MD Anderson Reviews

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38 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Work-life balance, great benefits, opportunity to work with people who come different backgrounds (in 25 reviews)


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

  • Work-life balance was not a priority of my direct supervisor (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to do cancer research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good environment to work in research. Opportunity to collaborate with many experts in different areas. Excellent facilities. actually too many buildings!

    Cons

    No interaction with other staff out of your field. Limited opportunity for growing outside of your field. Staff working with grants management make your work more difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I enjoy working for the company

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are great opportunities and support for career advancement depending on the area that you are in. The quest for knowledge is appreciated here and majority of the people who work here really love what they do.

    Cons

    This hospital houses a lot of highly skilled and highly educated professionals, so it can be difficult to obtain optimal job. So many apply and so many are qualified. Since this is a larger hospital, the work load is a lot more than some other institutions who may pay virtually the same salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support employee development and work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    satisfying with a very work friendly environment which is very conducive to learning new techniques

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) good work environment
    2) good mentoring and very accomplished faculty
    3) good growth in terms of learning curve

    Cons

    Internship opportunities are not encouraged for PhD students who are not interested in academia. Also, overall the training provided is solely to train students to become postdocs or enter academia and not really for other career options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow internship opprtunities for students wanting to enter the industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Research Data Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Research Data Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Data Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, room for gradual growth

    Cons

    low salary, horrible co-workers, bad food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher better people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing from the outside, insane from the inside.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant I  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Doctors are all top notch, top of their field professionals.
    Benefits are great.
    Interaction with cancer patients (if in job description) can be a life changer.

    Cons

    With such top notch doctors, comes almost impossible demands.
    Excellent leadership in clinics and as managers is absolutely critical. In areas where there is subpar management, everyone really suffers.
    Not as quick promotion potential - everything takes a serious amount of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just look at paper qualifications for managing positions. There is lots of talent at this place, though due to its massive size, it's hard to keep track of everyone's performance. A better system needs to be made for employee growth when constantly meeting or exceeding expectations. And harsher punishments need to be made for those that do not perform.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was mix of good and bad

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I could work on hi-fi research at a faster pace. Work on several projects at the same time. The first year was very good.

    Cons

    Despite MD Anderson being the best place to work, My professor was showed no encouragement and appreciation for the efforts. Also the friday group meetings are a nightmare. There was also personal bias and racial discrimination involved. Your job satisfaction fell so bad lots of times - I believe this totally depends on who your mentor is.
    However, MD anderson as a whole is the best place to be employed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor the Professor and his/her interaction with lab research people more closely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A dream place for cancer researchers

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at MD Anderson part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    State-of-art facilities, exceptional patient care, very collaborative environment. People here are very nice and helpful. Great culture and diversity, good benefit. IT support here is wonderful. A lot of great researchers are here and many more are invited here for talk. There are many workshops and training opportunities for trainee.

    Cons

    Many rules here are stubborn and very complicated. Paper work is quite tedious and takes very long time to process. Sometimes you have to push really hard to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify certain procedure like equipment purchase.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Underpaid but Exciting

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant I  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is a lot of exciting things going on at MD Anderson. I liked the fact that I was permitted to go attend one of the many lectures and seminars that are going on a daily basis by the center's experts and guest speakers. I would have loved to keep doing it, but it is hard to make it. I left the job to go to pharmacy school.

    Cons

    Some of the bosses use you for cheap labor and don't teach you anything along the way. Try to get into a laboratory where there's a graduate student that is willing to show you some things. Some of the work can be pretty repetitive. But if you show initiative, your boss or mentor will probably allow you to run a couple projects of your own. Also, it takes awhile to advance in the company, and the pay is not always good. As a research assistant, you could eventually work your way up to lab manager, but now days it seems that they are looking more and more for MBAs and PhDs to run the lab.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work with a vast amount of resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at MD Anderson

    Pros

    The facilities were far above average. The caliber of your peers and active research programs were highly regarded. A lot of effort was made to encourage collaboration.

    Cons

    Compensation was below average. Work-life balance was not a priority of my direct supervisor. Large size of institution makes travel times to different areas long.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    As a Radiation Therapist M D Anderson gives you an opportunity to learn a vast number of treatment modalities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at MD Anderson

    Pros

    As an entry level graduatuate you are exposed to a large variety of treatment modalities with the opportunity for advancement.
    There is a well structured professional development model.
    Benefits and salaries are solid.
    MD Anderson's name and reputation facilitates career opportunities
    They offer tuition reimbursement.
    Lots of personal growth opportunity through various supplementary programs

    Cons

    Once you have reached the expert level as a therapist it is difficult to advance within the organization.
    The work environment is somewhat political.
    Parking is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career coaching opportunites for individuals who would like to advance or move into different leadership roles within the organization

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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