MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
341 Reviews
3.6
341 Reviews
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not really what you know, but "Who" you know and "Who" has "POWER"

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

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

    Pros

    competitive salary, most folks are friendly and willing to share knowledge, mentoring environment, many educational and training courses are offered for advancement within the institution.

    Cons

    It's not what you know, but who you know environment. Fear of retalitaion from upper management is frequently a concern across the institution. Many in management positions are office bullies, and often threaten employees to ensure processes are carried out their way. Even though the way they want it carried out may not be the very best or logical way...they want it their way. Additionally, I have experienced going above and beyond my call of duty for years, only to receive pennies as monetary compensation. Needless to say, I've often witnessed a severe lack of caring, integrity, and character in upper management. Additionally, on a few occasions, as sad as it is, I've even seen forms of racisim. It's right under the radar, but it's here. In some shape, form or fashion, employees have to pay to come to work. Either paying to ride a bus, van pool, or ridiculous parking prices for a local garage.

    No opinion of CEO
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    cancer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    they have a free gym on campus for employees, good medical benefits, most patients love you.

    Cons

    unfair pay scales (e.g. very educated personnel receive far less often times than partly educated personnel), they have a tendency to prefer to hire from within, very commercialized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It's getting worse...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the previous environment, but now...not much pros

    Cons

    I loved the previous environment, but now...because of the depression, it becomes more and more difficult to survive here. Everyday, you will here some faculties leaving the institution, and of course their employees as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give more chance to all the faculties and trainees. The funding is now only in certain people's control.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed in our mission taking a back seat

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with the best minds in finding a cure for cancer. Many dedicated employees who still concentrate on quality patient care are keeping the place afloat. Patients are wonderful, hopeful, giving and worthwhile.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs who are more into $, power and prestige than patients or a cure for cancer -unless it can make them more money. Conflict of Interest questions are embarassing to those of us who just want to concentrate on what we are supposed to be all about. Seems to just keep moving further downhill in the CARING and INTEGRITY department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat at the top. Hire only upppers who CARE, have INTEGRITY and really do value TEAMWORK. Front lines do thier best, despite some really dumb decisions by uppers that cause employee hardships while we just keep trying to do our jobs, keep our jobs, and provide our best to patients. But we are losing some great people, our 'best asset."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Big institute, but very bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    compensation is less than the national level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Core Values taking a back seat to money and egos?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Mission to cure cancer is worthwhile. Providing life-giving treatment to cancer patients is it's own reward. Some of the most brilliant and dedicated oncologists and healthcare professionals in the world work here. Very good employee benefits and excellent retirement plan if you can stay for the long haul.

    Cons

    The big business of caring has taken a back seat to egos and money. Lack of trust in upper management is at an all time high and getting worse. Fear of retaliation is a problem for a reason. Upper managers seem to think themselves untouchable. Some areas are chronically short staffed and staff have to work in ridiculously tight spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat at the top and give the front lines enough staff and support to provide the quality of care our patients deserve. Get back to treating all staff with caring, integrity and discovery- not just paying lip service to our core values and putting flimsy band aids on the real issues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of smart, amazing people, great place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have a lot of opportunities to learn, great gym, lots of wellness related options.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunities for people in research, especially RAs. Very low pay, if you are in research.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    not bad, but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, decent people on the whole, tuition reimbursement is nice as is the cohort program ONLY if you are pursuing a degree related to healthcare.

    Cons

    rigidity in advancement, micromanagement, highly specialized which can be disadvantageous to older employees or employees that have time constraints that hinder educational opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    intense postdoc training

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    MD Anderson Cancer Center is the largest cancer center in the world. It has a large population of patients with different genetic background from US and other countries. The funding from NIH, personal donations, and public organization is great.

    Cons

    Big and hierarchy organization slow down everything. "At every step, we have somebody there to help you" means you will be stopped and checked at every step. Houston is hot, humid and Houston style.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good experience

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    #1 cancer hospital , ph\ysicians appreciate nurses job

    Cons

    nurses less caring now, more \

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no favoritism

    Approves of CEO

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