Memorial Sloan-Kettering

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
228 Reviews
3.8
228 Reviews
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering President & CEO Craig B. Thompson
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Review Highlights

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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. 9 people found this helpful  

    Glass Ceilings Everywhere...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physician Office Assistant II
    Former Employee - Physician Office Assistant II

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Doesn't care about employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No longer care about their employees or their patients safety.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    over 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 ManagementAdvice

    emphasize patient care and patient satisfaction with their care and treatment. Healthcare is not just about making money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and lack of prioritization really define some departments

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wasn't fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

    Pros

    Time moves by fast, never a dull moment.

    Cons

    You never get a chance to breathe.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic mission, great research work but awful corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Much change needed. Senior leaders are the problem.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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