Memorial Sloan Kettering Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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Memorial Sloan Kettering President & CEO Craig B. Thompson
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Pros
  • Very nice environment to work in and very nice people to work with (in 17 reviews)

  • MSKCC is known for having great benefits (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • High cost of living in new york city (in 8 reviews)

  • there are not that many cons to describe except the fact that cost of living in New York City is just expensive (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Science is big

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Temporary Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering

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

    Pros

    A great place to work. Great people. Great environment to learn. So many advanced facilities.

    Cons

    Management can be open minded. Other than that the place is a great place to start a career.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not the place to be if you work with technology

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, telecommute, benefits, great physicians

    Cons

    First of all worth to say that I'm writing this review from the perspective of a Software Engineer.

    In a simple sentence, avoid this place if you are in the tech space.

    Old mentality, old systems that were developed in the 90s and never updated. Impossible to maintain a conversation about tech (not that I'm a geek or anything).

    Nobody (you are reading correctly, yes) does coding. They simply install and use Windows based tools.

    Next->Next->Finish is the closest thing to an algorithm these people have seen.

    Honestly, avoid this place at all cost if you are trying to make a career path in technology. Now I understand why healthcare is such a mess; and trust me it is a really big mess

    Advice to Management

    Ask your employers to update their skills, get out, learn what's out there.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent learning experience and chance to put a great organization name on your resume for more visibility.

    Cons

    No room for growth unless someone quits or gets fired. Lack of transparency, culture shock- if you don't come from where everyone else comes from, you are silently criticized.

    Advice to Management

    The Hr department needs a better source of guidance. Stop being the big scary manager and help your team succeed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Hospital- Terrible IT

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PC/Mac Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PC/Mac Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent Hospital system as I've been told. Many oportunities

    Cons

    Supervisors are unprofessional, breeding an unprofessional atmosphere. No direct path for career advancement. A lot of required OT. Menial tasks

    Advice to Management

    Hire and invest from Within. As a manager do not take things personally. Train and promote employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Only good if you are a doctor, nurse or high level employee- everyone else watch out

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary IV in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary IV in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Mostly great co-workers
    Health Benefits for family, Pension

    Cons

    Micromanaged, totally an ideal work place if you are liked by certain key players. Unfair treatment of support staff who are not "in" with the proper people. Seniority stands for nothing here. Also minimal room for growth. Poor service specific training in admin positions. Lack of empathy for employees with families. Scary place to work if you get sick, or need medical treatment for more then 3 days.

    Advice to Management

    Level the playing field. When there's less of a "Big US" and "Little You" attitudes maybe the support staff and Management would work as a team. Encouragement works better then fear. Provide sensitivity training for management.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Fantastic mission, great research work but awful corporate culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time

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

    Pros

    -People value and support the mission wholeheartedly
    -There is incredible research being done by some of the best in their field
    -Pockets of incredibly dedicated managers that will stick up for their staff
    -Amazing name brand recognition

    Cons

    -Get ready to play politics because you if you work in "Corporate" you are generally not promoted based on merit or skill, but by how well you play the game
    -People will be conducting the same type of work but one will be paid less
    -Fragmented culture; depending on what division, area and who you work for, your work environment will vary
    -If you are an exempt-level employee, you can expect at least 50 hours/week as the norm; people routinely work 12+hours

    Advice to Management

    Some of the "Corporate" managers need to go. I have seen many dedicated, bright and driven employees burn out or get driven out due to politics. The entire culture needs to change and that starts with the top down.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Much change needed. Senior leaders are the problem.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Clinical Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Mid-level managers here are hard-working, intelligent, forward-thinking, good people. They are ambitious and almost all of them pursue graduate degrees. It would be great if the company would develop them into future leaders... but this doesn't happen and these people invariably leave for better opportunities elsewhere.

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for advancement here. Sure one issue is that no one leaves and so their jobs don't open up. But the bigger issue is that there is no professional development of any kind; there is no grooming of people to fill/replace/add important positions. The company doesn't even try.

    Some senior administrators are unethical and intimidating, and this behavior has been tolerated and encouraged. They get away with anything. When employees see this behavior (and it is very, very visible), it reinforces the notion that there is no fairness and no consequences for bad behavior. Moreover, these leaders are the very people chosen to "mentor" other people here. It is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old guard. The persistent, pervasive culture of intimidation will never fade otherwise. Actively look for fresh talent. Stop letting politics get in the way of doing the right thing.


  9. senior research scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexi-timings. Good health care benefits. Nice location

    Cons

    Low salary. Low growth in the job. Departments are all in chaos with regards to interaction and knowing what the policies are. Too big. Bad child care and housing benefits for Research Scientists.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for senior research scientists. These people work hard to do research and they dont get even the benefits that post docs get. How about housing and day care eligibility in Roosevelt island ?


  10. Helpful (3)

    Judgmental

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Session Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Session Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The patient's are what keeps you going; you bond with them during a difficult time.

    Cons

    The salary is low for the hours/amount of work, little room for growth, staff tattles on every little thing to get you in trouble, very cliquish colleagues, disorganized management, and so on. If you work as a session assistant on a four day work week expect to be in as early as 6:30am and stay as late as 10pm. The hours are crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay, don't be so judgmental, listen to your employes on both sides of the fence, organize the schedule better, and don't expect people to be able to work 14 hours and arrive at 6am the next day in great form.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Time to move on

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are good thats just about it.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow, they only care about the nurses, like they the one doing everything. Too much politics. It not what you know but by who you know. If you want to work where you can grow thus may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Yeah ok like they really listen.



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