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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated December 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Best Place to Work and excellent work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Gives good benefits and take care of the employees career growth (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing mission and purpose however culture is shifting to be more corporate"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to be a part of curing cancer, there isn't a much better feeling than that! Benefits are good, onsite employee health clinic is free and easy to access.

    Cons

    Vacation time is lacking, only receive 12 days upon hire, many companies are giving 3+ weeks and the traffic is getting even worse.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the casual culture go away completely and allow more mobile and flexible work. Those who live outside of Seattle could spend those hours of commute time being more productive working remote.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful mission but acts more like a sorority"

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AWESOME benefits and work/life balance (depends on your team)

    Cons

    Cut throat. They don't promote within because of internal politics. They act more like a sorority. They would prefer to have all of their friends come work for their team even though they don't necessarily have the experience.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within. Invest time and effort into your employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work with some issues"

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    Former Employee - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and relaxed atmosphere. People are usually nice and more than happy work with you or provide a consult.

    Cons

    Pay is lower then if you worked in industry. Very isolated work environment (if you require interaction and collaboration this is not the place to work). Unless you have a PhD career advancement is very limited. If you live outside of the city the commute is pretty brutal.

    Advice to Management

    The employee review system is pretty dodgy. More frequent than yearly reviews would help employees keep up to date on what they need to improve in their job role. As it stands, only what happens in the last month before reviews end up mattering.


  4. "Administrative Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relatively laid back and relaxed culture (It's Seattle). Great mission.

    Cons

    Managers are hit and miss. I have worked with some of the best managers and some of the worst in my time at Fred Hutch.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your middle management, teach them how to lead, please don't put people in supervisory roles that aren't prepared to work with and develop their subordinates just because they have put in the time. If they can't lead people it's not going to work.


  5. "Lab tech"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to work as long as grants are available

    Cons

    Continued Lack of NIH funding in science research

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    On-going training available
    Exposure to different departments and topics of study
    Co-workers willing to help/train each other

    Cons

    Funding for labs can be inconsistent, limiting growth
    Experience within a lab dependent on PI


  7. "Everything is fine...when they value your department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome (200 hrs of sick time a year and amazing medical as a single person through Group Health), on-site parking (there is a fee), nice people to work with

    Cons

    Management undervalues the Shared Resources Division and getting a promotion or an increase in hours is nearly impossible since they have to go through a review board for all positions, not just faculty.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Strong organization but big growing pains"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to see the direct impact your job makes to the accomplishments of the organization (even if you aren't in science).
    Healthy work/life balance.
    New senior leadership is steering the organization to become an even stronger world-renowned research center.
    Opportunities to learn about a wide variety of research projects and accomplishment.

    Cons

    Rapid growth is held back by tenured mid-level management hesitant to change the way things have always been done. The unnecessarily challenging growing pains of some key groups are losing valuable employees.
    Significant turnover within administrative functions created an unstable environment.

    Advice to Management

    Long tenure does not mean best for the job in administrative division.
    Take time to learn why so many employees are leaving key departments (many due to their team management).


  9. "It's only good for the 1st year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and very new facilities.

    Cons

    Terrible and unprofessional middle management with very demoralized lab members.


  10. "Administrative Manager"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, worthy company goal. Depending on the department can be great.

    Cons

    With a high amount of NIH funding, Fred Hutch is subject to the high and lows of federal funding sources. There are no repercussions for bad work ethic/behavior, a lot of tribal knowledge, very little training or department orientation (again, depending on the department). Limited professional growth for administrative roles.

    Advice to Management

    Get more new blood, particularly in senior leadership roles. Get on the leadership transition plans at all levels - 1/3 of employees are over 65 years old. Make some progressive choices or the institution will collapse under the weight of being 20 years behind.


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