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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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Varian Medical Systems President & CEO Dow R. Wilson
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance; Appreciative environment for your work (in 31 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a healthy work environment (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • They talk a lot about work-life balance, but salaried employees are "expected" to be available 24/7 (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to put little to no "value" into your experience with the company or otherwise (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere. Wonderful Field

    Cons

    Longer working hours, must be dedicated to work


  2. "Manufacturing Tech II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Company Culture is Great, Inspirational , family/team mindset.
    Constant Improvement of processes
    Educational Opportunities
    OT available
    Stock Plans
    401k

    Cons

    Underpaid hourly , and work schedule effects pay. Blame game when something goes wrong, including management.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Corporate Culture V's Curing Cancer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and and good cause (to cure cancer).

    Their product line is solid and they are leaders in their field with their current product platform.

    Cons

    An aging workforce with an ingrained old-school culture make it difficult to compete with Silicon Valley's standard of living, flexible work-schedules, and innovation mindset.

    Busy is encouraged more than results. (Back-to-back meetings, excessive travel for upper management...)

    Bonuses are non-existent for individual contributors, and the company has a large middle management layer that seems to prefer working in silos even within their own departments.

    Decisions are often made behind closed doors by upper and middle management, and information is offered to employees on a "need to know" basis.

    This autocratic leadership style with no accountability has given middle managers free reign, and ideas are often met with "that's not how we do things here".

    Younger employees, <40, often struggle with inconsistent work policies, lack of growth opportunities, average salaries, and capped raises.

    Sadly, curing cancer is sometimes not enough to surpass this stifled corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    "Customer's First" should apply to your employees as well; show that they're valued for what they do, not for "how busy" they are.

    Help middle management become better leaders, and foster growth within the company for "younger" employees.

    Encourage collaborative leadership styles and less silos, and more transparency throughout the company.

    Trust your employees, hold managers accountable, and support your teams.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, terrible work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture, training, coworkers, benefits, and technology

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Base pay is low with the promise of overtime. No loyalty from management, especially in the southern region. Once you get on the regional director's bad side, there's no recovery; he preaches grace but doesn't practice it.

    Advice to Management

    Be loyal to the long-term employees. They deserve more support than to be put out to pastor just because VMS is looking for a way to reduce salary costs. You've lost too many good employees in the last 4 years.


  5. "Awesome company!"

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    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Compensation is fair in the bay area
    2. Cafeteria food is awesome and affordable
    3. Good company culture with a great mission
    4. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    1. Communication between departments needs to be improved
    2. Lack of an innovative culture


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good company but out of touch"

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    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varian is an old school medical capital equipment company. Old school can be a good thing and Varian has some truly wonderful people working at the company. In general, Varian employees are smart, dedicated, work with a purpose (curing cancer), are genuine, honest and pleasant to be around.

    Varian's products and services are a crucial part of the oncology ecosystem and impact cancer patients around the globe. Fidelity 401k services are solid and the company offers a match.

    The company has a very good cafeteria and also offers a nice on-campus gym. Large campus in the heart of Palo Alto.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Varian seems to be firmly out of touch with its Silicon Valley environs. To start, infrastructure around the campus (from hardware to software) harken back decades and modernization does not seem to be a priority. Company practices and corporate systems are archaic and not up-to-date with industry standards which is very frustrating. Varian almost seems to embrace its disinterest in being current and this attitude affects the culture, employee attraction and employee retention.

    Compensation is also very out of touch especially for a company operating in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many employees question the compensation structure at Varian but management has never taken any action. Good employees will leave Varian because compensation restructuring is not addressed. I learned that the company targets the 50% percentile when it comes to compensation; not exactly forward thinking. Also, Varian does not offer bonuses or stock grants which are standard offerings at other medical device companies in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Management at Varian needs to decide to become current with the times and it needs to take action sooner rather than later. Employees should be properly valued and compensated or else the organization will drift into an anemic state. If changes are not made soon, I worry that the current 'future' of Varian will leave.

    Also, there are numerous groups and programs that do not add value to the company and most employees agree. Within these groups and programs are employees who have fundamentally checked out and treat the company and their job as a retirement exercise. If employees are not adding value to the company, they need to be moved out. Allowing non-performers to remain at the company for years and years is damaging to the organizational culture.


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Installation Representative, HW in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Installation Representative, HW in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -High level of independence
    -Great compensation plus tons of hotel/air points
    -Terrific installation managers

    Cons

    -Lots of travel
    -Occasional downtime when overtime is not guaranteed

  8. "Great company with good prospects"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great vision to beat cancer and save lives.

    Cons

    Slow decisions from overemphasis on collaboration - groupthink


  9. "Disconnect between management and techs"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, friendly work environment

    Cons

    management is very unstable for a large company


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    none, i have lost my confidence in leadership and have given my notice

    Cons

    Old boy's "medical device market", recognition and advancement to favorites only


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