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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated May 16, 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. "Institutional review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company mission, benefits, campus atmosphere all contribute to a great overall company feel, and the people who join all have the same mindset of eliminating disease and improving human health

    Cons

    Can be political at times and therefore makes it slightly difficult to accomplish things occasionally, but not anything over the top that would make it seem like a hard place to work at.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more, from a higher level to lower level, to get input on needs of all employees so that overarching implementation of new protocols will accurately reflect what employees want.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    People have a sense and attitude of purpose and it's infectious. You know that the cause everyone that's working for is greater than yourself.

    Cons

    They're IT department is going through tons of changes and shakeups. It's a normal part of moving things forward but people tend to get lost in the shuffle.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent institution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician I 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

    Flexible hours
    Good benefits
    Bike riding subsidy
    Good affordable food
    Rooftop access with grill
    Free beer on Fridays
    Great community of scientists and staff

    Cons

    Depending on what lab you work in, or building, the atmosphere can feel kindof stiff. People rarely acknowledge one another in the halls or get together for lunch, it seems. Though this might be a part of the "freeze" in Seattle culture that I've heard about.
    Parts of the employee website are severely outdated and non intuitive.

    Advice to Management

    I think letting the labs basically run themselves is a good idea, as it prevents homogenous thinking and management. I would really like to see more active collaboration between various scientists, and more social events might help to break this in, as I suspect it is largely lacking due to the Seattle culture.


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  5. "Great place to work.."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Office atmosphere; your fellow co-workers.

    Cons

    Difficult to get there during rush hour traffic.,


  6. "Good place to work in a few years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and great mission

    Cons

    Currently going through restructuring and modernizing process


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Speaking as a post-doc, the Hutch has a fantastic support system. Even though its a non-profit and not directly affiliated with an academic institution, they do a lot to support graduate and postdoctoral researchers and career development. Excellent facilities, strong IT support staff and fantastic library resources won't leave you waiting or in the dark for long. Even their cafeteria is great! Also (added bonus), post-docs get retirement benefits!

    Cons

    Every lab is its own microculture - but that's not a comment about the Hutch, as much academic science.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "It's fair"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has very interesting research. Also, there are many teams here, so you can switch from one group to another.

    Cons

    It's non-profit, so you can't expect great pay, and burnouts.... And the location is not great, with pretty bad traffic nearby. There are some buses that come here, but it's still in this awkward, not quite downtown, but traffic is just as bad location.

    Advice to Management

    There need to be a better childcare option. Hutch Kids is constantly full and expensive (I'm on the wait list for 1.5 years now), on top of the bad traffic on Mercer, it's definitely affecting my willingness to stay here.


  9. "Wonderful place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, people are willing to teach, great community effort and management

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No path for promotions or movement within the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, good benefits, and great people who truly care about what they are doing (no matter how small the job). I have worked at Fred Hutch for almost 10 years and I greatly enjoy working here, you get a feeling that you are making a difference and working toward positive outcomes for many different people and diseases. The campus is very nice and there is a great work-life balance (very family supportive).

    Cons

    Support staff have no path to move up and be promoted.
    There is no easy way to move to a different group, department, or lab. There is little to no support for internal candidates looking to stay at the Hutch but wanting to move to a different position.
    Great talent is lost due to these two issues as excellent performers who want to be challenged end up moving to a different company.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for talented people to advance, perhaps dedicate a HR position to help promote within and retain top performers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Impression after 6 months...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative research environment, decent benefits, flexible hours if need be

    Cons

    From talking with co-workers, it sounds like it takes a while to advance to higher position titles.


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