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Ventana Medical Systems Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Daniel L. Zabrowski
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is a priority, and company provides schedule and work space flexibility in most departments (in 5 reviews)

  • Fulfilling work, great benefits and colleagues (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Have been a number of upper management changes, recently, which can be disheartening at times (in 5 reviews)

  • If you think something needs improvement, then you will do better to keep it to yourself (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Managers perspective on Ventana Medical Systems"

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

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

    Pros

    Organizational focus on company culture, contributions at the individual level and measure of employee satisfaction. Quality First creedo with respect to product development and product build. Good benefit package.

    Cons

    Some organizational silos are present.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ventana Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people and good mission

    Cons

    Pressure to work with global partners

  3. "Senior Scientist Companion Diagnostics (CDx)"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, great mission, great collaboration and team dynamics

    Cons

    Lack of defined hierarchical structure in CDx so that Senior scientists have more responsibilities than Research Associates. Career development support and opportunities are up to the employee as managers are not always good at this.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention and take advantage to the talent pool you have at hand before it is too late.


  4. "Not the worst company but the job is very repetitive and forgget about promotions."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oro Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Assembler in Oro Valley, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great specially medical is very unexpensive. The enviorment is not that friendly but people will train you to do your job.

    Cons

    Promotions are a myth in ventana. Teamwork in most deparments is also a myth everyone spends all day pointing fingers at each other for every single mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Create a system where people can advance I saw plenty of people that deserved to be promoted and they were kept on the lower ranks.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Management creating toxic culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A very spacious parking lot.

    Cons

    Management consistently rewards the yes-men and not those who can get things done. Honest feedback is encouraged in theory but strongly discouraged in practice. Groupthink prevails. It's best to keep your head down and appear to be on board with any ridiculous idea put forth by management least you be labeled a "black hole".

    Advice to Management

    Nearly all the managers in R&D are not proficient in technical matters and allow their ego and greed determine their actions. I don't know what advice to give to such people.


  6. "Senior Project Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and company mission

    Cons

    Quality of mid level management needs improvement


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Was Great Once Upon a Time"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits for direct employees.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't understand what it takes to develop a successful platform (reagents, hardware and software together) and sets unrealistic deadlines for product development. There has also been a strong move towards using contractors and 3rd parties rather than hiring direct employees. Eventually this will lead to Ventana being unable to innovate in a market which they have dominated for years.

    Advice to Management

    Hire great people as direct employees. Build great teams with those people. Let those teams develop new and innovative products by giving them the time they need for the development process (which can be done while still holding them accountable for delivering a product in a timely fashion).

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ventana Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great. Vision and Mission are inspirational, and have impact. Benefits are excellent. Work-life balance is a priority, and company provides schedule and work space flexibility in most departments. Diverse leadership and work community.

    Cons

    Tucson has a lower cost of living than competing areas. Therefore, salaries are 20% less than other states. Hard to attract talent when base price is often less than external candidates are used to making; even though the salary provides a better standard of living.


  9. "Great medical device company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ventana Medical Systems full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great products. Roche/Ventana brand

    Cons

    Slow due to regulatory environment


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Losing talent...management doesn't care."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best and only viable biotech in Tucson.

    Cons

    Lost two top scientists recently. Likely to have more leave. Additional layers of middle and upper middle management put trimming areas at the ground level. Lack of transparency . Poor recent hires at VP levels in R&D. Implementation of costly process improvements that only add need for more analysts and middle to upper level management. Horrible at not using confirmational bias in decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. You are wasted salary. Listen to your people and communicate that upwards appropriately and don't bias it.


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