MD Anderson Reviews

Updated 4 September 2014
Updated 4 September 2014
311 Reviews
3.7
311 Reviews
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MD Anderson President Ronald A. DePinho
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Pros
  • Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Work-life balance, great benefits, opportunity to work with people who come different backgrounds (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • We had to pay for parking and in my opinion it was too much (in 7 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was not a priority of my direct supervisor (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    MD Anderson is not what it used to be....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    MD Anderson has some amazing employees. There are truly wonderful scientists, nurses and staff that give there all to the patients. However, these same people are overworked, under appreciated and subjected to hostile work environments.
    The pay is more than most institutions, but you also work more hours and often on the weekends. I had virtually no work/life balance.

    Cons

    MD Anderson is now just a business with a goal to make the most money possible. Patient care is secondary to the almighty dollar. Many department heads and senior management have no management skills. A hostile work environment could not even begin to describe what I was subjected to. Our department head's way of managing her staff was more than just unprofessional it was abusive. Many faculty at MD Anderson have left the institution already or are in the process of leaving.

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

    IT review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson

    Pros

    Always being busy and having many projects to work on

    Cons

    Poor management and direction, often allowing customers to dictate IT structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    High School Senior Intern

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    Current Employee - High School Intern  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - High School Intern in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    it suckedddddddd
    the administrators treat you like you're a kid

    Cons

    everything it was just terrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Horrible place to work

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

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

    Pros

    They put the salary on their website, which is rare. Most companies don't do that. Also, the health benefits are pretty good, and it's pretty good job security.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Very hard to schedule off and LOTS of rules and red tape with employees. They treat you like a number and there's a lot of gossip, politics, and they will overwork you. All in all, there are a lot of other hospitals I would recommend to work for that treat their employees way better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen to your employees. If they're happy, they will work harder. If you ignore their concerns or don't give them promotions/raises after years of dedicated service, it will show in their work. Offer more work/life balance and scheduling off should be way easier. Do NOT LET EMPLOYEES COME TO WORK SICK!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    bureaucratic at times. Too much paperwork.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits such as: Teachers Retirement, free health insurance.

    Cons

    It is very sad when patients die

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful research, but horrible management and administration

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

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good salary,benefits,good retirement plan

    Cons

    Administration and upper management have no level of accountability
    Staff is professionally coerced into meeting deadlines , management will retaliate if you try to defend yourself
    Half the people are unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not give so much power to so few people -many of these administrators do not have a clue
    Hire people who have knowledge, experience, and willingness to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work with some amazing people, they are just not in the positions they should be...

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Love to help people; a lot of great people.
    Im not in patient care but I love just to help them find an elevator if thats all I do.
    Tution assistance.
    It would be the greatest place to work if the values of the founder were still echoing through the institution.

    Cons

    Public image is only concern as is patient census with management.
    Creates motion to have motion regardless of wastes of ineffciency. Then as a result uses this platform to cancel benefits and payouts.
    Hr will not enforce anything, states "its managers discretion" regardless of the policy interpetation.
    Upper mgt is a,lways looking to penalize low level workers and strip benefits from them all the while continuing to take exhorbent bonuses and building totems of worship for all to see thier greatness.
    Class warfare is constant
    Wants to be the McDonalds of Cancer; have a treatment center on every corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am sure Monroe Dunaway Anderson is rolling in his grave at what has become of his vision. This used to be place where employees were the "heart and soul of MDA" but now thanks to upper mgt over the last few years every employee is looked at as a burder or a unit of labor. The disconnect has happened, employees are no longer appreciated;some depts attemt to do good but HR usual steps in and frowns upon it... Poll your support personell; they see what is really going on, get their opinions, ask them if they feel welcome. The view is quite different once you are out of the ivory tower.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sandbox or Playground

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Growth

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    Former Employee - Patient Access Specialist  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Patient Access Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson full-time for more than a 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Project Director  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Director in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson full-time for 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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