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Massachusetts General Hospital Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter L. Slavin
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  • Work life balance in some position (in 14 reviews)

  • not a permanent position, low salary (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "instructor of hematology-oncology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Massachusetts General Hospital has been ranked among the top five hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report ever since the rankings began. In 2017, Mass General is recognized as #4 out of nearly 5,000 hospitals considered in the ranking; Mass General is also ranked in all 16 specialties considered by U.S.

    Cons

    Nothing to say. Massachusetts General Hospital is the first and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all of our staff physicians serve on the faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Massachusetts General Hospital's main campus spans nearly 30 buildings, housing inpatient and ambulatory care services as well as research labs, administrative offices and amenities like cafeterias and cafes, a chapel, a healing garden, gift shops and a museum.


  2. "MGH"

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

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time

    Pros

    MGH has an overall great culture of nurturing employees because well-cared-for employees pass that care to patients.

    Cons

    MGH is a deeply silo-ed organization, which is both a strength and a weakness.

    Advice to Management

    Healthcare will be a challenging industry for the next several years; it helps employee morale to be told, reminded, and updated about changes and their role in them.

  3. "Postdoc Fellow in neuroscience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good chance to learn new skills, networking, lot of information seminars for career development, fantastic people and very friendly in Martinos Center.

    Cons

    low paid salary, very competitive, no help for housing and accommodation as Boston is very expensive


  4. "Patient services coordinator"

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

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital part-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    The pay was not that competitive

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Great place to work as a researcher!"

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

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital part-time

    Pros

    Strong research community
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Very large organization; complete with all the cons that can come with.


  6. "Experience at MGH"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture, Clinical Excellence, Research & Academic Missions.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Fragmentation, Fiscal Environment, Growth Potential

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on talent retention and employee development


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Be altruistic. Your help will be real, but under-appreciated."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with some highly motivated people - many among the leaders in their fields - to help actual humans with their actual lives rather than just a bottom line (although hospitals have bottom lines, too).

    Solid benefits. Good location. Generally collaborative work environment.

    MGH is within the Partners network of hospitals, so you are part of a larger community than even just the massive MGH campus.

    One benefit you won't find listed anywhere:
    Since so many things in life come down to relationships and networks, being in this community could give you a leg up if you have a health issue, as you will likely know doctors who know other doctors... to the point where you might more quickly be able to get in front of the best person to be treating whatever ails you. I'm not saying that in a nefarious way, any more than saying "If you work at TD Garden (or Gillette Stadium or Fenway Park), you're more likely to run into world-class athletes and musicians than the average person." This healthcare connection is not so much cutting the line, as smoothing the path.

    Cons

    You could be an accomplished career professional in a non-clinical field, but you will always be "support staff". An experienced JD/MBA would be outranked by someone whose new white coat just got their name stitched in that morning. That seems to be true regardless of the topic of conversation.

    While everyone is an individual, each handling interpersonal relations in their own way, the infrastructure of the hospital was (understandably) made by doctors, from the perspective of doctors, for the purpose of doing the business of doctors. The result is that if you are not a doctor, you are "support" - and your work matters less (or is perceived that way by the hospital at large). Sometimes the MDs even look down upon the other types of doctors (PhD, EdD, PsyD, JD, ...) in the same way that the general public might say to a PhD "Oh, you're a 'doctor', but not a *doctor* doctor..."

    I was also told that people (esp. clinicians) are often paid less than market value in trade for the prestige of working at MGH and, for clinicians, the Harvard affiliation that may accompany it.

  8. "Overall a decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Patient Care Associate
    Current Employee - Patient Care Associate
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital part-time

    Pros

    Good staffing ratios, understanding management.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great.


  9. "Great opportunities, low pay for entry"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician
    Former Employee - Research Technician
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    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome network, experience. Place where the best science is being done.
    Best thing is to work here for a few years, then go on to grad school.

    Cons

    Salary for employees just out of college (lab techs) is low, but I was paid hourly and got OT at least.


  10. "Great employer"

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

    Pros

    Many benefits, takes care of their employees

    Cons

    Low salaries for non-medical staff


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