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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated July 7, 2018
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  • "low pay in terms of the education level" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Didn't see any room for growth in my department" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good cafeteria, subsidized MBTA pass

    Cons

    Pays less than private business


  2. "Social Media Engagement Officer"

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    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission that absolutely anyone can get behind. It makes you jump out of bed in the morning. The people working there are also fantastic.

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities, not a ton of "fun" benefits as it's a cancer research and treatment hospital, the money needs to go to the patients! So if you are looking for all kinds of extras like the ability to go to trade shows, free food or parties this would not be the place for you.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    everyone is there for the right reasons; inspiring place to work

    Cons

    management lacks; have to advocate for yourself and growth


  4. "good place for gap year job before medical school/PhD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time

    Pros

    exciting research, abundant resources, wonderful minds at Harvard/MIT

    Cons

    pay is to low to cover normal living expenses at Boston


  5. "Lead technician -Group leader"

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    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool people, awesome science.
    Nice place

    Cons

    Lack of career development
    Cut throat environment


  6. "Amazing institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great PTO, decent benefits (although they cost you), purposeful meaning to the job.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in workforce in all categories — surprising really to what extent. Stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent! DFCI needs less leadership positions and better appreciation and support for those who do the actual research and support infrastructure.


  7. "Researcher Burn Out"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dana Farber is a well known institution and the name holds prestige around the world. The doctors and nurses are busy treating patients and discovering new therapies. Great opportunity for those in the medical fields to shadow oncologists and learn first hand what the cutting edge genomic research can bring and give back to the patients quality of life

    Cons

    As a non-clinician, there is high turnover in researcher and project management positions. We are overworked and under appreciated, with few opportunities to advance our careers and attend research conferences (those are typically reserved for the physicians). There are too many "middle men" to run decisions by and I constantly felt micromanaged by other departments. No one wants to take responsibilities for the decisions necessary to write or run a research protocol, and the researchers are the first to be blamed when something doesnt go right. Many of my coworkers were young, immature, and needed a lot of guidance on how to complete daily office tasks, that often consumed most of my day. The physicians are too busy to complete the paperwork necessary to keep open clinical trials organized and prepared in the event of audits.

    Advice to Management

    The research submissions platform really needs to be upgraded. Important documents are often lost in emails or never saved during staffing turnover/transitions and this haunts us in regulatory audits. Give research coordinators and project managers opportunities to attend conferences to learn and understand the results of the trials we work so hard to open, enroll, and maintain. Appreciate the role that researchers play in the pillars of the mission of DFCI. It's not just the physicians doing the research, the coordinators and project managers complete all the grunt work but then are never recognized.

  8. "Development/JF is a great place to work if you have no career ambitions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookline, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were awesome to work with. Benefits were decent, the location was convenient, and Dana-Farber has an excellent reputation and mission.

    Cons

    Development/JF has an oppressively conservative work culture. Progress moves at a snail's pace, if at all. Employees aren't discouraged from taking initiative, but if you don't have the word "director" in your job title, then your voice will be much softer than others. Leadership and initiative just aren't expected from low level employees.

    Dana-Farber's Development department can be a good stepping stone in your career, but you will almost certainly stepping up to a better position elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Push your employees forward rather than hold them back.


  9. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, great management structure, open lines of communication, care and compassion from the workforce is high, everyone is dedicated to the mission

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    No advice at this time


  10. Helpful (2)

    "NPC Role"

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    Current Employee - New Patient Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - New Patient Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great benefits, nice bosses, half price t-passes, good vacation time, a good cause, good environment to be in

    Cons

    no room for growth, employees sometimes treated poorly, long break too short, end up working a lot of overtime, hours in flexible

    Advice to Management

    treat employees like humans and allow personal growth


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