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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. "Great for cancer care and research, not so great if you're an IT professional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Houston, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits/retirement plans, very rewarding to work for the best cancer center in the country, very secure employment, great work-life flexibility, start at 4 weeks vacation/year and increase from there.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and top-heavy. Executive leadership is reactionary and lacks vision. IT-wise, we're in the dark ages. IT implementations always run long and over budget, largely due to a lack of talent. Overstaffed/underskilled.

    Advice to Management

    Set goals of where you want to go, and give staff the freedom to determine how to get there. A lot of time is spent controlling the how, with little regard to where we are going.


  2. "Very political place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    M.D. Anderson is huge so you get plenty of support.

    Cons

    Very political. Your growth development and promotion depends heavily on how politically savvy you are, not on how well you do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on competency and performance record than just plain self-promotion talk.


  3. "Anderson is an institution with some talented researchers and physicians but plagued by a slow and inept bureaucracy."

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, great diversity of opportunities, decent benefits, equitable and widespread information technology access, great research library, interesting invited speakers.

    Cons

    Inconvenient and expensive parking, numerous unprofessional colleagues, unending compliance requirements, crippling bureaucracy, inadequate compensation, cramped working spaces, fractured information technology support.

    Advice to Management

    The positive public image Anderson enjoys and the willingness of the scientists and doctors to sacrifice and labor to support this image seems to be counteracted by an ever-growing internal system designed to reduce all players to one (low) common denominator. Too many policies, requirements and administrators work to stifle those most able to contribute.


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  5. "Worth while"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    To improve good technical knowledge to answer scientific questions

    Cons

    Pay is very less compared to other organizations

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  6. "good experience"

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    #1 cancer hospital , ph\ysicians appreciate nurses job

    Cons

    nurses less caring now, more \

    Advice to Management

    no favoritism


  7. "intense postdoc training"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    MD Anderson Cancer Center is the largest cancer center in the world. It has a large population of patients with different genetic background from US and other countries. The funding from NIH, personal donations, and public organization is great.

    Cons

    Big and hierarchy organization slow down everything. "At every step, we have somebody there to help you" means you will be stopped and checked at every step. Houston is hot, humid and Houston style.


  8. "not bad, but not great"

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    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Patient Services Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, decent people on the whole, tuition reimbursement is nice as is the cohort program ONLY if you are pursuing a degree related to healthcare.

    Cons

    rigidity in advancement, micromanagement, highly specialized which can be disadvantageous to older employees or employees that have time constraints that hinder educational opportunities


  9. "A lot of smart, amazing people, great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have a lot of opportunities to learn, great gym, lots of wellness related options.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunities for people in research, especially RAs. Very low pay, if you are in research.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Core Values taking a back seat to money and egos?"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission to cure cancer is worthwhile. Providing life-giving treatment to cancer patients is it's own reward. Some of the most brilliant and dedicated oncologists and healthcare professionals in the world work here. Very good employee benefits and excellent retirement plan if you can stay for the long haul.

    Cons

    The big business of caring has taken a back seat to egos and money. Lack of trust in upper management is at an all time high and getting worse. Fear of retaliation is a problem for a reason. Upper managers seem to think themselves untouchable. Some areas are chronically short staffed and staff have to work in ridiculously tight spaces.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the fat at the top and give the front lines enough staff and support to provide the quality of care our patients deserve. Get back to treating all staff with caring, integrity and discovery- not just paying lip service to our core values and putting flimsy band aids on the real issues.


  11. "Big institute, but very bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    compensation is less than the national level


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