Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
226 Reviews
3.2
226 Reviews
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos
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Review Highlights

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 place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great company for my position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Stuck between two focuses

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Focused on producing quality work, some teams are sold out on their hospital, ownership

    Cons

    They change their plans constantly, nothing comes to fruition. They seem to think that quality healthcare and making money are mutually exclusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your recent restructuring decisions will hurt your reputation as an employer for years to come. You operate with opressive red tape and inconsistency in your HR processes. Remove the BS and empower managers to be able to hire and fire as needed. Your pay scales and red tape encourage mediocrity. It is a shame that you are allowing the business of health care to keep you from good to great. You are rapidly losing market share to other area hospitals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have worked at Vanderbilt for 3 years. You can't beat the experience and knowledge gained from working at Vandy!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    This is a great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - RN in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    I am a nurse in an hourly position and I truly feel the management team in place is paramount. They encourage and support efforts to continue my education. The scheduling system is fair, it isn't left up to one person to decide everyone's schedule like my previous employer.
          I am extremely satisfied with my work environment. They do not tolerate disrespect to their nurses from anyone (attendings, residents, other nurses). At my previous employer the doctors had free reign to act inappropriately, and nurses were shown zero respect as professional members of the team. It is a very professional environment.
          I should also mention I received a significant pay increase when I started at Vanderbilt and have received several in the last 3 years. I came from an institution that never provided increases. I was there for 4 years and they would tell their nurses year after year there was no money while they installed HD flat screens in all the rooms. When things got tight at Vanderbilt there was none of this.

    Cons

    Parking is definitely an issue. While most University hospitals do charge their employees to park, I do agree it is ridiculous. If you work day shift expect to spend 20-30 minutes to get from your car to your unit. Night shift doesnt have this problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment with good people

    Cons

    Too little diversity and too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more diverse

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work at Vanderbilt, decent benefits, convenient location in Nashville, close to downtown.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, parking is a pain, the hospital smells, traffic can be a problem before and after work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    New Benefits and PTO Will Make You Want to Leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Tech
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Tech

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

    Pros

    Good pay (at least in my area) Could be due to high turnover
    Vanderbilt is well-renowned
    Reimbursement on license
    Ability to Get Overtime

    Cons

    Parking. The rate is the same, despite the salary (a doctor making over $100k/year pays the same parking rate as someone who makes $25k/year)
    PTO (if you don't use it you lose it and your new PTO bank starts over July 1st) Also you can't really cash it only maybe for only 5% of the pay I believe
    High turnover rate in the pharmacy - We've had 4 people quit in the past 2 months and an additional 8 people in the past year when our staff is about 20 of us
    HR is SLOW about hiring. We can't find people to cover shifts which is causing more people to get fed up and quit!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PTO: If we put in 3 months notice for a vacation to last a week and get denied because you guys can't hire people when we're already 2 people short that's a huge problem. It wouldn't be if we could cash out our time off or get it to rollover. Not to mention I only have 2 more months to use my PTO and can't because no one can cover my shift.

    Parking: I'm within 30 minutes of being on night shift yet you guys won't honor it for parking and I'm a female. I'm not walking across the street to park when a woman was kidnapped in the same place 2 months ago. Parking people need to be straightened out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse Case Manager
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse Case Manager

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

    Pros

    Continual access to knowledge, research, higher education; support for furthering education within field of nursing; excellent mentoring opportunities; culture of learning; culture that values innovation, evaluation, and quality improvement; respected reputation in academic, biomedical research, medical, and nursing fields; open to change; good benefits; highly-trained and educated leadership; objective and multifaceted evaluation process.

    Cons

    Cons of working within a huge system that employees tens of thousands of individuals: communication by the administration, broad policies that may not be relevant to specific sites (inpatient policies extended to outpatient settings),overall financial challenges affecting all healthcare; questionable whether salary is competitive; no financial compensation (raise) despite very high performance evaluation score.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve staff-wide communication and roll-out of policy changes. Improve pay equity-- provide compensation for high-performing employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    VUMC's Decline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Pros

    Tuition Benefit for Children
    Great place to learn clinical skills due to acuity of patients

    Cons

    Unskilled Management - nurses/friends are promoted regardless of skills or productivity
    Colleagues do not "elevate" one another - it is a cutthroat environment, not a healthy competitive one
    No raises for years/Unequal pay for same job
    Leadership is dated and has not evolved with the time - 3 Chief Nursing officers have left, nurse managers are leaving in droves and nursing turnover is astronomical. Most units are staffed with travelers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to develop a succession plan. The new healthcare environment has outpaced your skills. It's time for some fresh ideas. You have some great people, but instead of developing great leaders, you support an environment that undermines people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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