Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Pharmacy Technician

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (More than a year)

    Pros

    Peers were great to work with. Pharmacy runs pretty smooth and software was easy to use

    Cons

    Management was unorganized. Made you feel bad for calling out sick.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees more


  2. The people reflect the mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people. Everyone here works as hard as they can toward a shared mission.

    Cons

    Leadership is not taught or valued here - and it's needed. Managers are not empowered to make decisions for their departments, and they are not listened to.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission to cure cancer draws amazingly driven and intelligent people to work here. The organization is fairly young and growing rapidly. Lots of opportunity for the right person to make a difference.

    Cons

    Being an Alliance means having to work with other institutions (Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, UW Medicine) and often our priorities do not align. Progress can be slowed down because of the level of coordination required across the Alliance. Also, being a fairly young organization there are some things that aren't yet formed or developed and this lack of structure and stability can be difficult for some people.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Terrible Leadership

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of admirable staff that care for patients despite being in a awful place.

    Cons

    Clinic staff are overworked and lowly paid, with the excuse that SCCA is a non-profit. But at the same time, ineffective middle-management is bloated and there seems to be more managers and associate directors than you can shake a stick at. They promote the terrible managers and let go of the hard workers. Leadership is sneaky, distrustful, and will lie to your face.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Too Many Monkeys

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated to Curing cancer.

    Cons

    Junior level directors are having most of their research done by admins. Very passive-aggressive. Apparel policy outside the clinic is ridiculous and restrictive and arbitrary,


  7. Helpful (2)

    Terribly Impassioned, Terrible Communicators

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work associated with prolonging the lives of those with cancer.

    Cons

    Horrible communicators, work goals unclear until you've not reached them. People who "fail up' are given promotions and titles.

    Advice to Management

    If your middle manager can't 'manage', move them elsewhere. Your admin is doing all their work for them.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Unethical

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    Current Employee - Staff Physician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Physician in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros – good insurance, location, colleagues, OK salary, good cafeteria, great physicians, nurses, and other staff.

    Cons

    SCCA seems to have lost its way. Its stated mission is to provide the best cancer care around. No clinical program development would be done without the guidance from physician scientists who recommend evidence based care. Now, SCCA seems to be willing do and say anything to be profitable even at the expense of the best patient care. Recently, they launched yet another huge direct to public marketing campaign for their massively overbuilt Proton Center (think poster child for all that is wrong with the American health care system). Although proton therapy is excellent for certain conditions, it’s superiority is completely unproven for others like Prostate cancer, and it’s much more expensive. The advertisements look surprisingly like ads for Viagra and are geared toward Prostate patients. I find this deeply disturbing. I used to be very proud to be an SCCA employee and now I am ashamed to tell people where I work.

    Advice to Management

    Find your conscience. Don’t throw good money after bad and sacrifice your mission and integrity in the process.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Disorganized "organization"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice buildings, good health care benefits, close to Lake Union, sterile environment, close to downtown, Amazon

    Cons

    What the leadership says and does are very different things. Lots of rhetoric about excellent, patient centered care but very little effort into attempting to create a positive patient experience through organization, communication, signage, or support materials. The doctors are excellent so patients put up with the complete lack of coordination and compassion in the delivery "system."

    Advice to Management

    There are much easier ways to make money. Why don't you choose work that doesn't negatively impact vulnerable patients?


  10. Helpful (1)

    Health Administration

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Administration in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Health Administration in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This place is a great place to work for especially downtown Seattle. The company is a great company, great work and life balance, amazing benefits and the people who work there are sweet and helpful! Great place to grow!

    Cons

    The management needs a little of work, sometimes management lack the support role. It would be nice if managers got out of their office more often to be engaged with their staffs and patients.


  11. Helpful (6)

    SCCA

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    Current Employee - Cellular Therapy Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Cellular Therapy Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good People, Good Cause, Cutting Edge

    Cons

    No Advancement Lack of Leadership Everyone is dispensable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in current employees.



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