MD Anderson Reviews

Updated 27 September 2014
Updated 27 September 2014
314 Reviews
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314 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good place to work if supervisor is good (in 29 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.  

    A business trying to mask itself as an academic institution

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    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 full-time for less than a 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and in general, there are a lot of forms to fill out before doing anything - that too on software systems that were out of date in the early 2000's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
  2.  

    The Pro's and Con's of Being Big

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson 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
  3.  

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

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    • 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 full-time for more than a 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
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  5.  

    It has been somewhat fulfilling

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    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 a 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
  6.  

    Clinical fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson

    Pros

    We'll known hospital. Great work

    Cons

    Saturated. No personal growth and training is ok

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Secretary  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Secretary in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for 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
  8.  

    Good Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor Research Faculty Appointment  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Instructor Research Faculty Appointment in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good place to work if supervisor is good

    Cons

    bureaucracy, Very large place, Upper management style of functioning

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty solid job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Cell Therapy Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Cell Therapy Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -The work was challenging, but not exceedingly difficult.
    -It was fulfilling knowing that I was actively saving lives with my work.
    -The people were mostly nice to work with.
    -Benefits were great.
    -Generally a laid-back yet productive environment

    Cons

    -The pay was much too low. This is the only real reason I left.
    -The parking situation was ridiculous.
    -The food was expensive and not very good
    -Promotions were difficult to come by

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more, and give them more opportunities to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Clinical Fellow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson

    Pros

    Experience with complex cases is invaluable

    Cons

    Have to deal with politics associated with powerhouse academic institutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer to the folks that carry out "routine" work on the ground

  11.  

    Great place for researchers ,not so for staff

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Systems Analyst  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Systems Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    this is a great place for faculty and cancer researchers

    Cons

    supporting staff are like second degree citizens here,maybe rightfully so.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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