MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
360 Reviews
3.6
360 Reviews
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
Ronald A. DePinho
123 Ratings

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 company!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great and lots of room to grow and meet new people.

    Cons

    Parking is a challenge, some people wait years before getting a space near their building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits, but work quality depends on department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Some departments are really great and others are really bad. If you find yourself in a bad one you have to wait one year before you can transfer to a new department.

    Cons

    The budget has been so strict that they low-ball everyone on job offers, promotions and raises. When I was first given a verbal offer it was $10k higher than my written offer and I was told to take it or leave it. This same thing happened to my predecessor in the same position. I also brought in over $1.3M in grant funding during my first 6 months and I was only given a 0.5% raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy,

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love it, but looking to leave...

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    Current Employee - Department Administrator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Department Administrator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    MDA has excellent salary and benefits; I do believe there is opportunity to grow and it's so large that you can move to different a different department and have a whole new job and experience. People are great, patient care is beyond reproach.

    Cons

    ALOT of red tape, ALOT of policies and procedures that totally frustrate the faculty and make the job of dept. manager very difficult. New president and EVP-PIC spend more time on developing "moon shots" and "strategic planning" than actually getting to know the areas and figuring out the real problems. Morale is low and I would jump ship in a second if given the opportunity. Many world-class faculty have left and many top executives. Makes me fearful for what's coming up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Organization

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    This company provides great benefits.

    Cons

    The training is very unorganized. In the research department (Leukemia) people are unwelcoming and unfriendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your orientation and staff.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, inspiring work

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are topnotch and for the most part, generous and helpful. The institution's mission is clear, and every employee is made to feel that their contribution is important. Benefits and compensation are good. There was a strong sense of camaraderie on my team.

    Cons

    Resources for training and development were sometimes hard to come by in my (non-patient facing) department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage all departments/divisions to invest in training and development of their staff. It will reenergize employees who've been asked for years to do more with less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very positive for a young scientist.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Excellent, warm, inspiring environment. Researchers were very accessible. I was there when Ron Depinho became president and he seems to have a great vision for the hospital.

    Cons

    It was a research appointment, so some weekends were spent at work, though that's pretty standard. No other real significant cons if you want to work in research.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Unique. Cancer research and patient care focusing on all aspects of disease.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Vast amount of resources both in terms of people and infrastructure.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Very long process for everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it academic and don't turn it into a corporate entity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, Great pay

    Cons

    resource one is not an user friendly system

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Generally good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Good compensation, ample samples, good funding.

    Cons

    very formal place for working.

  11.  

    Great mission. Lacks focus on technology.

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Modeler in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Data Modeler in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. Great mission. Nice pay. Secure job environment with nice pension benefits.

    Cons

    People seem complacent. IT job growth is slow. Not focused on internal development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on internally making use of all your data and expertise. Don't outsource it all. Figure out how to excite people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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