Memorial Sloan-Kettering Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
223 Reviews

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering President & CEO Craig B. Thompson
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Pros
  • They have great benefits like accommodation which I've used the last year (in 18 reviews)

  • good health benefits, decent hours, young people with drive working with you (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Living in New York City is very expensive (in 6 reviews)

  • MSKCC is on the low end of the pay scale and don't count on getting large raises/cost of living increases (in 5 reviews)

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    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering as a contractor for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Hospital- Terrible IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic mission, great research work but awful corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Much change needed. Senior leaders are the problem.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    senior research scientist

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    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 ?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Judgmental

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Session Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Session Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Time to move on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Yeah ok like they really listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    All the hassles of a not-for-profit and none of the benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people themselves are amazing to work with--most of them are very smart and motivated, at least on the clinical side.

    Cons

    Where to begin? The administration is scattered and HR is a joke. Each department is run like its own little kingdom. When I interviewed, I took a huge pay cut but was promised normal working hours and tons of vacation time. 2 years in and I've never been able to take off more than the occasional long weekend; I have to take "junk" days just to keep my vacation bank from being full. Also, no sign of a raise or promotion in site. I'm looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more responsibility for the promotion of your people. Make HR more accountable and less "corporate BS-y"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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