Mission: Since its founding in 1884 as New York Cancer Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has remained committed to patient care and innovative research. Our physicians and scientists have made significant contributions to understanding, diagnosing, and treating cancer.
At MSK, we recognize and champion the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist and the value it adds to our organization in meeting the specialized needs of our patients with cancer. We're celebrating #CNSWeek2017 by sharing the stories of our own CNS from across the Center.
Congratulations to Dr. Craig Thompson, ranked #4 on the Highest Rated CEOs list for 2017! This recognition represents a 99% approval rating from employees who left reviews on Glassdoor.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is the world's oldest and largest private institution devoted to the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Founded in 1884, Memorial Sloan Kettering has long been a leader in early detection, precise diagnosis, and individually tailored treatments for cancer.
At MSK, you are part of a team with a purpose. Opportunities exist to work with and learn from others throughout the organization. We recognize and support employees' efforts to expand their knowledge, improve their skills, and assume added responsibility.
We fulfill our mission -- the progressive control and cure of cancer through programs of patient care, research, and education -- by facilitating collaborations among scientists and clinical specialists, enabling new discoveries and the development of new treatments.
Regardless of where you work at MSK, your skills will contribute to the fulfillment of our mission. The greatest reward comes from knowing that you have a role in the advances we are making — together — toward the control and cure of cancer.
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s (MSK) benefits program acknowledges the care that our employees put into their jobs every day. The program provides benefits, tools, resources and services to help employees at work, and in their lives outside of work. MSK is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. Benefits include:
Flexible Benefits: As life changes, so do the benefit needs of our employees. At MSK, employees are able to choose the plans that best fit their needs. Benefits include:
Retirement Plans: MSK provides a Retirement Savings Plan that offers a variety of investment options to help employees save for the future. Employees are eligible for a base contribution from MSK and, in addition, MSK will match voluntary employee contributions up to a set limit.
Holidays and Vacations: In addition to 12 paid holidays every year, employees are eligible for vacation time based on their job classification and length of service.
Sick Leave: Sick leave allows employees to receive their regular salary for a period of time if an illness or injury prevents them from working.
Tuition Reimbursement: The Tuition Assistance Program provides financial assistance to help employees further their education, enhance their skills and knowledge, and improve their ability to face future challenges at MSK. The program offers reimbursement to eligible employees for certificates, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, laboratory fees, registration fees, and professional license exam fees up to $12,500 per calendar year for full-time employees, and up to $6,250 per year for part-time employees working at least 18.75 hours per week.
Commuter Spending Account Program: This program provides a tax-advantaged way for employees to pay for their eligible transportation and parking expenses related to their commute to and from work.
Work/Life Initiatives: These innovative programs and services help employees navigate the challenges involved in managing work and personal commitments:
Employee Wellness Program
Designed to support the health and well-being of employees and their families, Employee Wellness includes programs related to exercise and fitness, weight and nutrition, cancer screening services, and tobacco cessation.
These discounts help our employees save on health and wellness, family fun and entertainment, shopping and dining, travel, and consumer technology products.
Continuous Growth & Development
The Learning and Organization Development (L&OD) Department offers a variety of staff, management, and leadership development programs to enhance skills at all levels, providing a challenging and safe learning environment to support employees in meeting adaptive challenges, applying innovation, and managing change. Development programs for individuals are available to entire workgroups, departments, or individual employees based on developmental needs.
L&OD provides MSK employees with insights into the practice of leadership via our Leadership Development Learning Series, which is a combination of academic talks, practical wisdom, and the sharing of personal leadership experiences.
Diversity is a hallmark of our work at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). Having dedicated 130 years to treating and curing cancer, we know that cancer doesn’t discriminate. Our approach to every patient is unique to them; identifying the best, individualized treatment for a patient includes taking into consideration everything that makes them who they are, including their language, culture, background, and more. That approach is also realized in our dynamic and growing workforce, where we celebrate diversity as a key element of our business strategy for recruiting, retaining, and advancing the best talent available.
