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Updated August 19, 2017
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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  1. "Utilization Review Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Utilization Review Nurse
    Former Employee - Utilization Review Nurse
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and will pay for some certifications for school.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance within the institute


  2. "Long careers and Job Security."

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

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

    Pros

    Job Security and long careers.

    Cons

    Salary increases capped at 5%.

  3. "Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of available positions; reasonable pay and benfits

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism; favorite employees tend to be overlooked when errors are made

    Advice to Management

    Judge employees based on their work and work ethic; stop turning a blind eye to those you favor


  4. "Associate Professor"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources to support work. Teamwork among peers.

    Cons

    Current level of salary. Bureaucracy. Low level of support by senior management for psychologists.

    Advice to Management

    Reward performance of research faculty beyond external funding


  5. "it depends..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, pay, what the culture is supposed to be

    Cons

    burnout, management, no career ladder, inability to advance, what the culture actually is

    Advice to Management

    provide more incentives. even the small things. we work hard with a very tiresome patient population. it takes a toll on your employees so at least acknowledge that. saying "too bad" is not helpful


  6. "less pay for postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good exposure best cancer hospital to work

    Cons

    they pay less for the education and experience a Postdoc has, research assistant ear more than a postdoctoral here, very worse hiring descions


  7. "programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working environment has changed, so want to leave.

    Cons

    working together is not prolems.

  8. "Lots of potential, but never materialized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, excellent mentors, food options, potential for learning

    Cons

    Lots of hoops to jump through to get anything approved. Epic is a failure. management (De Pinho) ruined a good company

    Advice to Management

    good luck cleaning up De Pinho's mess


  9. "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.


  10. "Needs work, but it's getting there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hospital is very much patient-centric, as it should be! Great doctors, great services/resources, many benefits and activities for the patient and their families to be as comfortable and knowledgeable as possible.

    For employees, benefits are great and lots of continuing education.

    Cons

    Upper management needs work. We lose many GREAT employees due to management (whether leaders are too laid back and never know what's going on or they're too high strung, they don't trust their team).

    Middle management, in personal experience, is fine and as a positive, there are many trainings for managers and supervisors! It's more the doctors/investigators - whom we all work for to allow things to run smoothly. Not sure what it is about doctors - bedside manners may be there but actually managing a team is not their forte and that is where the gap lies. Doctors will make excuses they don't have time for management/team training but it is essential they carve out time.


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