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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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  1. "Excellent work ethics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center part-time

    Pros

    best cancer center in the US

    Cons

    some level of bureaucracy at some levels

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team work and friendly staff

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees

  3. "Sr. Research Data Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture with constant learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Very large organization that can feel overwhelming.


  4. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, professional working environment, plenty of resources for employees

    Cons

    unstable, administrative personnel are under-appreciated


  5. "Great collaborative working environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on who is your principal investigator, you may have lot of leeway to conduct your research independently.

    Cons

    Lab management needs better training at handling people.

    Advice to Management

    Check your own behavior and don't act too prissy


  6. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Compensation as compare to other employers

    Cons

    None as of i experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  7. "World renowned institution but hardly impressive."

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome!
    Having MDA a previous employer on your resume usually impresses other employers because of MDA's reputation.
    MDA employs somewhere around 20k employees! You will be able to network at a magnitude level.
    I have learned so much from working at MDA. You learn to troubleshoot and use the array of resources the institution has to offer.

    Cons

    Contrary to popular beliefs, MDA does not pay that well compared to other institutions in the medical center. Of course, this will vary on your position. I left to go to UT and got a $15k raise!
    The parking is expensive and there are so many buildings. Expect to commute often within the institution. Arrive at least 20 minutes before you have to clock in.
    I worked for two different departments and went on numerous interviews, growth is difficult in MDA. I finally got promoted to another department and only got a $3000 increase. They also have to meet a quota for interviews, meaning they will interview individuals even if they already have someone in mind to hire.
    I will admit, customer service at MDA is pretty low because the patients are pretty aggressive and abusive. I have had a pager thrown at me from a patient! I have seen numerous physical altercations between patients!
    The culture here is "who" you know and not "what" you know. People will get promoted because of their relationships with others.
    There are many slackers here and it is difficult to get fired from a state institution so expect to do the work of others.
    Their evaluation system is a joke. Management (that barely interacts with you) will evaluate your yearly performance which affects your merit.
    Low morale throughout the institution. People usually stay with MDA because of their benefits but other UT institutions have very similar benefits.
    Their payroll is confusing! You will hardly receive the same check because of the way they calculate their payroll. Also, OT gets paid two weeks behind.

    Advice to Management

    Please re-evaluate your compensation and re-structure the culture at MDA. This used to be a good place to work at until upper management such as DePinho ran it to the ground.

  8. "Nurse Educator"

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    Current Employee - Nurse in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Nurse in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leadership empowers educators to work with assigned service line to customize education plans to their needs.

    Cons

    Comprehensive load, sometimes beyond scope of practice

    Advice to Management

    Focused roles - limiting multi-tasking / more instructional design controls within institution


  9. "Good not Great"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and a regular schedule

    Cons

    Pay isn't spectacular. You will be blamed for everything


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing but that's really it

    Cons

    Pay is substandard for the work; no advancement within my department


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