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Updated December 2, 2017
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Boston Children's Hospital President & CEO Sandra L. Fenwick
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  • low pay for fellows and researchers (in 34 reviews)

  • You start at a very Low Salary with no room for growth within your first few years unless you make an internal transfer to a different job (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "RA at BCH"

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    Former Employee - Research Project Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Project Assistant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Children's Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. Loved the office culture.

    Cons

    Some jobs are low paying with small raises.

    Advice to Management

    Reformat your salary strategy to retain employees


  2. "Overall Great"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Children's Hospital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to develop and connect with people, strong affiliations and top notch research

    Cons

    Too low of salary for being located in a high-cost city

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary, consider living expenses of Boston for a young professional

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant II"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Children's Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good research experience. You would be part of a great project that would bring you a lot of personal satisfaction.

    Cons

    Very low salary. Salary not competitive at all. You get over worked and paid very little. You would make way more money working in the same position elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    They should do better with the salary


  4. "A great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Children's Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Working as a research assistant at Boston Children's Hospital was my first job after college. My manager and colleagues were extremely supportive and collaborative. The work was engaging and it was clear that people here are very passionate about what they do. I gained exposure to a range of studies, programs, and clinics while working here. It is a great starting off point, as most research assistants are planning to go to medical school or another type of grad program. BCH also offers tuition reimbursement for a certain amount of money every year.

    Cons

    Research assistant salaries are not competitive. Management says that all research assistants have the same salary but it does vary across departments. Work environments also vary across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer competitive benefits packages. Increase salaries to market level.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Committed to a positive patient experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm and hospitable culture
    Lobby and entire hospital is designed to foster learning and enjoyment for children
    Friendly clinical staff and hospital workers

    Cons

    Low pay makes it difficult to afford costs of living in Boston


  6. "Loved it"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and teams, good hours

    Cons

    Low pay for research assistants, not a lot of movement up


  7. "Research Assistant II- great stepping-stone position"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    great benefits, great access to new scientific technologies, great access to seminars

    Cons

    sometimes RAs can be easily taken advantage of, often expectations that you work extra hour, no opportunity for advancing

  8. "Great place to work, poor pay"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Children's Hospital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BCH has a motivated staff, a meaningful cause, and a large budget for improvements. Beautiful buildings, but little focus is directed towards research staff.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low for Boston. I'm only speaking from a research side, but it was only livable for a single person. It's a big name hospital so they say the name on your resume is pay in itself.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more opportunities for upward mobility. Listen to employee feedback about renovations more closely. Pay entry level positions higher if you want to attract top talent.


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Research Study Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Study Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Children's Hospital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the environment and the work

    Cons

    Kinda boring work if you're not deeply invested in your project
    relatively low pay compared to private sector jobs


  10. "loved BCH"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant I
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I
    Recommends

    I worked at Boston Children's Hospital (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, bike reimbursement, retirement matching after 3 years, good ETO

    Cons

    cant say that i had any