Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
117 Reviews
3.8
117 Reviews
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.
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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)

  • Research staff are treated horribly by the "principal investigators (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    This hospital is truly patient-centric. While there is definitely room for improvement, overall it is well-operated. Providers of care are nothing less than heroic. Very mission-driven culture and everyday you feel that you are contributing to the greater good, even if you don't see patients.

    Cons

    Salaries aren't very competitive, as it's expected the experience and "name brand" will create value on your resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More conistent, transparent communication is needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unique experience I will always value

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

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission oriented patient centric research atmosphere.

    Cons

    As research funding decreased politics have been more of a driving force, and not the same environment that was attractive years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have policies don't turn a blind eye to enforcing them. It creates a disconnect. The slow loss of perks and benefits has also been discouraging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic organization to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very attentive to the needs of their staff. Numerous programs outside of work as well. It's almost like they have clubs for the staff to join. Everyone I worked with was very helpful.

    Cons

    Understaffed when it comes to some departments. You truly need to stay on top of your Dr.s and patients to make sure everything is getting done in a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more admins for the Dr.'s The staff is stretched thin particularly in the hematology oncology department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Inspiring coworkers, this hospital will open so many doors for you

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hospital Administration in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Hospital Administration in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The work done here is amazing, every corner of the hospital has the best of the best, smartest, brightest personal... speaking from the academic side. the hospital finance sector, insurance, billing and accounting is very sub par. You will find very nice coworkers and a overall happy environment. Excellent benefits, more than half off of healthcare and dental. They pinched their 401k over the ;past couple of years, but they offer tuition reimbursment.

    Cons

    you cant judge a work place as a whole, especially one this big. i have work in 2 separate departments and got 2 totally different experiences. one very bad, and one very good..... but great thing about this place is once youre in. it's very easy to move to a different job if you don't like the current one your in within the same company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place..

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

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Name, recognition, noble work, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay isn't that good, some PIs treat you bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how some of the PIs treat their lab members..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The work is fairly easy and quick to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Specialist in Brookline, MA
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Specialist in Brookline, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Then Benefits that they offer are great

    Cons

    The challenges are very minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Temps should be recognized a little more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was an excellent experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Pros

    The pay was absolutely the best thing.

    Cons

    The hours were long, must really love the position

  9.  

    Unparalleled Commitment balances process challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's all about mission at DFCI. When I started working there, I remember loving it that everyone - from world-renowned oncologists to valet parking attendants, appeared on the same page about the mission and the need to be patient-centered.

    Cons

    DFCI seems in the midst of an identity crisis. What makes it special is its bench-to-bedside approach to cancer care, but it seems to now put significantly more focus on clinical staff than research staff, which creates some pervasive inconsistencies. HR functions and processes need an overhaul.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work with a great mission and good opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Every department is different but I certainly lucked out. In every department the majority of people take pride in where they work knowing it is a first class cancer treatment center. Many of the employees know people who have had treatment and that instills a sense of passion no matter what level of work you are involved in. Since the Institute is so large there are lots of opportunities to grow and develop.

    Cons

    Like any large organization, change is hard to implement. Compensation is also more low to mid-range but the time-off and work hours make-up for it (at least in my case).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being engaged, take advantage of the HR manager training and talent development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good cause

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cause, great care, great research.

    Cons

    Very compliant but not efficient when it comes to using grant money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very high administrative cost. Too many employees not having enough to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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