MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
340 Reviews
3.6
340 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good place to work if supervisor is good (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • PAID PARKING IS THE WORST, OTHER FACILITIES PAY FOR PARKING FOR EMPLOYESS (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was not a priority of my direct supervisor (in 7 reviews)

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    MDA Work Rates

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    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 ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Rudderless, politically charged executive leadeship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Wish I knew BEFORE i took this job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Nurse in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    benefits. nothing else besides that.

    Cons

    low pay.
    parking. I just got hired on yesterday and they tell us I have to walk to my building which is outside more than a block away. if it rains they said carry an umbrella. NONE of this was told to me before I accepted a position there. I will be looking for another position near me in which EMPLOYEES are respected. This is a bunch of you know what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees should be able to use the shuttle not just those who work in the 1MC building. I shouldn't have to walk to my building like I'm some college student. That's not what i signed up for. Way to go md anderson. that's sarcasm...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The best benefits around, but it's not worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Pharmacy in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The benefits are among the best I've seen. Healthcare is paid by the institution, there is ample vacation time given. Most employees are hard working and personable. Between all the negatives (below) you really do feel like you're making a difference.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, management can be from at best inept to at worst negligent and dangerous. Problems are ignored until the day before governing bodies do inspection, are hastily patched over, and then forgotten about until the next inspection looms. They have managed to make institutional policies both so weak as to allow lazy, unqualified employees a steady paycheck and so restrictive as to force managers to fire well liked, hardworking employees that have been unlucky. . The institution is facing a possible academic censure from the American Association of University Professors. Morale is at an all time low.

    Run from this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have managers evaluated every few years, not solely on their productivity, but by their employees as well. Review employee hirings and leavings as well. High numbers usually means changes need to be made. Treat employees with as much respect you claim to treat patients, and morale will increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Administrative Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good health benefit and retirement plan.

    Cons

    If you are in a support role, administration will support faculty over you 9 times out of 10. Different sets of rules for different employees. "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude with most management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Drastic culture change -a Me two- instead of Number 1/2 , with less quality and more desperation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great patients ,unfortunately very vunerable when they arrive and often bombarded with request to partipate in poorly written research studies.

    Cons

    Hemorraghing experienced staff physicians- -left instituition last 5-6 years. Many research staff positions unsustainable, layoffs frequent (best kept secret) Ask many????'s ie.how many have been in position last 10years and why they are not there now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a culture change, lack of respect for staff and ,rumbling , restlessness,increasing the last 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Implosion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director
    Current Employee - Project Director

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very dishonest and miserable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Find professionalism and never let go of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not let the reputation FOOL you!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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