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Roswell Park Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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Pros
  • good benefits (retirement, health insurance, life insurance, flex spending account etc (in 6 reviews)

  • good work environment here with good staff (in 5 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. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Telephone Interviewer in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, very easy job.

    Cons

    Boring, not the best training or procedures

    Advice to Management

    Train more thoroughly, correct errors rather than let them go until employee quits making it more difficult for everyone else. Have more clear directions rather than leaving things open to interpretation then having someone else interpret differently and increase error rate for no reason.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    My team I work with is good. We help each other out.

    Cons

    Need to weed out the negative employees. I say if you complain that much leave. Management don't do anything about it. "Union Rules". Pay not good. After working over 10 years my pay stays the same. Union don't fight for you. Working without a contract for almost a year. No room for advancement. Stuck in this position until I retire.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead beats. Give the jobs to people who will appreciate them.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A good learning experience."

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not sure if I can generalize for the institute because it really depends on the lab you are working in. Mostly always found people in this organization to be helpful work wise. Summer is a fun time as they have lots of events that liven up the work place after the harsh winter months in Buffalo. My coworkers were co-operative and friendly. The benefits/ vacation time off keeps accruing, the more number of years you put in at Roswell, which is definitely a big plus!

    Cons

    Salary could have been better although it is sufficient for Buffalo's cost of living. Working hour rules (badge swipe in swipe out system for certain job grades to complete 40 hours a week for full time) can be a nuisance as you are forced to hang around even on days when you finish work early.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Cancer Hospital, Research is not so good"

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    Current Employee - Master Student In Research in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Master Student In Research in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, Some facilities are good and new.

    Cons

    Too many PI's, resulting in not enough money available for some. PI's are uncertain, some master students and PhD's had to be relocated due to this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Less PI's, bigger groups.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Just a drag place"

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

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work / Life balance and nothing else

    Cons

    IT system sucks even FBI would not be so crazy

    Advice to Management

    Promote hardworking people within rather than get outsiders.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Best job, worst treatment"

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    Former Employee - IT Member in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - IT Member in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, and a mission like no other

    Cons

    Administration does not value the very talent they hire nor trust them to do their jobs. Arrogance abounds and they assume they know more than the experts they hire.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the C-Suite people end to end. Time for a house cleaning before the place declines to the levels pre PBC status.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Top-heavy organization"

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

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

    Pros

    Very good team of doctors, clinic staff and researchers. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Very top-heavy organization, especially too many directors, administrators and managers. They care only about saving their backs. Too much focus on fund raising and advertising, it's only the business model they care about. No real focus towards helping clinical or research staff do their jobs. Departments that are there to provide support to research do nothing but impede research projects. Also, pay is not that great for clinicians and research staff. Lot of good and talented people have been leaving for variety of reasons. Those who are staying have to over come too many odds to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat, especially all those managers and administrators (non MDs and PhDs) who walk around all day and waste time in useless meetings. Take care of your clinical and research staff better, you don't realize how much talent you are wasting or letting go. These are the people who will help the organization succeed, not the useless ones that only talk all day and make up arbitrary rules and regulations. Promote people who do the work, and not just your friends.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "HR position"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Internship in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Internship in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good department
    Good team
    Variety of tasks-experience fundraising, organising employee recognition program, inventory management,
    Good setting
    Interesting work
    Good benefts

    Cons

    Sometimes autocratic boss. Assignments could sometimes be trivial and unimportant. There was no knowledge or skills gained in certain assignments only a boss riding high on an ego trip

    Advice to Management

    Better program organisation. See and discover skills of employees. Be aware of people working several layers below you. Assess if projects assigned are appropriate to the education and experience of the employee


  9. "It's ok"

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits (retirement, health insurance, life insurance, flex spending account etc.); nice people to work with

    Cons

    not to much room for the advancement, no pay rise - doesn't matter how long you've worked, depending on the department administration can be pain in the butt (slow and incompetent)

    Advice to Management

    too much money put into PR stuff, invest in your employees instead, no one cares about free hot-dogs for employee appreciation day or a flashlight as a Christmas gift...


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good AND Bad depending what department you work in"

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

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great Institute with a great reputation in WNY. The position came with a sense of pride that i was a part of this organization.

    State benefits, state retirement and generous time off package.

    Cons

    Nit-picky management, wants to keep you busy constantly. Squeezes everything out of their employees, which is the NORM. Work you until you burn out, then move on to other "fresh meat" and leave you behind feeling like you've been hit with a truck.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on enriching employees, not using them to complete tasks that don't directly support the mission of the Institute as a whole. People work there for so many good reasons - APPRECIATE THEM. Give them the space to do what they do BEST!


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