Vanderbilt University Medical Center
3.3 of 5 173 reviews
www.mc.vanderbilt.edu Nashville, TN 5000+ Employees

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos

Nicholas Zeppos

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "I worked with great people and had good benefits"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Great benefits, convenient location, looks good on your resume to work at Vanderbilt"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Systematically cutting of staff benefits, have to pay to park"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Low pay, low standards, politics, under skilled staff, non-standard development practices,"
    in 7 reviews
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    Thriving and competitive place to work

    Research Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsCutting edge research.

    Very good institutional support for personal growth (e.g. career guidance, grant writing, research support for pilot studies, mentorship, workshops and studios)

    World-class informatics infrastructure in support of research

    ConsFinancial woes (not specific to this place): as an academic medical center it has endured its share of science funding squeeze and other healthcare related financial stress.

    In my field, the salaries are not competitive with the market making hiring and retention of support and technical staff very difficult.

    Recent austerity measures have left a bad mark on staff morale. If it continues long term, it may damage the reputation of the place as a desirable work location and lead to an irreversible brain drain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more flexible in allowing PIs and unit directors and department/center chairs to match market salaries.

    Frozen salaries and promotions mean that the only up is to respond to open positions in other labs. This creates an incentive for people to constantly shop around for opportunities inside the institution and elsewhere.

    Dealing with HR for hiring is a beaurocratic nightmare.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great overall...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, dedicated employees. Patients are great and we love to work as a team around here.

    ConsChanges could be communicated more succinctly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate sooner and in terms everyone can understand. Be more transparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's like a cult, but one you're glad to be a part of!

    Computer Programmer/Analyst (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsAlmost everyone you run into likes working here, flexible schedule, great/low cost medical insurance options

    ConsCurrently undergoing budget cuts, resulting in lost programs which means some job insecurity for people working in programs that may be considered unnecessary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good education opportunities, job salaries/benefits getting lower all the time.

    BSN (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsCutting edge medicine and care to patients; excellent reputation.

    ConsBenefits are slowly being cut to off set decreased medicare/medicaid reimbursements; no pay raise in over 3 yrs; no longer feel my job is secure; physicians are not held to the same employee expectations that other staff are-- for example... being hateful & condescending. If I am not allowed to exhibit those behaviors, then why are they?? Very frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees more- not everyone needs to be micromanaged.

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    Times they are a changing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTuition Reimbursement is the benefit that most employees use.

    ConsA Physician run organization. Scientists can only see things as they are and refine them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementVisionaries are needed to make improvements and change the course.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to do biomedical research

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsResearch projects are high cooperative. You have a lot of chance to interact with different people. The University offers a lot training opportunities for your career development.

    ConsLiving expense is higher than what I expected. The traffic is terrible during the rush ours. There are no straight road in Nashville. And whenever there is a rain, there is a flood.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stress free environment and great culture for a start

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsStree free, benefits, exposure to society meeting and conferences, tuition reimbursement

    ConsNo room for personal growth, too much politics in upper level positions.

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate opportunities for staff to prosper.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, but low pay as expected for research.

    Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsGood work/life balance, incredible people, fun place to work most of the time. You gain a lot more knowledge working here than at other jobs.

    ConsLow pay, sometimes not being challenged enough. Sometimes I would go to work and not have anything to do for several hours, which gets boring eventually.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more to research assistants as they do so much of the work that gets the university money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVanderbilt Medical Center has a great location, with a great night life. More importantly, it is a great hospital (#1 in Tennessee).

    ConsThe pay is below the average for beginner nurses and they claim it's because the cost of living is lower; however, the sales taxes are quite high (no state income taxes though). The benefits also aren't as great as I expected for such a good hospital.

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    Good place to work

    Research Assistant Professor (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsNice and stimulating environment, good benefits

    ConsUncertain funding for biomedical sciences

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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