MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated 7 October, 2014
Updated 7 October, 2014
322 Reviews
3.7
322 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sandbox or Playground

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great People and some departments are more efficient than others

    Cons

    If you want to work in an environment where your have big brother and big sister and bigger brother and bigger sister looking over your shoulder - this is the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use electronic means of tracking - software that is already available but then to keep group and individual records of the same information is not efficient

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patient Access Specialist in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Patient Access Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great health benefits and they pay for higher education

    Cons

    Worst Management, keeps a tight leash on their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your employees and treat them like people, not robots

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Director in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The mission of eliminating cancer makes one feel special and the majority of the employees are committed and know the mission. Great retirement plan.

    Cons

    Extremely political with doctors in charge with egos the size of Texas. The doctors are terrific physicians and scientists but that does not translate to knowing everything about everything. All the doctors have to do is whine to a higher up and they get there way. Bullying is rampant at the highest levels of the organization and no one does anything about it. Money is wasted through duplicate services and allowing the doctors to all have their own unique and customized way of working. The president and his wife plus the cohort of cronies they brought from Boston. The core values of caring, discovery, and integrity are just words and not practiced from the top down. The organization has degraded significantly over the last 10 years and has reached a crisis point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new president and vice presidents especially in patient care and administration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult to progress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Director in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The teacher retirement system retirement plan - after 30 years of work.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency. Lack of resources for projects. Lack of strategic planning. Lack of opportunities for meaningful training and advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Forgotten mission and core values. Arrogance is a problem.

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, work with lots of smart, dedicated people. It is very rewarding to help so many patients in need. TRS retirement is great benefit, if you can sick it out.

    Cons

    MDAnderson, you aren't the only place in town. Get real. High level managers in it for themselves have discarded the core value: INTEGRITY. You still have many hardworking, dedicated employees to keep the place running, But even patients are noticing how you have slipped. Now it's just business. That is very sad. I am not interested in returning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity, Caring and Teamwork has to start at the top. and be expected of ALL. You ave too many in high levels who abuse their power over others. MDAnderson, you are headed in the WRONG direction. Get your high level managers to practice what you preach and treat employees and patients right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    its a paycheck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Smithville, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Smithville, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    state retirement, free parking, nice scenery

    Cons

    air conditioning is too cold, no cell phone service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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

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

    Pros

    I had the chance to work with smart researchers. The offices are big and quite. There is a fitness center for free for the ones who works out regularly.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than the other places. Any paperwork takes long time inside the institution. The administrative personnel is not responsive to our concerns. Had to chance to see my advisor very rarely and briefly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Correcting those: Compensation is lower than the other places. Any paperwork takes long time inside the institution. The administrative personnel is not responsive to our concerns. Had to chance to see my advisor very rarely and briefly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Needs to get up to speed with technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

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

    Pros

    Dedicated employees, rewarding to work with cancer patients

    Cons

    Bad management, things move too slowly, inconsistent management among units, departments, unsafe staffing, pay below national averages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more accountability for managers, better staffing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall satisfied but reservations about advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    Great mission, purpose and overall effort in hiring a diverse staff.

    Cons

    Great job of hiring diverse staff but limited advancement opportunities for certain individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the "Behind the scene" employees and provide advancement opportunities for them while sometimes recognizing the need to overstep the limitations that maybe placed on them by the employee's immediate management...

    Recommends
  11.  

    I don't see opportunities for growth unless you are the lowest paid employee here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits offered to employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are not a clinician, you get treated like a child.

    No opinion of CEO

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