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To attract and retain the talent necessary to Make Cancer History® and reinforce our culture, we offer the following competitive programs and benefits.


MD Anderson competitive pay includes an overall compensation package that may include a combination of the following:

  • Base pay
  • Performance rewards
  • Differential pay as appropriate (shift, unit based, etc.)
  • Certification pay as appropriate
  • State of Texas longevity pay after two years of service
  • Anderson Award

Time Off

A generous leave program includes a combination of the following, depending on employment type:

  • Paid Time Off program that provides approximately 3 weeks vacation in the first year and accrual increase every two years
  • Extended Illness Bank to use when you, or a family member, is ill for more than two days
  • An average of nine paid institutional holidays per year
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Available leave for military service, funeral, jury duty and required education
  • Recognition Leave

Medical Benefits

MD Anderson pays a portion of the medical plan premium for both employees and dependents. Insurance selections for employees and eligible dependents are effective the first calendar day of the month following the employment date with MD Anderson. Employees may choose from a variety of plans including:

  • Medical Insurance (Employee-only coverage is free)
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Coverage
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Long Term Care
  • Life Insurance-$20,000 in free coverage for those enrolled in the medical plan
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment--$20,000 in free coverage for those enrolled in the medical plan
  • Reduced Paid Leave-Free short term income protection for qualified employees

Retirement Options

Teacher Retirement System (TRS) is the state retirement plan that provides retirement, disability and death benefits to eligible MD Anderson employees. TRS is a defined benefit plan that provides a monthly annuity to retirees based on a formula using salary and years of service. The retirement annuity you receive is not based on an investment in a mutual fund.

Voluntary Retirement Plans are also available. Employees may choose to participate in a 403(b) and/or a 457(b) plan that allows employees to make tax deferred or Roth contributions to supplement their state retirement benefits.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees may use flexible spending accounts to direct a portion of pre-tax salary to pay for un-reimbursed Medical and Dependent Care expenses and mass transit passes.

Flexible Work Schedules

Flexible work schedule, such as compressed work weeks and telecommuting, give employees more control over when and where they can accomplish their best work. Workplace flexibility enables employees to meet their responsibilities at and away from work. MD Anderson offers a broad array of workplace flexibility options; some are offered as benefits to qualifying employees, while others are offered at the discretion of management.

Continuing Education

Training and educational programs are offered for employees at all levels of the organization. Training may include job-specific technical information as well as programs to increase knowledge and skills in numerous professional development topics. Continuing education credits may be offered for specific disciplines based on individual accreditation requirements.

Tuition Assistance

After six months of employment, the Tuition Assistance Program provides limited, non-taxable reimbursement to qualified employees for undergraduate or graduate tuition, books, and required fees. Reimbursement amounts vary based on specific degree program(s).

Backup Care Program

Backup care may be used anytime someone who counts on you for primary care requires care and you cannot be there. This can be anyone from an infant to an elder, local or distant, in the event that you will miss work to care for them. Included in examples of requesting backup care are when your regular caregiver is ill or taking vacation time or your school or child care center is closed for holidays, parent/teacher conferences, etc.

Parking and Transportation

Available onsite parking is optional via the Texas Medical Center. Texas Medical Center administers parking and their rates determined by availability and location of garage or parking lots.

To help encourage alternative transportation methods to get in to the Texas Medical Center, there are several commuting programs to participate in. Whether you take METRO rail, bus or vanpool/carpool or The Woodlands Express service, there are great alternatives to driving in to the Texas Medical Center. Below are incentives to encourage alternative transportation:

  • Flex Mass Transit Program – a program that lets you obtain bus fare cards or vanpool vouchers with pre-tax dollars
  • Ride Match Program – a program that matches you with other riders in your area interested in a carpool or vanpool
  • Parking Reimbursement – For participants of the Flex Mass Transit program and/or registered vanpools, riders receive up to $12/per day for two days per month to help when you need to ride in on your own
  • NuRide – An online community where you can save money and earn rewards when you carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, telecommute or take public transit

Recognition Programs

Everyone likes to be recognized for a job well done and MD Anderson takes the time to do just that. Some of the ways we show appreciation is through various employee, peer and supervisor nominated awards, Employee Recognition Month activities, and Employee Service Awards.

WorkLife Choice Award

Benefits-eligible employees will receive a WorkLife Choice Award of $15 per month for participation in one of the qualifying programs:

  • Day Care Reimbursement Account
  • Flex Mass Transit Account
  • Medical Reimbursement Account
  • Voluntary Savings Plans
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement

Employee Networks

Several networks are available to voice ideas, foster support systems, promote professional development and make recommendations to institutional leaders on matters which impact our population's primary dimensions of diversity. Networks may be recognized only on a primary dimension of diversity, including: Age, Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Physical Ability and Ethnicity.

  • Cancer in the Workplace Employee Network
  • GLBT-Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Network
  • OME-Organization for Multicultural Employees
  • OFW-Organization for Women
  • PeopleFirst Network - increase awareness about disabilities in the workplace

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

A program to assist all employees including members of the faculty, immediate family members, trainees and retirees with personal and work-related stresses and issues. Services are strictly confidential, conveniently provided onsite and at no cost.

Health and Wellness Programs

MD Anderson has an active employee base who value health and wellness. Various programs help support this culture, including, but not limited to:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Health screenings
  • Bike, running and walking clubs
  • Wellness and Nutrition counseling
  • “Stress Buster” exercise equipment throughout MD Anderson buildings
  • Weight Watchers and Weight Management programs
  • Employee Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes

Convenience Services

There are many conveniences that go along with working in the Texas Medical Center. If you're looking for something to help make your life easier, here are a few of the convenience services we offer.

  • Gift shops
  • Post Office
  • ATMs
  • On site hotel for employees to book for a Friday and/or Saturday night stay at a discounted rate.
  • Cafeteria and other local dining options
  • Employee discount web site that provides discount listings ranging from apartment rentals to wireless services

Community Involvement

Being part of the community and getting involved is important to MD Anderson. In addition to MD Anderson sponsored community events, we support many other local and national initiatives. This includes the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Texas Medical Center Food Drive, Sprint for Life and many other outreach programs.

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