MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. Horrifying

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse Leader
    Former Employee - Nurse Leader

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary . . . .

    Cons

    moral conflict over the absolute and intentional mistreatment of patients and families

    Advice to Management

    stop investing in marketing and use your care to build your reputation

  2. Poor overal work environment

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are only a few good reasons to work there. Because of its rich history and compensation /benefit package at over well the industry average.

    Cons

    The stress of simply trying not to say, do or be the wrong thing on a daily basis presents a very unhealthy work environment. The overarching goal should be the best possible patient outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Truly empower your staff and let them know that if they make a mistake trying to make things better that it won't be held against them and that managers will not eliminate their competition by creating strife any termination of employees with out recourse.

  3. research nurse

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    Current Employee - Research Nurse
    Current Employee - Research Nurse

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits and that's about it.

    Cons

    I have to walk outside from the garage to my building and we are not allowed to use their shuttle unless we are using it to attend a work meeting from one place to another. It's hard to walk a long distance outside when it's pouring rain and when it is freezing temperatures outside.
    my job is boring. no one else in the department wants to do it even though they all can. Lot of lazy people here in this department. certain people can leave early everyday but i stay late on most occasions which is causing me to look for other jobs currently.
    i don't feel like this is true research. we sway patients into signing a certain way…the way the doctor wants us. i will be writing the IRB soon.
    bad cafeteria food.
    walking from one building to another is a very long distance.

    Advice to Management

    make sure all employees are treated fairly. have shuttle accommodations for everyone.

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  5. A bureaucratic mess

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't really think of any pros. Some of the departments, such as cancer biology are somewhat functional.

    Cons

    Conceited faculty, slow management, poor quality research, lack of job growth, mismanagement goes to the very top

  6. MDA Work Rates

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Time off, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    This company is not a good place to work for. There is no room for growth, limited access to excel and inconsistent work

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  7. Helpful (1)

    Rudderless, politically charged executive leadeship

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Overworked, Underpaid, Management a Joke

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is higher than average, but you are responsible for MUCH more than average.
    I can't say anything bad about the benefit package. Health insurance is one of the best provided. Retirement package is also better than average.

    Cons

    Where to start. Management seems unable to manage employees or workflow at all. Every 3 months, employees are asked to incorporate new duties while still being responsible for old duties. Workflow is completely reorganized just as frequently, so no one, not even managers, is exactly sure who is supposed to be doing what. Co-workers for the most part are lazy or unqualified and management is unable to do anything about it. As long as an employee clocks in and out on time, Human Resources prevents management from disciplining that employee. This leads to many employees that show up on time, but do as little work as necessary. And the few employees that do work hard are fired because of occasional tardiness.

    Despite great pay and benefits, there is a high rotation for this position. Employees are constantly leaving and new employees are constantly being added to replace them. Training so many new employees puts a strain on current employees already saddled with ever increasing workloads. Also, pharmacy is responsible for the cleaning and storage of medical pumps, something that does not happen at any other hospital I know of. The pumps in question are usually dirty, bloody, and contaminated with infectious waste. Pharmacy is ill equipped to completely clean and sanitize these pumps, and they are stored in the same room as most of the medication.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of trying to improve productivity by constantly shifting duties between positions, look towards giving managers more power to make management decisions by eliminating lazy employees who call in every other month and allowing long-serving, hard-working employees who were late a few times some leeway.

  10. Helpful (2)

    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 Cancer Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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