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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Practice Nurse in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Advanced Practice Nurse in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits! Being able to help make cancer history!

    Cons

    There are no cons. I enjoy working here.


  2. "July 2017 impressions of 1st year instructor (research)"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Instructor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Instructor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are doing great work, and there is a push towards improving issues with upper level administration (search for new president, attempts to get feedback from all employees in the process of making adjustments to how the organization is governed, etc.). Benefits are OK. (Note--I see De Pinho is still listed as CEO, but he's been gone for months now.)

    Cons

    I'd give 2.5 stars overall, if I could. I can only speak for the "instructor" (non-tenure track research "faculty") position, which in reality is just a post-post-doc. Because this is not a tenure track position, opportunities for obtaining funding and advancing are limited. As with most academic positions, any real advancement in terms of salary, title, etc. can be painfully slow. (Of course, this may vary by dept.) Salary is too low for the level of education/experience, and given recent budget issues, I have to wonder if it will improve much anytime soon. I joined because I really wanted to work on a specific project, but honestly, I am having doubts about staying.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working towards improving the situation with governance of the organization. While patient care and clinical research are absolutely critical, don't let dept. heads become dismissive of basic research! Work on truly making lower level faculty positions attractive jobs, even the non-tenure track ones. Right now, the RFA instructor position is very limited in terms of opportunities to obtain funding (internally or externally)--it's like a dead end as opposed to something you can advance in. There's a lot of unused lab space where I am--either consolidate or get more independent researchers in there (i.e, bring more people in as assistant professors). I would also say make the research associate/senior scientist type positions more available and attractive. Those of us who spent ~8-10 years as grad as grad students and postdocs need to be able to catch up somehow. As Houston's biotech/pharma scene grows, you will end up missing out on/losing good people to companies if some changes aren't made to keep salaries, etc. more competitive.

  3. "Courier"

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    Current Employee - Courier in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Courier in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits good people to work with

    Cons

    Everything is good very happy


  4. "Making Cancer History"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Smithville, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Smithville, TX

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

    Pros

    Resources, research, benefits, collaboration, career development

    Cons

    bureaucracy, location, bureaucracy, location, bureaucracy, location,


  5. "Patient Service Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    The Dr.'s are very nice & fun to work with.
    Culture of the company is fun & friendly.
    Training to succed in your position

    Cons

    Pay
    Advancement
    Communication with departments outside of yours

    Advice to Management

    Organization


  6. "Only the Best of the Best are Chosen"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant 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

    Great benefits, excellent growth and continuing education opportunities, prestigious institution

    Cons

    Paying for parking, you get sick of the cafeteria food and the cost to eat at the better cafe's.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for allowing people from many different backgrounds the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.


  7. "Senior Mass Spectrometry Specialist, Proteomics Research"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mass Spectrometry Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Mass Spectrometry Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to do cancer research, as it's largest cancer center in USA

    Cons

    No bonuses, tips, salary increase is very limited.

  8. "Work environment"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations Professional 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 place to work at

    Cons

    Nothing remarkable. More career development opportunities would be ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Career development opportunities


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Institute Associate Scientist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Institute Associate Scientist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefit. Good life-work balance. Exposure to educational staff.

    Cons

    Parking is a big issue.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant 1"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Biggest cancer center in the country, good networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Parking is limited, pay is low for experience necessary.


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