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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center President and CEO Jeffrey R. Balser
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  • You have to pay to park at work (in 32 reviews)

  • Pay is horrible compared to hospitals nationally in regions with the same cost of living as Nashville (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Overall Positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Access to your own medical record
    Looks great on a resume
    Developed my skills to what the job entailed

    Cons

    Grant-dependent
    Limited opportunities to move up very far within a department

    Advice to Management

    Take employees' advice seriously


  2. "HealthIT PMO"

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    Current Employee - PMO
    Current Employee - PMO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is good life/work balance in my departments. Good flexibility and ability to work from home. Most co-workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    They keep high paid employees on when they have no clear responsibilities. They do not get rid of dead weight. They promote inexperienced individuals into management experience. Difficult to move up within department, criteria keeps changing so you can never reach the goal. Employees with more experience are expected to take on the bulk of the work. Leadership needs to be more aware of what goes on with their departments. They need to manage down as well as up. Raises are not based on performance and there are no incentives. Sick days were taken away, so you now have to use PTO when you are sick.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Hire experienced managers that can move the department forward. Review your PTO policies and bring back sick days. HR needs to be more responsive to employees.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on who you report to, working here is great.

    Cons

    Can't think of any thing


  4. "Not keeping up with the market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Friendly. Benefits good for single local to vanderbilt.

    Cons

    Low pay, pay for parking, mandatory retirement contribution taken out of your check,

    Advice to Management

    allow more work from home and restructure payscale.


  5. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility, pay for college for family

    Cons

    Managers hold employees back in positions. Hard to move up with the people that are within, does not pay well.


  6. "Good overall employer and workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Focused on caring for patients
    Leader of healthcare in the region

    Cons

    Difficulties with communication and strategy remain more than a year following the split with Vanderbilt University
    Unclear if medical research is a priority in the mission of the medical center


  7. "Experienced employee"

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

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive culture
    Good benefits
    Open to ideas

    Cons

    no clear career development path

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Research Analyst II"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Research Analyst II in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really depends from team to team. My experience is positive.
    Good hours, good benefits
    Prestigious Institution, many NIH-related opportunities for the PIs and team, ready access to excellent healthcare and diverse patients

    Cons

    Lack of transparency institution-wide, low salaries, plenty of red tape especially with HR, hard to work up

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency and communication, better HR


  9. "strong academic training programs"

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    Former Employee - Physician in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Physician in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    excellent academic training programs with focus on research and development of physician leaders

    Cons

    a "work first" culture making it difficult to balance family commitments


  10. "Nurse Resident"

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

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help you. You will learn a lot fast and see a variety of different diagnosis. Patients are usually very nice and appreciative.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low. You are not able to attempt to move up the RN ladder until after a year which allows for a couple dollar increase (still below average rate for RN salary) and only after completing a lengthy research project. There is no help with moving costs although if you have 6 months experience and get hired you receive a sign on bonus and help with school loans. There are other hospitals where you can get just as much experience and the hospital's are just as good with a salary that is better correlated to the work you are doing and being valued as an employee. This is the reason the turn over rate is so high it shows how little appreciation there is for the nurses and currently most floors are understaffed more often than not. Look into other hospitals before committing to Vanderbilt.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your new nurses a salary that is competitive and you wouldn't loose them.


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