MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
360 Reviews
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good place to work if supervisor is good (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • PAID PARKING IS THE WORST, OTHER FACILITIES PAY FOR PARKING FOR EMPLOYESS (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was not a priority of my direct supervisor (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Drastic culture change -a Me two- instead of Number 1/2 , with less quality and more desperation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great patients ,unfortunately very vunerable when they arrive and often bombarded with request to partipate in poorly written research studies.

    Cons

    Hemorraghing experienced staff physicians- -left instituition last 5-6 years. Many research staff positions unsustainable, layoffs frequent (best kept secret) Ask many????'s ie.how many have been in position last 10years and why they are not there now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a culture change, lack of respect for staff and ,rumbling , restlessness,increasing the last 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Implosion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, however they are easily replicated elsewhere.
    Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance

    Cons

    Politics and image trumps skill and work ethic.
    IT leadership lacks necessary IT skills.
    Vendors do most of the work and mostly they lack the necessary IT skills.
    Raises are below current national levels.
    Significant brain drain.
    Oppressive, indifferent, erratic management style.
    No vision.
    Poor communication.
    The employee is always to blame.
    No technical career path.
    Embarrassingly low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on providing what is necessary now, not what might be the next big thing in 10 years. Treat people with respect. Provide incentive for people to perform. Provide challenging goals and corresponding work efforts. Stop micromanaging. Stop gathering metrics you cannot objectively interpret.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Beautiful Buildings - do they always offer a good, solid career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director
    Current Employee - Project Director

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

    Pros

    Frequent positions, ( not all due to growth ), Patients are absolutely wonderful, brick and mortar nice

    Cons

    -Hemorrhaging most experienced physicians- over the last few years - many leaving
    -Lack of trust for many executive managers
    -Benefits have diminished greatly
    -Unsafe walk from -far away parking surface lots ( 2013 notices sent -employee's can't use their buses,once parked, MUST walk to /from car ( frequent auto pedestrian accidents/robberies )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Difficult Management structures- employee without a voice- fear of reprisal
    -Physician managers - should have mandatory/ ongoing - management/HR education (prevention of HR legal issues)
    -Departments with frequent (<5 yr period) staff turnover rates of 40-50% (Any single position title) HR/Legal should require- Initiation of external - independent management consultant review and Report forwarded to President.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very dishonest and miserable place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Very good patient care and benefits

    Cons

    The level of stress and negative affects on your overall health aren't even trade offs for those benefits.
    Managers are very dishonest and lack morals
    It isn't what you know it's who you know
    Parking is expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find professionalism and never let go of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not let the reputation FOOL you!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent.
    iDeal discounts. We get discounts on a lot of services from Cell Phones Providers to Houston Zoo Admission price
    Patients are usually treated with the best level of care.

    Cons

    Politics! Politics! Politics!
    Management very cold hearted and have no compassion for employees.
    Parking is way too expensive.
    Low morale
    Brown nosers' haven - your skills and work ethic doesn't matter here.
    Some managers are OVER PAID and are completely clueless about the roles of the employees they "micro-manage"
    High turn over rate in some departments due to poor management and operational flaws.
    HR does very little to help employees against abuse, harrassment and bulllyinf from bosses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have compassion for your employees. I have never ever worked in an environment so hateful and cruel. Please pay more attention to the turnover rate in certain departments. That could be a red flag on how the department is being managed. Appreciate your good, hard working employees instead of giving top of the line priviledges to those who cater to your ego and bring you breakfast and lunch to get ahead instead of working for it. Learn the the jobs functions of your employees, managers should be able to cover anyone they manage in the event of an emergency or staffing crisis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Care for patients, but horrible treatment of employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Love insurance. Excellent Patient Care, and lots of Diversity

    Cons

    Management and license practitioners stick together be it wrong or right. Not fair sometimes when it comes to employees who are the support staff, the ones actually doing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to effectively manage. Just because you're fresh out of school and have your bachelors, Master, etc, etc..... Sometime a degree doesn't mean you can perform you job correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the place you stay for the long-haul

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    MicroManaged

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    MD ANDERSON IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Another disgruntle Postdoctoral fellow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management was absentee for the most part.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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