MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Research Assistant II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and with the right supervisor, the work/life balance is achievable.

    Cons

    Salary is very low for experience and education required for the position

    Advice to Management

    The research staff is not valued. There are few incentives and opportunities to develop a career.


  2. Helpful (1)

    RN

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great Retirement plan

    Cons

    Management needs more education on how to manage and treat others.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you would want to be treated.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work, but only with the right people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Personnel
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Personnel

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gaining experience from a world-renowned institute which looks great on the resume.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement, research management does not keep its promises, cannot trust in your supervisors, difficult to transfer to other departments; lately many people were hired for clinical research with no relevant education and/or experience; failed HR employees transfer themselves to positions and getting the highest end of the salary range, while they don't have relevant education and/or experience, while at the same time regular employees barely get a raise; unfair treatment of certain employees, double standard. More cons than pros for sure.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all HR personnel, review research management's performance and change them where it is required, review "flex hours" as some employees take advantage of that (e.g. supposed to work 40 hours during 4 days, but work only 8 hours per day or even much less - many times the excuse is that "working from home" while their work requires in-house presence).


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  5. Decent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good contacts, great work experience

    Cons

    poor pay, high paperwork, admin positions get paid too much

    Advice to Management

    Give the salary to scientists who are the brains behind the operation. It is frustrating for scientists to know that paper pushers in the department 'so called project managers' are the ones with the big salaries.


  6. Helpful (1)

    To work for MD Anderson

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Retirement plan is the best thing that I can say at this time after being there for 8 years

    Cons

    hard to advance within the company, The recruitment process is horrible and they really don't respond to reasons why your application was not passed to the hiring manager

    Advice to Management

    lighten up and listen to what you employees are trying to tell you


  7. Helpful (2)

    Honest

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place for cancer innovation

    Cons

    Horrible environment to work in. Core values are not used by employees. Many employees are in positions about their pay grades

    Advice to Management

    Be selective about who you hire based on educational and experience, not of friendships or relationships


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sick Days

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The insurance benefit is great, the pay is okay, they try to keep current with the market.

    Cons

    You can't really use your sick days. You have all these days but if you call in sick thats a point against you. The only time you can be absent is on vacation, but who plans sick days?????

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    INTERN

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. work culture is amazing.

    Cons

    There is no other issue apart from the fact that they did not extend any full time offer.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Average

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    State working environment, good benefit

    Cons

    political inside this hospital, expensive parking


  11. Helpful (1)

    Grand environment but enthusiasm is stifled by control-freaks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Smithville, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Smithville, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MD Anderson Cancer Center is a grand place to work, lots of professionals just a phone call away, which makes collaboration easy. The benefits are great, the support from within the institution is great - from vaccination clinics to legal advice you can get support for nearly anything from MD Anderson.

    Cons

    The management is too controlling and the environment where I worked at was only interested in publications, not actual progress. Concerns about study design were not taken serious. Also request for cell/tissue services costing as little as 3$ had to be countersigned by 2 officials to be placed. More bureaucracy than need be.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees more free reign. As a Cancer Researcher who has worked in several countries prior to coming to the US, I can assure you that this will give better results. Scientists are not worker bees but independent thinkers. The paperwork-load is too much to do on top of doing your research well.



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