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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated March 3, 2019
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Pros
  • "Wonderful benefits, passionate staff, great work-life balance" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Nice place to work, good benefits, a lot of opportunities for training" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Food is a bit overpriced; typical salary for a non-profit organization; career advancement is limited" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is sometimes difficult (improving with newer staffing model)" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Progressive institution"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent collaborative environment, diverse and inclusive workplace, promotes healthy lifestyle, etc.

    Cons

    Parental leave policies, especially for scientific staff need to be updated


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great science, inspiring atmosphere, employee friendly

    Cons

    Less interaction between different divisions, limited scope for growth in some roles

  3. "Overall Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Meaningful high impact projects
    - Talented faculty, administration, grants and finance teams
    - Professional atmosphere
    - Excellent training resources
    - Vertical advancement dependent on team
    - Good benefits
    - Great campus

    Cons

    - Employee equitably
    - Traffic
    - Caffeteria food cost

    Advice to Management

    Keep internal promotions on par with external hires


  4. "Great Place to Work (SCHARP)"

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

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

    Pros

    This review is for the Statistical Center for HIV and AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP), which is a organization within Fred Hutch.

    - Brilliant staff, faculty, and investigators. You'll work with some investigators and faculty who are literally among the best in the world in their field.

    - Great atmosphere. People are generally friendly, supportive, and professional.

    - You'll have the opportunity to work on some really neat studies and projects.

    - The Fred Hutch campus is really pretty with a lot of areas to take a break inside and outside.

    - Flexible work schedules with the possibility to work from home a day or two a week.

    - Great health insurance and sick leave allowance.

    - Lower level managers are generally supportive and respond well to new ideas.

    - The organization is making a genuine effort to streamline inefficient processes.

    - You are allowed to work mostly independently.

    - Excellent work-life balance. Rare that you have to work more than 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    - The cafeteria food is very healthy but also not very good. It's also overpriced.

    - No on campus gym or recreational areas.

    - Some projects are mind numbingly boring, and there are a lot of processes that are currently delegated to statisticians hat should be delegated to nonstatisticians.

    - The pay is what you would expect for a non-profit.

    - Initial vacation time is only 2 weeks. This is not competitive with the private sector for which 3 weeks is fairly standard.

    - Vertical advancement is limited.

    - The organizations efforts to implement new regulatory standards has created more bureaucracy, making it harder for people to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path you've set, but try a little harder to get feedback from specific groups on ways that their experience can be improved.


  5. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, passionate staff, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility in my department


  6. "Loved My Time Here"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Associate II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, amazing people

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement opportunities


  7. "Great environment, great science, excellent food"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative, communal, and friendly environment

    Cons

    Travel to and from can be difficult

  8. "Good place to work, but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Awesome co-workers
    -Great mission
    -Helps the community
    -Top of the line scientists

    Cons

    -AWFUL pay. A dollar over minimum wage when most of us have graduated college? Please.
    -No one ever gets back to you when you apply on their website, even as a current employee.


  9. "Best environment to thrive and grow"

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    Current Employee - Data Coordinator II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing doctors
    Ability to share ideas
    Everyone is willing to help
    Approachable staff

    Cons

    Traffic in seattle
    Better approach to onboard training


  10. "Good Company, Great Mission"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free access to amazing seminars and training opportunities. Beautiful campus, great facility.

    Cons

    Not a lot of perks, not even coffee where my lab was located.