Memorial Sloan-Kettering

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
269 Reviews
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269 Reviews
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Memorial Sloan-Kettering President & CEO Craig B. Thompson
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Pros
  • good benefits and great environment to work for (in 17 reviews)

  • Great Salary/ Great benefits/ Nice people to work with, very friendly (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • High cost of living in new york city (in 8 reviews)

  • MSKCC is on the low end of the pay scale and don't count on getting large raises/cost of living increases (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Constantly shifting set of sub-par management in CTO. No leadership.

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    Former Employee - Budget & Contract Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Budget & Contract Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    MSKCC is known for having great benefits.

    Cons

    The Clinical Trials Office Budget Group is a poorly thought out, abysmally managed department. There are some great staff doing amazing work under a constantly shifting set of unprofessional, poor-quality managers who are completely ignorant of how work gets done and haven't the leadership skills to properly implement changes. This leaves a department with high turnover for staff (approx 50% of the department is currently looking to leave) and higher turnover for management (5 different people have led the department under various titles since 2010).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Move the staff to the Research and Technology Management Department. That department makes more sense as the staff can coordinate better with those working on the finances of clinical trials. They can better implement systems to do their jobs and work more effectively with researchers, PIs and other staff to better fund the research.
     - Implement 360 degree reviews. There are several instances of chronically ineffective management which is allowed to fester creating instability and low morale. If the federal government can implement these reviews to weed out ineffective management, certainly MSKCC can do this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful. I've never seen so much data manipulation in my life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time

    Pros

    - Free lunch on Mondays
    - Free drinks on thursday for phd students and other members

    Cons

    I have never seen so much data manipulation at an immunotherapy facility.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time

    Pros

    Highest paying salary for new grad RNs, great health benefits, and you learn a lot just by being in that environment. Physicians and PAs were a joy to work with.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nursing supervisors and very cliquey nighttime staff on the unit I worked on. The hospital treats its employees like they're in a corporate environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For incoming new graduate RNs, treat them with RESPECT. Don't stuff a so-called troublesome new employee in a cramped nursing supervisor's office with two preceptors, a nurse specialist, a nurse educator, and of course the supervisor and expect PROGRESS from the RN after completely DEMORALIZING the nurse. And, if you talk to YOUR supervisor, give the new employee a chance to speak to your supervisor as well instead of running around like a headless chicken because you're trying to save your behind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I wouldn't suggest working here

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    Salary is good

    Cons

    Lack of vaca and time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doctors do not acknowledge you as a person
    Management doesn't care about you

    Give us time off. Were humans who have a life outside the hospital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Establishes the development and management of estimates and cost solutions for new construction and existing/new renovat

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    Former Employee - Design & Construction in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Design & Construction in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The center itself is one if not the best place to be employed.

    Cons

    Management is very poor in addressing the needs of NEWLY employed employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not expect a new hire to now the ins-and-outs of the department without any proper training and guidance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    A very high number of disgruntled workers in the Department of Laboratory Medicine

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The salary is competitive and the employee benefits are very good.

    Cons

    The leadership and administration for the department is unorganized, unethical, unprofessional, and malicious. They lack the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully lead a team or any projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include your staff’s ideas and suggestions in departmental projects and initiatives.

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Name Recognition Only

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    Former Employee - Clinical Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Clinical Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, including tuition reimbursement (comparable with other university hospitals). Salary average to below average for NYC. Having the MSKCC name on your resume will open other doors.

    Cons

    Overall the organization is good to their patients and staff. Unfortunately, there are many departments and sub-departments. If you chose to work there be careful as to where you decide to work. For example, if you see many openings in the Department of Medicine, Clinical Trials Office, it should be a red flag. Upper "administrative" management has little regard for staff, or patients with heavy turnaround as a result. HR and overseeing management turns a blind eye and protects staff that should otherwise be terminated. Chose carefully your next career move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shielding poor and abusive managers in the long run will fail and ruin the reputation of a good institution with wonderful physicians. Research should be run by physicians and researchers, not business managers with no understanding of clinical research. HR staff and policies should be reviewed to ensure they are appropriate and applied consistently across all employees, including management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    brand name organization can improvement

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Basking Ridge, NJ

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    benefits and patient interaction, brand name organization

    Cons

    Frenetic fast pace environment, inadequate staff for volume of patients, poor training/mentorship from management. No interest in supporting a hard working, caring employee who by the shear volume and lack of training was set up to fail...
    "At Will" termination with NO FORMAL performance appraisal or supervisory warning regarding performance concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If serious concerns have the decency to sit down for formal discussion/ appraisal and outline improvement strategies with a timeline should performance not be attained. Don't just blind side with "At Will" termination just because you can.

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

    Not the place to be if you work with technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, telecommute, benefits, great physicians

    Cons

    First of all worth to say that I'm writing this review from the perspective of a Software Engineer.

    In a simple sentence, avoid this place if you are in the tech space.

    Old mentality, old systems that were developed in the 90s and never updated. Impossible to maintain a conversation about tech (not that I'm a geek or anything).

    Nobody (you are reading correctly, yes) does coding. They simply install and use Windows based tools.

    Next->Next->Finish is the closest thing to an algorithm these people have seen.

    Honestly, avoid this place at all cost if you are trying to make a career path in technology. Now I understand why healthcare is such a mess; and trust me it is a really big mess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your employers to update their skills, get out, learn what's out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Science, management and compensation are envigorating.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    An institution with a strong scientific reputation. You are working for a good cause, improving patient health and scientific understanding for improving medical care.

    Cons

    After a while you hit a glass ceiling when some may think there is room to continue growing. If a supervisor feels competitive of you, you may be told your next step is to start over. It may feel deflating. If you have a life balance concern (new family member, FMLA concern) you will be told you are supported; however your job responsibilities will slip away to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is smoke, don't slander the employee. Consider that the supervisor may need some counseling.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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