M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
3.6 of 5 242 reviews
www.mdanderson.org Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2014
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3.6 242 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho

Ronald A. DePinho

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79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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NIce place to work

Registered Nurse (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL (US)

I worked at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat teamwork with other nurses on the floor.

ConsHeavy patient load with high patient:nurse ratios

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A very nice place to work

Senior Statistical Analyst (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for less than a year

Prosrelax, good relationship with colleagues and supervisors

Conspays not as high as industry

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An okay place to work

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for less than a year

ProsWell maintained facilities, cheap parking

ConsStrict regulations, slow response time by support personnel,

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place for starters and getting some experience

Behavioral Science Research Coordinator (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTuition reimbursement; insurance; parking; healthy food options

Consmanagement; micromanaging; want you to work 45 hrs without flex time; for a promotion you can only get a 15% increase at max of your current salary (which usually puts you at the minimum range of the new position). Staff is underpaid and management is overpaid; bonuses and rewards always go to upper management, rarely is it given to staff. High turnover rate.

Advice to Senior ManagementStaff also has a family to go to on the evenings. There is apparently something wrong when the turnover rate is high in the departments.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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cancer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 5 years

Prosthey have a free gym on campus for employees, good medical benefits, most patients love you.

Consunfair pay scales (e.g. very educated personnel receive far less often times than partly educated personnel), they have a tendency to prefer to hire from within, very commercialized.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not really what you know, but "Who" you know and "Who" has "POWER"

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 10 years

Proscompetitive salary, most folks are friendly and willing to share knowledge, mentoring environment, many educational and training courses are offered for advancement within the institution.

ConsIt's not what you know, but who you know environment. Fear of retalitaion from upper management is frequently a concern across the institution. Many in management positions are office bullies, and often threaten employees to ensure processes are carried out their way. Even though the way they want it carried out may not be the very best or logical way...they want it their way. Additionally, I have experienced going above and beyond my call of duty for years, only to receive pennies as monetary compensation. Needless to say, I've often witnessed a severe lack of caring, integrity, and character in upper management. Additionally, on a few occasions, as sad as it is, I've even seen forms of racisim. It's right under the radar, but it's here. In some shape, form or fashion, employees have to pay to come to work. Either paying to ride a bus, van pool, or ridiculous parking prices for a local garage.

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It's getting worse...

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 5 years

ProsI loved the previous environment, but now...not much pros

ConsI loved the previous environment, but now...because of the depression, it becomes more and more difficult to survive here. Everyday, you will here some faculties leaving the institution, and of course their employees as well.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould give more chance to all the faculties and trainees. The funding is now only in certain people's control.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointed in our mission taking a back seat

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 8 years

ProsOpportunity to work with the best minds in finding a cure for cancer. Many dedicated employees who still concentrate on quality patient care are keeping the place afloat. Patients are wonderful, hopeful, giving and worthwhile.

ConsToo many chiefs who are more into $, power and prestige than patients or a cure for cancer -unless it can make them more money. Conflict of Interest questions are embarassing to those of us who just want to concentrate on what we are supposed to be all about. Seems to just keep moving further downhill in the CARING and INTEGRITY department.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the fat at the top. Hire only upppers who CARE, have INTEGRITY and really do value TEAMWORK. Front lines do thier best, despite some really dumb decisions by uppers that cause employee hardships while we just keep trying to do our jobs, keep our jobs, and provide our best to patients. But we are losing some great people, our 'best asset."

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Core Values taking a back seat to money and egos?

Registered Nurse (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMission to cure cancer is worthwhile. Providing life-giving treatment to cancer patients is it's own reward. Some of the most brilliant and dedicated oncologists and healthcare professionals in the world work here. Very good employee benefits and excellent retirement plan if you can stay for the long haul.

ConsThe big business of caring has taken a back seat to egos and money. Lack of trust in upper management is at an all time high and getting worse. Fear of retaliation is a problem for a reason. Upper managers seem to think themselves untouchable. Some areas are chronically short staffed and staff have to work in ridiculously tight spaces.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the fat at the top and give the front lines enough staff and support to provide the quality of care our patients deserve. Get back to treating all staff with caring, integrity and discovery- not just paying lip service to our core values and putting flimsy band aids on the real issues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Big institute, but very bureaucracy

Research Assistant II (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgood work and life balance

Conscompensation is less than the national level

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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