Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
114 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)

  • Not a prospect for making a lot of money (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place for research

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and patient co-workers to work with

    Cons

    Boring if no interest in research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun co-workers, Flexible

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The flexibility is great and so is the management. I didn't work there long enough to receive benefits but none the less, it was a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    Somewhat tedious, minimal supervision, lack cross-training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research associate

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

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and get advices

    Cons

    Multiple tasking. Not easy to promote in a staff position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Doing cutting edge research at Fred Hutchinson

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

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

    Pros

    Relative flexible working hours and feel good about doing world class research on cancer

    Cons

    less pay and lot of over time not because you are forced to do so but to keep in the front line in research it is not a 9-5 job any more.
    Federal funding is an issue and lot of labs are closing due to lack of funding

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fred Hutchinson is a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Life-work balance is tremendous. Schedules are often very flexible especially in the IT sector. Contribute to the greater good! When funding ends for one grant there are often opportunities within the Center to move to other grants. If you work for a Center department that covers multiple grants, your job security is greatly increased.

    The Center often will help grants with staff salaries when funding gaps occur.

    Cons

    Advancement is not quick and there are not stock options. You may be at the mercy of grant funding which can end leaving grant funded staff looking for work. A wise employee is always watching for when grants are ending and positioning themselves for the next grant down the pike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compassionate to a fault, staff who are not functioning are given more chances than they deserve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent research environment with great benefits.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, which will depend on where exactly you are working. Excellent benefits package and additional health programs. Atmosphere is fantastic and the campus setting is beautiful.

    Cons

    Some labs can be difficult depending on the PI. Not really anywhere to advance to in research.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting-edge research organization that's making a difference

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    Former Employee - Non-research Staff Positions In Various Programs/Labs in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Non-research Staff Positions In Various Programs/Labs in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, opportunity to work with talented faculty and staff who are engaged and committed to the mission. Nice facilities, good work-life balance and generous benefits. General reputation for less formality and hierarchy between faculty and staff. Of course, experiences vary across departments, but in general staff are valued and appreciated. Again, varies by group, but in talking with staff at other organizations in the sector, my impression and experience is that there are more advancement opportunities for staff at this organization.

    Cons

    Grant funding can be a challenge for project-based staff, but that's true across the board, not just at the Hutch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In-depth review of performance review system would be worthwhile. There are many good managers, but I'd also recommend looking at those who have exceptionally high turnover to ensure they receive training/monitoring on how to retain staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good experience

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    Current Employee - Statistician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Statistician in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    people is nice to work with

    Cons

    some projects are not interesting

    Recommends
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people & benefits, Decent pay, Some management problems

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

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

    Pros

    As the title says, the people are great, as is often the case in not-for-profit. For the most part, everyone wants to be there, which makes a difference to the overall culture and environment. The benefits are great and the pay is on par with for-profits.

    Cons

    Because this is a not-for-profit it does suffer from certain infrastructure/management problems. Depending on your department, you have doctors or nurses doubling as managers. (Management is a skill, and just because you are a bigwig does not mean you have that skill.) Because this is a healthcare industry, they behind the times in certain technological areas (some jobs still use old fax machines, for example). Depending on your job, there may not be room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be adept at management, not just knowledgeable in medicine or nursing. Hire accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great faculty, good opportunities for learning, limited options for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    World-class faculty, noble research goals, fantastic location and facilities, friendly environment. Working here you can feel like you are making a contribution to society by generating knowledge to aid in the understanding of cancer, and potentially work towards programs aimed at improving cancer prevention and treatment. Generally very supportive PIs that allow for independence of work topics, flexibility of hours, and ongoing education and training.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up within the organization for junior people or recent graduates. Can feel like a second-class citizen if you are not tenure-track faculty. People are generally friendly, but you need to go out of your way to meet people. Group/lab experience tends to vary widely by PI/division. Some provide more support than others, especially with non-faculty positions. Recently the marketing/business aspects of the non-profit have been ramped up, sometimes it seems to the detriment of the science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities and training for junior investigators and non-faculty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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