Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.
Edward J. Benz Jr.
83 Ratings

Pros
  • Good benefits for the employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Name, recognition, noble work, good work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, limited benefits for post docs who bring their own funding (in 7 reviews)

  • Career growth is slow as well for one who is ambitious (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints


  2. New Patient Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, great place to work/have on your resume.

    Cons

    The pay is not great. Maximum raise = 2%


  3. Director

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    Current Employee - Associate Director, Online Marketing in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Online Marketing in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great mission and an amazing opportunity to work on the front lines of cancer research

    Cons

    For a non-profit, it can be very cut-throat.


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  5. Grants Mangement Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute part-time

    Pros

    Great organization and great people.

    Cons

    Pay not as great as I had thought given the size of the grants you manage.


  6. Program Development Associate

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    Former Employee - Program Development Associate/Director of Education and Outreach in Brighton, MA
    Former Employee - Program Development Associate/Director of Education and Outreach in Brighton, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great mission and an amazing opportunity to work on the front lines of advancements in cancer research.

    Cons

    Minimal support from management, large workload with not much assistance.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for the people you work with. The researches are doing amazing work, but it's important to ensure the people below them are treated with respect. Management needs to be more supportive when approached with conflicts, and learn how to communicate professionally and appropriately to staff members. I personally was "left out to die" in what was supposed to be a "conflict resolution" session.


  7. Clinical Administrative Support Specialist

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    Former Employee - Clinical Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job responsibilities are challenging, but really helps improve on your multi-tasking and communication skills; meet many great patients/families/providers

    Cons

    no support from team/manager, lots of "blaming"- no one takes ownership of their mistakes; no appreciation for hard work

    Advice to Management

    managers need to execute complete fairness among all workers, be more supportive/active when approached with conflicts, and learn how to communicate professionally and appropriately to staff members; HR needs to change policies


  8. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - IS Project Manager in Westwood, MA
    Current Employee - IS Project Manager in Westwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits, great cafeteria

    Cons

    Terrible commute, terrible office space


  9. DFCI Review

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Benefits are great!

    Cons

    Administrative roles lack in advancement positions.


  10. overall good place to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    science, patient care, vacation, flexibility

    Cons

    pay, some lab environment can be bad


  11. anonymous

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    Former Employee - Short Timer
    Former Employee - Short Timer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    surrounded by very hard working individuals that believe in the mission.

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy that slows down progress. Reporting structure is too rigid and doesn't foster creative ideas/thinking. Overworked with little praise.

    Advice to Management

    recognize good talent and foster it.



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