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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
127 Reviews
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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.  

    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

    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.

    Recommends
  2.  

    This company has been great. Excellent benefits, very intriguing research, and great city to live in.

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Subsidized bus pass, cheap healthcare, centrally located.

    Cons

    Very expensive, if you want to live anywhere within 5 miles of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great people, great work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Work life balance, great people, great purpose.

    Cons

    not much room for growth without a PhD.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Friendly work environment
    -Faculty and Staff are proud to work here

    Cons

    -Disconnect between departments, science and business sides work fairly independently of each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Find a way to connect the science/research and business/development
    -Do more national campaigns to spread awareness about Fred Hutch

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    clinical research nurses

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    very stimulating work, emotionally rewarding

    Cons

    need research team managers, not ask the doctors to manage teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire managers to supervise research teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a great cause to fight for, but the effort doesn't pay

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

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great sick leave policy. Ok vacation policy. Amazing retirement benefits. Flexible work environment. Nice people to work with (depending on your group).

    Cons

    Each group is essentially run like their own entity, responsible for their own budgets and salaries. There's very little space to move up in responsibility (and especially pay) if you stay in the same position for the long term. There's very little cross training available to staff if they want to say move to another specialty or even add to their resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with UW and provide employees with educational benefits, because in the long run it will only help the organization. Give the employees some incentive to stay and continue to grow at the Hutch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are able to have a career in medical research here, does it get much better than that? My direct supervisor was really good, he was very thoughtful about how he communicated to employees. He would often ask for our opinions regarding management decisions. It made it so we were all very invested in the research.

    Excellent benefits including medical, dental, subsidized bus passes, healthy challenges (where you compete to make healthy lifestyle changes) with benefits like free or reduced fitbits, and a locker room (for those commuting by bike). Overall a lot of people that are really passionate about their work. Everyone working 20 hours or more gets full benefits. The HR department was more helpful than most companies. They really help you find the best people when hiring and help with conflict resolution if asked.

    Cons

    Parking is expensive for employees. Also, most people are funded on NIH grants which means every few years there can be a big transition in funding within individual studies which can lead to layoffs. The "center funded" (non-grant funded) people have gone through quite a few layoffs themselves since overall funding decreased with the recession. In short, working there during the recession produced many of the same, scary outcomes that everyone in the USA was facing. I think the HR department is really good about trying to keep good people at the Hutch and have helped several of my former employees find work with other studies after we went through a major transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely take the 4 day management class offered by the HR department. It's an excellent class and the 4 days are over the course of 4 months. You make some great connections at Fred Hutch by taking that class as well.

    The current Senior Management could do more to connect and talk to lower level employees. Although, they are going through a search for a new president, so this might change. Lee Hartwell (former president) did a lot of this when he was president. I think it really makes a big difference. I loved to see him serving hotdogs and hamburgers to employees during the summer Hutch wide employee party.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    A Good Place to Work if You're in the Right Department

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator II
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator II

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

    Pros

    For the full-time non-scientific staff, the benefits are very good: medical, dental, sick pay, holidays.

    The mission is good.

    Faculty and staff are dedicated and proud to work here.

    If you're in the right department, then your work schedule is flexible and co-workers are friendly and it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    There is HR Employee Relations and IT training that is good, until you've taken every class.

    The pay is at the bottom end of the market scale.

    There is no career path for staff.

    Finding the right department can be a challenge. There is a lot of nepotism with many little Emperors working at odds with each other.

    On-the-job training is virtually non-existent. You not only have the learn the system but you have to learn how to work around the system.

    It's very difficult to streamline policies and processes because the old guard doesn't want to be constrained by rules.

    There are almost no repercussions for bad behavior or lack of productivity - this goes for faculty and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of dead weight, both faculty and staff. Get rid of the non-producers, no matter the rank. Bring in fresh new investigators and re-invigorate the Hutch. Make a serious investment to upgrade the administrative infrastructure. Some of us crave good change, otherwise, we lose our ability to compete and conduct cutting edge research. With the number of upper management positions open, the Hutch is on the brink of great change. Make the most of this chance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work, but also not the worst

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazing research and medical care for cancer patients. Benefits are pretty good. Lots of opportunities to move around within the organization. Onsite restaurants (even if they are not great and very expensive, they work in a rush)

    Cons

    Managers, training and doctors that run the entire place. I was so excited to start working here. Now I would take the next job that will come along. Manager have been here forever are not very helpful and the training is laughable. A majority of the doctors are great, but then most are overworked and exhausted so they snap at the lower level people. Higher ups could careless. Each division is its one monopoly, tons of cliques within them. If you want to survive here get in with the popular group. Lastly while overall the work life balance is ok, and they says don't come in if you are sick. That's a lie. What the policy should really say is "Don't come in if you are sick, unless you have grant/work to do, then we don't care come in cause we are more important than your health".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for admins and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    clique dependent

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    Pros

    Smart people at the scientist level, benefits good except, surprisingly, when employee gets cancer, by-the-book as far as leave, people offering to donate vacation time told no, back-to-work ASAP whether ready or not.

    Cons

    cliques galore! some consider co-workers their "family" and constant social gatherings, outside work, if you don't "join" and prefer off time with real family/friends, can become out and treated differently. Non-scientist supervisors/managers have no special training, or even BA degrees, tend to over-compensate as leaders. As it is with human nature, likeability and personality matter most. Lots of nepotism, friends & family both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't know how they would/could change such ingrown liabilities, or even know where they are and how to begin. Management is mostly concerned with bringing in money, fund raising, grant applying, etc. This can become a large part of job.

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