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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated September 19, 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. "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.


  2. "Great work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Best researchers in the world.

    Cons

    Location in busy area, commute ttakes a long time if not living close by.

  3. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits, vacation, resources, progressive staff, charitable

    Cons

    low pay, not great for commuters


  4. "program coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    - great people, dedicated to mission, want to help people

    Cons

    - poor management (had no manager for almost a year)


  5. "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


  6. "Senior research technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    lots of chance to learn and develop

    Cons

    salary can't compete for industrial job


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "Great place to work overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Positive environment
    Motivated, talented co-workers
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Limited career growth
    Less competitive pay


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