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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
131 Reviews
3.8
131 Reviews
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.
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66 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • nice working atmosphere, good benefits and overall a happy work experience (in 11 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Very low pay with the amount of work you need to put in (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great for experience and having a family-like environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Gain experience in the health-field while building family relationships with coworkers at the same time.

    Cons

    Low salary start, but the experiences I have gained covers the low salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great hospital to work out, feels like a community, patients are usually very appreciative of the care they receive.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    good benefits, pay is a better compared to other hospitals, feels like a community.

    Cons

    Can be hard to work with very sick patients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fulfilling research internship experience

    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly

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

    Pros

    Dana-Farber's research labs are filled with dedicated and knowledgeable staff who taught me a lot about of wet bio lab research. Access to top-notch research conferences was great.

    Cons

    For FTEs, I understand that pay scales are low. For me as an intern, there was no sort of formal training offered, technique-wise - it was very learn-on-the-fly.

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  5.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Very low compensation, limited opportunities to advance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great employer in the area

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Associate in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Associate in Brookline, MA

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

    Pros

    excellent learning environment and great resources

    Cons

    no parking and difficult commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve performance incentives for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Meager pay...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    I learned that the benefits are immensely better than those of other comparable institutes so I will have to agree. Nice place to do the kind of high-profile research that you dream of. Initially you will feel sooo blessed being among such brilliant minds.

    Cons

    You just might end up becoming bored to death. It's like a revolving door of sorts as you continually search and re-search...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Social life needs to be buoyant. Open up opportunities for the young minds that work there to get together.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic Dynamic Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Large collaborative efforts among various departments.

    Cons

    Separation between researchers and patients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work but low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Good place to work. Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Leadership is not good, does not provide encouragement, and is not hands on. Low pay and no maternity leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    postdoctoral research fellow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    have good research environment overall;
    seems friendly toward international scholars;

    Cons

    Benenefits are just so-so, if not bad;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    Good mentorship and excellent research being done here. The focus on understanding and finding a cure for various types of cancer is really good.

    Cons

    There can be a lot more collaborative work that can be done here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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