MD Anderson Reviews

Updated 4 September 2014
Updated 4 September 2014
316 Reviews
3.7
316 Reviews
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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.  

    Follow up to a previous post by former faculty member

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Professor  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It was a privilege taking care of patients at MD Anderson. Some of my faculty colleagues were truly interested in providing exceptional patient care. A significant percentage, however, seemed more interested in recruiting patients for clinical trials funded by the pharmaceutical industry and padding their CV's with committee work in order to obtain promotions.

    Cons

    An inordinate amount of red tape exists at this institution. It takes way too long to get a new idea accomplished. By the time a new idea has been presented at the multiple committee meetings deemed necessary for its implementation, the new idea is old. Since leaving MD Anderson, I have heard multiple complaints from many patients regarding their care there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with direct patient care in order to truly understand the current changes in our country's health care system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best benefits around, but it's not worth it

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits are among the best I've seen. Healthcare is paid by the institution, there is ample vacation time given. Most employees are hard working and personable. Between all the negatives (below) you really do feel like you're making a difference.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, management can be from at best inept to at worst negligent and dangerous. Problems are ignored until the day before governing bodies do inspection, are hastily patched over, and then forgotten about until the next inspection looms. They have managed to make institutional policies both so weak as to allow lazy, unqualified employees a steady paycheck and so restrictive as to force managers to fire well liked, hardworking employees that have been unlucky. . The institution is facing a possible academic censure from the American Association of University Professors. Morale is at an all time low.

    Run from this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have managers evaluated every few years, not solely on their productivity, but by their employees as well. Review employee hirings and leavings as well. High numbers usually means changes need to be made. Treat employees with as much respect you claim to treat patients, and morale will increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I was unlucky, no where to turn to

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice environment,

    Cons

    I worked with lying, cheating, scum lab-partners. They lied and lied about me to the PI. I asked the department manager and my PI for an independent reviewer of my performance. Both denied me! my lab partners keps on lying about my performance and then the PI fired me. Their was no one to turn to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE allow independent reviewers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Administrative Assistant

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good health benefit and retirement plan.

    Cons

    If you are in a support role, administration will support faculty over you 9 times out of 10. Different sets of rules for different employees. "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude with most management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Drastic culture change -a Me two- instead of Number 1/2 , with less quality and more desperation

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    • 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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great patients ,unfortunately very vunerable when they arrive and often bombarded with request to partipate in poorly written research studies.

    Cons

    Hemorraghing experienced staff physicians- -left instituition last 5-6 years. Many research staff positions unsustainable, layoffs frequent (best kept secret) Ask many's ie.how many have been in position last 10years and why they are not there now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a culture change, lack of respect for staff and ,rumbling , restlessness,increasing the last 3 years.

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

    Implosion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, however they are easily replicated elsewhere.
    Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance

    Cons

    Politics and image trumps skill and work ethic.
    IT leadership lacks necessary IT skills.
    Vendors do most of the work and mostly they lack the necessary IT skills.
    Raises are below current national levels.
    Significant brain drain.
    Oppressive, indifferent, erratic management style.
    No vision.
    Poor communication.
    The employee is always to blame.
    No technical career path.
    Embarrassingly low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on providing what is necessary now, not what might be the next big thing in 10 years. Treat people with respect. Provide incentive for people to perform. Provide challenging goals and corresponding work efforts. Stop micromanaging. Stop gathering metrics you cannot objectively interpret.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very dishonest and miserable place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very good patient care and benefits

    Cons

    The level of stress and negative affects on your overall health aren't even trade offs for those benefits.
    Managers are very dishonest and lack morals
    It isn't what you know it's who you know
    Parking is expensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find professionalism and never let go of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Beautiful Buildings - do they always offer a good, solid career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director
    Current Employee - Project Director

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Frequent positions, ( not all due to growth ), Patients are absolutely wonderful, brick and mortar nice

    Cons

    -Hemorrhaging most experienced physicians- over the last few years - many leaving
    -Lack of trust for many executive managers
    -Benefits have diminished greatly
    -Unsafe walk from -far away parking surface lots ( 2013 notices sent -employee's can't use their buses,once parked, MUST walk to /from car ( frequent auto pedestrian accidents/robberies )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Difficult Management structures- employee without a voice- fear of reprisal
    -Physician managers - should have mandatory/ ongoing - management/HR education (prevention of HR legal issues)
    -Departments with frequent (<5 yr period) staff turnover rates of 40-50% (Any single position title) HR/Legal should require- Initiation of external - independent management consultant review and Report forwarded to President.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not let the reputation FOOL you!

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent.
    iDeal discounts. We get discounts on a lot of services from Cell Phones Providers to Houston Zoo Admission price
    Patients are usually treated with the best level of care.

    Cons

    Politics! Politics! Politics!
    Management very cold hearted and have no compassion for employees.
    Parking is way too expensive.
    Low morale
    Brown nosers' haven - your skills and work ethic doesn't matter here.
    Some managers are OVER PAID and are completely clueless about the roles of the employees they "micro-manage"
    High turn over rate in some departments due to poor management and operational flaws.
    HR does very little to help employees against abuse, harrassment and bulllyinf from bosses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have compassion for your employees. I have never ever worked in an environment so hateful and cruel. Please pay more attention to the turnover rate in certain departments. That could be a red flag on how the department is being managed. Appreciate your good, hard working employees instead of giving top of the line priviledges to those who cater to your ego and bring you breakfast and lunch to get ahead instead of working for it. Learn the the jobs functions of your employees, managers should be able to cover anyone they manage in the event of an emergency or staffing crisis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Care for patients, but horrible treatment of employees

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

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. Love insurance. Excellent Patient Care, and lots of Diversity

    Cons

    Management and license practitioners stick together be it wrong or right. Not fair sometimes when it comes to employees who are the support staff, the ones actually doing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to effectively manage. Just because you're fresh out of school and have your bachelors, Master, etc, etc..... Sometime a degree doesn't mean you can perform you job correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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