MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits for non trainees, low living cost, great working environment, great scientists

    Cons

    No bonus for trainees, low efficiency, poor management


  2. Great Place to work but...

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are really wonderful and the department that I work in is really family oriented and understanding.

    Cons

    In order to transfer to another department, you have to be in your current role for at least a year. Also, there aren't a lot of positions to grow into from where I am. The raises are not the best but better than most.

    Advice to Management

    More growth opportunities. Also encourage your staff to apply for higher positions.


  3. PSC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Flexible Schedules, Tuition Reimbursement, Opportunity for overtime, Decent Pay, Work Life Balance

    I overall enjoyed my time working at MD.

    Cons

    hard to get promoted from within, low annual pay increase, sometimes stuck with working 2nd or 3rd shift, seemingly sad place to work

    Advice to Management

    Offer more positive feedback, Request higher pay, Encourage employees to continue education and move up, be more flexible with scheduling (case by case scenario)


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  5. Cancer Prevention Trainee

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    Former Employee - Cancer Prevention Trainee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cancer Prevention Trainee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work; very innovative and inspiring.

    Cons

    There were no cons to working there.


  6. Great Job, but still an enormous facility

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    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love the people I work with directly on a day-to-day basis and even those on a less frequent basis.

    Cons

    Due to the sheer size of the place--will sometimes have to encounter and work with someone outside or above your department. You have little recourse or say if they want to make certain changes, very hierarchical. Some serious political issues between high-end staff that really only effects others indirectly. Every hospital is going to have highly trained, highly paid individuals who act like children when they dont get their way, but overall I do respect most people at this facility.


  7. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer a variety of great benefits

    Cons

    Parking is extremely difficult and/or costly. Management in some departments are poor.


  8. Wonderful people

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    Former Employee - CPRIT Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - CPRIT Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    Very passionate researchers, great opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours as an intern, stressful


  9. registered nurse

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    patient care is good all around

    Cons

    no nurse autonomy for staff

    Advice to Management

    more nurse respect regarding staffing


  10. clinical manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Pros

    salary,benefits, work environment, job placement,

    Cons

    work schedule, flexibility, advancement,


  11. MD Anderson offers employees a place to work where it is easy to become passionate about what you d.

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Internationally recognized as a premier cancer center of excellence
    Relatively stable work environment
    Friendly co-workers
    Emphasize training and development
    Generous work life balance
    Growing organization
    Challenging project work
    Lots of important projects going on in a number of areas
    Minimal to no travel - with a few exceptions for some groups
    Fair base salary structure
    Average opportunities for advancement - certainly not up or out
    Manage a wide range of people with varying work experiences and motivations
    Individuals interested in working hard and making an impact have a good shot at doing so
    Never lets organizational challenges get in the way of providing top notch patient care and cutting edge research

    Cons

    Above all one must learn to navigate the politics which are far more difficult than in more progressive organizations that have flattened out over time
    Large executive and senior management staff for the size of the organization make it tricky to get things done at times
    Bonus structure promotes mediocrity and stability over meritocracy
    Over reliance on an army of consultants
    Redundancy on similar efforts due to politics and poor coordination
    Small amount of self promotion and vulchering of work
    Things move much slower than in other organizations that place a premium on speed
    Struggling to become a more data driven organization - working hard at it though

    Advice to Management

    Flatten out and push more authority and decision making to the front lines, while standing behind the decisions being made.



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