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Seattle Children's Overview

Seattle, WA
5001 to 10000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Founded in 1907, Children's provides excellent patient care with compassion and respect, and conducts cutting-edge pediatric research. We also serve as a respected educational resource for parents and healthcare professionals alike.

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Mission: We believe all children have unique needs and should grow up without illness or injury. With the support of the community and through our spirit of inquiry, we will prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.

Seattle Children's – Why Work For Us?

We are united by a compelling mission: We provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation's best children's hospitals – for the 26th year in a row. We received national rankings in all 10 specialty areas evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.

Hope. Care. Cure.

These three simple words capture what we are here to do. That’s because at Seattle Children’s, compassionate care, breakthrough research and generous donors come together every day for children who need us.

Our Great Benefits

We support a healthy work–life balance. Our benefits include employee care, paid time off, health insurance and retirement savings.

Compassionate, Inclusive Culture

We show compassion and open acceptance to all of our patients and families – and to each other.

We Invest in Our People

Support for professional development is one reason Becker’s Hospital Review listed us as one of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.

Our inclusive, collaborative culture is reflected in our ART service standards: Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork. We strive to be ARTful in all we do with every member of the team ⎼ patients, families and each other.

We prioritize the safety of both our patients and our employees. Work-life balance is important to us, and our benefits show it. In hiring, we aim to have a workforce that reflects our patient families. We serve our community with compassion.

All of this makes our people proud to be here. If you join our team, we trust you also will find Seattle Children’s a meaningful and fun place to work.

Start With Safety

Everyone at Seattle Children’s is responsible to create a safe environment for our patients, families and each other. We strive to be an error-free environment. We are transparent in providing information about patient safety.

Our safety culture includes reducing staff injuries and safeguarding our patients. We ensure staff have the support they need when faced with adversity.

Seattle Children’s is committed to being a drug-free workplace. We require a pre-employment drug screen and background check. The use of marijuana for medical purposes accompanied by a prescription, even if permitted by state law, will not be considered acceptable for purposes of explaining a positive lab test result for marijuana.

Valuing Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

The patients and families we serve at Seattle Children’s come from many backgrounds. They bring distinct values, family structures, strengths and needs. The same is true for the people who do their life’s work here.

The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect all the qualities that make each of us unique – race, gender, culture, lifestyles, physical and developmental challenges, ideas and beliefs.

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts because this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Each of us is respectfully encouraged to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes diversity and inclusion at all levels.

Seattle Children's aims to have a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We believe we give our patients better care by having staff whose beliefs, attitudes and life experiences are similar to those of our patient families. Learn about our Center for Diversity and Health Equity, which works to improve health outcomes for all children.

Committed to Equal Opportunity

Our commitment to diversity is shown in our recruiting and hiring, our benefits and our employment practices.

Seattle Children’s is committed to equal opportunity in all conditions of employment. This includes hiring, promotion and disciplinary and discharge practices.

Our commitment to fair pay applies to all people regardless of their race, color, religion (creed), sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin (ancestry), disability, age, genetic information, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

Seattle Children's Reviews

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    "Excellent place to work; incredible employer with an incredible mission."

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    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (More than a year)


    Employer is incredibly dedicated to the healthcare and well-being of children. Amazing technical advancements such as gene therapy in use. Solid workplace for an IT professional who wants to make a difference!


    A handful of employees are not sufficiently motivated to contribute.

    Advice to Management

    Carefully consider the option of merit-based reviews for compensation and advancement.

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Seattle Children's Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Children's (Seattle, WA) in February 2018.


    Easy going interview. Be prepared and confident to answer lab and phlebotomy related questions. Use experience from previous jobs for experience based and scenerio based questions. Use personal and professional references and be quick with email replies and communication between hiring staff.

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Seattle Children's Awards & Accolades

  • Best Children's Hospitals, US News & World Report, 2014
  • Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, American Nurse Credentialing Center, 2013
  • Silver Beacon Award for Excellence, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), 2015
  • Forbes #10 America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2016
  • Becker's Hospital Review 100 Great Hospitals in America, Becker’s Hospital Review, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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