Children's Hospital Boston

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Children's Hospital Boston Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
207 Reviews
3.6
207 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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    administrative assistant II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Boston

    Pros

    the people you work with become your family, the medical coverage, the atmosphere is constantly changing, no two days are alike. Working to help families with their children, making them healthier.

    Cons

    Salary no enough to live on. Paying for parking, and the traffic makes commuting hard by adding hours to your day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would like a living wage to pay the basic bills of life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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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    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
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    Boston Children's Hospital provides many benefits and opportunities for employee enrichment and advancement.

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    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
  6.  

    Great Experience

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    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.

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    Talent Acquisition Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Boston

    Pros

    The hiring manager were fantastic and worked very well with me and I had a steady flow of candidates at all time. The hospital was working on very leading edge applications and always looking for talented technology people.

    Cons

    The pay scale was about 20% less that most technical companies in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review salary compensation on a regular basis

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    BCH Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Boston as an intern

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience. The environment was just like a startup and also since the team was newly formed, the team was still expanding and was a small team initially.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be maintained well if you're really good at what you do, if not you end up working even over the weekends in order to meet deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It really needs to figure out as to what exactly is wanted and set up priorities and plan better. The work environment could have been better minus the politics.

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    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
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    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

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