MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
364 Reviews
3.6
364 Reviews
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MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good place to work if supervisor is good (in 31 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 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
  2.  

    Great mission, challenging environment to get thongs accomplished

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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
  3.  

    Rudderless, politically charged executive leadeship

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

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

    Pros

    If you make it to the executive leadership level, there are very few checks and balances. Many opportunities to benefit personally from the institution given siz and lack of transparency.

    Cons

    Highly political. Loyalty rewarded rather than ability. Ethics are a punchline rather than a quality for executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let anyone from UT System or the Board of Regents investigate. What appears in the Cancer Letter or the Houston Chronicle is only the tip of the iceberg at MD Anderson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    Its all who you KNOW that makes you a success here, not how much you know.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    working for the state I guess.

    Cons

    Its ALL who you know. If your connected to the right higher ups, then your sure to get great pay, pay raises and slack. You can also get a great deal after you retire. For example, before you retire, set up a scam for a part time job that pays pretty close to what your currently being paid. Knock it down a little. For example lets say you make approximately $120,000 / yr. Knock you part time pay to around $83,000 - $99,000 with your connected higher ups. After you retire, wait 6 months and your previously discussed part time position will magically appear and be posted for you to slip your new application in. Why does everyone in the scam wait until six months past? Well its because they will not pay out medical insurance on a part time employee. But why would a retired person not want medical insurance? If you retire from MD Anderson, you get paid medical insurance after retirement. So, you wouldn't need it. This crap is very very common. Maybe not all of MD Anderson, but maybe a place off on its own little island.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Work. Stop sitting around and collecting government benefits and high, ridiculous, undeserved pay that the working class is paying for and institutions like NIH is funding millions to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Ok,lots of opportunities when "red tape" is avoided.

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

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

    Pros

    Room for growth, great group of people, ok benefits

    Cons

    Lots of politics,lots of deductions from check, pay for own parking

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Neutral

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding, the employees are nice, the environment is relaxed.

    Cons

    Managers in some departments are aware of policies and procedures. It's extremely difficult to move up within MD Anderson unless you know someone or highly qualified.

  9.  

    Bad management

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with some great colleagues

    Cons

    Management was not cognoscente of the needs of the employees.

  10.  

    Good experience low pay.

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

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

    Pros

    The experienced and knowledge that you acquire are top notch. Insurance is very good.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Management makes you jump through hoops to give you pennies. They feel that you being employed by MD is good enough. In order to make more money you would have to leave then come back, which is ridiculous. The only reason most people stay is because they are up in age and are in their comfort zone and have been there over 15 yrs. Diagnostic Imaging has a huge turnover. The technologist are getting tired of all the BS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The prestige of working at MD is not the only thing people need in life, they need good salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The Pro's and Con's of Being Big

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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