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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated April 17, 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 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. "Good company with solid benefits and decent environment"

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

    Pros

    Benefits/pay, nice coworkers, lots of little perks

    Cons

    Lacking standards, career paths, some managers not employee-friendly


  2. "Global Administrator"

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    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


  3. "Just OK"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I work with a great group of people.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no work/life balance.


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  5. "Operations technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great company! Great benefits.

    Cons

    Opportunity for advancement is limited.


  6. "Overall good"

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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

    Good pay, lots of opportunity for overtime, lots of perks (such as a car, laptop, and phone).

    Cons

    Lots of hours, very little room to move up. You are essentially stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Get off of new employees backs and let them learn.


  7. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    A little slow in growth and lot of office politics


  8. "Software Enginner"

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

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Fringe benefit, good coffee, good bunch of people

    Cons

    Narrow-minded, arrogant culture. Too many managers do nothing but pen-pushing. And its starts from the very top of the management change. Activist investors should push the whole management out.


  9. "Net positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, good working environment, good facilities. Still a good company to work for. Friendly people. Generally good moral compass. Strong values. Market leader.

    Cons

    Not as fun to work now the days of double digit growth have gone. Varian has lost the family appeal it once had. More of a cost cutting model. Job/career development program is in its infancy. Salaries low for bay area.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a mentoring program for better knowledge transfer. Develop career planning process. Bring back some of the family culture.


  10. "Good Company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Good exposure various technologies.
    2. Good Learning involved.
    3. Less work pressure.
    4. Good work culture.

    Cons

    1. Used to have free lunch earlier, nowadays little chargeable.
    2. HR response is slow.
    3. Management needs improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Need little improvement in the way deliverable can be managed.


  11. "OK"

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

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

    Pros

    Mission saving lives
    Cooperative culture
    Good TrueBeam product

    Cons

    Lower salary
    Cost cutting
    Changing corporate goals WIGS? Software challenges

    Advice to Management

    Better develop and reward employees
    Pay good people market rates


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