Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Updated June 28, 2015
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.
Edward J. Benz Jr.
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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. Development/Jimmy Fund (nonprofit) - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Brookline, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Well-oiled nonprofit with unprecedented access to information about how various development departments and positions should work
    - Pays higher than most nonprofits

    Cons

    - Few opportunities to wear multiple hats
    - Cross departmental transitions are mostly lateral
    - Lack of diversity; mostly women
    - Micro-management

    Advice to Management

    - Be more open with employees about career development
    - Take the time to learn about an implement best practicies re: management


  2. Amazing mission to be a part of

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

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    DFCI is constantly working towards their mission to better patient care and outcomes. It's amazing to be a part of.

    Cons

    My cons are more minor to the overall mission but DFCI needs to accommodate more and offer more to their employees (ie more time to work from home in administrative jobs, better recognition for a job well done, wellness/fitness programs to multiple age groups, etc)


  3. Lots of pressure, lots of fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Research Fellow

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours,great boss and colleague

    Cons

    benefit is kind of suck


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  5. Senior Laboratory Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Technician in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very passionate and intelligent colleagues.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive environment. Sometimes expectations and work life balance are completely unrealistic.


  6. cass

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cass in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Cass in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    patients are great, and keep me going! And you get paid weekly which is a pro for me

    Cons

    The boss is very fickle and doesnt seem like she has a masters degree
     but the management is too micro managed on my floor.

    Advice to Management

    MAnagement needs to stop retaliating together to get their own way and work as a team, and encourage it's employees to work as a team.


  7. Development Officer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a great group of colleagues. Competitive salaries with room for advancement if you are willing to move around within the division. Mission-driven organization. Highly collaborative environment. Lots of opportunity to learn from fellow colleagues and to learn more about the institute you're serving.

    Cons

    Dreadful management with no accountability from above. Unfortunately this leaves teams will ineffective leaders and nobody to monitor or evaluate their management skills. Many employees feel a strong commitment to the mission and enjoy their jobs thoroughly, but their managers force them to look elsewhere sooner than they'd like.

    Advice to Management

    Dana-Farber is staffed with an incredible group of individuals. It would be in Mangement's favor to put more emphasis on evaluating those in the higher roles.


  8. DFCI

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

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place, plenty of room to grow within. Management and leadership have great goals for the future.

    Cons

    Disconnect between departments is very apparent.


  9. intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Great place to work, get to meet lots of new people and network.

    Cons

    A lot of gossip between the nurses and slow-paced in the evening.


  10. Principle Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Research Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Technician in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I came from a different country to the Dana-Farber and was amazed by the sheer endless amount of resources and research opportunities. At least in my lab there is no technique that we cannot try and even though I am "just" a technician I have my own projects and I'm involved in a lot of great science. On top of that the benefits are great.

    Cons

    The lab infrastructure is pretty old. The money is definitely rather spent on research than fancy lab benches.


  11. Research Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Research Project Manager in Jamaica Plain, MA
    Current Employee - Research Project Manager in Jamaica Plain, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaboration with brilliant minds. Excellent patient care

    Cons

    pay is not competitive in comparison to other non-profits



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