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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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  • non-profit in terms of benefits (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "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


  3. 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).


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  5. "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.


  6. "Postdoct"

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

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

    Pros

    Great compensations, (poor salary) great people. Amazing research of high standards. True organization of shared resources is amazing. A great place to advance and do great science

    Cons

    Few if any opportunities to go further than postdoctoral researcher. Salaries are low for postdocs.


  7. "scientst"

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work, lots of opportunities to collaborate, cutting edge echnologies

    Cons

    too much bureaocracy and blue tape in upper management


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good people & benefits, but poor management"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, including quickly-accruing vacation time, and vacation days roll over! Generally wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    Many non-managers have been appointed as managers. These are professional nurses, for example, who don't know HOW to be a manager, and therefore simply don't manage. It causes a great deal of stress for employees who are used to well-managed environments.

    Not a lot of room for growth in your career, but that might be expected from a health-care facility like this one.

    Advice to Management

    Management positions need to be filled by actual managers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good mission, excellent campus

    Cons

    Lack of a career track focus and limited opportunities within the administrative division


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start but not stay"

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    Former Employee - Animal Technician II in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Animal Technician II in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    No chance of advancement there.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Groups of great people with great mission...but other groups are anti-social, ackward, and dysfunctional."

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    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Innovative projects, ideas, people (some), and centrally located in Seattle right off freeway on a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Parking is very expensive. Childcare is nearly impossible for most workers to afford, and there is a year or more waiting list. HR is not helpful in any way when a project comes to an end, if you have questions (you may get different answers, depending on who you talk to), and getting hired can be a ridiculously long process.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many great things that have improved over the past 10-15 years and the campus has expanded into a beautiful campus. Inefficiencies need to be addressed in HR. I worked for many years with excellent reviews, and had no assistance to find another position within fhcrc...many great people have left because moving up has become increasingly difficult to do.


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