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Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Everything is funded by QF.


  2. "working experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very advanced:great place to learn

    Cons

    too many approvals for everything

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your workers.

  3. "Great place to work if you have family or if you want to experience a different cultural lifestyle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    the students i worked with are amazing, the lifestyle and pay was great, especially for a recent grad. I was also with a great group of people, learned a lot while I was here. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    unfortunately experiences are variable depending on the group of people you are with. the expatriate population here is fairly small and social ones in their early twenties are even fewer and further between.


  4. "the job can be tedious, esp due to micromanagement."

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    Former Employee - Call Center Representative/Senior Medical Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Call Center Representative/Senior Medical Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the hours and pay rate

    Cons

    micromanagement
    nasty boss
    hard to get a day off
    deal with difficult patients

    Advice to Management

    remember the employees are human


  5. "Working @WCMC-Q"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    WCMCQ provides support for career development and has high value towards education advancement

    Cons

    benefits at some levels are not consitent


  6. "Its very hit and miss on culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doha (Qatar)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doha (Qatar)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay
    Holidays
    Conditions (accommodation, water, power.. etc)

    Cons

    The culture of Cornell is VERY toxic, if you are a worker on the ground who can keep your head down it isn't too bad but you certainly develop a focus on CYA to maintain job security while ignoring delivery.

    Those in senior positions have very shallow capabilities or have also developed the "focus on the money / CYA" attitude. There are a number of very nasty staff from managers to the dean who seem to be allowed to bully others without reproach. The core values of Weill Cornell Medicine are certainly not applied here.

    This is very much a blame environment and it is impossible to defend yourself from accusations. You will lose skills working here as its very chaotic without any strategic or operational direction.

    Advice to Management

    develop a strategic and corresponding operational plans to ensure this place has a direction. Then communicate it to the staff so management can stop building their CV's rather than doing whats best for the organisation.

    If you are only focused on CYA at the expense of others and only care about your pay rather than delivery... leave.


  7. "World class facility manned by the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time

    Pros

    Ivy League character, STEM focus, prestige

    Cons

    Some dilution of international character

  8. "Weill Cornell Medical College"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Doha (Qatar)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Doha (Qatar)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Free housing with water and electricity covered. No taxes.

    Cons

    Life and science is slow.


  9. "Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I liked it a lot. It was a fun environment

    Cons

    Nothing bad. People were just very chill and cool

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to step up their game


  10. Helpful (2)

    "This institution needs to re-think its priorities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doha (Qatar)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doha (Qatar)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gladly I increased my publication portfolio, and my direct colleagues were very pleasant. I also enjoyed the multicultural atmosphere of WCM-Q and Doha very much.

    Cons

    I was working at WCM-Q for more than one year and was laid off recently (despite a good performance evaluation) together with many other employees due to the financial problems of the State of Qatar and Qatar Foundation (QF). All in all, while I can understand the necessities coming from financial pressure, I’m critical about the college’s environment and its priorities that accompanied the lay-off of many decent researchers.

    WCM-Q’s reputation (OK, mostly from its mother organization Weill Cornell Medicine in New York) together with its bolstered salaries in Qatar are tempting. The college also sugar-coats your stay by providing free luxurious accommodation, business-class flights, and many allowances. It’s like the institution doesn’t trust its own standing. And in rougher times, this weakness strikes back.

    Moreover, the college is, or was until recently, big in assigning people to many peripheral tasks. Well, but a college is about teaching and research, not about nourishing an administrative or political water-head. I didn’t get the impression this head was chopped off first as deans for this and deans for that were appointed until late winter 2016 before a hiring stop came.

    Aside from the hire-and-fire environment fueled by budgetary nearsightedness and wrong priorities, there are too many administrative people, down to the PA level, who think they are actually in charge of the the researchers’ business as many of them have been at the college for long time. They hamper investigation by games behind your back because they are networked very well.

    Advice to Management

    It’s advisable to save many of the sugarcoating money right from the start -- to tide the community over some time when the QF money doesn’t flow so abundantly. The management didn’t think about this? Well, then overhaul your budget planning. The management thinks people won’t be attracted to come? Well, better increase your “soft” reputation, e.g., by employment policies.

    If WCM wants to establish itself as an international brand, it should take care to provide some stability for well-performing employees. So, save money first on the unnecessary areas of your business before cutting down your core business. Save, for example, money on a far-reaching re-branding of your institution, including its font for documents and web pages (“Weill Cornell Medicine” instead of “Weill Cornell Medical College” -- come on!).

    It would be better for the required re-focusing process if good people gave a pass on this employer until circumstances improve.


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