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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated February 28, 2017
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Daniel L. Zabrowski
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Pros
  • The company is truly passionate about its mission of helping the patients afflicted with cancer (in 4 reviews)

  • Company's mission, improving diagnostic for cancer patients, really motivates you to work harder (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 mission statement and working environment."

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


  2. "Overall great. But internship does not provide a foot in the door in Roche"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Oro Valley, AZ
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Oro Valley, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ventana Medical as an intern

    Pros

    Good work for interns
    Good work ethic at the company
    Good products
    Good pay
    Good food, especially breakfast

    Cons

    - Hiring a lot more interns than possible open positions. Almost no intern is offered a full time position due to his/her internship.
    - Also, another negative thing is that the recruiters at Genentech told me that no matter how fit I am for a job, I would not be considered for a it as they want to hire only local candidates from the bay area. Similar scenario at the Indianapolis office where they strongly want Indiana only applicants as they do not wish to pay for relocation.
    - I also saw few intern had their parents working for Ventana. Although these guys were good, it can look like nepotism. Definitely not just on other candidates who applied and did not receive a chance to be interviewed due to these interns.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring interns with a long term perspective rather than short term needs.


  3. "Fantastic company to work for, they truly care about their employees."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Truly professional and supportive to help their employees succeed.

    Cons

    It was difficult to transition from temp to full-time employee.


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  5. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HRIS Analyst in Oro Valley, AZ
    Current Employee - HRIS Analyst in Oro Valley, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit, compensation, & company culture

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities. Downsizing going on

    Advice to Management

    More training, cross training & sharing of knowledge


  6. "Great company to work for. Great benefits as well as opportunities to advance your career."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Histotechnologist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Histotechnologist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, and the strong friendships. Training and coaching is of top quality. Coworkers are great!! Yes your on the clock but still have a great time while your at it.

    Cons

    Constant pressure to put out more,... Everything revolves around the punch in clock, have to be exactly clocked in when you start and exactly clocked out when your shift ends.

    Advice to Management

    Make the company purpose the priority...


  7. "On Balance a Great Place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company's mission, improving diagnostic for cancer patients, really motivates you to work harder. The leadership team has continued with the founder's passion successfully.
    Competetive Salary (Even in Silicon Valley). Excellent Benefits (401k and Medical Insurance). But if earning money is your only goal you would do better to look else where.
    Challenging Work. Although this is Ventana Medical, This is really a division of Roche Diagnostics, which is a behemoth of a company.

    Cons

    The company is very process oriented. This is really a necessity for FDA regulated companies.
    Not a Startup Culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Former Contractor - Project Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ventana Medical as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission and vision of the company are amazing! The pace is fast and you are always busy.

    Cons

    They tend to put too much on people without providing additional resources. People are over worked and stressed.


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strongly believe in cultural beliefs. Believe and encourage work life balance. Emphasis on health

    Cons

    Promotions are very competitive and difficult to achieve

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Overall, a wonderful internship experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Former Intern - Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, low stress environment, focus on innovation

    Cons

    MBA internship pay is the same as undergrad internship pay, well below the average for most MBA interns

    Advice to Management

    Pay more for better internship talent, which will in turn increase chances of securing current interns for future positions within the company


  11. "Ventana offers a lovely campus in view of the mountains, where scientists and engineers gather to advance health care."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus in Oro Valley, northern Tucson, with the Catalina mountains as a backdrop. Many of the younger employees are adventurous and athletic and participate in cycling and hiking and cross fit. Ventana cares about its employees and offers a lot of benefits. Being owned by Roche, there are many opportunities for advancement or relocation, and even just movement within the Tucson location. There are quarterly staff meetings and other events which are catered. The campus is smoke-free! (although this doesn't stop many of the employees from smoking on the sidewalks) and Ventana's management does a lot to promote good health, being a company whose motto is to improve the lives of cancer patients everywhere.

    Cons

    The largest complaint I had was how long it took to push a project through to completion. A lot of this was caused by implementation of Roche policies after the acquisition, and some is caused by a lack of communication between departments, which is a bit baffling when one considers the number of meetings which take place. These issues are ones which I believe plague many larger companies. Ventana certainly continues to make efforts to fix the procedural problems. There are also some issues with using old technology and re-implementing designs which had flaws in the first place, without spending more time and resources for innovation.


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