Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. DFCI Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! Benefits are great!

    Cons

    Administrative roles lack in advancement positions.


  2. 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


  3. anonymous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Short Timer
    Former Employee - Short Timer

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    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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  5. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    reasonable pay in Boston in academia

    Cons

    not much room for growth


  6. Company could do better although nothing can help lab heads do better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some departments are better than others. Medical oncology has better benefits and morale than cancer immunology. Postdoc office is on top of things such as bringing outside career information into the company.

    Cons

    Supervisors and staff do not explain anything in much detail, either they are clueless or they are secretive to employees, which is not good. You are expected to come to work during inclement weather (big snowstorm of the past winter). Some people in the company may take 2 weeks to respond to your email. No sense of community or teamwork. The company doesnt do a good job of providing a good culture or value. Free ice cream for employees once a year doesnt help. Seems like everyone in the labs including the lab heads get jobs in the company based on referrals not on qualifications or experience.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate openly with your employees. Provide better benefits. Cover the entire T pass. Promote internally.


  7. Great Stepping Stone.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Novel Cell Therapy Technologist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Novel Cell Therapy Technologist in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are exposed to a great variety of work, and new clinical trials. The atmosphere is very kind.

    Cons

    Very long training process due to work depending on the ability to find patients. Great exposure, but no vertical growth. For working at a hospital the health insurance leaves a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Engage your employees. Cross train more. I shouldn't have to walk to several departments to find work to do.


  8. Development/Jimmy Fund (nonprofit) - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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    • 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


  9. Amazing mission to be a part of

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    • 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)


  10. Research Techncian

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro about working in hospitals is that IT IS A STEPPING STONE! Other than that there are no pros even worth mentioning here.

    Cons

    Neglectful management system. Low salary for a crap ton of hours. PI's and managers say they care about you, but it's all just empty promises. Lab mates say they care, but they don't. Communication between departments is awful!

    Advice to Management

    GET PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY SPEAK ENGLISH!


  11. Lots of pressure, lots of fun

    • Work/Life Balance
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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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