MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated August 24, 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. Helpful (1)

    Good pay, nice people, lots of work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inpatient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Inpatient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    MD Anderson is really a great place to work. Especially if you are looking for the chance to help others. It is a great environment to meet a lot of new people. The patients are usually very appreciative of your help, and there are a lot of wonderful people and stories.

    Cons

    As great as the people were the hours sucked. Working on holidays and weekends is not that cool (even though they pay shift differential). It is not easy to move around MD Anderson. They require you to stay at least 6 months in any position and also require that your boss approves any transfers. If you are a good employee, your department won't want to let you go.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more room for growth. Don't let your best employees out of the door, just because your department wants them.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Review for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    It is the number 1 ranked cancer hospital in the United States and it feels great to work for an organization that has such a vital and worthwhile mission. There is more of a "family atmosphere" as compared to other jobs that I have had in "Corporate America". Work/life balance is encouraged and respected. It is a very secure and stable place to work (part of the University of Texas, healthcare, multi-billion dollar annual revenues, receives large private donations). Employees are automatically enrolled in TRS (teacher's retirement - it's a pension plan).

    Cons

    It is run by doctors from the top down and there is a feeling at times that "the inmates are running the asylum". Decisions appear to be made by listening to whomever squeaks the loudest as opposed to stepping back and making strategic decisions for the good of the organization as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Run the hospital more like a business. Have business people set strategic direction for business outcomes and do not let doctors override those decisions because they don't like the decisions made. Walls need to be "broken down". Information needs to be strategically shared and more incentive needs to be given for working for the greater good of M.D. Anderson (as opposed to upholding individual fiefdoms).


  3. If you are in the wrong department easy to move around. Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Feel like you are making a difference in peoples lives.

    Cons

    Hard to adjust to the heartache.

    Advice to Management

    Continue as you are.


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  5. MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    MD Anderson is a good place to work

    Cons

    very limited growth potential for non-medical personnel

    Advice to Management

    put more focus on work/life balance


  6. Some changes need to be applied

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    unlimited opportunities if you are willing to learn by yourself

    Cons

    Strict roles with the employee's position title

    Advice to Management

    Hard worker should have some flexobility in the place they see thay are most productive from. Being physically in the center does not reflect the employer's amout of performed jobs


  7. Great place to learn.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement - if you have not ben there for >10 yrs.

    Cons

    Pay for parking.. which the costs go up every year and no change to the parking garage, high deductible for priscriptions.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some financing for research staff to advance and grow.


  8. M.D. Anderson is a nice place for Doctors and Scientist.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    M.D. Anderson is in Houston's medical center area where as a scientist one can cooprate not only inside the institution but also outside the institution, such as Baylor college of Medicine, HSC at houston, UT medical branch, Rice University.

    Cons

    As a researcher, one need to cooperate within and outside the institue. Some time outside coopration save lots of time and efforts. Most of the cases P.I. took that initiative. The fellow set behind.

    Advice to Management

    Direct communication most of the time may save time and it would be more productive. Research is not a closed book.


  9. 5

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    prestige, famous, big, comprehensive, patient appreciation, recognition, relatively higher pay than peers in the same city, good facility, appears rich

    Cons

    slow, a lot of waste of money, the quality of research doesn't really fit with the fame, bureaucratic, management ignorant

    Advice to Management

    please get rid of of 80% of your VPs and 95% of the consultants. It is ridiculous that so much money is wasted in the facility, and the repeated investment and repeated failure in support systems such as the IT system. These IT consultants, middle manager makes more money than a Ph.D. scientist and produce nothing but wasting resources.


  10. Surgical Technologist

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    Current Employee - Surgical Technologist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Surgical Technologist in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reputation Direct management is far superior to any other I have worked for

    Cons

    Salary Lack of opportunity for advancement lack of support for furthering of education at a senior management level

    Advice to Management

    There are too many committees and too many people that are "in charge" yet are completely incapable of making any real, positive change happen.


  11. overall, good place to be a Pharmacist

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    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    innovative drug therapies, fast-paced workload; challenging and motivating good wook schedules, flexible scheduling available; overtime frequently offered competitive salary with good benefits

    Cons

    weak upper management; failure to deal with problem employees; HR is worthless, in that all it does is to worry about not getting sued, so it takes decades to fire a bad worker.

    Advice to Management

    Make HR understand that they are working for MDA management, not the other way around. Hire/develop stronger leaders & managers in the Pharmacy department



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