Mayo Clinic Reviews in Rochester, MN

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
238 Reviews

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Pros
  • Directors and supervisors encourage a strong work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great leadership, very friendly and professional co-workers (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Centralized decision-making and administrative infrastructure with decreased autonomy for individual departments (in 7 reviews)

  • Need more non-patient care areas (lounges, courtyards, gardens, etc (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at The Mayo, and it was okay.

    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Technologist  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Technologist in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Clinical lab work here is a breeze: up to date instruments and methods, tons of specialist support, and all the Facebooking you want.
    Mayo subsidizes public transportation (including coach buses), which allows long-distance commuters to defray travel costs.
    Employees have access to world-class doctors and treatments for their own medical care.

    Cons

    As the "Bastion of Conservatism", dress codes are too rigid and out of date, especially for areas with zero patient contact.
    Mayo used to offer all employees free health care and a more relaxed absentee policy; over the years they have slowly tightened the screws to eliminate little perks that used to be taken for granted.
    Mayo is located in the bowels of Minnesota = Winter Hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're all professionals here. Don't micromanage us with rigid policies regarding professional appearance and discipline procedures for "tardy attendance".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    career opportunity, education, employee gym, great coworkers

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrative  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - IT Systems Administrative in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about Mayo is that everyone(well, almost everyone) really does realize that the needs of our patients come first, regardless of what time of the night or weekend it is.

    That being said, working at Mayo in IT is mostly an 8-5 job. The reason for this is that there is not enough parking downtown, so at 5:00 pm there is a max exodus of employees trying to catch their bus ride home. There is an on-call rotation, however, so I can be paged in the middle of the night if a system has a problem.

    Management is good, and I happen to work right now for an exceptional manager.

    Salary and benefits are excellent, even though old timers grumble about the "good old days" where healthcare premiums were covered free of charge.

    Cons

    IT at Mayo is what I would charitably call "mass controlled chaos". Doctors have a lot of power at Mayo, so in the past, if a doctor wanted a pet project, she usually got it. Regardless of whether it required special databases, middleware, etc.

    Because of this, Mayo is rife with one-off applications, environments and technologies all over the place. Until recently, it was a free-for-all where almost anything goes.

    Finally, Mayo brought in a new CIO who is working towards streamlining IT and attempting to introduce standardization. It's a slow process, but we have seen some positive changes already. Still lots of work to do in this area.

    Work/life balance is very good, but Mayo is a bit conservative, so there is not the flexibility like there is at other companies like IBM. You're pretty much expected to be in the office from 8-5.

    Parking in downtown Rochester is abysmal for Mayo employees. I think the current waiting list for a parking spot is about 12 years. Most employees park at "Park & Rides" and take the bus into downtown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mayo needs to continue to try to reduce the number of differing technologies in its infrastructure. It should also set a higher budget for employee training and education on new technologies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - RN Staff  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - RN Staff in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Lots of job opportunity. Education reimbursement.

    Cons

    Ageism, once you reach 50 there are not many promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Believe The Hype

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    Current Employee - Medical Transcriptionist  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Medical Transcriptionist in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits including PTO and health insurance, reimbursement account for vision and dental. Great reputation. Great health care. Amazing physicians.

    Cons

    Work life balance is terrible. Management is horrid. Expectations are ridiculous. Nothing matters except the needs of the patient. Forget the needs of yourself. You get a good deal of PTO but good luck using it, especially in the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the minions who get paid crap and do the grunt work.

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

    IV Technician

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    Current Employee - IV Technician  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - IV Technician in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great health care and benefits

    Cons

    work can be tedious and boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent mentorship & research opportunities with great benefits.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Excellent mentorship and research opportunities.
    -Best hospital in the world, so translational research training here is deep, broad, and diverse.
    -Chance to work with the world's experts in just about every clinical and translational research area.
    -The salary is competitive especially in light of the low cost of living in Rochester, MN.
    -Benefits are plentiful and the commute is very light.
    -The culture is strongly focused on providing the best care for each patient.

    Cons

    Winters can be harsh, but with the patient and employee subways in addition to on-site parking provided (standard for
    research fellows), it is not a problem. Also, with many local state parks nearby in addition to Quarry Hill, these
    locations provide great opportunities to take advantage of exploring the outdoors during these times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue:

    1) increasing employee benefits: great that you will now be matching retirement investments,

    2) to offer more opportunities for employee learning and growth: try to find a way to build a more user friendly
    Employee Entrepreneurial Program,

    3) the culture at Mayo is excellent, try to help further build the Rochester community through greater diversity.

    4) to provide free bus transportation for employees who do not have on site parking & build more downtown parking
    facilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Collaborative Atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Work with experienced, dedicated professionals
    - Access to individuals with subject matter expertise that is unparalleled
    - Ample opportunity, if you desire

    Cons

    - Same as any large organization: necessity of processes, things take time - not a knock on the organization, but rather an unfortunate side effect of large corporations
    - Location is rather unfortunate as well - Small town MN

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more progressive office culture may cater well to young, up-and-coming professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent institution for medical training with great benefits, but in a small city with harsh winter and little to do

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    Former Employee - Clinical Fellow  in  Rochester, MN
    Former Employee - Clinical Fellow in Rochester, MN

    I worked at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are few hospital systems with the prestige and innovation of the Mayo Clinic, so training here is a unique experience. You get to work with the world's experts in just about every medical specialty and sub-specialty. The salary is excellent in light of the low cost of living in Rochester, MN. Benefits are plentiful and the commute is easy. The culture is strongly focused on providing the best care for each patient.

    Cons

    With such a large institution, bureaucracy is inevitable. There are way too many administrators disconnected from the front line clinical care who sometimes make ill-informed decisions that negatively impact patient care and physician satisfaction, even though this is a physician-led practice on the most part. The harsh winters in Minnesota is also something to behold. The bitter cold last from November to March, and it's not uncommon to have single-digit or subzero temperatures throughout the entire January.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the unnecessary bureaucracy. Continue to build Rochester to include more diversity in food and culture. Mayo Clinic is Rochester. Make it a "destination medical center".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Secretary

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    Current Employee - Medical Secretary  in  Rochester, MN
    Current Employee - Medical Secretary in Rochester, MN

    I have been working at Mayo Clinic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, reasonably good pay, consistent hours, emotionally rewarding, professional environment, training available, busing was paid for, good, healthy cafeteria food available at all times

    Cons

    sometimes understaffed, was laid off due to downsizing, some of the doctors were very arrogant and overbearing, office culture was backstabbing and unnecessarily stressful over petty issues

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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