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Roswell Park Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • good work environment here with good staff (in 5 reviews)

  • RPCI does great things for the patients, lots of really good people work there and do a really good job (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • no room for promotions and/or growth (in 4 reviews)

  • This is a major flaw and will be the downfall of many departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    job security, time off, benefits, pension

    Cons

    poor salaries as compared to other companies


  2. Helpful (2)

    "You could do better elsewhere."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some good jobs available to professionals.

    Cons

    Management is questionable. While I am sure some managers are capable, most of what I have seen is that the mid managers are incompetent, are not interested in improving working conditions; out of date processes or helping to assist or advance their staff. This is a major flaw and will be the downfall of many departments.

    Advice to Management

    Help or get out of the way


  3. Helpful (6)

    "WOW..."

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    Former Employee - Principal Secretary in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Secretary in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    RPCI does great things for the patients, lots of really good people work there and do a really good job.

    Cons

    I did not experience a positive working environment or any form of support from my supervisor or co workers. It was one of the worst working experiences of my adult life.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat, get rid of all the middle supervisory positions, they are redundant and unnecessary, and probably costly. Practice "Roswell Cares"..an attendance list doesn't mean it's working, or that people are listening. I was treated terribly for no reason and it was known and allowed. Maybe come down amongst the ranks once in a while to see what's really going on in the work centers. l saw lots of wasted time and energy on petty personal and personality issues. Could be time well spent in the care of patients and in finding the cure.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "No...just no..."

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    Current Employee - Office in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Office in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pension, vacation time, the cafeteria is pricey but the food is pretty good.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Too many VPs, directors, managers, supervisors. Many who are overpaid, poor managers, and are in their positions because they suck up. Favoritism abounds. Job descriptions change to suit the manager when he/she has a particular pet or relative in mind to hire. The harder you work the more work you will find yourself rewarded with.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Promote from within. Monitor HR. HR seems to promote and recommend their own for promotions in other areas of the hospitals even when they don't qualify.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A classic example of employee neglect"

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were traditionally good but have eroded to the point where rapidly increasing healthcare costs and lack of raises have resulted in take home pay decreasing yearly. Vacation, personal, and sick time are still competitive but there is little evidence that this trend will continue in the future.

    Cons

    Wage increases are non-existent due to the state of New York. There is no room for personal advancement unless you are willing to wait for extremely long periods of time for other employees to retire. There is no evidence that the organization is any closer to a cure for cancer than it was when it was founded 100 years ago. Wages are not competitive with private companies.

    Advice to Management

    The greatest resource of any organization is the employee. Investment here will be the key to finding comprehensive treatment for cancer, the purported goal of Roswell Park.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    state of the art facility

    Cons

    back stabbing is very common; lack of interest is guaranteed; lifetime leeching from NIH grants is the modus operendi; it would be a great place if you get rid of the ones that do nothing all day after day and are protected by their superiors

    Advice to Management

    trim the fat


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Benefits are good, employee treatment not good"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Time Off, Holidays

    Cons

    Poor treatment, favoritism, lack of promotions, lack of praise

    Advice to Management

    Take classes


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is one of the few research institutions in Buffalo, the facilities are new, the researchers are genuinely interested in helping each other out (not the PIs, but the lab personnel)

    Cons

    The politics - it has been described as "indentured servitude". Management seems not able to rectify situations between PIs and their lab employees, and instead shuffles everyone around until there is a good fit.

    Advice to Management

    The research staff - the ones actually doing the work, not the PIs need to be treated with more respect and get more support from management in cases where there is a dispute between PIs and their lab personnel.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They don't care for wmployees"

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

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great time off and benefits. If you really try you would be able to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Management is dreadful. They don't care for their employees at all. They never listen to lower ranking people. Very fake

    Advice to Management

    Care more for your employees who treat the patients with so much care and respect. The patients can tell that we are not respected and cared for. Hire more people that actually work with patients.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission but slow to move"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Easy and amazing mission to rally behind. Buffalo staple and overall very good benefits.

    Cons

    On the IT side - there is zero direction from senior leadership. Kingdom building at its fullest which is why the IT organization is viewed as a black box.

    Advice to Management

    A culture change is desperately needed



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