MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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15 Ratings

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 (1)

    Great Mission, Not Always a Great Place to Work

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

    Pros

    Outstanding mission and service. "Making cancer history" -- what could be better than that?

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic. Some managers are great while others are out to milk the system.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate management and employees on performance, not politics.


  2. Helpful (3)

    If your're not a nurse or doctor don't waste your time!!

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    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great pride working for one of the top cancer hospitals in the world.

    Cons

    Very hard to transfer to different departments, They say you can transfer after 6 months of employment but unless you know someone in management you can't move anywhere, If you are not a nurse or doctor you will get NO respect, They tend to look down on nursing assistants, clerks, secretaries etc... You might as well be invisible.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a real problem about choosing favorites. It's extremely unfair to the employees to watch management goof off and appoint their "favs" raises while your busting your butt for nothing. They should also be required to take classes in proffesionalism as well.


  3. Esteem-killing job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientific Editor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Scientific Editor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Workplace amenities: post office, cafeterias, public transportation nearby, good Intranet for in-house communications

    Cons

    My supervisor did not give me performance standards for my job until I had been working there for 4 months. Excessive workload Esteem-killing feedback

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that all supervisors get training in supervision at M. D. Anderson, even if they have had training elsewhere


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  5. Helpful (1)

    MD Anderson is the best place in the world to perform cancer research but they are bureaucratically top heavy.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great place to do cancer research, any sample or study you want to do is available.

    Cons

    To many bureaucrats and middle management that can't be fired. Politics are rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 1/3 of the people who are not directly involved with patient care, research, or building maintenance. Paper pushers run the place.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Would have helped to had adequate training

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Nurse in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Nurse in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good name recognition Good pay and benefits Nice cafeteria Nice looking building A lot of potential opportunities throughout the hospital

    Cons

    Training was horrible Little patience shown toward learning curve Lack of staffing Rude and impatient doctor to work with lack of flexibility in scheduling My shoe had more people skills then one of the doctors I worked with

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate training for new hires in research Some doctors need to get some people skills Show more patients toward the learning curve given the lack of staffing Hire more staff!


  7. Great Pay, but weak management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, and work life balance. You can work upto 4 days per week fro home if you are not in management. Great cafeteria with good food.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor knowledge of IT. Too bureaucratic and too many meetings with no specific agenda. Managers don't work well with each other.

    Advice to Management

    create the bond among managers. learn the subject. No favoritism please. Set specific agenda for the meetings. Don't create too many layers of management


  8. Helpful (1)

    Works dedicated people to death. Will it ever change?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hard Working RN in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Hard Working RN in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    State benefits are good, teachers retirement, wonderful patients and the best cancer tx anywhere. Reseach is impressive and groundbreaking.

    Cons

    Low morale and finger pointing has replaced core values caring, integrity in past few years. Very political. Be careful if you cross the wrong person. People here have long memories and hold bitter grudges. Some senior managers have a different agenda and it is all about what you do that makes them look good. Credit often goes to those who take credit for it and actually did nothing to deserve it. Blaming is often the name of the game. It is a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to front line employees and not just the top brass to hear what is really going on. Senior Managers need to work along side their employees some to understand what it really takes to get things done, how hard the work really is and how you expect way too much, way too often. Don't just talk about appreciation. Show it by treating employees better. Look at the great successes of more patients, more money coming in and positive treatement results, instead of reprimanding small errors that amount to a few dollars in comparison - especially when you expect perfection despite ridiculous workloads.


  9. I don't see opportunities for growth unless you are the lowest paid employee here.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits offered to employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    If you are not a clinician, you get treated like a child.


  10. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 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 a year)

    Pros

    I had the chance to work with smart researchers. The offices are big and quite. There is a fitness center for free for the ones who works out regularly.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than the other places. Any paperwork takes long time inside the institution. The administrative personnel is not responsive to our concerns. Had to chance to see my advisor very rarely and briefly.

    Advice to Management

    Correcting those: Compensation is lower than the other places. Any paperwork takes long time inside the institution. The administrative personnel is not responsive to our concerns. Had to chance to see my advisor very rarely and briefly.


  11. Helpful (1)

    its a paycheck

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Smithville, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Smithville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    state retirement, free parking, nice scenery

    Cons

    air conditioning is too cold, no cell phone service



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