Memorial Sloan-Kettering
3.8 of 5 203 reviews
www.mkscc.org New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 13, 2014
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3.8 203 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Memorial Sloan-Kettering President & CEO Craig B. Thompson

Craig B. Thompson

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    Great Hospital- Terrible IT

    PC/Mac Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire and invest from Within. As a manager do not take things personally. Train and promote employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Glass Ceilings Everywhere...

    Physician Office Assistant II (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits, decent salary, friendly environment, and very structured.

    ConsIf you are a person of color, you might want to reconsider accepting an entry-level position with any chance of moving up. In my experience I have seen SEVERAL of my coworkers in different departments (some with Ivy-League degrees, and/or some like myself, college educated and an exceptional worker) literally "passed over" when seeking a higher position for people not of color who have WAY less experience or credentials...(but they do smile alot).

    Please explain how a person whose work is mediocre and 2 years experience nabs a position over a person with 8 years of good standing and experience.

    Please explain how a person whose work has been deemed mediocre and their "1st job ever" supersedes a person who has trained them with 9 years experience and a Masters degree...

     When I have tried to apply to various positions, my supervisors would say condescending statement about me to potential employers (It has also happened to several people within my department- interviews always go well until they speak to management, even considered having someone call as an employer to find out why all my interviews go well until they speak to my management team)

    When I returned to school, I was told that my work declined...Funny, a very SIMILAR thing happened to a friend of mine in a completely different department when she returned to school.

    If you are of color and are content with working in the same position for at least 15 years before being considered for something else, then this is the place for you. I find it hard to believe that I've received awards for my above and beyond work, but can't seem to exercise this work in a different area despite my various specialized credentials.

    As for me and many individuals who have decided to break the glass ceiling and venture elsewhere (funny- those same people who couldn't get a promotion at Sloan are now Directors and Managers elsewhere), you do learn a lot about the corporate world as someone's secretary...

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe underlying yet blatant racism will one day be exposed...In my 7 years I have seen so much of it, that I simply decided to venture elsewhere. As for my department itself it's crazy how almost every person not of color within 2 years receives a promotion (and I am talking completely inexperienced people prior to their hire) while people with degrees in the health care field are forced (by polluting their to remain entry level.

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    Doesn't care about employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork with friendly people/co workers
    Commute is good
    Neighborhood is safe enough
    Benefits are good
    Pension package is ok at best

    ConsManagement treats Secretaries like second class citizens
    Dont express your personality Don't try to question the authority-

    Management doesn't think on their own accord but can quote a policy in their sleep especially when it benefits them
    Hours are not flexible no flex time no comp time
    No room for growth
    Favoritism and nepotism are alive and well here

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees well and fair and they will go the extra mile for you. Life skills and thinking outside the box works better than quoting the employee hand book

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    No longer care about their employees or their patients safety.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosmedical benefits, dental benefits, 403b, free uniforms, of course everything over the years has increased in price

    Consover the past few years the emphasis conveyed to employees is about making money, not patient care as it used to be. "Do more with less" is not feasable in a patient care environment.

    Advice to Senior Managementemphasize patient care and patient satisfaction with their care and treatment. Healthcare is not just about making money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor management and lack of prioritization really define some departments

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHealth benefits
    Employee growth seminars from the HR office
    Lots of research and patient facing opportunities
    Definitely a growing company

    ConsNo emphasis on employee growth within some departments
    Lack of transparency and little to no communication from higher ups
    Poor management and lack of prioritization of projects

    Advice to Senior ManagementPrioritization, transparent communication is needed from the top down. Many employees' work and opinions are taken for granted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Secretary IV (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMostly great co-workers
    Health Benefits for family, Pension

    ConsMicromanaged, 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 Senior ManagementLevel 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wasn't fun

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTime moves by fast, never a dull moment.

    ConsYou never get a chance to breathe.

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    Fantastic mission, great research work but awful corporate culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    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 Senior ManagementSome 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Much change needed. Senior leaders are the problem.

    Clinical Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMid-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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFlexi-timings. Good health care benefits. Nice location

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementIncrease 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 ?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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