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Less about the employee more about the bottom line
CSR - Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAOctober 23, 2018
VMS was a great place to work, then the executives began implementing new standards which focused on the bottom line more than the worth of the employees. The company culture changes and many 10, 20, 30+ year employees left or were terminated due to the changes. The company lost its compassion and experience.
It is a good place to work, but job security is an issue.
Pros
Work Life Balance
Cons
Security, untrained management
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Production Control Planner (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAOctober 21, 2018
Old mentality. Too many internal hires for key positions when they should take advantage of multi company external hires. Descent compensation, descent benefits.
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Exciting working there
Flat Panel Software Lead Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAOctober 7, 2018
Overall good. Good environment with lots of employees. Overall treated most everybody fair. They are splitting the company into three different companies and the new system will not work for some engineers.
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my manager is an excellent boss
MECHANICAL DESIGNER (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 29, 2018
My manager would look out for his team and always care for his team.
My co-worker is very supportive.
Culture at Varian is team based.
The most enjoyable part of my job is my team member are very supportive and understanding.
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Poor Managment
Employed (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 9, 2018
Poor Management. Lack of accountability. Relies on 20% to do 80% of the work. Poor planning for projects. Lack of communication.
At least benefits= ok
Pros
Benefits
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Managment & communication
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20+ years experiance
Manager (Former Employee) –  Las Vegas, NVSeptember 4, 2018
1st level Management was poor, severe lack of training and oversite and personal agendas. Senior management was great, it just didn't trickle down very well.
Cons
Overworked with little resources provided. Chances of failure are high.
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culture doesn't meet mission aspirations
manager (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 4, 2018
Very political cliquish environment, people rarely think outside the box; service org bad, ageism transparent all over. Forced vaca year end due to poor financial results. Basic benefits.
Pros
great mission but....
Cons
poor compensation especially out west, forced vacation, politics rampant
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Great company
Sr. PowerBuilder and SQL Developer (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAAugust 18, 2018
Great company. I worked at the client premises in Pittsburgh, PA, but Varian was located in Winnipeg, Canada. However, the manager was coming in Pittsburgh often enough. The work was challenging, the work environment was perfect.
Pros
Quite environment, good rate.
Cons
None
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There were some good times, but towards the end it was mostly bad!
INFORMATION SYSTEM ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAAugust 7, 2018
When I started there 20yrs ago it was less stress and less politics. The last 5 yrs I was there management changed and it was a battle every day! Too much politics.
Pros
Chance for promotions and training.
Cons
too much politics!
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Great Company
Field Service Representative III (Former Employee) –  Des Plaines, ILAugust 5, 2018
Varian Medical Systems was a great company to work for and I learned a lot about the treatment of cancer.
I was given the ability to learn a great machine and it's capabilties.
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Radiation therapy medical device manufacturer evolving into oncology medical technology
Manager (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 22, 2018
Conservative company that is well run. The company has a storied past and a fantastic future (vision and mission), but struggles because of its old school culture and inability to adapt to change fast enough. It is an absolute privilege to be a part of a company that gets to work on "a world without fear of cancer" everyday, but the company is experiencing growing pains and multiple reorganizations that is diminishing employee morale. Though they have a long term vision that resonates well, they are too focused on short term results and sales. The culture does not support their ambition and something will have to give or change to move the company forward.
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Toxic work environment
Manager (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 10, 2018
Products are good; management is toxic. Very political place. It is also a male driven company. Not many women in managerial roles. Expectation is to brown nose in order to move ahead.
Pros
Flexible
Cons
Management is terrible
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Good company to work for
IT Software License Compliance Analyst (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CA 94304June 27, 2018
The environment is very accommodating from business perspective and individual perspective. The expectation is high as far as performance is concern at the same time, you control your own pace with high degree of success. There is no micro-managing in this company.
Pros
You can create your own pace of work.
Cons
Deliverables can be demanding.
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High-tech products; smart, productive group of people
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Lincolnshire, ILJune 26, 2018
Varian / Varex is a good company to work for. It employs a lot of smart and dedicated people. The technology is leading edge for the most part which keeps it interesting. The benefits are good as well.
Pros
high-tech
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Great Company to work at.
Product Manager, Marketing (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMay 30, 2018
Varian provides it's employees with a great change to grow with the company. They develop their employees with a tremendous amount of formal training and provide excellent benefits and perks to help do a great job.
Pros
Gym on site, Cafeteria, Excellent work environment
Cons
Travel planning is difficult
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nice place to work
Product Sales Support/ Analyst (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMay 29, 2018
i enjoyed the company to work, the timing was good, people were good, work was good, this was a temp position, so its not so welcoming to temps, but still it was good.
Pros
good team
Cons
fast paced, stressful
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Great
Electronics Assembler (Former Employee) –  Tempe, AZMay 23, 2018
I love electronics assembly. This was one of my favorite jobs from the past. I would probably still be there if I didn't have to relocate. Bosses were good.
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Varian/Varex is an amazing company providing cancer detection and treatment options.
Project and Data Center Manager (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTMay 21, 2018
Varian (as it was known when I worked there) was an amazing company. There was vastly more good than bad. The pressure to stay ahead of the curve was tremendous, but not unwarranted considering the technologies, and products provided. It is a heavily regulated business whose Sixth Sigma and Lean Manufacturing processes run parallel to the goals of the FDA.


Not unlike any other company, there is good and bad, and one can choose to focus on that which they define themselves.
Pros
Very stable, fantastic products, company growth, integrity, excellent benefits, opportunity.
Cons
A CIO with horrible budgetary and technology perspectives, unpredictable RIF's, communication challenges.
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Very nice environment and compensations
Internal Audit Intern (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMay 14, 2018
I worked here as an intern last summer, I liked it very much and it helped me gain experience in the internal audit department. I recommend it to any student looking for an internship.
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Service Contracts Analyst (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAMay 8, 2018
1% raises (the most you can receive); poor management, and mandatory holiday schedule without appropriate compensation. Varian has potential to be a good company, but they have a long way to go in the area of employee compensation, work/life management, and employee morale.
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