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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
118 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    clique dependent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Smart people at the scientist level, benefits good except, surprisingly, when employee gets cancer, by-the-book as far as leave, people offering to donate vacation time told no, back-to-work ASAP whether ready or not.

    Cons

    cliques galore! some consider co-workers their "family" and constant social gatherings, outside work, if you don't "join" and prefer off time with real family/friends, can become out and treated differently. Non-scientist supervisors/managers have no special training, or even BA degrees, tend to over-compensate as leaders. As it is with human nature, likeability and personality matter most. Lots of nepotism, friends & family both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't know how they would/could change such ingrown liabilities, or even know where they are and how to begin. Management is mostly concerned with bringing in money, fund raising, grant applying, etc. This can become a large part of job.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time to turn things in the administrative division upside down Gary!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Great mission. Effective research and lifesaving treatments. Wonderful location. Benefits are above average for a nonprofit. Training through HR is fair. Very chill, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    If you are a hard worker, a go-getter that wants to make change - look elsewhere for employment. Complacency and deference to those that have been with Fred Hutch for decades trumps new, effective ideas. Those that have been in their positions the longest - but might have no real education, work experience or management training - oversee those that are much more qualified. Once these 'managers' realize they are incompetent compared to their direct reports, they try to push them down or even fire them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consulting firm to come in and review the various major departments. The auditors have to interview all employees within departments to evaluate satisfaction in a way that is confidential so that people aren't fearing for their jobs. The consultants should also looks at what each person DOES. Is their position still necessary - or has the person simply been there forever? Don't be afraid to clean house based on the feedback received. Change NEEDS to happen. Just because it has been done one way forever - doesn't mean there isn't a better way...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry that you feel this way. Employee retention (both for seasoned and newer staff) is important to us. As an organization that tries to stay on the cutting ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bloated Ineffective Administration and Good Ole Boys Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Administration Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Department Administration Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    You don't actually have to work while your at work-very little oversight.
    Supportive environment for balding men.
    Everybody is a 'Director'.
    Great life-work balance.

    Cons

    There is no supervisor or manager development or 360 review process: ineffective supervisors have no reason to better themselves or their team. The HR department, while nice, has no power to influence this issue when there are behavioral issues. Administrative pay increases are cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin a 360 review process for management, supervisors and employees. Run the center as a company would not an extension of a university dorm.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your review! We are sorry to learn of your experience and your concerns about our lack of diversity. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center feels that diversity promotes creative and ... More

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    FHCRC DOES NOT TREAT LONGTERM EMPLOYEES WELL

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    In the beginning they allowed for personal growth, training and more. After 24 years the leadership allowed management to do things that were ethically wrong

    Cons

    Directors hired with no management experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen more carefully who they put in charge of departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Transition hurts and is necessary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fundraising in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Fundraising in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great scientific teams who have high standards, positive attitudes, and integrity. Working for the best goals with the best scientists.

    Cons

    Business development team is comprised of difficult personalities, managing by shame and blame, and untrustworthy executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the top of business development and fundraising and start over. Cultivate a positive, trustworthy environment for all involved. Use the scientific teams as your role model then build upon that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Find a good PI to work for or look else where

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    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Current Employee - Research Technician

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and if you have a good PI they will try and take care of you as much as possible. This place will give you all the tools you need to move onto a better paying job and give you a good resume.

    Cons

    The problem here is that there is a HUGE and I mean HUGE disconnect between faculty/senior management and the "workers". They do not care about how little they pay technicians and they give the lowest pay raise they can give. If you plan on making research a career do not try and make one here as a research technician especially in the HVTN it's pointless. They give lame reasons for not paying people properly and also they like to make Research Tech I's do comp time instead of paying them overtime, which I may add is illegal and they are required by law to pay tech I's overtime. They can however do comp time as long as the tech uses it in that same week, rarely happens. Last reason is that their budgets are always too tight, but they can give themselves nice fat pay raises or higher people who are not qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you do not want to manage people and do not want to compensate your employees with current market values be up front when hiring that you do not plan on promoting and can only pay them the minimal pay increases that are required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great for scientists and lab workers. Disappointing for all other.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Every review has valid points and you'll notice a pattern that folks who work directly with science give good review in general and all others are dissatisfied. So if you are a scientist or a lab support person, do whatever you can to work at this prestigious institution. Admin, IT, marketing, etc.? Better look else where. I write this as a person with over 5 years of experience working in a non-scientific role.

    PROS:
    1) Prestige of working for a world class research institution.
    2) New-ish buildings and wonderful location.
    3) Generous retirement benefit.

    Cons

    1) Low pay.
    2) Palace intrigue.
    3) Inconsistent IT resource and support.
    4) Funding challenges (which means job security).
    5) Lack of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Many Challenges, Difficult Advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, including buildings, cafeterias, and library. Home to many experts in cancer research and epidemiology. Excellent seminar series.

    Cons

    Leadership does not truly care about junior researchers' development. Few opportunities for advancement to faculty level. Competitive environment; you are basically on your own. Institution grows by recruiting from outside, rather than developing its own talent. There is a lot of institutional politics--you need a bigshot patron to advance. Inadequate connections = sputtering career. A good place to train for a while, then leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institution would be better served by growing talent from within; don't take your employees for granted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stellar organizational mission, but...

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Research/Scientific side seems brilliant, dedicated, and living out the healthy lifestyles they research. Some on the Administrative side are there, too.

    Cons

    Slow, inefficient, focus on protecting one's own job seems greater than improving the way work can be done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you mean, mean what you say, then just do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A place for non-ambitious people and politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Technologist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Noble mission.
    Some wonderful and smart colleagues.
    Benefit package above average.
    Great South Lake Union location.
    Newer facilities.
    Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers.
    Politics. Politics. Politics.
    Below average pay.
    Nepotism.
    Scientists hold a lot of power. They are focused on their research (as well as they should) but not interested or incapable of handling personnel and other issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandatory training for managers, specially in the area of emotional intelligence.

    No opinion of CEO

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