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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, benefits and work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • The company is truly passionate about its mission of helping the patients afflicted with cancer (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Almost no intern is offered a full time position due to his/her internship (in 4 reviews)

  • So many people were let go or jumped ship and the align to shine culture became a flee or face the boot culture (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

    Pros

    Great people, benefits and work life balance. It was a wonderful place to work at. Working on technology that saves lives was very fulfilling.

    Cons

    Very little to complain about. The good far out ways any bad


  2. "It was great until management drastically changed."

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    Current Employee - Clinical Sciences Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Clinical Sciences Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits,
    lots of luxuries,
    decent pay,
    flexible schedule,
    easy job,
    Tuition reimbursement for school
    Potential career growth
    Beautiful area

    Cons

    Drama,
     un-approachable management,
    passive aggressive coworkers who don't work as a team
    bullying
    Cliques

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire just your friends.

  3. "It's Okay"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and schedule flexibility, jobs is pretty brainless work.

    Cons

    Political work environment, definitely who you know will dictate how you are treated.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people based on ability to perform job, not because they are your friend.


  4. "Used to be a Very Good Comany"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ventana Medical (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company. Still has good pay, benefits. Employees were once very passionate about the mission, they were engaged and eager to give their all. A number of years ago, the leadership was good. Chris G was a leader who took the company to great places.

    Cons

    Along the line and after CG left, Ventana started to make poor leadership choices. We promoted unqualified people to be field directors and pseudo "leaders", we decided how many people to hire based on faulty data, we began outsourcing parts and we began to have serious quality and morale issues. Many issues led to Ventana floundering and eventually Roche had enough and shook it all up. In the process, they destroyed trust, credibility and left a culture of fear. All something they said they weren't going to do when they bought the company. So many people were let go or jumped ship and the align to shine culture became a flee or face the boot culture. Improve It became Remove It. The above the line culture became a culture of who can we blame for this mess. It's Roche's fault/it's Ventana's fault. Customers and employees were all pointing fingers.

    Advice to Management

    Roche bought Ventana saying they weren't going to interfere with the business. They had done that in the past and had learned from their mistakes. This was the actual CEO message to the whole company. Well, they did interfere. In fact, they gutted the company and pushed out half the team and relocated much of it to Indy. So, anyone currently working at Roche/Ventana, if the CEO/"leadership" team gives you a big smile and tells you something, keep the "we have learned from our mistakes in the past, don't worry about it message" in mind. On the other side, if you're top hiring criteria is to meet mandatory diversity targets, you're going to eventually damage your business. That's the reality of PC business.


  5. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture at Ventana is great.

    Cons

    The company has become very big business


  6. "Great mission statement and working environment."

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    Former Employee - Development Leader in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Development Leader in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission statement, the ability to work on products that have a positive impact on cancer patients. Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Have struggled to recruit talent to the local area, concern on senior leadership ability to manage fluctuating business environment in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what is important, listen to the team they all have the best interest of the company and try not to do too much and dilute effort on what matters to the customer.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Maybe it's better now"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Good work in the healthcare field with a great upside.

    Cons

    Ego-driven, non-transparent, hypocritical leadership. By the time I left the GM, Head of SW and other senior staff were moved to another Roche property. They drove it into the ground and let go many very good and dedicated people.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved with your employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic culture"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive for the area and the parking lot is very large so there is often plenty of parking

    Cons

    Turnover is abysmal (over 30% a year)
    As a result of turnover they depend on contractors - using staffing agencies to find warm bodies
    Toxic behavior from top-down - openly insulting and demeaning employees in front of teams

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to do since you are in a weak position with regard to recruiting qualified people, but you need to clean house.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Go elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - International Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - International Product Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good. The cafe is handy and work conditions are decent. There is a shutdown between Christmas and new year.

    Cons

    So lost and out of touch. No idea what a business really looks like. Operate without process or communication. Completely political environment near the senior management level. All Roche senior managers come in for 2 years at a time with no appetite to change things for the better. Slander is used politically to assassinate any good peoples reputation so the inept can continue to survive and rule. Disgusting work environment. The culture is toxic. Find a job elsewhere if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and do what is needed for the company rather than feathering your own nest. You are not very good and lack vision and fundamental capability. Stop promoting people for nothing and seek out the few that want to change and do what is needed. Get rid of current CEO - she does nothing to help the company.


  10. "Manager Pricing"

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    Current Employee - Manager Pricing in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager Pricing in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with, strong ethic, a real mission

    Cons

    Hard to attract people to Arizona, but people love it when they experience it.


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