MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated August 29, 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. Great place to work - But only for internal referrals - Outsiders don't even bother to apply for a job

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good reputation as being ranked number one in USA Lots of specialties Good hospital for cancer treatment New technologies Sponsor H1B visas

    Cons

    Very poor management. Predominantly hispanic community. They spend a lot of money on buildings and useless meetings and conferences but don't even pay a little for coffee. Clinical side gets all the attention, research people are being exploited. Very low payscale for PhD candidates and post doctoral fellows. On-campus housing is shared with UT-Houston and there is a very long waiting list. Employees need to pay for parking.

    Advice to Management

    Match the payscale for research jobs to national standards and compensate for annual inflation rates and rising market prices. Affordable on-campus housing is needed. Free parking for employees and trainees. Open all jobs to outside competition and be fair with the selection criteria. How will you achieve diversity if you do not recruit outside talents.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Completely Disillusioned

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a prestigious facility with a lot of financial resources.

    Cons

    No recognition for a job well done, underpaid, overworked, not respected by management, top heavy with managers without enough people to do the real work, no management support from upper management, territorial 'pissing' matches, academic snobs.

    Advice to Management

    realize new graduates can't run your facility. patient care is suffering. you're expanding too fast. take time and support your staff.


  3. md anderson

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits are pretty decent

    Cons

    the salary is ok depending on the job

    Advice to Management

    get more training


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  5. Helpful (4)

    leadership change has damaged culture and integrity of a once great institution

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    Current Employee - Senior Faculty in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Faculty in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of faculty and staff are very committed to the mission and vision of this once great institution which is to provide the best treatment for cancer patients and to develop much better approaches to treat and hopefully cure cancer patients.

    Cons

    The new leadership is arrogant, nepotistic, ruthless and driven by their own personal agendas. Their behavior has embarrassed the faculty and staff in a very public way. They have set of a two tier system, where the new hires for the "Institute" developed by new leadership are paid 2-3 times what faculty and staff are while not being held to the same performance standards. Faculty morale is at an all time low, with >50% of faculty stating that they will leave within the next 3-5 years. The leadership style has been very destructive and has resulted in faculty fleeing from this once great institution on a weekly basis. There have been multiple demotions and firings of faculty and staff who do not do the bidding of the new leadership. The national press is now calling for a downgrading of the #1 rating of MD Anderson in Cancer Care by the US News and World Report. Although once this happens -and it will happen- the leadership will be called to account for this actions, it will be much too late to recover from the multiple programs that have been destroyed. We have become a laughingstock nationally, with a recognition that the grand "Moonshot Program" is nothing more than a fund raising ploy to provide money to supper the senior leadership research programs in this era of low grant funds and sequestrations.


  6. MicroManaged

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Retirement and PTO Benefits

    Cons

    MicroManaged, No Room for advancement, Benefical to those who have cush office jobs, not to the employee who works in clinic with patients, and most of all PDM!!! It's all about money and being in the black.

    Advice to Management

    If you would be more appreciative to the clinical employees who only get a 30 min lunch and really work hard to give our patients the best care... you would get more productive and happy employees. And tell Management to STOP with the MicroManaging! It hinders productivity and employee moral! Also, it would help if Faculty wouldn't always get the benefits of new Cafe's... 30 minute employees should have there own Cafe to cut down on traffic and allow us to enjoy our lunch and not rush.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not the place you stay for the long-haul

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being able to work with such a diverse culture and help so many people

    Cons

    HR. Eventually you will have to go to them for some reason, and they are horrible, horrible people.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and stop trying to pad your paycheck with budget cuts. We employees notice.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Do not let the reputation FOOL you!

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    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. iDeal discounts. We get discounts on a lot of services from Cell Phones Providers to Houston Zoo Admission price Patients are usually treated with the best level of care.

    Cons

    Politics! Politics! Politics! Management very cold hearted and have no compassion for employees. Parking is way too expensive. Low morale Brown nosers' haven - your skills and work ethic doesn't matter here. Some managers are OVER PAID and are completely clueless about the roles of the employees they "micro-manage" High turn over rate in some departments due to poor management and operational flaws. HR does very little to help employees against abuse, harrassment and bulllyinf from bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Please have compassion for your employees. I have never ever worked in an environment so hateful and cruel. Please pay more attention to the turnover rate in certain departments. That could be a red flag on how the department is being managed. Appreciate your good, hard working employees instead of giving top of the line priviledges to those who cater to your ego and bring you breakfast and lunch to get ahead instead of working for it. Learn the the jobs functions of your employees, managers should be able to cover anyone they manage in the event of an emergency or staffing crisis.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Very dishonest and miserable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good patient care and benefits

    Cons

    The level of stress and negative affects on your overall health aren't even trade offs for those benefits. Managers are very dishonest and lack morals It isn't what you know it's who you know Parking is expensive

    Advice to Management

    Find professionalism and never let go of it.


  10. Beautiful Buildings - do they always offer a good, solid career.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Director
    Current Employee - Project Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Frequent positions, ( not all due to growth ), Patients are absolutely wonderful, brick and mortar nice

    Cons

    -Hemorrhaging most experienced physicians- over the last few years - many leaving -Lack of trust for many executive managers -Benefits have diminished greatly -Unsafe walk from -far away parking surface lots ( 2013 notices sent -employee's can't use their buses,once parked, MUST walk to /from car ( frequent auto pedestrian accidents/robberies )

    Advice to Management

    -Difficult Management structures- employee without a voice- fear of reprisal -Physician managers - should have mandatory/ ongoing - management/HR education (prevention of HR legal issues) -Departments with frequent (<5 yr period) staff turnover rates of 40-50% (Any single position title) HR/Legal should require- Initiation of external - independent management consultant review and Report forwarded to President.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Implosion

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, however they are easily replicated elsewhere. Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance

    Cons

    Politics and image trumps skill and work ethic. IT leadership lacks necessary IT skills. Vendors do most of the work and mostly they lack the necessary IT skills. Raises are below current national levels. Significant brain drain. Oppressive, indifferent, erratic management style. No vision. Poor communication. The employee is always to blame. No technical career path. Embarrassingly low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on providing what is necessary now, not what might be the next big thing in 10 years. Treat people with respect. Provide incentive for people to perform. Provide challenging goals and corresponding work efforts. Stop micromanaging. Stop gathering metrics you cannot objectively interpret.



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