Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
187 Reviews
3.1
187 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.  

    Comfortable Existence.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Receptionist  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Medical Receptionist in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Once you are trained, you move fluidly into being part of the machine. If you mind your Ps and Qs, nobody bothers you, you just clock in, do your best, and clock out. Once you are ingrained, if you play well with others, it is not difficult to keep your job. If you are someone who does not want to answer to deadlines or your boss every day, this job is for you. The flexibility with scheduling is better than anywhere I have ever worked before. The healthcare benefits are great, especially if you stay within the Vanderbilt network.

    Cons

    Long, long hours sitting. A twelve hour shift in one place with only a quick 30 minute break and two quick 10 minute breaks (if you are lucky enough to get them every day) can wear you down after a while. Training your brain to multitask causes some form of adult ADD. No raises for the past two years, supposedly due to the economy and "restructuring of the work flow". Company culture is preached but not exemplified often enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide upward mobility or incentive to carry on. Some sort of edification or enrichment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Director in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Vanderbilt has a good work environment along with a good work/life balance. The organization is trying to be one of the best places to work.

    Cons

    With the cutbacks of recent years, a lot has changed. Opportunities for advancement are more limited and there are more politics. Training, especially external training, is at a minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to core values! Provide more training and growth opportunities. Get a handle on the politics around promotions and direction of the organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was very rewarding

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    Current Employee - Lab Support  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Lab Support in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It was a very rewarding experience.

    Cons

    I was employed through the temporary services and my assignment ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It really depends on your manager...

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good (but they used to be a lot better). If you have a good manager, then you are blessed and you will likely want to stay at VUMC for many years. On the whole, doctors, residents, NPs and nurses and support staff have the best working relationships I have ever experienced in my long career.

    Cons

    The culture has changed drastically in the last 5 years. The recent cutbacks were brutal and this affected culture and morale widely. So many bedside nurses left over the last 12-15 months that VUMC now has a nursing shortage. Some units close beds to admissions because they don't have the necessary staff. So now, staffing incentives are being offered to current staff to pick up additional shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly the cutbacks were too severe and pushed many nurses and clinical staff to leave for other opportunities. Those policy changes to our accrued vacation time were poorly conceived and executed that many nurses chose to vote with their feet. Staff accrued vacation time (at full pay rate...or so we thought) through many years of sacrifice and should have been paid for it in full pay...not 50 cents on the dollar. There are clinical staff who have been at VUMC for many years with hundreds of hours of vacation time banked. Unable to take all their time by the end of the fiscal year, they are forced to sell back their accrued vacation at 50 cents on the dollar or lose it forever. It is one thing for staff not to get raises for years but to claw-back what we have already earned is clearly too much for many staff to bear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for getting your foot in the door

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good
    I have a great supervisor
    Great coworkers in my area

    Cons

    Salary is horrible! If you are looking to advance your career (make more money), this is not the place if you are in research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    over worked under paid

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    great learning experience for nurses. great doctors and state of the art equipment

    Cons

    Employees are over worked and under paid. Especially after the monumental cuts made recently. PTO was put on hold for months. Raises were also put on hold. People are walking around wondering who will be next. It was very tense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Things have got to get better

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant I  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant I in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good and pleasant working environment.

    Cons

    The pay is poor. Worked here for over 4 years and have yet to see a pay increase. There has not even been a cost of living increase.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a contractor for more than 3 years

    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
  10.  

    Great Learning Environment!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist II  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist II in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time for less than a year

    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
  11.  

    Very satisfied

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

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

    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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