Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
Nicholas Zeppos
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Pros
  • Good benefits including health, subsidized daycare (in 19 reviews)

  • Great benefits, convenient location, looks good on your resume to work at Vanderbilt (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Systematically cutting of staff benefits, have to pay to park (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay, sometimes not being challenged enough (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great research assistant job as undergraduate student

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Great environment and supervisors. Accommodating and flexible of student schedules but I was still given responsibility as a student research assistant that made me feel involved and like i wasn't just doing busy work.

    Cons

    Didn't have a set up program in place for student research assistants so I just got a hodge podge of work. Interesting, but inconsistent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great place for research.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant II in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant II in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Research is very cooperative. The labs all work as a team. Almost everyone is friendly, and the campus is tobacco free. While you do have to pay to park, the fee can be taken out of your salary - which is a pro to a con.

    Cons

    Starting salary is supposedly based on experience, but the university tends to start them out really low. Paying to park is also expensive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. A fast-paced environment, engineered for learning, growing and being a great member of the healthcare team.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Working with some of the greatest names in medicine, and being challenged to learn daily.

    Cons

    The campus is huge, so getting lost happens easily.

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  5. Find your niche

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    Former Employee - Senior LAN Manager
    Former Employee - Senior LAN Manager

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    If you can find the right department, you can have a good experience working here. Good reputation, good benefits, good people.

    Cons

    Very political and siloed. If you find the wrong department you may be overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a culture of inclusiveness between departments. There can be adversarial relationships between areas that could be improved by fostering an "I work for Vanderbilt" mentality over the "I work for Dept. X" mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    culture, collegiality, some good benefits

    Cons

    lots of recent changes, lower pay scale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Vibrant community of researchers and state of the art facilities

    Cons

    Career advancement is limited for those with entry level positions in the lab.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Company is starting to decline

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    Current Employee - Storeroom Clerk in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Storeroom Clerk in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are very competitive with other companies.

    Cons

    Salary increase are slim to non. Vacation is on a use it or lose it basis. Having trouble attacting nursing staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to give merit increases and stop building so much if you can't pay your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great company for my position

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    Current Employee - Sitter in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sitter in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Work when I want to, Easy money

    Cons

    Sometimes there are no assignments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. I have worked at Vanderbilt for 3 years. You can't beat the experience and knowledge gained from working at Vandy!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team work
    Good management in most areas

    Cons

    'Market adjustment' pay raise every 3-4 years only

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Once a Top Employer

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Academic Medical Center, always learning about new patient care treatment. Never the same day. Wonderful opportunity to help and interact with patients from all walks of life.

    Cons

    The time off policies have become very restrictive, and over the past 3 to 4 years the atmosphere has changed from a employee supportive environment to one that is very punitive towards employees. Benefits have been decreased, no raises, and morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less punitive policies towards employees and regain the trust that you have lost over the past few years. Reinforce the former Elevate philosophy and sow the employees that you care. The talk from the top does not match what is happening in daily practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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