Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews in Washington State

Updated December 27, 2014
Updated December 27, 2014
118 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.  

    Great Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Support Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Professional Support Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There's a great work life balance and it's both inspiring and educational to be part of a vibrant research community. Good number of paid holidays
    Good health care/dental

    Cons

    The paid vacation time is just so-so.
    There seems to be a nearly constant level of at least low-level reorganization within departments/divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your review! Many of our positions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center support flexible work hours; work/life balance means a lot to us.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bloated Ineffective Administration and Good Ole Boys Club

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Administration Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Department Administration Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    You don't actually have to work while your at work-very little oversight.
    Supportive environment for balding men.
    Everybody is a 'Director'.
    Great life-work balance.

    Cons

    There is no supervisor or manager development or 360 review process: ineffective supervisors have no reason to better themselves or their team. The HR department, while nice, has no power to influence this issue when there are behavioral issues. Administrative pay increases are cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin a 360 review process for management, supervisors and employees. Run the center as a company would not an extension of a university dorm.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your review! We are sorry to learn of your experience and your concerns about our lack of diversity. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center feels that diversity promotes creative and ... More

  3.  

    Great place for research

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your review! Did you know that our research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center doesn't just focus on disease treatment and cure, but also on disease prevention? Many of us have ... More

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  5.  

    Fun co-workers, Flexible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your work and hope you will consider us as an employer in the future.

  6.  

    Research associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and thank you for your comments. We are continuing to grow and have several openings listed on our website; please apply to any that ... More

  7.  

    Doing cutting edge research at Fred Hutchinson

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Response

    Jan 6, 2015Recruiting Specialist

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate your continued service to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. We have received a decrease in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants over the last ... More

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fred Hutchinson is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent research environment with great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting-edge research organization that's making a difference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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