Varian Medical Systems Employee Reviews

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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
Cons
Managment & communication
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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
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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Good enviroment to work in.
Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTApril 3, 2018
Varian is great place to work. They have awesome benefits. Bonuses were a plus, you get a quarterly bonus which was always nice, and that was based on the companies performance during that quarter. Great environment to work in, management was good and easy to approach.
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very interjected work place
Senior Field Inventory Control Associate (Former Employee) –  Des Plaines, IL 60018March 21, 2018
My typical day at Varian Medical Systems was from the time i got though the door its very enjoyable getting the day started with a short meeting and on my to the office to get production work started.the things iv'e learned from work for this company is that when a team comes together you can get any deadline done .management was great to work with. The work culture was diverse .the hardest part of my day was the loading of a 3 ton machine for delivery . the most enjoyable part of my day was the accomplishment of all deliveries load to the tucks and part done for international delivery. and out the door. a job well done.it really makes you feel good.
Pros
everything you could ask for working for this compant
Cons
no cons
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Slow and old school.
Software Engineer II (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 15, 2018
Compensation is on the very low end and advancing is tricky. They are always on the tail end of technologies having to upgrade to avoid running systems that have completely been abandoned by the companies that used to support them. Everything is very slow moving, teams would rather push a problem down the road until something forces them to update and take over a week to do so, than to take 2 days to fix the issue outright now.

Great people but mostly people are your work "friends", there is hardly and bonding outside of work like you would see at other companies (happy hour, team trips, holiday parties, ect). The biggest event they would organize is typically cake, beer, and pizza in the cafeteria. Once a year they splurge and take the department to a park for some catered food and beer.

This year they didn't give our raisers or promotions to fund a bonus program for the next year. Big red flag right there when they have to take something away from you before they "give" something back.
Pros
job security
Cons
low growth
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Pretty great
Flat Panel X-Ray Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTMarch 14, 2018
Awesome place to work, has full amenities including a kitchen with a dude named nacho who makes excellent food. Bathrooms are always clean and workers are considerate.
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Fairly relaxed work environment
Manufacturing Associate (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAFebruary 22, 2018
I really enjoy working at varian most days but like any job it can’t always be enjoyable. It’s very diverse and most people working at varian have been there for a long time. Things are starting to go south very slowly as more and more old timers are retiring and different managers and leads are taking over. The whole culture is shifting and not for the better. We were informed this year raises will be slim to none and instead they use the carrot on a stick method for a bonus instead. most years the employees never get a 100 percent payout due to not reaching company goals set for the year.
Another big problem is how the blame for things that go wrong gets passed around. No accountability and incompetent employees who cannot perform the job correctly are never trained properly and don’t ever get let go. So basically be prepared to be stuck with hacks and cry babies.
Pros
It’s pretty chill, decent pay and benefits
Cons
No raises and a lack of accountability in every department.
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