Children's Hospital Boston

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Children's Hospital Boston Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
201 Reviews
3.6
201 Reviews
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Children's Hospital Boston President & CEO Sandra L. Fenwick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and hospital is economically very healthy (in 11 reviews)

  • It is great place to work and learn (in 10 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.  

    Great place to work, learn and grow.

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

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

    Pros

    The companies core values are tremendous! The people that you interact with on a daily basis is amazing, the care and support they deliver to families and children is second to none. It is great place to work and learn!

    Cons

    The benefits are still good, although not as good as they once were. The work environment is excellent, although in my experience, the morale over the years have dropped. They management is working hard to address the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard and you will be rewarded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    care about your PI

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor/Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Instructor/Research Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    good benefits
    affiliated with Harvard Medical School

    Cons

    Watch out who you work with. Especially professors are self-centred and has a huge ego and never listen your ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make more surveys about your professor. Try to give warning if they treat their postdocs and grads just because they have "power" which can destroy their employee's careers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    there are good research labs and there are bad ones.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    potential exposure to the cutting edge of research. good benefits.

    Cons

    the hospital itself might be great, but regarding to my specific experience- Lab specific- depends on your director. you can end up in a poorly managed place with lack of resources where there is nowhere to grow to.
    there are other amazing labs in the hospital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Regular

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

    I worked at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people in my department

    Cons

    non-transparent, no parking, shady leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency. Truth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Urology Department in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Urology Department in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    You get to work with people at the top of their field.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to report.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for hiring students and giving us the opportunity to learn from top-notch doctors and nurses.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credentialing Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Credentialing Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and very friendly atmosphere. Work/life balance is great, supervisor was very willing to accommodate for any personal needs.

    Cons

    Compensation was below industry average.

  8.  

    Boston Children's Hospital provides many benefits and opportunities for employee enrichment and advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Very high quality of fringe benefits. Unparalleled scientific research environment. Many opportunities for professional enrichment through mini courses, seminars and interaction with career specialists.

    Cons

    As a basic researcher, this is a highly competitive environment with little margin for error. Children's does not pay salaries for research personnel and if you lose your grant you're in jeopardy. They demand a lot from their researchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the overhead funding that Children's reaps from grant money is wasted on excessive security, frills like automated paper towel dispensers and minute name changes. This could be directed towards supporting research in a substantive way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I love this institution because of what they stand for when it comes to caring for the patients.

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    Current Employee - Reception Representative III in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Reception Representative III in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work, and it can teach one to humble themselves, by what you encounter day in and day out.

    Cons

    Management lacks the skill of interpersonal communication, and does not defend their employees, meaning they will be quick to judge before exploring all areas of truth. Now this is not in every department, and there are some great managers in this facility, however the handful that are not that good can leave a bad taste in ones mouth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hone in on your interpersonal skills, listen to the little people, and come together collaboratively to work as a unit. Learn to treat people as with respect and not down talk them. This is a great institution, and the people that work here should be just as great.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Inept Management, Poor Training, Silos

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Amazing Things Happen Here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate III in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate III in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a part of such an incredible place is something that drives you to work your hardest because you know your work is impacting something or someone that is in need.

    Cons

    Low pay and understaffed departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the hard work that all levels of employees do and address the need for a higher salary for your employees that are not clinical.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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