MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated June 27, 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. research is skewed

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    Former Employee - Research Nurse
    Former Employee - Research Nurse

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

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

    Pros

    you get your exercise because you will be walking a lot within your work day

    Cons

    i felt that the research was skewed. the PI of our study didn't like any no as answers to their questions in their study so they made another coordinator go back and present the questions in a different way to the patients so that they would get a yes. I would also hear our PI in the workroom make fun of how the patients don't know what they are saying yes to but that as long as they say yes that she (the PI) is happy. She holds a big position in that particular department and I did not enjoy working near her.


  2. Great in inpatient. Bad in outpatient.

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    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Continously learning. Diversity. Have all the tools needed. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Experienced from Mays Clinic at a particular department. If you are not friends with your boss or colleagues (outside work), not the favorite, or just being dislike because of your "beliefs", no matter how hard you put your heart into helping patients, the management will find ways to make your life miserable by being called about mistakes while others (they like) gets away. No voice to say anything because Directors/Management's are close FRIENDS with HR. They don't promote growth in education especially if you wanted to transfer because HR will inform your department. Then they will put you on notice for one year. They have high turn over rate in that particular department. They will put lies in your evaluation goals. They would hire someone outside from a restaurant with no experience for the same position you have and pay her double amount of your salary maybe because she is a friend or a family member (you do not matter). If you give your 2 weeks notice, expect that you will be terminated.

    Advice to Management

    If you treat your employees with unfairness, your department will suffer especially the patients. I am not surprised if your employees keeps quiting/leaving. I hope that all the wrong things you have done to your employees will soon bite you back.


  3. Charge nurse

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Very good teaching hospital
    Good salary

    Cons

    less cnA
    Slow Rrt
    More Np
    No adequate break
    Self chemo priming


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  5. horrible supervisor

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Research Scientist

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

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

    Pros

    MD Anderson is a great place to work where there is a lot of professional development

    Cons

    bad mangers, no trust in employee

    Advice to Management

    Should make sure to hire scientific managers and employees with proper experience and not just on reccomendation


  6. Helpful (2)

    Horrifying

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nurse Leader
    Former Employee - Nurse Leader

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    Salary . . . .

    Cons

    moral conflict over the absolute and intentional mistreatment of patients and families

    Advice to Management

    stop investing in marketing and use your care to build your reputation


  7. Helpful (2)

    Poor overal work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are only a few good reasons to work there. Because of its rich history and compensation /benefit package at over well the industry average.

    Cons

    The stress of simply trying not to say, do or be the wrong thing on a daily basis presents a very unhealthy work environment. The overarching goal should be the best possible patient outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Truly empower your staff and let them know that if they make a mistake trying to make things better that it won't be held against them and that managers will not eliminate their competition by creating strife any termination of employees with out recourse.


  8. A bureaucratic mess

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX

    I worked 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

    I can't really think of any pros. Some of the departments, such as cancer biology are somewhat functional.

    Cons

    Conceited faculty, slow management, poor quality research, lack of job growth, mismanagement goes to the very top


  9. MDA Work Rates

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    Time off, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    This company is not a good place to work for. There is no room for growth, limited access to excel and inconsistent work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Helpful (3)

    Rudderless, politically charged executive leadeship

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    Current Employee - Executive Management in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Management in Houston, TX

    I have been working 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

    If you make it to the executive leadership level, there are very few checks and balances. Many opportunities to benefit personally from the institution given siz and lack of transparency.

    Cons

    Highly political. Loyalty rewarded rather than ability. Ethics are a punchline rather than a quality for executives.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let anyone from UT System or the Board of Regents investigate. What appears in the Cancer Letter or the Houston Chronicle is only the tip of the iceberg at MD Anderson.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Its all who you KNOW that makes you a success here, not how much you know.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    working for the state I guess.

    Cons

    Its ALL who you know. If your connected to the right higher ups, then your sure to get great pay, pay raises and slack. You can also get a great deal after you retire. For example, before you retire, set up a scam for a part time job that pays pretty close to what your currently being paid. Knock it down a little. For example lets say you make approximately $120,000 / yr. Knock you part time pay to around $83,000 - $99,000 with your connected higher ups. After you retire, wait 6 months and your previously discussed part time position will magically appear and be posted for you to slip your new application in. Why does everyone in the scam wait until six months past? Well its because they will not pay out medical insurance on a part time employee. But why would a retired person not want medical insurance? If you retire from MD Anderson, you get paid medical insurance after retirement. So, you wouldn't need it. This crap is very very common. Maybe not all of MD Anderson, but maybe a place off on its own little island.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. Work. Stop sitting around and collecting government benefits and high, ridiculous, undeserved pay that the working class is paying for and institutions like NIH is funding millions to.



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