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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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  • low pay grade, having to pay for parking, too many expectations from service departments with little monies allocated (in 19 reviews)

  • Work/life balance was not very good (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "MD Anderson - First 12 months"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Mission. You are part of a greater cause. Large institution with plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    MGMT and support staff (non-clinical) are too relax. Don't like implementing change at a quick pace. Decision making takes a long time (weeks/months!!). Staff not held accountable.


  2. "PSC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    great benefits and opportunities arise

    Cons

    in debt so harder to move around


  3. "Good experience, no pay as intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious research institution on your resume, potential access to great investigators in various fields across biology.

    Cons

    MD Anderson labs do not pay their interns. The whole organization is incredibly bureaucratic, more than your typical academic institution

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns


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  5. "post doc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, benefits, environment, support

    Cons

    long hours, low salary, parking


  6. "Part of Something Bigger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for with values based mission and vision. Diverse work force. Reputable company due to the dedication of hardworking and talented individuals. Perks include tuition reimbursement, use of the gym, discount shopping, and financial rewards for longevity.

    Cons

    Merit based raises are dependent on the discretion of the department administration. The company is large and different departments have different interpretations of policy and procedures. The company could improve in department to department communication and consistency, and flexibility with work schedules. Middle management in research departments are made up of individuals who are not formally trained in management. Salary base is below average with limited room for upward growth without a masters degree or higher.

    Advice to Management

    Provide mandatory training for anyone in a leadership position. Minimize the number of middle managers and unnecessary administration positions. Trust employees with flexible work schedules.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

    nice environment, salary is good

    Cons

    Price of parking, very hard to receive a promotion unless you a friends with someone

    Advice to Management

    be fair in choosing internal candidates for promotion


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunity to help patients from all over the world who really need you. Salary is generally competitive; benefits are good.

    Cons

    Middle managers are mediocre at best and seem afraid of upper management. Constantly changing internal environment.

    Advice to Management

    Speak the truth to upper management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    So i have been with this hospital for four years. I have seen over the years many benefits come from those dedicated to helping patients fight cancer. The feeling of positivity when cellular products save lives is amazing. I work in the cellular labs and I find that most techs are willing to learn new techniques, personalities are good and all have educated backgrounds and/or previous experience. The job pays very decent for a manufacturing position in academia. The health benefits are blue cross blue shield and its a great package. Dental and eye are okay plans. The 403(b) is matched 100% but the state makes you put in 8% (you don't have a choice). You can take 100% of that after 5 yrs of service. They give a small bonus every year and get confused and call it a "raise", in reality its nice but it barely covers cost of living. Its given out usually around march. A small yearly "MD Anderson Award" is a bonus given once every year around october, usually.

    Cons

    Some of the huge cons of this facility are that management is very poor, giving poor moral to workers since nothing runs smooth. Doctors tend to bully labs into an aggressive work schedule and than no patients arrive. So there are stocks of supplies that tend to expire and cellular products that take up room in the liquid N2 tanks but are never used. Its a complete waste of time and energy and money. There is a complete lack of respect on managements part to notice those who work and those who are committed, b/c everyone is grouped into a generalized category to keep everyone "equal" and "the same". The assistant GMP director is completely incompetent, beware. Otherwise decent place to work for a first or second job and than move on.


  10. "3.5-yr postdoc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    This institution has a good reputation in cancer research field, and is ambitious to make cancer history. Many new trials seem on going.
    Basic science researchers have some chances to work with clinicians.
    Employees have good benefits.

    Cons

    It is not like a formal position, and is viewed as a trainee under a Professor's instruction/supervision.
    A postdoc can not work longer than a certain years. (5 in our situation)
    Salary is relatively low.

    Advice to Management

    It is a good place to work for short time.
    No complains.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Enormous cancer center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The anchor of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). MDACC has 21,000 employees, 2,000 of whom are faculty (clinical and/or research). TMC has ~100,000 employees, same amount of office space as downtown Houston, and the world's largest parking concession.
    Cancer patients can get about equally great treatment at MDACC as any of the other top ten NCI designated cancer centers in the US - go to one of these, not Joe's for profit cancer center that happens to be in your town.
    Texas does not have a state income tax. Air conditioning bill in Houston can be less than heating & A/C in the north.

    Cons

    Lots of silos, not much communication between them. Competition can be as fierce within MDACC as it is between MDACC and other leading cancer centers.

    Don't drive on I-10 through downtown during heavy rains. Don't live in or near a low spot - prone to flooding.

    Culture & values: "We do things the Anderson way" = the same way for the past 20 years. If your prospective manager uses this phrase during your interview, don't take the job.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone right: patients (customers), employees, contractors, vendors, community, even politicians.



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