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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.6 102 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Director & President Lawrence Corey

Lawrence Corey

(39 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management strives to ensure employees have a good work life balance(in 11 reviews)

  • The benefits are great and the pay is on par with for-profits(in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes difficult to move around(in 4 reviews)

  • Recently the marketing/business aspects of the non-profit have been ramped up, sometimes it seems to the detriment of the science(in 4 reviews)

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    Very positive environment!

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsRelaxed workplace, coworkers are easy to get along with, good location, good money, good benefits; just an overall great place to work.

    ConsIt can be hard to move up, and the politics in some other parts of the organization aren't that great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open with your employees, try to reward good work rather than just admonish things that need improvement, and continue to challenge us!

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

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    Toxic, smug, unprofessional management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking for an organization that works to cure cancer and HIV/AIDS
    Great location

    ConsLack of skilled management. Project Coordinators (at least mine, I should say) was woefully unskilled in how to manage/supervise, never training you, just expecting you to be psychic when you walk in the door, and setting you up to fail. HR is completely useless. As in other reviews, they do not care about you if you are not science/research staff or faculty. Administrative staff are regarded as second class citizens.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should all be required to take classes on how to effectively train and supervise if they are required to do so in their role. Program Coordinators blame lower-level admins for their own ineptitude. High pressure, high stress grant dependent environment. My direct supervisor was hostile, completely incapable of training, and obviously had personal issues that caused anger problems. I found out afterwards that I had been this department's fourth assistant, and now understand why I would get the "sympathy glance" when I informed them who I reported to.

    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 work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCollaborative, world class, great mission.

    ConsScientists should not necessarily be executives in fields outside of their expertise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Program Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe Lake Union area is lovely - great restaurants, parks and cafes.

    ConsThe culture has changed with the new leadership. No longer feels like "family."

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

     

    Great place!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearn a lot, supportive staff

    ConsNot always easy to navigate

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

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    Awesome organization.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to contribute to meaningful mission statement. Responsible employees have freedom within the scope of their jobs to provide creative solutions to department/organization challenges. I frequently come in contact with general folks and those in my personal life who have been treated or had a loved one treated for cancer here and have nothing but respect and admiration for the place and staff who treated them on their journey. That is the best thing about working here - a place that makes a positive impact on so many lives.

    ConsExternal factors over which we have no control (such as sequestration) that nevertheless impact us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue engaging with employees at all levels. Seek input, listen, act, follow up. This is mostly done - just keep doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Recent laid off employees treated with lack of empathy and respect.

    Research Technician (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood culture diversity. Idea of advancing medicine and science. Long term employees with knowledge. Lots of good mentors willing to give experience to co workers. Advancing science by integrating young adults into the field.

    ConsManagers evolved in too much politics. Management lack of communication among departments, Some department managers evolved in unethical behaviors. Disrespect to departing employees, negative talk within departments causing employees to become demoralized. Low communication between management , HR and payroll.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect. Recent laid off workers were not offered severence packages. The employees had given over 10 years of service individually, leaving with good standing and long term service. How horrible to treat employees with no empathy and respect. The is demoralizing to the departing employee, as well as demoralizing to the remaining employees. This can destroy a companies reputation. For a company that relies partly of public contribution, it really bad business to treat employees in this manner.
    PAY THE EMPLOYEES THEIR SEVERENCE . Protect the company, the remaining employees and the companies future employees from bad public information.
    Management is completely unqualified and unprofessional and they lack the form of communication among departments and their employees.

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

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    Find a good PI to work for or look else where

    Research Technician (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are great and if you have a good PI they will try and take care of you as much as possible. This place will give you all the tools you need to move onto a better paying job and give you a good resume.

    ConsThe problem here is that there is a HUGE and I mean HUGE disconnect between faculty/senior management and the "workers". They do not care about how little they pay technicians and they give the lowest pay raise they can give. If you plan on making research a career do not try and make one here as a research technician especially in the HVTN it's pointless. They give lame reasons for not paying people properly and also they like to make Research Tech I's do comp time instead of paying them overtime, which I may add is illegal and they are required by law to pay tech I's overtime. They can however do comp time as long as the tech uses it in that same week, rarely happens. Last reason is that their budgets are always too tight, but they can give themselves nice fat pay raises or higher people who are not qualified.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you do not want to manage people and do not want to compensate your employees with current market values be up front when hiring that you do not plan on promoting and can only pay them the minimal pay increases that are required.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Plenty of opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany different departments and divisions to help diversify your work experience and career growth. Great teamwork and helpful co-workers. Good benefits and beautiful location.

    ConsIncrease in cost of on-campus monthly parking year over year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fat Cats at the top shockingly similar to Wall Street

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros*Some genuinely dedicated folks working toward curing cancer.
    *Above average benefits package.
    *Great resume builder if you want a career in biomedical research or medicine.

    Cons*Unfair compensation: I work in HR and was shocked to learn how much managers, specially upper management make while many support staffs make below industry salary.
    *Difficult funding environment makes for worrisome employment security unless you're in management. I have yet to see a manager fall victim to layoff or attrition.
    *Some horrific managers building their own fiefdom. Crying employees at the HR office is not uncommon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPointless to give advice to management. In my opinion they should all be replaced to change the culture.

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

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