City of Hope Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
113 Reviews
3.4
113 Reviews
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City of Hope President and CEO Robert Stone
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a great mission statement (in 8 reviews)

  • Bench to bedside approach to patient care (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay, no bonus, stingy on raises (in 3 reviews)

  • Working for a non-profit can have it's downsides as it is just that (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    post doctoral fellow

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Duarte, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Duarte, CA

    I have been working at City of Hope full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone seems really welcoming and nice at work.

    Cons

    the location. It's in the middle of nowhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    I enjoyed working there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Monrovia, CA

    I have been working at City of Hope full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Too far from everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up good work !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized Organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Duarte, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Duarte, CA

    I worked at City of Hope full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Top Researchers and Physicians who truly care about their patients.

    Cons

    Low morale that promotes a culture of "bullying" and retaliation from management; top-heavy management with no regard for administrative staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the Sr Managers and Directors. If you don't trust your managers then they should be let go instead of laying off staff that actually contribute to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organizational mission, but deeply flawed company culture that rewards individualism instead of team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Hope

    Pros

    Tremendous patient focused mission and training opportunities

    Cons

    Horrible Company Culture that rewards self serving goals rather than organizational goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team building exercises for the Executive and Senior Leadership teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Hope full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lovely campus. The salary compensation is good

    Cons

    Few holidays and little vacation

    Recommends
  7.  

    Most professional, well managed institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at City of Hope as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    That processes are sound, communications are clear, and that leaves little room for mistakes.

    Cons

    The many steps for content approval that makes crisis communications very challenging. Fortunately during my tenure I did not have to deal with any crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really to recommend.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work for a cause

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 City of Hope

    Pros

    Great people trying to cure cancer

    Cons

    The groups work like seperate businesses

  9.  

    Live to Fight Cancer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at City of Hope full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you like to work in an environment where you really are contributing even in a small way the fight against cancer, then this is the place for you. Forget about everything else and just know that the amount of knowledge and research done here is significantly impacting the now not so scary and shrinking world of cancer.

    Cons

    As in any non-profit institution, there is and always will be changes. Some changes a quick and some slow. Kind of like working in a startup but with even way less resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with your staff better. Deadlines, bottom lines and meetings will never compensate for failure in a cog in your team or department. The ailing cog probably just needs some assurances from you that you trust her and believe that not only can she do the required job description but she can also surpass anyone's expectation. Give her some space. Listen to her and talk with her. Your department will not only succeed but it will surpass everyone's expectation. Go ahead. First be clear of your expectation and hear from everyone that they understand what you're trying to accomplish and then listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A career halting, dead-end tomb

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Hope full-time

    Pros

    Very nice gardens and some new buildings.

    Cons

    If you are a new science graduate looking to make a place for yourself in the world, stay away from city of hope; the scientific management is looking to take advantage of young people and immigrants. They will force you to work for poverty level wages without a chance of promotion, while they rake in huge salaries from donation money. Most PIs don't have active grants. HR is complicit in this whole arrangement and is in cahoots with other research hospitals in the greater LA area to keep the wages of research associates at the lowest possible levels. At one point, the RAO committee at city of hope finally won some small concessions to allow RAs with good performance evaluations to automatically get a small raise if they performed well on 2 consecutive reviews. This arrangement was reneged on after one or two years with the help of the lab heads. Watch city of hope to see your tax dollars get sucked down the drain as old department heads slaughter rodents to keep up the appearance that they are doing 'science'. Remember, city of 'no' hope is the place that activists exposed in the 90's for its terrible cruelty and abuse of animals. There is a reason that all their animal experiments are now performed in a windowless tomb. S

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bio-hazard and safety standards are terrible. You should fire PIs that are willing to endanger their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at City of Hope full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Knowing that the organization is helping cancer patients and researching breakthroughs in cancer treatments is a good feeling as an employee - a sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Leadership has a for-profit mentality and regularly cut staff to make the numbers look good. Office atmosphere can be intimidating and stressful, not knowing how long you will have a job. Lots of employees walk on egg shells every day hoping their jobs are safe. Morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply the same mission statement to loyal employees as well as patients, including compassion and integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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