Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Updated April 14, 2015
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Pros
  • Management strives to ensure employees have a good work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • The benefits are great and the pay is on par with for-profits (in 9 reviews)

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

  • Turnover here is below average therefore career advancement is limited (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Research Assistant

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. People are supportive and want to help others in their research. Emphasis on group collaboration through weekly meetings. Great cafeteria food.

    Cons

    Had a great experience here during a summer between semesters at college, no significant cons come to mind.

  2. supervisor

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent benefits. Great cultural environment.

    Cons

    Some of the Managers are a little over the top tend to micromanage to much.

    Advice to Management

    Let the workers do their jobs and let them be.

  3. A great place to hang your hat.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Job security and a sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Projects take time to implement.

    Advice to Management

    Reward stellar performers

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  5. Generally pleasant workplace, very accepting of diversity

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    Current Employee - IT Staff
    Current Employee - IT Staff

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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

    Pros

    IT department has a fairly healthy internal culture and is the most positive place for women and nonwhite IT staff I've ever worked. The draw of the mission tends to attract compassionate, generous people; the culture within teams tends to be positive and cooperative.
    Large IT department for a nonprofit, reasonably good opportunities for IT professionals looking for a nonprofit career.
    Benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance and flexibility in some IT departments - expect to work a lot of nights and weekends with minimal compensation. Outdated infrastructure is difficult and time consuming to maintain, and causes staff to devote large amounts of time to outdated skillsets. Minimal funding for employee development; without personal initiative in your own free time your skills can fall behind. IT departments are very stuck in their ways and beholden to upper management, enacting substantial change and modernizing the infrastructure is rarely possible.
    Parking is expensive, but busing to the Hutch campus is a lot more time consuming than a more to a centrally located office.

  6. Results may vary

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    Current Employee - Research Technician I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician I in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Egalitarian atmosphere, laid back, friendly, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Depending on the luck of who is your supervisor, your experience may vary. Also, mays a bit less b/c it's a non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more! There is pretty serious brain drain because the best employees leave for better pay elsewhere.

  7. Great organization, bad politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They do great work and have a lot of terrific people working there

    Cons

    It is very political and the management in some areas are not good.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a chance based on their qualifications, not on how long they have worked there

  8. great research facility

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    Current Employee - Research Staff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Staff in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people all around you

    Cons

    too academic, need to publish a ton

    Advice to Management

    raise salary, more net working

  9. I worked here for a little over a year and really enjoyed it. If it was in my area of interest I would love to come back

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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

    Pros

    Great environment and you're doing great work. Working along side researchers and scientists.

    Cons

    The job can get a little repetitive.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Staff Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance is good; nice staff

    Cons

    low pay; management is mess

  11. Helpful (1)

    It is easy to get comfortable

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great collaborative work environment, and the facilities are top notch. As long as funding is available, all is good. The Hutch provides great benefits.

    Cons

    Overall there is very little potential for advancement, it should be viewed as a stepping stone to somewhere else. Pay is comparatively very low.

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