist. Bloated management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Resign! ... or wake up and look at the cold hard facts: you are not succeeding. Change starts at the top.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Worst in fifteen years in Silicon Valley"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accuray full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool technology and product – non-invasive treatment for cancers.

    Cons

    Engineering organization has little ability to do original product development due to poor leadership, ignorance and political maneuvering. Bloated, bureaucratic middle management and ineffective business processes throughout the firm. Extreme short-term emphasis in decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half the people with VP, SVP, director or manager in their title and hold those who remain accountable. Revise bonus and option plan to improve incentives for long term performance of the firm.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Bureaucracy & Micromanagement"

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

    I worked at Accuray full-time

    Pros

    No pros apparent for someone with professional aspirations.

    Cons

    Colleagues sadly uneducated and undertrained — they could have been working anywhere as long as someone had a connect-the-dots diagram. Management was condescending on a personal basis and micromanaged their employees within an inch of their lives, to the point of dictating the color pen you used to take notes at a meeting. My manager would (arbitrarily) alternatate between commanding me to pay attention in meetings to ignore meetings and do work meanwhile. Sexual harassment was overlooked if the perpetrators were management pets. Overall, the most uncomfortable environment imaginable.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great Product - Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accuray (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Accuray / TomoTherapy both have innovative products with the cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Accuray is and has historically been entirely too top heavy. This company prides themselves with caring for their customers and the patients they treat...but have no appreciation for their employees and the level of expertise. Basically...you are a number and depending on your salary...you are expendable. Complete disappointment

    Advice to Management

    You have destroyed the original mission and continue to discard valuable, long term, talented, and dedicated employees without any regard to the impact on the customers and or product development. My advice...cut at the top level and start taking care of those who actually work towards adding value to the development.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Great Technology - Horrible Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Technology, wealth of knowledge internally...at the worker level.

    Cons

    Upper management has zero appreciation for their employees.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "If you have a soul, stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the Madison area, they pay better than the majority of other companies in the area. And their benefits are decent for the area as well.

    Cons

    I can only speak for the Madison, WI office, so other locations might have a different opinion.

    If you don't have a soul and you can look at the mirror everyday and know that you aren't working on a product that you can be proud of, you can survive here. And survive is probably the best word I can use. If you really care about helping cancer patients to get treatment they need or if you have some dignity, this isn't the place for you.

    Almost all of the smart people from the TomoTherapy days are long gone. All you have left with are for the most part are people who are clinging on to their jobs because they have nowhere else to go.

    Now for the good part of this review. They don't treat their employees very well, and they think that every employee is replaceable with someone right out of college or with a contractor. When you speak up about a problem you are called a complainer. They don't trust their employees at all. Managers expect you to work extra on impossible tasks that have impossible schedules. And if you are Madison, you can only rise to a certain level since all of the upper management comes from the headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Treat them with some respect. Don't think that they are replaceable. Actually try to improve the product instead of slapping something together just to get it out the door.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great mission but very top heavy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Having to chance to work with brilliant and creative people working together to cure cancer was life changing.

    Cons

    Once Accuray acquired TomoTherapy the collaborative culture at TomoTherapy was completely wiped out. Accuray is a very top-heavy company which seemed to have little appreciation for the work of the talented and dedicated people that designed and built the TomoTherapy machine.

    Advice to Management

    Have the Madison site be your main headquarters and reduce the headcount in Sunnyvale.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Extremely poorly managed business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and great people. Although the product innovation is almost gone and now falling behind competition ...

    Cons

    Extremely bad management - especially the executive team. Layoffs happen every 6 months because mgmt can't plan properly and really doesn't understand the business or customers. The CEO is totally lost and always over promises and under delivers. Need to fire all of upper mgmt and the board of directors that believe the ridiculous operating plan every year and fail the investors and employees regularly. Lack of accountability all around in upper mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    Either go to business school to learn how to run a business or fire yourself - because you have no idea how to run the business - when a company laysoff every 6 months, there are real issues at the top and lack of understanding of the business ...


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Sad State of Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Product has the ability to make an impact in patient's lives.

    Cons

    Just about everything else. Poor quality management is widespread. Deteriorating company culture. High turnover. Very low morale in the remaining workforce. Creativity and desire to build a great product for patients is driven out of employees. You would think it should be difficult for a health care company to not be a fulfilling place to work. Sadly, this is a truly impressive feat of destruction!

    Advice to Management

    I suppose it is easy to point the finger at management, however, in this case, maybe taking a hard look at the culture created by current management would be worthwhile. Remove the most toxic managers. Create an environment people want to work in.


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