Our commitment to diversity is realized from the top down. The MSK Diversity and Inclusion Council includes 17 senior leaders and is governed by a sponsorship board that includes Dr. Craig Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering. The Council plays an integral role in advancing strategic imperatives and spearheading efforts that support growth initiatives that benefit everyone.
At MSK, we also encourage our employees to champion ideas and share their different perspectives, knowing that each individual contribution leads to a greater whole. Our Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) are voluntary, employee-formed task forces organized around a dimension of diversity, such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability. They are central to MSK’s goal of sustaining a business model that values a more inclusive environment for our employees and our patients.
Our current ERNs include:
Abolishing Barriers and Limitations for Everyone
The “Abilitators” support MSK employees with health challenges and disabilities. We promote the eight A’s of ABLE: Attraction (Recruitment); Association (Networking); Assessment; Assistance; Advocacy; Accommodation; Awareness; and Advancement.
Black, Latino, Asian and Multiracial Network
We promote the awareness, recognition, and appreciation of diverse ethnicities at MSK, by providing a platform for networking and communication.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride
We aim to foster an environment in which LGBT employees, patients, caregivers, and community partners feel respected, comfortable and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. All members of the MSK community, LGBT and allies, are welcome.
MSK Women on the Move
MWM is dedicated to the professional and personal development of MSK’s female employees and aims to create an inclusive environment by connecting women at all levels of the organization. We provide opportunities for knowledge exchange; encourage awareness and understanding of our similarities and differences; and extend services to our organization and community.
Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) recognizes the leadership, commitment, and diverse skill sets that veterans bring to our organization. From serving our country to caring for our patients, saving lives is what you were called to do. Whether you are a veteran who is just beginning your career or have many years of professional experience, we invite you to answer your life’s calling by joining our team to help save lives and fight the battle against cancer.
Veteran Employee Resource Group
Mentorship opportunities in partnership with American Corporate Partners
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
One of our newest opportunities is our “Veteran to RSA Program.” This initiative focuses on newly transitioned servicemen and women who are interested in careers in research and healthcare. These veterans are trained to become Research Study Assistants (RSAs) who perform data collection and data entry, and participate in data analysis for research projects, databases, and research protocols at MSK. The RSA position develops research skills and creates the building blocks for a career at the Center.
We Listen to Employees
To get a sense of our employees' thoughts about working at MSK, we periodically conduct an Employee Engagement Survey. The survey is designed to reveal the positive aspects of working at the Center, as well as areas that need improvement. Action plans are developed and implemented based on the areas that our employees identify as needing improvement.
News about recent and upcoming activities at the Center and information about new services and benefits that affect all employees are reported daily on our Intranet site and through MSKLife, a quarterly newsletter for staff.
Staff Appreciation Events
Every summer, employees are honored during Staff Appreciation Week, an event that includes a weekday picnic, a dinner for night staff, and a health fair. Throughout the year, various departments recognize employees who excel in their areas of expertise, and those who celebrate milestone anniversaries (in increments of five years) are honored at special events.
Service Awards Program
MSK recognizes long-term service by acknowledging employees who have completed five-year milestones, up to 25 years. Employees receive anniversary pins upon completion of each milestone. People with 30 or more years of service receive a special gift and recognition at the Annual 20 Year Club Dinner. Each department also hosts its own annual celebration to acknowledge people who reach anniversary milestones.
I have been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering full-time
It's a great learning experience
Working 12 hour days gets old
Advice to Management
Need more space if at all possible
MSKCC requires you to provide 5 references - including your current manager - and then sends them a long online survey to rate your skills and abilities. They don't think this is excessive and don't care that this could get you fired from your existing job. Their whole recruiting process is just so demeaning and dismissive. Everything from the slow response times to the non-negotiable low ball offers proves this. I got so sick of the abuse that I withdrew.
MSKCC regularly sends me solicitations for donations. They even run a fundraiser at my gym. My experience with MSKCC has been so negative - I would dissuade anyone from donating to them, applying for work with them, or seeking care there. How you treat job applicants reflects how you treat employees. How you treat employees reflects how you treat customers. And MSKCC suffers from a terminal case of hubris.