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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated May 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Best Place to Work and excellent work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Gives good benefits and take care of the employees career growth (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • s non-profit, so lose some people to industry (in 16 reviews)

  • Politics can make it difficult to move laterally (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture"

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

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, very supportive and flexible. Benefits including time off and sick leave, 403(b) contributions and selection, and health and dental are great.

    Cons

    Lack luster salary, perhaps due to non-profit nature


  2. "Wonderful research center in an expensive city"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great environment for academic research; many smart and wonderful people for collaboration; lots of research seminars; excellent core facility; overall a very nice place for research. Bonus, recently the center has opened an on-site clinic for employees

    Cons

    Food is a bit overpriced; typical salary for a non-profit organization; career advancement is limited.

  3. "Fred Hutch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Great Staff and good benefits. 7% 401b contribution without employee matching.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as industry.


  4. "Great place, stellar research, international leader in cancer and HIV research"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exceptionally high research quality. Employees who are committed to the mission. A good place to build a solid career.

    Cons

    Lower salaries because it’s non-profit, so lose some people to industry.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more often. The lack of promotion opportunities means that people have to leave to move up.


  5. "Bone Marrow Transplant Advanced Practice Provider"

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

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    - RNs are experienced
    - Amazingly supportive work environment, fellow APPs and attending physicians always available for questions or opinions.
    - Supportive management with constant systems-improvement projects
    - Up-to-date knowledge, treatments, and clinical trials
    - Lots of clinical resources
    - 2 months of paid vacation a year, plus benefits
    - Ability to expand into immunotherapy or pick up shifts in general heme-onc
    - Months-long rotations between inpatient and outpatient shifts
    - Opportunity to gain privileging in marrow harvest first-assist, bone marrow aspiration/biopsy, lumbar punctures, moderate sedation
    - Ongoing education is easily available with weekly lectures and meetings

    Cons

    - Pay is low-average
    - Work-life balance is sometimes difficult (improving with newer staffing model)
    - Months-long rotations between inpatient and outpatient shifts (can be a pro or con depending on your work style)


  6. "Over-worked, politics, drama, limited benefits"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research- Administrative Division in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research- Administrative Division in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission and researchers trying to make a difference in cancer patient's lives.

    Cons

    Limited resources so employees are over-worked. Limited benefits that continue to cost employees more out of pocket with minimal cost of living increases. Poor mid-level management.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your workforce are all contributing to the mission proportional to their salary/pay grade and chain of command... more and more mid-level managers that contribute little to the strategics goals. With low pay, invest in providing quality benefits to employees (parking, healthcare, maternity leave, work from home)


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative, fun, innovative, laid back, community of caring, and great mission

    Cons

    resource allocation can cause frustrations, not much room for upward mobility depending on area in which you work

  8. "Nice people but, ..."

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    Current Employee - Faculty
    Current Employee - Faculty
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People like working here because of the mission, and the quality of the faculty is generally very good to excellent. The projects are exciting and you can feel like there is a chance what you are doing could really improve life for people with cancer.

    Cons

    Research is a tough business and most of the faculty are working too hard just to keep themselves and their immediate staff going. Management tries to encourage interdisciplinary activities and support junior faculty but mostly people are left to sink or swim if their personal mentoring committee isn't in a position to help.

    Advice to Management

    I know your in a bind with restrictions on what you can use indirects for, but, it's still a problem that there isn't support for more bid and proposal work, or for building a collaboration before submitting a grant.


  9. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good mission, many people seem to like working here

    Cons

    Most researchers here are funded by grants, which can lead to a somewhat toxic environment (competition between researchers/not much collaboration, more senior researchers exploiting those just out of school). Lots of office politics, and not much flexibility with work schedule (no option to work from home). However, it's important to note that experiences vary wildly depending on which group you work with.


  10. "Nice research place for a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic computational infrastructure. Awesome staffs

    Cons

    Somewhat low salary comparing to the cost of living in Sattle


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