Fox Chase Cancer Center Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good to its employees, good benefits

    Cons

    when temple took over, we never knew what was going to happen next

  2. Fox Chase is an excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

    I have been working at Fox Chase Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and small community. Great benefits and time off.

    Cons

    Fox chase has intergrated with Temple and in the past few years things have changed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    FCCC: Slip sliding away.....

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    Former Employee - Oncologist in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Oncologist in Phila, PA

    I worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A decade ago it would have been easy to list many, but as is often the case, time and change in management have not been kind to this once prestigious institution. There are still fine individuals working at FCCC, but many of the best either already have or are actively looking to depart. Consequently, Philadelphia cancer care has improved at other locations as it has slipped at FCCC (and perhaps it shouldn't amaze anyone that it coincides with the mass migration of their physicians, employees, and support staff).

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, and across the board reliance on the "Peter principle" at the top-level positions has been the order of the day since Bob Young stepped down as CEO nearly a decade ago. Since that time every major department head has departed, along with the veteran leadership that you would have expected to replace them. Then the nail in the coffin: acquired by Temple.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure there is any way to right this ship. A suburban cancer center can't afford to lose its reputation and compete with the "cancer center" that every community hospital has created and certainly not the big bits downtown....when they cherrypick your finest staff and reward them to come to their side....good luck

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  5. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment to work in but at the same time you realize the importance of your work. There is always room to grow and expand on your knowledge. Co-workers were all great to work with. There are very knowledgeable people working here who are very willing to share information.

    Cons

    Leadership had their hands tied as far as rewarding the employees for a job well done. It is very hard to get any compensation increase.

  6. I have had a wonderful postdoctoral experience at FCCC.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is an excellent working environment. It is a more relaxed atmosphere than many traditional academic setttings, yet the labs here still churn out high quality research. All of the professors hae an open door policy, and collaboration/discuission is encouraged at the daily tea time. The compensation is fair and the benefits are amazing. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are a bit older, and there have been some financial woes in the Center's past. But the new leadership has righted the ship, and the present and future look bright.

  7. Great summer research assistant experience

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    Former Employee - Research Study Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Study Assistant

    I worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very collaborative work environment, open to allowing me to shadow to gain experience, flexible if some emergency came up. Overall no complaints. I was a research assistant as an undergrad student and was paid from research funds.

    Cons

    nothing, I got everything I put into it. Got a great letter of rec for graduate school as well.

  8. It is a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Resident in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Resident in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, friendly environment. -- Staff and volunteers are super nice.
    Diversity: employees and volunteers are from all over the world.
    Fame: the institute enjoys a good reputation and national ranking.

    Cons

    Personally I have not encountered any particular challenging situation there so far.

    Well, one thing could be that after joining Temple Health, efficiency of the administration may not be as good as before.

  9. Better than bedside at many places, but.....

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    Former Employee - Staff RN in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Staff RN in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation is below average for bedside nursing but the overall feel of Fox Chase is superior and more personal than most Philadelphia hospitals. Despite the "homey" feel, FC is still cutting edge when it comes to many cancer treatments and research.

    Cons

    Sadly, like all nursing jobs, there is a lack of reality as to what is required for safe and appropriate patient care. The concept of patients' needs being met with the reality of the staffing ratios does not make sense. Unfortunately, there is a serious lack of concern from those in supervisor positions about the reality of what happens on the floor when understaffing has become the norm.

  10. Waste of a life.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fox Chase Cancer Center

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

    Pros

    Still a little freedom to have a life

    Cons

    Like to take away benefits from some but not all.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a heart.

  11. It was new and I got to learn a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center part-time

    Pros

    Get to deal with cancer, see how one cure can change there lives

    Cons

    Being on the computer all day

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