MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
360 Reviews
3.6
360 Reviews
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    apply somewhere else

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    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Texas (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Texas (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    you do nothing all day and do not learn new skills. you snooze but you don't loose.

    Cons

    higher level positions do not have a background in IT and care about finishing projects on time rather than emphasizing quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more qualified PMs and It professionals not hobos off of the street with questionable degrees and career goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Good place to retire, but not a place to advance your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Retirement benefits (pension and healthcare), vacation accruals and ability to carry over.

    Cons

    No career advancement, no bonuses, low compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    md anderson

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    the benefits are pretty decent

    Cons

    the salary is ok depending on the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't spend your loyalty here

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    Former Employee - Accountant III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Accountant III in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Management's attitude hurts moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Completely Disillusioned

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's all smoke and mirrors.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Best benefits in all of the medical center.

    Cons

    The emphasis on prestige through research has tripled the patient load which in turn has overworked and exhausted staff...almost to the point of costly mistakes. There's a reason MD Anderson is no longer #1. The turnover rate in most departments is ridiculous. Newly hired employees are left to fend for themselves without proper training. The 2-3% raise rates are laughable (maybe $20 extra a pay period), especially since most parking has increased by almost $50. The performance based bonus is a set-up for failure since more and more patients are unhappy with the care they're receiving. Morale is low and the pressure to perform on little support from management is high. Growth within the company is non-existent unless you're "in" with management. In the past 2 years alone, a number of prestigious executives and physicians have left the institution, some with little warning. Cutting costs comes in the form of not hiring qualified management down to supplies. Don't count on HR for help as the buddy system rules and cries for help have already been ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul HR and fix the obvious signs of failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience low pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The experienced and knowledge that you acquire are top notch. Insurance is very good.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Management makes you jump through hoops to give you pennies. They feel that you being employed by MD is good enough. In order to make more money you would have to leave then come back, which is ridiculous. The only reason most people stay is because they are up in age and are in their comfort zone and have been there over 15 yrs. Diagnostic Imaging has a huge turnover. The technologist are getting tired of all the BS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The prestige of working at MD is not the only thing people need in life, they need good salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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