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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance; Appreciative environment for your work (in 29 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 14 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to put little to no "value" into your experience with the company or otherwise (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Global Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Administrator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Global Administrator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work for. Loved my job

    Cons

    Management! Need to spend more time working with employees!

    Advice to Management

    Work with your people. It's important to know them and their strengths and weaknesses


  2. "Good place to start your career at."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthy environment and friendly colleagues make this place a great place to work at.

    Cons

    Have to find one yet.


  3. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great teams, great pay, great culture

    Cons

    Slow paced and management doesnt listen to people below them

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication lines with your employees


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  5. "Engineering Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can use my knowledge for betterment of mankind e.g. radiation therapy for cancer.
    Mature company with great work life balance.

    Cons

    Too much CYA and bloat that comes with mature companies. Salaries generally lower compared to other similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    Need better alignment in the organization with fewer silos and more communication about future projects/priorities to ensure coherence.


  6. "Summer Intern Program at Varian"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The intern program that they run is very well organized and has developed considerably. Not only do you get to work at the largest global medical devices company gaining valuable experience in whatever field you choose, but you will sit in on intern all-hands meetings where important figures in the company give lectures on both their field of work and advice going forward. Additionally, everyone at the company is very willing to speak with you no matter what their position or standing is. I got lunch 1 on 1 with a number of VP's and SVP's during this internship.

    Cons

    Not many to describe here. Just be aware that the work you are doing will at times feel menial and like a grind. If you are an undergraduate intern there is only so much they will let you do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. This program has been constructed very well. Just make sure that if an employee decides to manage intern, they have enough work to keep that person busy. There were sometimes periods of a few hours where I would sit around emailing people trying to create work for myself as I had nothing assigned to me.


  7. "VMS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Windows Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for if you have the opportunity to work for them take it, they have an amazing work environment and awesome HR team the are also very involved in the community which is a great thing to see in a company as large as they are.

    Cons

    There really aren't any cons to this company they really are a great company, they treat their workers great and they support you 100% of the time they are very flexible and they have a great work life balance which is just another pro so I am at a loss for cons sorry.


  8. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best Company with flexible management style

    Cons

    Slow on corporate advance in career (?)


  9. "Excellent leadership with a vision to help save lives"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a healthy work environment. Consistently promoting a collaborative work environment and allowing the out of the box thinkers. If you like to help save lives, here is the place to make a difference.

    Cons

    None to speak of. This company doesn't have any negatives and I would like to echo what a privilege it is to work at Varian.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  10. "Business Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Contractor - Business Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Many people have been there way too long

    Advice to Management

    bring in fresh talent


  11. "Excellent work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Varian offers a variety of self-directed, customer focused career opportunities. The company is mature with solid long-term growth and innovation. Employees have a variety of advancement options.

    Cons

    As a primarily Silicon Valley/Bay Area company, affordable housing is of some concern. Most field positions have better prospects but tend to require longer work hours.



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