Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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This is a big medical center, so it has a lot of issues with the higher ups doing things that are the “cheaper” way out. But overall it has good benefits and good opportunity for growth.
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Could be a great place to work.

Your training will be slow and things are done “the Vanderbilt way.” Someone told me once Vanderbilt had a bad reputation in the community bc it was believed that the workers who had been there for years run off new employees! At first I was like hmmm. Then I started to pay more attention to my surroundings and I can honestly say that statement is true. Lead techs are not helpful when it comes to being a team player with FNA’s and are missing the majority of the time. Sometimes the lab can be hectic and that one extra hand could help out but that’s never the case. Vanderbilt was really my second worst professional job I ever held. It’s a revolving door for a reason. Also, some lead techs want to micro manage and talk to you like you’re still in middle school. Oh they’ll say your opinion matters but it really doesn’t. Another important fact is you’ll never get a true break. Some departments stress taking a break but they’ll distract and say “oh yes we do breaks” but they absolutely do not. You’ll feel like you’re being watched even when you leave for a bathroom break. You will feel confined at times. Lunches are set between 11:30 and 12:30 and you cannot veer off from the schedule even you want a later lunch. It is a very rigid work environment with set lunches, clock ins at 7:53 exactly and no actual breaks. Overtime was great and was a positive. Be careful with sticking with time off for holidays bc they rotate so never volunteer to skip bc the same want be applied bc you have your time away so want be able to float to the next holiday by helping someone else out. Trust me, - 


Healthcare is reasonable


Lead techs, no true breaks, vacation time is combo of holidays & your time off so it appears like more time.
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Overall good

Good pay and benefits. Micromanaging from my supervisor is a pain. Very flexible environment and no strict rules on PTO use. Can be a bit messy when no one knows the answers to anything.
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an excellent place to work and grow.

What is the best part of working at the company?Respect for employees and patientsWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?The stress us created only if an employee is not focusing and following established protocols.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Excellent place to work. There are respect and teamwork attitudes throughout the organization.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Open with meetings normally to make sure everyone is on the same page, handling responsibilities, and being supported by coworkers throughout the day.No stress unless you create it.
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Love the company overall, but your experience depends on the department and your management. To me management sets the tone when working at any company. I’ve worked in 3 different departments with the company and must say only one have me what I needed out of the job only because management for that specific department made sure they went above and beyond for us
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Great place to work! I enjoy the work life balance and the employees I work with. I have worked here since starting my nursing career and recommend it!
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good group, bad pay

I love working here for the flexibility, but the benefits are bad. My group is excellent what makes a difference, but the company will try to pay you as little as possible.
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Good nursing experience

Great nursing experience as far as teaching hospitals go but chronically short-staffed and always cutting corners to save money. Upper management does not seem. to respect the work you do
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Okay if you’re not looking for big bucks

Working here is combination of great benefits but low pay. At least in my position, you don’t make over time even if you work one hundred hours it will be at base rate. The job itself is not hard pretty simple.
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Great environment to learn

Learned a tremendous amount while employed at VUMC. It is a Level 1 so be prepared to work. If you are open to work multiple services, you will have that opportunity and can make your resume shine.
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Great place

Been here for 8 years, I love working here. It is a fun and rewarding job. I’ve met some really nice nurses and techs at Vanderbilt. Lots of perks and opportunities.
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Awesome place to work

What is the best part of working at the company?Everything!! In 29 years of nursing, this is the best job I’ve ever had. We are like family. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Nothing. I have no complaints. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Peaceful teamwork. We are all family. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Smooth. Intake for patients. Working closely with doctors, PAs, CRNP and my co-workers.
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Very nice PTO, poor raises

I worked for Vanderbilt for 5 years, the best thing is the insurance and the PTO that is given to you all up front every July. Depending on the department taking time off can be VERY hard and stressful. The hospital as a whole pays anyone who is not medical (doctor, nurse ect) below average. 5 years with the company and only received .2 raise yearly. Went from making 17.50 hourly to 18.50 in 5 years. They give you more to do but never seem to want to pay you to compensate that.
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Great place to work

This is a great place to work. Management actively works at trying to make it the best place to work with a focus on work/life balance. Everyone works together to try and get to a solution to issues so that the customer can experience the least downtime and pain as possible.


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Maybe a little lower on pay scale but other benefits help make up for it.
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Great job

Fantastic job! Love my coworkers, and my bosses! It is a friendly, learning environment. 10 hour shift, pay isn’t great but it’s a foot in the door and the benefits are FANTASTIC!!
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Impossible middle management

I’ve worked for a lot of different personalities over time and this one was the most condescending ever! The financial systems are 20 years behind- funny considering how much money Vanderbilt has. Very Beurocratic. Try at your own risk. I only lasted 3 months.


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Caring co-workers

A small-town hospital that feels like a family but with large hospital support and growth opportunities from VUMC. I recommend working here and finding your place within the organization.
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Can be busy sometimes. Great for students, can study at night. Quiet at night so you have a lot of free time. You will be by your self at night and during the day there's other coworkers.
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Management will take care of you.

Management willing to work with you and make sure you’re with your family when they need you and not stuck at work. Pay is very competitive. Education benefits are top notch as well.
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Great job

I have worked at Vandy for 3 years and absolutely love it. I feel the pay is decent and the environment is welcoming. Management doesn't seem heartless. Good benefits as well.
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I believe it's a challenging environment in a good way. Many resources available. I felt it's good environment with no problems.
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Based on 1,481 reviews

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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.5 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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33%say women are treated fairly and equally to men

67%would recommend to other women

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