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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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  1. "Senior Communications Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and great working environment. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Financial downturn and nearly 1000 people were laid off.


  2. "Not at its best now"

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    Former Employee - Patient Access Operations in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Patient Access Operations in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    mission of being a leader in curing cancer

    Cons

    politics at all levels of management


  3. "Working as a Data Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Research Data Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Data Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning about organization, fast pace work, working under stress, not micro-managed too much.

    Cons

    Not enough base pay for the stress level/work amount given to you. Feels a bit overwhelming at times because of being under staffed with overload of work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more data coordinators, they are important!! Do not take them for granted, they should be earning some type of bonus for the hard work they put in.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great clinical environment with world class clinicians

    Cons

    Need to improve on basic research


  6. "Research at MD Anderson"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Pros

    Many core facilities, collaboration with other TMC facilities, well funded

    Cons

    Too much red tape and paperwork, no freedom to add software or updates to your work computer, nowhere to park

    Advice to Management

    Please Provide a Parking Pass for Postdocs


  7. "Amazing patients, terrible management."

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    Former Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I volunteered in the pediatrics and the patients themselves made me stay for 13 years.

    Cons

    Your HR rep that was in charge of my department was extremely clueless. So she would talk down to you and then tell your boss. It was supposed to be confidential, which I figured that out quickly. Major cliques, tattle telling and around 80% of the administrators were never at their desk, but at someone else's desk gossiping or complaining about a coworker. Office politics is a big problem throughout the whole institution..

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees equally, micro management slows down the workload we have and when they decide to get rid of you, they don't write you up, they just let you go without explaining the reason for the hasty departure.


  8. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    MD Anderson has great benefits package

    Cons

    Now work life balance. Too many politics

    Advice to Management

    Management do not have the skills


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Benefits but culture could use some work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits: paid healthcare, accrual of PTO, teacher's retirement funds. There are some great people that work there.

    Cons

    Culture was one of retaliation, distrust, and everything moved very slowly. People who are low performers do not get reprimanded or dealt with and just hang around getting paid while doing minimal work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the low performers and better compensate the high performers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "MD Anderson Cancer Center"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Enterprise Learning in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager, Enterprise Learning in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding mission; opportunities for career advancement; great people to work with.

    Cons

    Work silos often stifled progress especially working across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to cultivate, recognize and reward the talent you have.


  11. "Great organization, bad (soon to be former) President"

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    Former Employee - Grants Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Grants Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They offer fantastic benefits, competitive salary, great PTO that increases with number of years of state service, good work/life balance, good opportunities for advancement, free gym access, including group classes, good management that listens, you are rewarded for good work.

    Cons

    Parking is expensive (it's charged on a tiered level: the larger your salary, the higher your parking costs) & in high demand. If you can take Metro, or don't mind parking in a garage further away & taking the MDA shuttle, it will save you a lot of money. Dr. DiPinho really screwed the institution by being overly cocky & not listening to recommendations & warnings from others which cost MDA over $600M in losses in just a few months, which cost almost 1000 really great people to lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Hopefully they will find a better replacement for him.

    Advice to Management

    I really loved working for MDA & planned to work there until retirement but was laid off due to their recent financial crises. Now that Dr. DePinho has announced he is leaving, really work to find someone who will do right by the institution, who will not show nepotism, who will listen to advisors, & care more about the patients & employees.


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