MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
325 Reviews
3.7
325 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good place to work if supervisor is good (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • PAID PARKING IS THE WORST, OTHER FACILITIES PAY FOR PARKING FOR EMPLOYESS (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was not a priority of my direct supervisor (in 6 reviews)

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    Program Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, great company values, the benefits are outstanding (best coverage, I have ever had)

    Cons

    personal growth is very limited in manager and leadership roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promotions because you lose good and loyal employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall great benefits. Work life balance

    Cons

    The commute for me is too far, approximately 1 hr drive each way.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great mission, challenging environment to get thongs accomplished

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone knows the mission and is committed to it

    Cons

    Everyone has there own agenda that may or may not align with yours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on the details is needed everywhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of people really working towards a main goal of curing cancer. Many benefits for employees. Great working environment, campus and facilities.

    Cons

    Very challenging to get promoted within my department. Lateral promotions and transfers are easier to obtain. Parking in the TMC is expensive. HR and IT need restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining talent is key to improve growth of any company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A business trying to mask itself as an academic institution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Smithville, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Smithville, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The staff in general are pretty helpful, atleast in the satellite campus at science park where I work most of the time. The talent here is great, and so is the student community. If you have a passion for science, this is a good place to be. Seminars are held pretty regularly, and the organisers invite a lot of reknowned folk to give talks. Time off policies are a bit weird ( in the not good sense) when you start off, but I've heard they get better with time. As always, if you're in the good graces of your higher up, you'll have more doors opened for you.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is stifling, even though the said bureaucrats try and help you out as much as possible. It's pretty evident that MD Anderson was designed/built to run like a business, but is trying to put on a cloak of being an academic institution. Also their new drug testing policy (effective Jan 1st 2015, MD Anderson is going to become a tobacco free campus) feels like management is going down a slippery slope. Also, new workers have to undergo a LOT of training in paperwork and in general, there are a lot of forms to fill out before doing anything - that too on software systems that were out of date in the early 2000's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline your bureaucracy and hire Scientists to administer scientists, not administrators. Lab techs and PI's appreciate it more when they are speaking to someone who knows the pitfalls instead of someone who sees science as a whole lot of gibberish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The Pro's and Con's of Being Big

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Pros

    As each of us in one way or another who know or has known someone with cancer, we as employees are here because we do believe in our mission - to eliminate cancer. For non-patient care staff, the work / life balance provides a variety of options. Due to the size of MD Anderson, one can transfer into a different field without leaving the hospital.

    Cons

    On the reverse side of the 'size' coin, MD Anderson's growth has buildings and staff away from the patient care areas. Working in or near patient care areas, you are reminded as to the reason you work at MD Anderson.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great experience at MD Anderson! Ambition can take you in so many paths here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Data Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Research Data Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many resources for all employee needs and support. Professional and friendly environment. Exclusive events for contributing to community(s)

    Cons

    Before & after work traffic, parking fees, the new evaluation system (2014)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It has been somewhat fulfilling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful, office culture is overall culturally diverse which I enjoy because you learn so much from your employees. I like how big this place is because you run into the most wonderful co-workers and patients going through this hospital everyday.

    Cons

    Compensation is ok, but the 2% raise every year you hardly even see it, and the amount it cost to park each month in the parking garages are ridiculous. The slow ability to move up within a company this size is ridiculous, if you are looking to take a position to get your foot in the door I highly recommend you wait for the position you are wanting to move into because it is difficult to move around in this company.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Being employed with MD Anderson was amazing. Best job I've had.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was good, considering I do not have a degree. The benefits package was amazing. The perks you receive as a employee. The mission of MD Anderson is phenomenal.

    Cons

    The medical center is horrible! The streets and traffic are bad! Working with employees who have degrees tend to look down on employees without degrees. Some are snooty and stuck up. Some managers do not know how to manage an office. The department I was employed with there was some favoritism of other employees which in my opinion was unprofessional.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Clinical fellow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    We'll known hospital. Great work

    Cons

    Saturated. No personal growth and training is ok

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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