M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
3.6 of 5 242 reviews
www.mdanderson.org Houston, TX 5000+ Employees

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.6 242 reviews

                             

53% Approve of the CEO

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald A. DePinho

Ronald A. DePinho

(76 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Work-life balance, great benefits, opportunity to work with people who come different backgrounds"
    in 22 reviews
Cons:
  • "We had to pay for parking and in my opinion it was too much"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Some people have lost their jobs due ot poor management and budget cuts"
    in 7 reviews
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A great place to work

Physician (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for less than a year

ProsPeople stay here forever. It's a happy hospital. You work with people who are the top in their field almost all the time.

ConsIt is concerned with maintaining it's position as #1 cancer center in America. There is some beaurocracy with that. Health insurance policy is only ok.

Advice to Senior ManagementAn extra week of vacation, please!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

ProsGood funding, nice working environment, safe.

ConsHave not noticed any really.

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Overall great employees to work with, great benefits

Patient Services Coordinator (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork with some great and diverse people, the new facilities are nice, commitment to those wanting to further their education

Consfood quality depends on where you are on campus, it's a crap shoot in terms of management within the various departments. Some are great some suck.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 4 years

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAs a research appointment, there is a strong motivation being housed in the hospital with exposure to patients and their families. The core facilities (sequencing, histology, vet med) are all top notch. The compliance and grant offices are responsive to questions and willing to help.

ConsDepartmental support is variable. Adequate external funding is a must for continued work. Neither of these are isolated to MDACC, but both do occur here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Dynamic, fast-paced environment that places its top priority on patient care and patient services.

Research Assistant II (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than a year

ProsThe benefits are probably the best in the Texas Medical Center, and the hours are usually properly structured and managed.

ConsThe opportunities for raises and/or advancement are very strictly structured and follow very specific guidelines, so while it's not impossible to move up and/or branch out, it takes a very long time.

It is very difficult to branch out into/learn about any area which does not EXACTLY match your specific job's description.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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M.D. Anderson is a great place to work and do research

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than a year

ProsAccess to several different cafeterias, In place gym membership for all employees competitive salaries, with dedicated and hard workers.

ConsSome times political issues cloud the overall temperament of the institution. It is some times too competitive for newly established faculty

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall a great experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

ProsI've gained a tremendous amount of experience and met some great people. The core values and the attitude of most of the employees is a huge plus. The flex schedules are also helpful. Great benefits.

ConsThe politics and resistance to change are ridiculous. The HR department is also not very effective. A lot of ineffective people have been brought in for jobs while qualified people have been turned down on minor technicalities. Also, they do not deal with "problem children" very well.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop rewarding bad behavior and poor performance. Give management more control over who they hire rather than relying on ineffective computer-based "assessments".

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So far... so good...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as a contractor for less than a year

ProsContracting pays well and the stress compared to other places is little to none.

ConsFor contractors, you have to hope funding comes in for your project to stay on.

Advice to Senior ManagementHigher contractors as full-time employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Implosion

Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)

I have been working at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center full-time for more than 10 years

ProsDecent benefits, however they are easily replicated elsewhere.
Work efforts are not challenging so its easy to maintain a work-life balance

ConsPolitics and image trumps skill and work ethic.
IT leadership lacks necessary IT skills.
Vendors do most of the work and mostly they lack the necessary IT skills.
Raises are below current national levels.
Significant brain drain.
Oppressive, indifferent, erratic management style.
No vision.
Poor communication.
The employee is always to blame.
No technical career path.
Embarrassingly low morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on providing what is necessary now, not what might be the next big thing in 10 years. Treat people with respect. Provide incentive for people to perform. Provide challenging goals and corresponding work efforts. Stop micromanaging. Stop gathering metrics you cannot objectively interpret.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice place to work

Clinical Coordinator (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I worked at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for more than 3 years

ProsGood pay, Great benefits, Great retirement!

ConsCompany has a lot of organization politics.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe upper management should care more about the everyday workers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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