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FHCRC: A good place to work and learn....

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Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Seattle, WA

I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Pros

The Hutch is a very collegial atomosphere, generally the atomosphere is laid back although it is by no means a place for slakers; ther is an emphasis on getting quality data that can withstand scrutiny etc.

Cons

The one bad things about the Hutch is that the expectations can make you feel like you're always under pressure.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The upper management needs to understand that the best thing they can do is routinely and accurately review the performance of every employee and not play favorites

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    You better love research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Fred Hutch has a good benefits system in place and is a great place to start if you want to get experience for med school or a PhD program.

    Cons

    Fred Hutchinson does not value it's Technicians, while it provides good benefits, it provides little to no salary increases and a very low starting pay. Principal Investigators are treated like gods, and can literally do no wrong. PIs are very smart in science, but have no training or understanding of their employees or of what their employees make. It is entirely up to the PI if a technician is published: some PI's are great, if you put in a large amount of work for the paper, your name will get on it. However many PIs refuse to put anyone on a paper unless they have PhD by their name, even if the person has worked on the entire project and assisted with writing the paper. If you have an issue with a PI you have no recourse but to quit.
    Also, it is an unwritten law, which your lab manager will tell you after you've been hired, that you are expected to work overtime, but not get paid for it.
    Also, due to the PI's ignorance of their finances I have had 2 different PI's offer Tech II positions, only to rescind it once the offer was accepted. One realized he didn't have the money to pay the higher salary, the other decided he wasn't sure he wanted to offer the tech II title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PI's need mandatory management training. They need guidelines for treatment of their subordinates, and they need to be held accountable. I realize there are classes for the PIs to attend, but the worst offenders never do. This cannot be optional, someone needs to put their foot down and create and maintain a standard of treatment for employees.

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    Good Employer

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Great people
    Nearly everyone there wants to be there
    A lot of feedback from colleagues and managers
    Good "Work-life" balance supported

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move between positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure what to say here

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