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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated March 29, 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. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. "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.


  9. "A great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company values the employees. There are numerous trainings and classes for personal and professional growth. The benefits are really amazing; both health and financial. The culture is excellent; people are willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Some of the processes are still cumbersome, but that is being addressed and hopefully will improve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting employees' professional growth. Feeling valued makes such a difference in the quality of work output and job satisfaction.


  10. "Great mission, wonderful benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, meaningful mission and passion to help all those afflicted with cancer, global corporation. Most genuinely happy to work there.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility or career ladder growth in Quality area. Opportunities outside this area depend on clinical or scientific background.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders should be empowered to be true leaders. Employees should be rewarded for quality of work, contributions, not just for showing up.


  11. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are a lot of changes to learn a new thing

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say

    Advice to Management

    NA


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