MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
362 Reviews
3.6
362 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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  1.  

    Great Pay, but weak management

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Great pay, and work life balance. You can work upto 4 days per week fro home if you are not in management. Great cafeteria with good food.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor knowledge of IT. Too bureaucratic and too many meetings with no specific agenda. Managers don't work well with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create the bond among managers. learn the subject. No favoritism please. Set specific agenda for the meetings. Don't create too many layers of management

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would have helped to had adequate training

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Good name recognition
    Good pay and benefits
    Nice cafeteria
    Nice looking building
    A lot of potential opportunities throughout the hospital

    Cons

    Training was horrible
    Little patience shown toward learning curve
    Lack of staffing
    Rude and impatient doctor to work with
    lack of flexibility in scheduling
    My shoe had more people skills then one of the doctors I worked with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide adequate training for new hires in research
    Some doctors need to get some people skills
    Show more patients toward the learning curve given the lack of staffing
    Hire more staff!

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    MD Anderson is the best place in the world to perform cancer research but they are bureaucratically top heavy.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Great place to do cancer research, any sample or study you want to do is available.

    Cons

    To many bureaucrats and middle management that can't be fired. Politics are rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire 1/3 of the people who are not directly involved with patient care, research, or building maintenance. Paper pushers run the place.

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  5.  

    Esteem-killing job

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    Former Employee - Scientific Editor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Scientific Editor in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Workplace amenities: post office, cafeterias, public transportation nearby, good Intranet for in-house communications

    Cons

    My supervisor did not give me performance standards for my job until I had been working there for 4 months.
    Excessive workload
    Esteem-killing feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that all supervisors get training in supervision at M. D. Anderson, even if they have had training elsewhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    If your're not a nurse or doctor don't waste your time!!

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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

    Pros

    Great pride working for one of the top cancer hospitals in the world.

    Cons

    Very hard to transfer to different departments, They say you can transfer after 6 months of employment but unless you know someone in management you can't move anywhere, If you are not a nurse or doctor you will get NO respect, They tend to look down on nursing assistants, clerks, secretaries etc... You might as well be invisible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has a real problem about choosing favorites. It's extremely unfair to the employees to watch management goof off and appoint their "favs" raises while your busting your butt for nothing. They should also be required to take classes in proffesionalism as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission, Not Always a Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Outstanding mission and service. "Making cancer history" -- what could be better than that?

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic. Some managers are great while others are out to milk the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate management and employees on performance, not politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Needs to get up to speed with technology

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees, rewarding to work with cancer patients

    Cons

    Bad management, things move too slowly, inconsistent management among units, departments, unsafe staffing, pay below national averages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more accountability for managers, better staffing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall satisfied but reservations about advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Great mission, purpose and overall effort in hiring a diverse staff.

    Cons

    Great job of hiring diverse staff but limited advancement opportunities for certain individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the "Behind the scene" employees and provide advancement opportunities for them while sometimes recognizing the need to overstep the limitations that maybe placed on them by the employee's immediate management...

    Recommends
  10.  

    uncaring

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    Current Employee - Cook III
    Current Employee - Cook III

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    You get to help those in need.

    Cons

    The work you do, if outstanding, will not be noticed or taken by management as they did it. Most people that don't do anything get the best reviews and those that bust their butts get written up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees about the problems they bring up and do something about it in timely manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    The place provides a great support to tenured faculty.

    Cons

    Non-tenured faculty has no opportunity for career advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a big gap between the outside image and realities within the institution.

    No opinion of CEO

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