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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance; Appreciative environment for your work (in 28 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a healthy work environment (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • They talk a lot about work-life balance, but salaried employees are "expected" to be available 24/7 (in 13 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. "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worse place I have worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Varian Medical Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only positive attribute I can come up within I like my team. They are definitely a positive to this, about the only positive.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible, no advancement, the work life balance is non existence. I wouldn't recommend a soul to work here

    Advice to Management

    Think of your employees! They do not respect the work nor the time we give. Every 3 weeks is a crunch which means mandatory work during or right before holidays. Again, no work life balance


  3. "Great company with strong ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Clearly defined roles for manufacturing personnel and established work procedures made my time at Varian very happy and successful

    Cons

    Longer term employees with history have some bitter feelings but a strong person won't be affected by the background noise of complaints


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  5. "Varian Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, conservative work environment.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for job growth.


  6. "VMS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. "Applications Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    The Applications Team is very supportive and always willing to help each other.

    Cons

    There is a lot of travel involved. This can be a pro or con depending on your perspective.


  8. "Sr. Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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. "Business Ops"

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

    Pros

    Relatively stable business environment and

    Cons

    Need improve efficiency in business operation


  10. "Breath of Fresh Air for me!"

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

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

    Pros

    -Very family friendly. It seemed that there were lots of couples, siblings, and somehow related people working at the same place. Never seen anything like this before. A lot of companies have strict policies against this type of thing. Personally, I think is a good thing.
    -Health Insurance coverage was the best I've ever had. Premiums for salary employees were a bit high, but very worth it.
    -Management was very dedicated, and a lot egos getting in the way.
    -Well balanced work-life

    Cons

    -It may be in danger of becoming too "corporate" where bottom dollar is first and foremost, and employees are just disposable assets. But again, who isn't these days. Not there yet, but seemed that this was the direction it was headed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees input, and properly balance the high demands of executive management, with realistic, long term objectives, that will yield positive results.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, very important and well-disseminated corporate mission and values, good stock purchasing program (ESPP), Restricted Share Offering (RSU) for some positions, flexible corporate environment

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for upward mobility, lower salary band recruitment, rigid/resistant to changes, silo-driven that creates resistance to information exchanging, leadership has not fully adapted and transitioned from a functional into a matrix organization format

    Advice to Management

    Impose and mandate organization flatness to better service the customers. Curb initiatives from management to create more vertical layers that may impact customer resolution responsiveness. Mandate division cross-pollination to eliminate silo-driven behavior that are detrimental to cohesiveness and synergy achievement.



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