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A place for non-ambitious people and politics

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Former Employee - IT Technologist  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - IT Technologist in Seattle, WA

I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Pros

Noble mission.
Some wonderful and smart colleagues.
Benefit package above average.
Great South Lake Union location.
Newer facilities.
Good cafeteria.

Cons

Incompetent managers.
Politics. Politics. Politics.
Below average pay.
Nepotism.
Scientists hold a lot of power. They are focused on their research (as well as they should) but not interested or incapable of handling personnel and other issues.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Mandatory training for managers, specially in the area of emotional intelligence.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good place until WAMU took over the IT department.

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    Current Employee - IT  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    The mission of the center is wonderful. Lots of smart people work here.

    Cons

    IT department has lost its soul. Most managers are from WAMU so it's very corporate now. Instead of collaborative, it's adversarial between departments now.

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    good place to work for lazy people

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    The Hutch was established on the work of some stellar scientists and there are still some excellent programs and staff making important advances in the study of cancer, HIV and now with the new head honcho, there will be more focus on infectious diseases (they bought him a new building). So, good cache to say you work at the Hutch.
    Benefits are good with plenty of personal, sick and vacation days, 401K matching, etc.
    Transportation benefit is excellent - $15 a month gives you a Puget Sound pass that allows you to take any ferry, any commuter bus or train, etc.

    Cons

    The HR folks who curate the job postings and hiring process are hideous. Don't expect them to ever answer their phones or return an email, even after multiple contacts. I don't know who they're there for, but it's not for you, even if you work there.
    As another poster mentioned, the PhDs/PIs are like gods and can do no wrong and are all part of the "ain't we great" club. They also know nothing about administration. Money and materiel are wasted like crazy and efficiency is of no interest to anyone who knows they've got a paycheck coming until the grant runs out in 201x.. A lot of dead wood folks who do little or nothing. A "feel good" yearly performance review process that does not identify sub-par performance leading to improvement or dismissal. As the title said, this is a good place for lazy folks who don't have a personal drive for excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to the survey you had us fill out last spring. Get rid of the dead wood and place an administrative professional into the power paradigm right under the PIs in each department or lab. Oh, and please CLEAN! The place is filthy with dusty canned-air blowing all day long and no dusting or vacuuming done in the work spaces.

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