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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • low pay in terms of the education level (in 17 reviews)

  • Additionally, there is little to no room for growth in entry-level Research Assistant/CRC jobs (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Favorable outlook"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Analyst I in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Analyst I in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free ice cream from donations. Salaried and I only work 8 hours a day. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very hectic. There are always a long list of things to do.

    Advice to Management

    Decide amongst yourselves and put forward fiscal year goals and priorities cohesillvely. If two people in upper management disagree on goals, I keep having to switch priorities and nothing gets done.


  2. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of intellectual freedom.

    Cons

    Academic salary means you are poor from grad school through the end of your postdoctoral training.

    Advice to Management

    Add realistic childcare options, generate a long-term plan to elevate academic salary to a level where trainees are not tempted to flee to industry because of poor academic remuneration.

  3. "Administrative Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good relationships with fellow employees and great learning experiences

    Cons

    It id difficult to grow in administrative positions there


  4. "Research jobs highly dependent on which lab you're in"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great benefits and workplace perks (e.g. transit discount)
    - World-class research centers

    Cons

    - Zero to little oversight of research labs/centers
    - Longwood area is terrible for food
    - Low pay for research jobs

    Advice to Management

    Train primary investigators in basic management techniques or provide administrators to them so they don't have to do it.


  5. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - New Patient Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - New Patient Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Educational resources available to you. Everyone is friendly and great benefits. Management listens to you and takes ideas into consideration.

    Cons

    The pay is less than most places because it is non profit. They pay 50% of mbta pass up to 125. Paying full would be a nice perk to compete against other facilities offering more hourly.

    Advice to Management

    Create a ladder for the NPC role for oppurtunity to grow in the field


  6. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent support from my manager. Great benefits. Professional development.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.


  7. "Good Job but Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with some of the best doctors in their field, patient contact

    Cons

    Pay, low for the amount of work you do

  8. "Wonderful place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Assistant Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Assistant Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One the best place to work, good colleagues, good benefits.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say cons, I just couldn't be hire because they cant hire for 90 days .


  9. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good research resources

    high level science

    Cons

    Big disparity of treatment between Postdocs and the rest of employees (e.g. retirement plan, salary)

    very low level of interaction/collaboration between labs

    Often PIs are very bad to manage postdocs. the only goal often is the high impact publication

    No help on career development for Postdoc

    The Postdoc office does a great job trying to help postdoc but they have limited resource and time

    Advice to Management

    Assess PI's way to manage human resource

    Increase postdoc salary as postdocs are between the most important contributors for your funds

    Identify bad Pis behaviors and take serious actions against them. There are toxic work environments in DFCI which make postdoc lives very miserable


  10. "Focus is on patients, not research, which is both good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company clearly cares about its patients, as most of their resources are directed at these departments.

    Cons

    Since almost all of the resources are patient-directed, there is little left for research. Being an afterthought of the company definitely wears on you mentally, especially when post-docs are working 70-80 hours a week. I think this disparity in how funds and resources are allocated does affect the overall culture at DFCI.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have blanket, clinically-based policies governing the entire institute. Research is a completely separate entity, and while patient care is obviously the most important thing at the institute, good care shouldn't come at the expense of other departments. Boosting morale of all employees will help the overall environment. Also, the research floors are in desperate need of upgrades, cleanings, etc.


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