MD Anderson Cancer Center

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
337 Reviews
3.6
337 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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  1.  

    Overworked, Underpaid, Management a Joke

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Nepotism, Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Religious/Racial Prejudice, Retaliation for Reporting Compliance Violations

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits. Many excellent treatment opportunities for patients.

    Cons

    In the 18 years I worked at MDA before successfully retiring with excellent retirement benefits, I witnessed massive financial waste, nepotism, bullying, sexual harassment, religious and racial prejudice, and retaliation for reporting compliance violations. Additionally, the administration has been historically very poor with HR ignoring many complaints. Nepotism is rampant and there are the many inappropriate public displays of affection between employees including attending physicians who openly solicit personal relationships with other physicians as well as employees working under them including vulnerable new fellows who rely on these attending physicians for good reviews and future employment. I witnessed many examples of inappropriate public displays of affection as well as bullying and sexual harassment. I also witnessed compliance violations that, when they were reported, resulted in retaliation against the employee reporting the violation. I watched management in quite a few departments frequently abuse, bully, and harass excellent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administration needs to implement and not just give lip service to MD Anderson policies of zero tolerance for bullying, sexual harassment, religious/racial prejudice, and retaliation for reporting compliance violations The financial waste needs to be corrected before the institution has to close its doors.

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

    Great Mission

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No matter what job you are doing at the institution, you realize the overall goal of hopefully curing cancer.

    Cons

    The work load has become rather difficult. The philosophy these days is do more with much less

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    MD Anderson is not what it used to be....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (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
  6.  

    Pretty solid job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Cancer Center full-time (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
  7.  

    Clinical Fellow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    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

  8.  

    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 Cancer Center full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Great resume builder

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Variety of experience, career growth, benefits and retirement plan, great mission statement, surrounded by professionals and researchers.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, hard to get raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits!

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

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time

    Pros

    A state employer with great benefits. A lot of opportunities with the right degree or connects.

    Cons

    Not all of the polices are enforced by every department. Some positions are held, created, or promised for people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company!!

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great and lots of room to grow and meet new people.

    Cons

    Parking is a challenge, some people wait years before getting a space near their building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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