The people w/in Varian are great people. Varian has some trouble with their middle management choices; underqualified, weak, micromanaging. And they tend to let these folks linger on well past their date of usefulness and into destructiveness.
I was at Varian for a long time and I loved the last department I was in. It does seem that Varian began to lose focus on its employees and building that family/team atmosphere. When I left, they were becoming nauseatingly corporate and cookie cutter in their approach to employess. But like I said, the on the ground folks are amazing and support one and another, collaborate, and really care about the other's success. If you can tolerate ridiculous corporate rules and lack of focus on employee needs by upper management, and just be happy with your team, then you can be successful here.
Once Varian moved into the new building in Buckhead....the company changed. They are so obsessed w/ justifying the expense of moving to Buckhead that they stopped caring about what was/is good for their employees. It was a ridiculous decision and a costly one. Money that could have been spent elsewhere.
Too corporate and anonymous now