Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
182 Reviews

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182 Reviews
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
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Review Highlights

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 9 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful city and campus. Light traffic. Smart research with lots of funding. Many opportunities for social engagement. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Am constantly annoyed that there is a McDonald's at the hospital

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Learning Environment!

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    Current Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist II  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist II in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    I used to work in the ED and left for several years--now working as a surgical tech. Have always found the doctors to be incredibly respectful and collaborative with the rest of the staff, which fosters excellent learning opportunities on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Management decision making very frenetic. Lays off staff one month, offers bonuses to recruit staff back 6 months later when there's a staffing crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focus groups with staff to better clearly see day to day running of the hospital and get ideas from your talent to help meet financial goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very satisfied

    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Clinical Fellow in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere makes for great research environment. Great support for young researchers. Good benefits including health, subsidized daycare. Location is very convenient as well. Excellent IT division for clinical medicine

    Cons

    Salaries aren't on high end considering Nashville isn't a cheap city anymore. Higher out of pocket healthcare costs than other places I've heard of; cost ~$2500 for labor and delivery charges for recent pregnancy at local hospital.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Vanderbilt is a really great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great, everything is typically well organized/ efficient.

    Cons

    Salaries are usually a bit lower than average (but the amazing health benefits kind of make up for it.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to show that you value your employees hard work.

  6.  

    Was like home away from home.

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    Former Employee - IT Field  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - IT Field in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Great place to work, great benefits, and great employees. The departments I worked with were great people.

    Cons

    They're having some financial issues and cutbacks everywhere.
    Benefits are no longer what they used to be.
    Forced to not get cost of living or merit raises several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see the upper management take pay cuts instead of cutting valuable employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work with good people, but a little adrift business wise.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    The benefits were very strong. A lot of excellent people to work with. Vandy worked hard at actually practicing the values they promoted.

    Cons

    Large, bureaucratic, slow-moving organization. Sometimes difficult to get things done. As with many large organizations some managers get entrenched and do their own thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone on the same page and pulling in the same direction. A lot of middle management is not aligned with organizational goals and values.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    What a GREAT work and learning experience

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    Current Employee - Sonographer  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Sonographer in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Everyone works together to do what's best for the patient. Best team work I've seen at any hospital I've ever worked for the past 10 yrs

    Cons

    Get use to working short staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find others ways to cut the budget besides making the hops so short staffed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Thriving and competitive place to work

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

    Pros

    Cutting 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

    Cons

    Financial 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great overall...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Changes could be communicated more succinctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate sooner and in terms everyone can understand. Be more transparent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stagnant Research

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst II  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Access to indirect learning environment - software programs, seminars, etc.

    Cons

    Lack of oversight for supervisors, general motivation for doing more the minimal is lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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