Children's Hospital Boston

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Children's Hospital Boston Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
188 Reviews
3.6
188 Reviews
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Children's Hospital Boston President & CEO Sandra L. Fenwick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is great place to work and learn (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits and hospital is economically very healthy (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is low compared to hospitals in the area (in 6 reviews)

  • big egos, no room for growth, "harvard" mentality (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exposed to many different departments and opportunities within one position

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relationships with clinical teams expands your network
    Opportunity to work with the best clinicians in the world, who are all open to teaching and allowing you to shadow to get an idea of where you want to end up

    Cons

    Salary is tough to increase within research department
    The office I was in was pretty low maintenance and old/depressing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide positive feedback to researchers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Inept Management, Poor Training, Silos

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Prestigious institution, decent salary and benefits, lots to learn

    Cons

    Many of the managers at Children's have a background of privilege and don't know how to adapt to or connect with subordinates from different backgrounds. These managers are also relatively young (re: 30s) with serious attitude/ego problems and limited ability to actually get things done. Instead, they place most of that burden on their staff--who they don't train adequately beforehand--and come down on them as soon as there is a problem. One would think that, as part of on-boarding, the manager would define expectations with their staff so as to prevent problems...

    Additionally, when new staff arrive, they are frequently given assignments to do from day 1, without ever being introduced to other colleagues within and outside of the workgroup who could be valuable...so there goes the importance of relationship-building. You never really know what others are doing and basically have to navigate everything by yourself because your manager certainly won't help. Most employees are burned out and unhappy because they are constantly being asked to do more with less and are demotivated by a paltry 2% annual salary increase and overall compensation package that is less than peer institutions.This perspective comes solely from my experience in the back-office area, which I hear (but cannot confirm) is much different from the hospital's main campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase management training resources, make training of lower-level staff a priority, management should actually work to solve problems...not just sit in meetings to discuss them...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Home for professional and educational advancement.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Children's is the opportunity for growth. Most of BCH's employees started their working careers there or have been there for most of their working career. There is plenty of room for advancement, and because of the amazing networking opportunities with very notable people you learn more than you even realize!

    Cons

    The pay could be better but it is competitive with most clinical assistant positions in surrounding hospitals. Also it can be hard to ignore the hierarchy of positions, at times you are reminded where you are on the totem pole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concerns should be taken seriously no matter what position the person complaining holds. Everyone should feel equally important to the team.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Resource Specialist

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    Former Employee - Resource Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Resource Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great leadership, flexibility, lots of room for growth

    Cons

    No cons that I found.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship

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    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Broad range of expereinces and a great learning environment for people interested in working with Mental Illness.

    Cons

    There are no cons at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to management at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to start off in healthcare industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    invested in young employee development, mission-driven organization

    Cons

    minimal or no performance based compensation at lower levels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    A constant push to be better.

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    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's rewarding to know you are part of something great and easy to find the motivation to push harder and be better when you know it improves the lives or care of patients.

    Cons

    It's frustrating, however, that this is generally the only reward - the privilege of working at BCH. The compensation is sub-par, work-life balance is non-existent and you are constantly being asked to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your talent! Cut your dead weight. Treat your employees as if it is your privilege that they work so hard for you instead of theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My research was based at MIT, rather that at Children's Hospital. I was more familiar with people at MIT then

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work, friendly environment. Awesome research opportunities

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement, and over time is not paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more opportunities for research assistants who want to stay and pursue longer career in research. Not that much learning opportunities either

  10.  

    wonderful place

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Children's Hospital Boston as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    people are nice
    as a volunteer, you could discuss everything with your specialist, they're willing to answer your questions

    Cons

    the renovation construction takes long

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad, but true

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generally an up-beat place to work with a very diverse and accepting environment. Working to help children and their families is very rewarding.

    Cons

    HR is horrible. Advancement can be elusive and with no explanation from management. People who want to advance their careers should be allowed to work hard and do just that. If its not happening they should be given a reason so they can improve themselves. Also, very cheap company. Annual salary increases have been locked at a sad 2 percent for all staff which doesn't even cover the increase in the cost of living. Oh an no bonuses allowed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the hospital is doing so well and gives the best care then the staff salaries should reflect that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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