MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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Pros
  • I had virtually no work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • This company provides great benefits (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • We had to pay for parking and in my opinion it was too much (in 7 reviews)

  • Depending on your own work-ethic, work-life balance can be challenging due to the number of initiatives the institution embarks simultaneously (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Bureaucracy all the way.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -The company culture. -The beautiful buildings and amenities. -Some of the upper management staff. -Conveniency of having cafeterias and gyms in their buildings.

    Cons

    -Very low salary for those in research who are not MDs. -Parking --> expect to pay about $80 a month to park far, and have to take the shuttle to your work building. -In some departments the section leaders are BIG on micromanaging. -Low promotion/growth prospect; static routine.


  2. Research associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting work, interesting people, good learning enviornment.

    Cons

    Long hours, primary lab heads should have to take people management training.

    Advice to Management

    Develop guidelines to be more applicable to specific departments, such as research, nursing, management, teaching, etc. rather than everyone being treated the same.


  3. Good Benefits But Incompetent Management

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    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Current Employee - Pharmacist

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great, some of the employee discounts are nice, and some of the people you work with are friendly and hardworking.

    Cons

    The pay is not as great as other institutions. Most employees feel overworked and underpaid and as such, turnover is high.There is no accountability and laziness is not punished. Those who don't carry their weight generally cruise by and are not punished. The work just gets thrown on the backs of the select few that are actually competent enough to do the work. Unrealistic expectations related to workload. Expectation of working late to get the work done while management leaves early, leading to a low employee morale and little motivation to work towards the cause.

    Advice to Management

    Promote a culture of competence and accountability. Instill in your organization managers who will lead by example and promote hard work and competency. Think twice about giving your good employees all the work because you're hired incompetent individuals who can't carry their weight on the team.


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  5. Reputation far exceeds reality of working there

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Co-workers who are truly committed to patient care. Seeing the impact you can have on patients and their families.

    Cons

    Low morale. Micromanagers who are focused only on keeping up appearances. Crippling bureaucracy that makes doing your job almost impossible at times. An HR department that is so large it is completely ineffective. Lack of parking. Very little work/life balance.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Benefits Do Not Outweight Poor Senior Leadership

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    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    M D Anderson has excellent benefits; employees are eligible to retire with full benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management positions filled with external candidates, qualified internal candidates overlooked, resulting lack of familiarity with basic processes/leadership insecurities.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, establish mandatory orientation inclusive of checklist and coaching for new leaders, assess their progress on monthly basis.


  7. Politics, Horrible Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst II in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, good retirement plan and part of teachers retirement system, some training but selective only if management likes you.

    Cons

    Horrible politics, people have their own agendas, promote internally at lower levels based on who you know and not your actual technical ability, information systems and technology slow to adapt, hire consultants to fix and solve complex issues because employees lack knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    CEOs and management problems. I personally was a military junior officer and this institution lacks true leadership. MD Anderson needs to recruit and promote people without personal agendas.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Yearly merit increase, Stability, Close to home, Decent pay

    Cons

    Interdepartmental transfers are difficult. Professional growth and advancement are limited. incompetent management and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees from within the organization to higher roles. Seek out employee input when undergoing significant changes.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Principal Application Systems Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    We work in support of a good cause. In IT, you have the chance to be exposed to a huge amount of technologies.

    Cons

    Upper management (President, CIO, and the level below them) appears to be incompetent. Morale is horrible throughout the institution, including in the IT division. Changes are being made that make no sense, years of improvements are being undone. I would not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making changes that do not need to be made. We used to be very good at what we do. Now no one knows what is going on.


  10. Helpful (3)

    It's all smoke and mirrors.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best benefits in all of the medical center.

    Cons

    The emphasis on prestige through research has tripled the patient load which in turn has overworked and exhausted staff...almost to the point of costly mistakes. There's a reason MD Anderson is no longer #1. The turnover rate in most departments is ridiculous. Newly hired employees are left to fend for themselves without proper training. The 2-3% raise rates are laughable (maybe $20 extra a pay period), especially since most parking has increased by almost $50. The performance based bonus is a set-up for failure since more and more patients are unhappy with the care they're receiving. Morale is low and the pressure to perform on little support from management is high. Growth within the company is non-existent unless you're "in" with management. In the past 2 years alone, a number of prestigious executives and physicians have left the institution, some with little warning. Cutting costs comes in the form of not hiring qualified management down to supplies. Don't count on HR for help as the buddy system rules and cries for help have already been ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul HR and fix the obvious signs of failure.


  11. Bad management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some great colleagues

    Cons

    Management was not cognoscente of the needs of the employees.



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