MD Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated 27 March 2015
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  1. Poor processes, top heavy management with silo's and turf wars. Nothing done quickly. Don't bring your easy button.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and retirement. There are more resources(people - equipment and supplies) than the entire medical center.

    Cons

    entitled people. management passes on bad staff to each other just to get rid of the problem staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have MD's in charge, they are too competitive when it gets down to agreeing on any process.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It has been a learning experience.

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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 Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to help people through the some of the hardest times in their life and that is a great feeling. You are exposed to some of the greatest minds in medicine and research. If you pay attention, you can learn a lot about the medical field and how it all works and is run. You are also exposed to different cultures through the people that you work with and the patients that you meet.

    Cons

    The politics are horrible and there is a strong hesitancy towards change. There are standards rules and regulations but everything is subject to managements discretion in the end. Sometimes that can help but for the most part, I've seen several people treated unfairly because of it. HR is not very helpful. Unless you are in a position that is on the medical side (nurse, mid-level provider, doctor etc.) there really isn't room for growth. Promotion/growth is not based on what qualifications you have but who you really know that gets you places. Salaries aren't that great either. Most people are under paid for the work that they do.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at the work our employees do. Try to implement incentive programs and actively promote your stronger employees. This will not motivate others do work harder and better, but it will improve the over all quality of the departments and hospital as a whole.

  3. Overall it was a good experience. The place is extremely political so you need to know office politics.

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    Former Employee - Animal Resource Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Animal Resource Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good.. They pay is good.

    Cons

    Politics and other hassles of the med center. Parking!!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to all the training the facility offers.

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    Job Opportunities within MD Anderson

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great! Great job security!

    Cons

    If you consider applying at MD Anderson, consider to contact the head/director directly. The HR system is not well organized and they do not forward the appropriate applications to the directors/heads. HR is not well responsive and does not provide any updates on your submitted application.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible! Appreciate your employers! Too much administration!!! There are so many administrators that are not doing anything - try lean management

  6. Poor Compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Cancer Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very rewarding to know you are making a difference in patients' lives.

    Cons

    Every department seems to be very tight financially. You can expect to be underpaid, and annual merit raises of about 1.5%. They also overload you with unreasonable amounts of work because they are unwilling to hire more staff to handle the increased workload.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more and be willing to invest for the growth of the department.

  7. ordinary work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Statistical Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Research Statistical Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    learn a lot from the large biostatistician community

    Cons

    sometimes, there is too much micromanagement.

  8. A place ideal for those who are interested in academic career

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

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Here you can work with smart researchers/scholars/clinicians, who may come from different countries and devote their lives in cancer-related researches. Meetings/symposium are held quite often, revealing new treatments/discovery. Academic atmosphere is very strong.

    Cons

    Salary is limited by funding and mostly lower than expected. Also you can not stay in this position too long because it has a limit of years. Long work hours may be required, but it also depends on labs.

  9. Relaxed environment, but poor communication.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Web Development Specialist in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Contractor - Web Development Specialist in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, great coworkers, and a general movement toward updated technologies. Great benefits for full-time employees. Job security. My manager is awesome, very understanding and accommodating of a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Still very outdated in many areas, poor opportunities for full-time employment or advancement, low salary range for full-time employees. Poor communication between departments and managers, very bureaucratic inner workings. Difficult change management system.

    Advice to Management

    Could improve communication standards across departments and between managers.

  10. Lots of politics!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, who for the most part work as a team and are GREAT at what they do. Lots of compassion for the patients.

    Cons

    Staff is disrespected and unappreciated by management, work hours are long and though they say they promote work-life balance, try getting any time off (that you have earned) to spend with your family or go to see your Dr. We were constantly told that we needed to see more patients and do more procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable for what they do and DON'T do. Don't expect others to fill in the gaps that you or others leave and not reprimand those who don't do their jobs.

  11. Neither here nor there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Pros

    They have a powerful mission- making cancer history. It makes you feel like your a part of something huge, bigger than yourself

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, red tape, you could get in your work and just keep going 'cause everyone is too busy to stop for a minute. The skills are present, personality? especially when it comes to interdepartmental stuff?....it could be better.

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