Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Pros
  • Management strives to ensure employees have a good work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • The benefits are great and the pay is on par with for-profits (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes difficult to move around (in 4 reviews)

  • Turnover here is below average therefore career advancement is limited (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Center IT is a dead end

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    Former Employee - IT Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Technologist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will collect a pay check for years without producing anything

    Cons

    Lots of people who have been there for many years and they are real fossils who will not tolerate any type of change. Very inefficient and behind the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of your managements and hire some who will actually do some work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A door that never stops spinning around

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Bone marrow transplant by Dr Thomas decades ago. There are some very nice people but a majority lack any real skills. They wouldn't survive anywhere else.

    Cons

    Scientist with huge egos wasting government funds and funds from local community. Riding on tail of Bone marrow transplant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip on reality. You are not gods. What have you really done?

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic, smug, unprofessional management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working for an organization that works to cure cancer and HIV/AIDS
    Great location

    Cons

    Lack of skilled management. Project Coordinators (at least mine, I should say) was woefully unskilled in how to manage/supervise, never training you, just expecting you to be psychic when you walk in the door, and setting you up to fail. HR is completely useless. As in other reviews, they do not care about you if you are not science/research staff or faculty. Administrative staff are regarded as second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should all be required to take classes on how to effectively train and supervise if they are required to do so in their role. Program Coordinators blame lower-level admins for their own ineptitude. High pressure, high stress grant dependent environment. My direct supervisor was hostile, completely incapable of training, and obviously had personal issues that caused anger problems. I found out afterwards that I had been this department's fourth assistant, and now understand why I would get the "sympathy glance" when I informed them who I reported to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Recent laid off employees treated with lack of empathy and respect.

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good culture diversity. Idea of advancing medicine and science. Long term employees with knowledge. Lots of good mentors willing to give experience to co workers. Advancing science by integrating young adults into the field.

    Cons

    Managers evolved in too much politics. Management lack of communication among departments, Some department managers evolved in unethical behaviors. Disrespect to departing employees, negative talk within departments causing employees to become demoralized. Low communication between management , HR and payroll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect. Recent laid off workers were not offered severence packages. The employees had given over 10 years of service individually, leaving with good standing and long term service. How horrible to treat employees with no empathy and respect. The is demoralizing to the departing employee, as well as demoralizing to the remaining employees. This can destroy a companies reputation. For a company that relies partly of public contribution, it really bad business to treat employees in this manner.
    PAY THE EMPLOYEES THEIR SEVERENCE . Protect the company, the remaining employees and the companies future employees from bad public information.
    Management is completely unqualified and unprofessional and they lack the form of communication among departments and their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fat Cats at the top shockingly similar to Wall Street

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    *Some genuinely dedicated folks working toward curing cancer.
    *Above average benefits package.
    *Great resume builder if you want a career in biomedical research or medicine.

    Cons

    *Unfair compensation: I work in HR and was shocked to learn how much managers, specially upper management make while many support staffs make below industry salary.
    *Difficult funding environment makes for worrisome employment security unless you're in management. I have yet to see a manager fall victim to layoff or attrition.
    *Some horrific managers building their own fiefdom. Crying employees at the HR office is not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointless to give advice to management. In my opinion they should all be replaced to change the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Funding challenges, inexperienced management, toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Management in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Management in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cafeteria, some nice people, (false) sense of reputation by outside world

    Cons

    Management responsibilities given to people without experience, focus on money - not quality data or performance, amazing this place hasn't imploded. Relationships between departments is horrible, communication is absent and physicians are not held accountable. The place is an accident wating to happen. If the public knew how funding is wasted there would be hell to pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't care so there is no point in sharing advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful organization, repulsive management

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    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    To work with a nonprofit who helps people struggling with cancer.

    Cons

    Hired off the internet by a (former, nolonger there, asked to leave) manager who recruited me. They hired someone else but 6 months later, came back asking for another interivew so I did and got the job in thier Statistical Research Center. My manager would tell me to get to know all the software apps he had developed, yet wouldn't give me access codes so I would fail. He enjoyed telling me I was "stupid" every day. I have a masters degree and an amazing resume and am not stupid.

    When I appealed to other colleagues, they appeared to be afraid of him. He would tell us (3 person team) which way our chairs were supposed to face when we walked out of the office. Even though Fred Hutch has a huge assortment of classes, I was denied attending any, ever, althoug I was FTE. When interviewed (and this was twice) I stated I did NOT do software dev, and the then manager assured me that since he and our colleague were devs, I would never have to do it. When I walked out, I had 6 software dev assignements. I even hired a tutor but software dev was nowhere to be found in the job description. NONE.

    When I quit, upper management (no one is there anylonger, all fired) intstructed met to take my meticulous documentation to the hilarious Fred Hutch HR. I called and emaild for 7 business days before I realized they had no intention of ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, getting back. I brought a member of Seattle's local TV consumer protection team with me to collect my things. This manager has since been fired. I conferred with the person who was in this job before me, and he revealed that this same manager had physically threatened him, into giving the manager a great annual review.

    Insane. Unfair. Illegal. Avoid Fred Hutch by all means. It looks good on paper, but the abuse level is so high there, it is best to let their shareholders try and houseclean the abuseres before going in there. Not a safe place. NOT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire SEASONED MANAGERS, not some dev who can't communicate and who is obviously extremely mentally ill and abusing substance on a daily, workplace basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wish it would have been 5 star

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, mostly daytime hours with few weekends in general. Wonderful cafeteria. Nice parking garages. Easy to get to from freeway.

    Cons

    Individual labs within Hutch function as individual units, and experiences will vary depending upon individual lab you are working for. HR apparently cannot help you transfer or relocate to another lab if you come to them with a problem...of course you can apply for open positions in other labs like everybody else. My experience was 1 star, but in the right lab at the Hutch the experience can be 5 star. Ask LOTS of questions at your job interview to get a feel for the lab/supervisor.

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