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Varian Medical Systems Reviews

Updated January 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance; Appreciative environment for your work (in 38 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a healthy work environment (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Horrible work/life balance for salaried employees (in 16 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Disconnect between management and techs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Relationships are everything"

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    • 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

    Despite being a big company, it's not hard to get to know people at all as everyone's really friendly. As an entry level employee, I don't feel intimidated to interact with c-level execs and it's a great place to gain experience.

    Cons

    As an older company some processes within the business are outdated.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Global Administrator"

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    • 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


  4. "Operations technician"

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    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.


  5. "Good company with solid benefits and decent environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  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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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great place for interns"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got experience working with clients firsthand
    Got very real work experience under a tech lead and independently
    Lots of fun activities organized for interns, such as a baseball game and BBQs
    Management was very embracing

    Cons

    Divided team, half of our development team was located in Germany
    Took approximately a week to get settled in

    Advice to Management

    Know who and when interns are ready to start and prepare their tasks in advance. Maybe layout a schedule for their duration at the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great Benefits - Poor Work-Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! 401k Matching, Strong Medical, Dental, and Vision options, Education Reimbursement. Many employees are remote so being located in Palo Alto, CA, Milpitas, CA, or Las Vegas, NV is not necessarily required (depending on your role).

    Cons

    They talk a lot about work-life balance, but salaried employees are "expected" to be available 24/7. Travel policies are antiquated (ex. regardless of your level in the company, you are not allowed to ever book Business Class even on international flights). Salaried employees are expected to put in a full 8 hours every single day or use hours out of your paid-time-off bank to cover any deficit; regardless of whether you wind up with 60 hours by end of day on Friday. Some managers allow a comp day here and there for weekend work or travel, but nothing is consistent and it's all on the down-low - which is surprising considering the new laws around the number of OT hours salaried employees can be expected to work.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to actually come down from the ivory tower once in a while to understand the actual roles your people perform. While guideline and policies may make sense on paper, they do not necessarily play out well in a real-world office environment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Net positive"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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