Employee Experiences

Amy, HR/Health & Safety Advisor

I joined Canon Medical Research Europe as HR Assistant just over two years ago and was already discussing my training and development requirements with my line manger before I even started.

We continued to regularly discuss where I felt I needed more experience and together created a plan that would allow me to progress to HR Advisor. Thanks to all the additional support and training I received, within one year I achieved my goal and was promoted to HR Advisor.

I’ve worked here now for just over two years and I can honestly say it feels like so much longer. Everyone was so welcoming from the start and I’ve had many opportunities to develop and grow and form great relationships with colleagues at all different levels. The Senior Management team are also very supportive and approachable and always happy to help and listen.

The working environment here is both friendly and relaxed with flexible working options, great benefits and a very supportive management team.

Daniel, Software Team Lead

I started in August 2005 as a graduate software engineer to work on Voxar 3D and quickly realised I still had a lot to learn. Everyone was so helpful and supportive from the beginning and with a really sociable culture I soon felt like I was part of the company.

As a Software Engineer I wrote code using C++ and C#, used personal development time to build prototypes and I gradually took on more responsibility: in 2008 I was promoted to Senior Software Engineer. Throughout my time at the company, I had the opportunity to move around teams and experience different areas of the business so I could figure out what I wanted to do and take on new challenges. I continued taking on new responsibilities and was promoted to Software Team Lead just over six years ago.

The company has a strong training and development culture and really invests in their employees: I’ve had many opportunities to attend international conferences, management training courses, software engineering courses, C++ training, internal training and work with colleagues from other global Canon groups. I also had the chance to work on secondment at Vital Images in Minneapolis for six months where I had the opportunity to travel and explore the USA in my spare time.

My managers have always been very supportive. I feel comfortable discussing my future career goals and continuously receive help and advice on how I could get there.

I’ve really enjoyed working on complex projects and seeing the teams I’ve led turn an idea into a real healthcare solution or product. I’m still here after 13 years because of the freedom I’ve been given to explore different areas of the business and the opportunities I’ve had to work on interesting and challenging projects .

John, Senior Software Engineer

After previously working as a Java Developer, I joined Canon Medical Research Europe as a Software Engineer in 2012. I was used to working on multiple projects at any one time and soon understood there was a strong focus on teamwork here and we all worked together on projects working towards the same goal.

I immediately began developing my skills and attended training courses on Spring Framework and Sencha Ext JS. After around one year there was an opportunity to work on a new team using different technologies and I attended an internal C++ training course.

I gradually gained more exposure to various key components of Canon Medical’s software, working on both client and server-side code during this time.

In 2016 I was promoted to Senior Software Engineer and I’m currently working on a development plan with my line manager to transfer to a Team Lead position, recently completing management and constructive leadership training.
With many of our colleagues based in Japan I recently started studying Japanese with weekly lessons provided on-site by Canon Medical.

Since joining the company I’ve had extensive involvement in our Corporate Social Responsibility activities. I’m passionate about the charity work we do and the positive contributions we make to the local community. And recently I completed STEM training to become a STEM Ambassador. My line managers have always been very encouraging of the time I’ve dedicated to these activities.

I’ve always found my line managers to be very approachable and actively support me in my growth and I appreciate the importance senior management place on our continuous training and development. I enjoy having the opportunity to work on interesting and challenging projects and every day feel proud that our work makes a valuable contribution to the future of healthcare.