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Massachusetts General Hospital Reviews

Updated December 16, 2017
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  • Work life balance in some position (in 14 reviews)

  • not a permanent position, low salary (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Experience at MGH"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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.

  3. "Overall a decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Patient Care Associate
    Current Employee - Patient Care Associate
    Recommends
    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.


  4. "Great opportunities, low pay for entry"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician
    Former Employee - Research Technician
    Recommends

    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.


  5. "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


  6. "Not bad"

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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

    It's a very proud organization and many share a sense of pride in working there. Wide variety of people and skills. Plenty of budget for projects. Nice knowledgeable staff. People in healthcare are generally much more pleasant to work with than other industries.

    Cons

    Lots of cubicles. Lots of change related to Partners acquisition, but mostly good. The leadership is very reactive. Technology is outdated.


  7. "Great training environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Charlestown, MA
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Charlestown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Opportunity to collaborate

    Cons

    Culture not valuing employees
    Benefit is not great

  8. "Community health Educator Student/ Patient Care Register"

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    Current Employee - Student Community Health Worker in Malden, MA
    Current Employee - Student Community Health Worker in Malden, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I heard nice things about MGH

    Cons

    I haven't hear anything bad about MGH

    Advice to Management

    I would like to work at MGH and be able to use all the skills that I have accumulated over many years in the medical field and be very helpful for the Institution and the general public.


  9. "Nurse Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Nurse friendly environment for all

    Cons

    large place with thousands of employees


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by amazing people.
    Constantly learning new thinks.

    Cons

    Can be stressing at times dealing with unwilling patients.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the current work culture.


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