Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
104 Reviews

3.9
104 Reviews
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.
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56 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • nice working atmosphere, good benefits and overall a happy work experience (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people, fantastic work environment (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Very low pay with the amount of work you need to put in (in 5 reviews)

  • fast-paced, high pressure environment, relatively low pay (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Experience, Loved working there

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of "intangibles" and you feel very rewarded at the end of the day. Great benefits, supportive teams, and family support

    Cons

    The pay is not the best. You often work long hours for no excess pay and there aren't really any bonuses at the end of the year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Editorial Intern

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interning with Dana-Farber was an extremely rewarding experience. Not only are you working an environment that's helping patients and their families in extremely difficult times, but you're also working with some of the nicest people in Boston. The staff at Dana-Farber across all departments were some of the friendliest people I've every met.

    As an intern, I was given great responsibility in contributing articles for the internal staff newsletter, intranet, and other external publications. The editorial team was wonderful and really made interns feel like valuable members of the department.

    Cons

    Sometimes the tasks as an intern could get repetitive, but usually asking my manager for more work helped alleviate that.

    The internship was for course credit, so I cannot speak to compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make your interns feel like part of the team! I think you all did a wonderful job with that while I was there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employees work together to provide best possible care for patients. Great atmosphere and very mission driven. Internal training opportunities regularly offered. Fast paced but purposeful. Management acknowledges staff at all levels, organizational respect. CEO is engaged and approachable. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Work can be stressful due to time sensitivity and fast paced work environment. Officespace is difficult to manage as space can be an issue. Depending on the department, some doctors can be difficult personalities to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize staff at all levels. Recognition and acknowledgment of hard works helps with moral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place for training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Excellent resources and access to world experts in cancer research.

    Cons

    Low pay, limited benefits for post docs who bring their own funding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the benefit rules

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy, but worried

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    Current Employee - Oncology Nurse Practitioner  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Oncology Nurse Practitioner in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If your goal in healthcare is to make an impact in the lives of patients, this is the place. You will be surrounded by smart and caring people across all the domains of healthcare providers, at all levels of experience. There is always the opportunity to learn and to teach, and the Jimmy Fund events are awe-inspiring (I know that sounds hyperbolic, but it’s really true - take part in a Jimmy Fund walk and see for yourself). I am honored to be part of the team at Dana-Farber, and I am just amazed at the quality of work that goes on here.

    Cons

    Caregiver burnout is a very real thing in oncology nursing, and the current push from management to increase productivity makes it a bigger problem. I am afforded a great deal of respect by my patients and their families, but I do not feel that management has a good understanding of what it is I bring to Dana-Farber and the ways I further their mission of providing expert, compassionate care to people with cancer. It’s very disheartening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time understanding your NPs, talk to our patients about what we do. People come here for the doctors, but when they refer their loved ones, the NPs and RNs are the ones they talk about (I’m not making this up, this is what my patients have told me).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great institute

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    Former Employee - Research Technician  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly staff who are aiming to help as much as you need it

    Cons

    Very low pay with the amount of work you need to put in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider over time pay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, fantastic working environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic work environment.

    Cons

    Human resources folks can be hit or miss. Most are fantastic and make working at DFCI that much better. A few are not fantastic though (to say it nicely), making for the opposite experience. I found that the HR folks play a huge role in most employees' experiences there, and getting an unlucky draw with your HR point person can mar your work life experience quite heavily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Review of Dana Farber Cancer Institute

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    They have a positive culture. Another point is that they Organize many activities throughout the year. Finally, they deal in a respectful way

    Cons

    If you put them in comparison with similar organizations, you can easily figure out that their salaries are not that much competitive

  10.  

    Regulatory

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

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work! Excellent people, very hard-working..

    Cons

    I was in a project role so things got a little boring from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunity for career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great to gain healthcare experience and learn a lot too

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really great learning environment - staff very interested in their jobs and their specific disease area. Lots of great seminar/lecture opportunities to really feel a part of the mission and organization. Convenient location too.

    Cons

    Research coordinator positions are really geared towards people who want to work for about 2 years and then leave - lots of burnout happening. Salary is not great for the amount of work expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks for consistently good performance would be welcome and might help keep good employees.

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