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"A good place to work for most."

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Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Programmer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Programmer in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- Great pay relative to other non-profits.
- Decent benefits; good leave if you've been around awhile.
- Relaxed, flexible working environment. Nice offices. Friendly colleagues.
- Good, but expensive, onsite cafeteria and child care. I suggest bringing your lunch, as the cost of food is out of line with most non-profit salaries.

Cons

- You work in a government-sponsored non-profit, so pay is not as good as you might find in industry. Also, job security can be an issue.
- Scientific staff and non-scientific staff are treated as two different castes. If you have a Ph.D. behind your name, you get much better benefits and carte blanche do do as you please. This can hurt morale in some corners of The Hutch.
- "Your mileage may vary." I am lucky to work under some pretty level-headed PIs and managers. However, there are many horror stories to be had from elsewhere in The Hutch. Ask pointed questions during your interview; "buyer beware!" If you get a lousy PI, don't expect HR to bail you out; Employee Relations (a division of HR) is completely useless, and is only there to serve the scientific staff, not you.
- SCCA (clinical arm of FHCRC). Stay away from there. It is culturally very different from the Hutch, despite the fact that they try to co-brand the two organizations.

These negatives take more space than the positives, but are meant to warn you of what can happen at The Hutch; more likely than not, these things won't happen to you - at least not all of them.

Advice to Management

End the scientific/non-scientific staff dichotomy. Annual pay increases are too low, and not in line with current market conditions. Consider a PTO package that combines sick and vacation leave. Also, consider other "fringe" benefits, such as the Pro card.

Terminate the management powers of PIs who don't play by the rules, or mistreat their employees. If they still don't play nicely, fire them. There are other good scientists out there, trust me.

Other Employee Reviews for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

  1. Helpful (6)

    "A good place, if you have a PhD"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent workspace. Staff are generally nice/friendly. Pay level is moderate

    Cons

    There are two types of people, Faculty and everyone else. Doesn't matter how good/smart you are, if you aren't a faculty you're a 2nd class citizen. Limited room for advancement if you don't have a PhD. Once you've been there for a while (~10 years) you then hit the glass ceiling - the only higher positions are restricted to PhDs. They're glad to fill the position with dumb PhDs, but no way will they consider an MS level candidate.

    Advice to Management

    A PhD degree is not a source of intelligence, it's merely one reflection of it (and not always one...)


  2. "Fantastic science, fantastic community, a really amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Technician II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    The Hutch is an awesome place to work. Great colleagues, great access to resources and equipment needed to conduct research. Engaging and driven community at the forefront of scientific discoveries. Great benefits, beautiful location next to South Lake Union.

    Cons

    Experiences vary depending on the lab you are working in. Some labs, funding may be a bit more tight depending on the financial state of that lab. Labs generally receive their funding from outside means.

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