MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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Pros
  • I had virtually no work/life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • This company provides great benefits (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • We had to pay for parking and in my opinion it was too much (in 7 reviews)

  • Depending on your own work-ethic, work-life balance can be challenging due to the number of initiatives the institution embarks simultaneously (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Worst Place for a Business Professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hospital and ammenities - the institution's mission is to make cancer history. Progress is made every day, be it slow.

    Cons

    No respect for business professionals, you will be treated nothing. Micro management empire - esteem killing jobs. I have never been happier since I left that dead end job. And the executive management is the worst - all very educated MDs with zero business sense and gigantic egos.

    Advice to Management

    With non-business people running business - you can't be helped.


  2. Great place to work - But only for internal referrals - Outsiders don't even bother to apply for a job

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good reputation as being ranked number one in USA Lots of specialties Good hospital for cancer treatment New technologies Sponsor H1B visas

    Cons

    Very poor management. Predominantly hispanic community. They spend a lot of money on buildings and useless meetings and conferences but don't even pay a little for coffee. Clinical side gets all the attention, research people are being exploited. Very low payscale for PhD candidates and post doctoral fellows. On-campus housing is shared with UT-Houston and there is a very long waiting list. Employees need to pay for parking.

    Advice to Management

    Match the payscale for research jobs to national standards and compensate for annual inflation rates and rising market prices. Affordable on-campus housing is needed. Free parking for employees and trainees. Open all jobs to outside competition and be fair with the selection criteria. How will you achieve diversity if you do not recruit outside talents.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Completely Disillusioned

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a prestigious facility with a lot of financial resources.

    Cons

    No recognition for a job well done, underpaid, overworked, not respected by management, top heavy with managers without enough people to do the real work, no management support from upper management, territorial 'pissing' matches, academic snobs.

    Advice to Management

    realize new graduates can't run your facility. patient care is suffering. you're expanding too fast. take time and support your staff.


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  5. Don't spend your loyalty here

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    Former Employee - Accountant III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement plan. Clean and new work environments. Well known brand name for your resume. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    No promotion growth and really hard to transfer to another department. Management is full of nepotism and lacking respect towards CPAs. Their mission emphasizes "Caring" values but they don't practice this towards their employees. Here, it doesn't matter how intelligent and hard you work, if management doesn't like you, then you are out of luck. People with the wrong attitude and poor management style get promoted over you. Human Resources is full of red-tape bureaucrats and make impossible demands that you be the same people person as everyone else. Once you become a senior accountant, then it's time to leave. Staying here too long can hurt your career.

    Advice to Management

    Management's attitude hurts moral.


  6. md anderson

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits are pretty decent

    Cons

    the salary is ok depending on the job

    Advice to Management

    get more training


  7. Helpful (4)

    leadership change has damaged culture and integrity of a once great institution

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    Current Employee - Senior Faculty in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Faculty in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of faculty and staff are very committed to the mission and vision of this once great institution which is to provide the best treatment for cancer patients and to develop much better approaches to treat and hopefully cure cancer patients.

    Cons

    The new leadership is arrogant, nepotistic, ruthless and driven by their own personal agendas. Their behavior has embarrassed the faculty and staff in a very public way. They have set of a two tier system, where the new hires for the "Institute" developed by new leadership are paid 2-3 times what faculty and staff are while not being held to the same performance standards. Faculty morale is at an all time low, with >50% of faculty stating that they will leave within the next 3-5 years. The leadership style has been very destructive and has resulted in faculty fleeing from this once great institution on a weekly basis. There have been multiple demotions and firings of faculty and staff who do not do the bidding of the new leadership. The national press is now calling for a downgrading of the #1 rating of MD Anderson in Cancer Care by the US News and World Report. Although once this happens -and it will happen- the leadership will be called to account for this actions, it will be much too late to recover from the multiple programs that have been destroyed. We have become a laughingstock nationally, with a recognition that the grand "Moonshot Program" is nothing more than a fund raising ploy to provide money to supper the senior leadership research programs in this era of low grant funds and sequestrations.


  8. Another disgruntle Postdoctoral fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Better benefits than some other academic institutions, I.e. paid vacation.

    Cons

    Terrible training and lack of mentorship. Also department admins will disrespect you to the best of their abilities

    Advice to Management

    Management was absentee for the most part.


  9. Helpful (1)

    MD ANDERSON IT

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    MD Anderson is the best institution in world and it is thriving because of dedicated doctors and nurses.MD Anderson success wholly depends on doctors and nurses.

    Cons

    IT & infrastructure sucks, everybody is safe guarding there position and waiting to get balloon retirement package at the cost of cancer patients.

    Advice to Management

    An act of overhauling is required in EMR and Network Engineering starting from managerial level.


  10. MicroManaged

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Retirement and PTO Benefits

    Cons

    MicroManaged, No Room for advancement, Benefical to those who have cush office jobs, not to the employee who works in clinic with patients, and most of all PDM!!! It's all about money and being in the black.

    Advice to Management

    If you would be more appreciative to the clinical employees who only get a 30 min lunch and really work hard to give our patients the best care... you would get more productive and happy employees. And tell Management to STOP with the MicroManaging! It hinders productivity and employee moral! Also, it would help if Faculty wouldn't always get the benefits of new Cafe's... 30 minute employees should have there own Cafe to cut down on traffic and allow us to enjoy our lunch and not rush.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not the place you stay for the long-haul

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being able to work with such a diverse culture and help so many people

    Cons

    HR. Eventually you will have to go to them for some reason, and they are horrible, horrible people.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and stop trying to pad your paycheck with budget cuts. We employees notice.



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