Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
3.7 of 5 97 reviews
www.dana-farber.org Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr.

Edward J. Benz Jr.

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79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "nice working atmosphere, good benefits and overall a happy work experience"
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  • "Great People, at least in my team"
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Cons:
  • "fast-paced, high pressure environment, relatively low pay"
    in 4 reviews
  • "high pressure to out perform others"
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    Great company, fantastic working environment.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat people, fantastic work environment.

    ConsHuman resources folks can be hit or miss. Most are fantastic and make working at DFCI that much better. A few are not fantastic though (to say it nicely), making for the opposite experience. I found that the HR folks play a huge role in most employees' experiences there, and getting an unlucky draw with your HR point person can mar your work life experience quite heavily.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Regulatory Specialist (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat place to work! Excellent people, very hard-working..

    ConsI was in a project role so things got a little boring from time to time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunity for career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great to gain healthcare experience and learn a lot too

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsReally great learning environment - staff very interested in their jobs and their specific disease area. Lots of great seminar/lecture opportunities to really feel a part of the mission and organization. Convenient location too.

    ConsResearch coordinator positions are really geared towards people who want to work for about 2 years and then leave - lots of burnout happening. Salary is not great for the amount of work expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore perks for consistently good performance would be welcome and might help keep good employees.

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    Is good place to work.

    Applications Analyst (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe work environment is good. Relaxed environment not fast paced.

    ConsTecnologically backward. Career growth is slow as well for one who is ambitious.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underpaid robots

    Research Data Specialist (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat place for fostering relationships with professionals, especially if you are someone looking to get into the medical field. Lots of entry-level positions so great opportunity for recent graduates to get experience in the healthcare field.

    ConsJob turnover is incredibly high for entry-level positions because employees are easily replaced. Organization tries to maximize profits at the expense of their employees and quality of care. Want to hire fewer employees and instead add more responsibilities for current employees, but offers poor compensation and no raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend a day with your employees and learn exactly what your employees are doing before you try to tell them how to do their jobs; make sure your expectations are in line with reality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great place to get your foot in the door

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat benefits, and lots of seasoned, respected employees to look up to as mentors

    Consno career growth opportunities within certain departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The job at Dana-Farber was a very good experience for the time that i was their

    Data Entry (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsTo obtain a position where hard work, reliability and growth opportunities are available and i can use my diverse business skills.

    ConsSome of the medical terminology that i had to inter in the system some time was difficult .

    Advice to Senior ManagementNever had to give advice to Management.

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    Culture of people who really care, from president down

    Communications (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsEmployees at all levels, clinical and not, really believe in the mission of the Institute and are wholly committed to cancer patients and their families. You can feel really good about supporting this organization.

    ConsNon-competitive salaries; also, tendency for people in leadership positions to stay on for years and years - which is not necessarily a bad thing, but can sometimes cause staleness and tunnel vision if left unchecked.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful company

    Lead Research Technician (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsI love almost everything about working at DFCI. The people here are truly committed to advancing our knowledge about cancer and related disease, care about the needs of patients, and strive for research excellence. I have worked here for 5 years and have no plans to leave.

    ConsI think it's pretty shameful for a medical institute to provide no paid maternity leave. I understand the US doesn't require companies to provide this benefit, but that doesn't make it right. If DFCI truly wants to recruit and maintain top-notch female employees at all levels, it needs to provide us with comprehensive benefits that allow us to balance career with family.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clinical Research Coordinator II (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsMD are passionate about their work and delivering high quality patient care

    Consunprofessional work place environment
    management was not properly trained
    supervisor was rude to staff and made the work environment hostile

    Advice to Senior Managementtrain management, increase pay,

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