Pros: great company outside of chicago. good facilities and benefits
Cons: poor teamwork, unhappy, uncooperative customers, no work life balance
This job is good for a 20+ year experienced, old, single, white male. No other people will be accapeted into the culture in the Chicago. In the past 10 years, 12 to 14 different people have been in the FSE position, none made it past 2 years working for Varian in Chicago. This is due to the "good ol boy" network of engineers and at the time of my emplyoment, – more... management (who got fired shortly after I left).
If you have a family, this job isn't for you. A wife or girlfriend, this job isn't for you (unless she doesn't mind ever seeing you), and if you have kids, this job is especially not for you. You will be gone all the time, lots of weekends, and night work (start at 4pm).
Very selfless job, the customers will eat you alive. they are brash, disrespectful, and will not cooperate due to the lack of service in the area. Chicago is reffered to as the "shark tank" for Varian engineers, good luck!! – less