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Ventana Medical Reviews

Updated June 22, 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. "It is a great company to gain an understanding of medical protocol and good manufacturing practices."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer, Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer, Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of communication between different teams in order to promote progress in projects. Most of the employees are very experienced because they have been working there for quite some time.

    Cons

    A few of the employees who have been working there a long time are not very accepting of ideas proposed by people who have not been working there quite as long, which can slow down project progress.


  2. "Was a good company in the past..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to begin a career. Good learning opportunity.

    Cons

    All the good talent has left or is in the process of leaving. Roche and management has killed any innovation left in this company. Downsizing and centralizing of departments to Roche headquarters will limit your advancement if you plan on staying in Tucson.

  3. "Not quite draconian but getting close"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job with benefits in Tucson, nice overall facility, coworkers in departments outside of Operations (manufacturing) seem to be much happier and more or less content.

    Cons

    Operations management has adopted a Dickensian attitude towards the workers and staff. Not a very pleasant work environment, almost no chance for advancement or raises, no bonuses below scientist level but helltopay if the quota isn't met by department and if that means you'll pull long (uncompensated ) days to hit their bonus numbers... oh well. Overall >very unimpressive.
    Starting the structural organizational dissassembly of the franchise that is pretty typical of big pharma.


  4. "I had an excellent experience working for these people :)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Medford, OR
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Medford, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The quality of the people working there and the joy that everyone had.

    Cons

    Honestly couldn't say there were any. Anyone could always use more benefits :).

    Advice to Management

    Great job you guys keep up the good spirit :)


  5. "great corporate culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    love my team and field employees

    Cons

    loosing their edge since bthe uy out. no leadership

    Advice to Management

    listen and value your employees, it is too costly to replace them. reward them with the compensation they deserve.


  6. "Amazing Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I remember my first day on campus, and the atmosphere was just so completely welcoming. People I had never even met would just walk up to say hi, and it was nice to feel so much like I belong from the first time I walked through the door. Honestly, that is really how it has been the entire time that I have been with Ventana. They manufacture top quality diagnostics products that people can believe in, and that are helping to save lives every day. The most rewarding part of the job is during the all-employee meetings, Dr. Grogan presents the employees with a case study on a patient where Ventana products have helped to save their life with a focus on personalized medicine. It is very enlightening, and it definitely lets you know that you are making a difference in the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer, regardless of your role. Benefits are amazing, and there is a ton of opportunity throughout Ventana and the rest of the Roche community.

    Cons

    Along with the tremendous mass of those who are welcoming, there are some select individuals that I have encountered that are not, but these are few and far between within the company. Contracted employees be advised, I am currently one and will not be hired on permanently because there is no room in my department. They will contract and anticipate room will open up, but it will not always do so. Do not let this deter you, but if you are contracted, be sure to have a backup plan just in case.


  7. "One of the great employment experiences In my career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ventana Medical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding commercial engine. Extremely competent sales management. Culture of accountability. This company began as a start up where every employee had a vested interest in its performance and its mission (positively effect the lives of all patients afflicted with cancer). This culture created an apolitical organization that fostered teamwork and business success. This culture is fading but still exists in the commercial group.

    Cons

    No more homegrown talent. Roche acquisition and poor leadership at the corporate level has created massive turnover. Every single scientific fellow has departed. This has stunted the innovation engine for years to come. Lost the entrepenaurial spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring all senior management from outside the organization builds zero trust and dilutes the culture that made Ventana great. Have faith in your people and challenge them with greater responsibility. It builds extreme loyalty.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't believe the promises."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ventana Medical full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for Tucson, where there are not many large employers. Benefits are actually pretty good.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be questionable, depending on your manager. Too many directors and VP's means that the company is too top-heavy and not enough focus is on what is actually going on. Quality is spouted as something very important, but it is frequently sacrificed for profit. There are no career opportunities for hard working employees, though if you are willing to dive into the politics and social aspects of the company, you can move up quickly, regardless of your qualifications. The cultural beliefs are something else that are propped up as important, but again, if you actually practice them, you get nowhere, especially if you bring up anything negative (such as potential issues). Finally, there are certain members of HR that seem to have it out for certain employees. Instead of being fair, they are totally and completely biased and they are never wrong in their own eyes. If you get on their bad side, you will not be treated well at the company and you will not get the promotions you deserve.

    Advice to Management

    This is more to Mara: get rid of the bad seeds in both management and HR. All they are doing is hurting the company more and more each day and pushing away the best employees. Actually focus on quality instead of just saying it. Our customers can tell the difference and when they start leaving, it will not matter how much product is produced.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great overall work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits, friendly work environment, heavily focused on cultural beliefs such as speaking up and keeping the customer in mind.

    Cons

    Very roundabout processes, not very quick to advance careers, engineering salaries will not compete with companies such as Raytheon, no bonuses for anyone below manager level.

    Advice to Management

    The engineering career ladder needs to be overhauled completely to compete with other dedicated engineering companies in Tucson.


  10. "Truely work the mission"

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

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

    Pros

    Highly effective teaming
    Lives its "values"
    Entrepreneurial

    Cons

    Disjointed Lifecycle Flow
    Cultish
    Power and control personalities

    Advice to Management

    Get off of the meeting treadmill... meet your people.


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