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Boston Children's Hospital Research Assistant Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Boston Children's Hospital President & CEO Sandra L. Fenwick
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  • Great place to work, High quality Science, Very good Benefits (in 38 reviews)

  • Childrens is a Great place to work (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Committed to a positive patient experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Study Assistant II"

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

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

    Pros

    generous benefits, looks great on a resume, and I like the people I work with

    Cons

    researchers are, for the most part, underappreciated and unacknowledged by the PIs they work for; commute to Boston is atrocious unless you live down the road from the hospital


  8. "Good but the pay could be better for research employees"

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

    Pros

    Good environment
    Always surrounded by smart people
    great learning experience
    Benefits are good

    Cons

    Pay is a less for research employees
    An increase in pay by at least 10% would be great


  9. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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

    Pros

    Good wifi, excellent research. Everyone on my floor (Enders Building) was friendly and enthusiastic. Not much else to say. Pruty garden is a lovely place to have lunch

    Cons

    Even though I was in research, the regulations around my position were identical to someone that has to see patients. Tons of bureaucracy.


  10. "good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Research Study Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Study Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    abundant earned time off, though you have to wait 3 months to use it
    good benefits

    Cons

    Low pay as a research assistant

    Advice to Management

    low pay for college graduates is insulting


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Boston Children's Hospital is a good company to work for; I like my job here as the people are very friendly and helpful"

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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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is great being in a hospital and getting advice from physicians about the future. You get first hand experience in the clinical research process which is helpful later in life.

    Cons

    This job can sometimes be depressing, as oftentimes you will be around sick children or hear that a child unfortunately passed away.