Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.
Edward J. Benz Jr.
70 Ratings

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 people, management could be better

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    Current Employee - Human Research Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Human Research Coordinator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The other team members were great - young, fun environment, and the work was interesting. Lots of exposure to high power doctors, but little mobility in terms of job opportunities.

    Cons

    The management was not there - there was a lot of gossip and lack of management from the upper tiers. However, overall, this didn't impede much on the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who are competent in their managerial skills, make sure there is more accountability to management, focus less on small issues and on the big picture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Finance in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Finance in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    mission-driven; friendly atmosphere; people are valued for what they do

    Cons

    Can be a complicated matrix environment with silos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    itvis a great way to place to work, everyone is friendly

    Cons

    no breaks except 30 Min unpaid lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be inderstanf of your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. A great place to work for and the staff is great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is no stress on the job, the managers are very flexible with approving time off and they are good when it comes to family issues.

    Cons

    The compensation is good as well as the benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. DFCI is an amazing place to work!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Considering that DFCI is a teaching-hospital, the culture of the Institute really values educational, and professional growth. Leadership enforces a collaborative approach to management and operations which empowers staff to be successful.

    Cons

    There aren't many cons to working at DFCI. The Institute is aligned with their mission, and values, and appreciates the participation of each employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful if DFCI offered paid-internships, or opportunities to gain experience before applying for a position. Overall, however, DFCI is a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.

  11. Great employer in the area

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    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

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