Pros: great access to health benefits, generous time-off, gym facilities, access to training courses and certifications
Cons: poor communication, non-transparent workplace, high job demands
I work in a tobacco cessation program that sees hundreds of study participants across multiple clinical trials. It affords me an opportunity to help people quit smoking by monitoring health risks (vital signs, side effects, etc.). This job is wholly focused on recruitment and maintenance of study participants.
Administratively, however, things are – more... run poorly. Many are hired in through connections and may not be properly qualified, mounting unnecessary stress among existing working conditions. The job requires a high level of awareness and competence that is challenging to maintain amid an ever-increasing list of work duties. Management is very hierarchical and not as receptive to effective ideas or streamlining processes as they portray. These two traits of the job combine to create an atmosphere that is stressful, demanding, and, at times, oppressive. Because of the nature of these studies and the way workers are specialized for those studies, many supervisors cannot afford losing an employee to another department and so the freedom of moving within teams, research projects, departments, or other areas of MD Anderson are limited. Managers are not cooperative in allowing you to move. – less