MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated September 1, 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. Excellence in research and patient care stifled by paperwork

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    World leader in cancer research and patient care

    Cons

    too much middle management is choking the institution

    Advice to Management

    too many paper pushers


  2. Helpful (1)

    an odd beast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    MDACC has great benefits, many interesting things going on, good work-life programs, and lots of interesting people to work with.

    Cons

    the bureucracy can be overwhelming. Since it's an arm of UT, it's a state agency; since it's a state agency, it's a huge bureaucracy. There are some 18000 employees so it can be tough to get to know all the people you need to know to get the job done well.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to recognize that middle management needs more opportunities to make real changes. This might allow lower-level (non-patient-facing) employees to feel as though they are making more of a difference.


  3. Helpful (1)

    ok

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    Current Employee - Budget Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Budget Associate in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    flexible time, flexible hour, short working hour.

    Cons

    no career growth and opportunities

    Advice to Management

    they need to give more room to growth for subordinates


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  5. no structure

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great facilities with access to a wide range of techniques

    Cons

    no structure, feel as if im just thrown here in the dark

    Advice to Management

    set up monthly meeting where postdocs present, ask questions etc


  6. NA

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst II in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of cons

    Advice to Management

    Show true leadership


  7. Good place for lab technicians.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is pretty good. Most people don't work long hours. The lab technicians has especially good lifestyles and decent pay.

    Cons

    You don't get paid as much as you would with other institutions. The North and South campuses are very far away.

    Advice to Management

    The management should not inform people of a decision well after when actions have been taken. The intranet communication system is horrible too.


  8. Ok

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    offer education re embursement, rewarding to work here.

    Cons

    To many hrs, not enough coverage

    Advice to Management

    Need more employees


  9. Great for cancer care and research, not so great if you're an IT professional

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits/retirement plans, very rewarding to work for the best cancer center in the country, very secure employment, great work-life flexibility, start at 4 weeks vacation/year and increase from there.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and top-heavy. Executive leadership is reactionary and lacks vision. IT-wise, we're in the dark ages. IT implementations always run long and over budget, largely due to a lack of talent. Overstaffed/underskilled.

    Advice to Management

    Set goals of where you want to go, and give staff the freedom to determine how to get there. A lot of time is spent controlling the how, with little regard to where we are going.


  10. Worth while

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    To improve good technical knowledge to answer scientific questions

    Cons

    Pay is very less compared to other organizations

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  11. not bad, but not great

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, decent people on the whole, tuition reimbursement is nice as is the cohort program ONLY if you are pursuing a degree related to healthcare.

    Cons

    rigidity in advancement, micromanagement, highly specialized which can be disadvantageous to older employees or employees that have time constraints that hinder educational opportunities



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