UT Southwestern Medical Center Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. World-renowned medical center

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    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Current Employee - Staff RN

    I have been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Pros

    Teaching hospital, excellent nurses, complex cases, busy, great benefits

    Cons

    Teaching hospital, staffing, busy, parking, size

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the staff that takes care of patients day in and day out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Web Developer

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Pros

    1. Good work life balance. The workload is definitely not high. And I can always go home early.(latest time is 6pm)
    2. good management, great chance to learn new technologies.

    Cons

    Low salary just 23 per hour
    no benefits like medical care or 401k
    parking is terrible. almost 10 mins walk to office from the parking lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Run from UT Imaging!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Worst managers ever. Rule by intimidation. No concern for employees! Extremely short staffed and over scheduled. Constant change.

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Dallas, TX

    I worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific insurance benefits as its a state institution.

    Cons

    A constant barrage of ridicule day in and day out. Compliments always felt like they were given because they " had" to. Supervisors take direction from managers so if they're told by managers to punish or to compliment- they do. They are not by themselves free to make a decision.They have not earned honest respect from any of my former peers. As my peers shared many times: " you just learn to play their game". Rather sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so concerned about the processes that are created. Take stock in your employees and value their opinions. Put patient care and your employees happiness first and their wont be such a high turn over with consistent low morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership development available. Work environment is filled with learning and growth.

    Cons

    politics
    large campus
    old buildings
    silos
    communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good job

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    Former Employee - Physical
    Former Employee - Physical

    I worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits/pension and free healthcare for employees.

    Cons

    Job became boring after a while. A lot of silly systems/policies/management interference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Frustrating and depressing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Staff
    Former Employee - Operations Staff

    I worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Sense of pride being part of an organization whose institutions and healthcare provider / research programs are world famous. Good benefits. A lot of great people truly trying to do a good job, who would really succeed elsewhere.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, political, bureaucratic organization. Too many promotions seem to be based simply on seniority or favoritism vs due to merit which leads to too many unskilled, unqualified and uninterested managers just biding their time for the next UTSW financial milestone or outside offer. Inconsistent direction for tasks and/or goals. Chaotic, fear-based environment. Too many HR programs are rolled out constantly with little to no thought about other corporate deadlines, causing the running joke "you will enjoy working here if it kills you". Hyper conservative in some departments. Technology is outdated and not user-friendly, even with the advent of PeopleSoft. Many of the facilities are run down and depressing / have zero energetic vibe. OK compensation until you are promoted, whereby the general rule is to cap your raise at 10% max - for many people this is not equitable or fair. You have to come in from the outside to receive the market rate for the position if you are not within 10% at your current salary. Difficult to take a one hour break away from campus due to the amount of time it takes to get to your car (in certain buildings) so you can feel held hostage - unfortunately, those buildings are the buildings that are old and drab inside and out, so it is especially depressing when you can not get away for days on end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Senior Leadership: Encourage staff to be truthful about issues, without fear of being the messenger for relaying a problem they are trying to repair or for which they are seeking your support or guidance. Managers should be encouraged to find ways to clear the way for staff to do their jobs (many just shrug and say "it's not going to change..."). Managers should have a sense that they will be supported without being dressed down (whether publicly or privately), even when an idea they have presented may not or does not succeed, and they should receive immediate feedback either way. Operating with the idea that all people should be treated exactly the same inadvertently leads to demoralized staff; it is the lazy way to manage large populations and is actually counter-productive.. Senior leaders need to step in and give their direct reports better guidance and sometimes, unfortunately, require subordinates to co-operate and adhere to policies and practices. Office culture in some organizations is too uptight / leadership takes themselves too seriously - encourage people to be human and encourage managers to be approachable. It is one thing to maintain a decorum of professionalism; another to completely lose sense of humor. Frequent meetings behind closed doors and conversations held at a whisper or simply turned off in front of your staff, creates an environment of paranoia. Bottom line: Take an honest look at your upper management's style before concluding all issues are due to ops level staff just being lazy or incompetent. Emphasize the things staff CAN do, and be creative about providing positive environments - spend less time focusing so hard and announcing the things staff can NOT do - there is way too much negative reinforcement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. good employer......................

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center

    Pros

    benefits are very good.............5 words 5 words

    Cons

    the campus around is homeless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    almost good enough.................

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    I stepped into a toxic environment when I started my position and ended up resigning from my position

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and stable organization

    Cons

    Although UT Southwestern Medical Center has a great reputation from a medical standpoint, the business side is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective with people that you hire and promote to upper-level management that actually know how to manage people

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UT Southwestern Medical Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very Laid back enviroment, plenty of people to talk to and flexible schedule

    Cons

    We have to pay for our parking, we only get paid once a month and retirement is 7 percent of check instead of the 4 most employers hace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I think management is great.

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