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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated January 1, 2018
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  • Best Place to Work and excellent work life balance (in 30 reviews)

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

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  1. "Being a part of the cure."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the most innovative research leading to improved health care is being done at the Hutch. Working in this type of environment and being a part of this progress, even in a non-scientific capacity, is fulfilling. As far as the work environment goes, there is a renewed focus on process and standards of work (administrative-oriented) that will in the long run further help the scientific advancements.

    Cons

    Sometimes the cultural contrast of academic vs the new push towards more corporate underpinnings can be uncomfortable in the transition. It will get better.


  2. "Postdoctoral Scientist"

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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

    Pros

    Great work environment and excellent benefits. Very motivating place to work at.

    Cons

    No official maternity leave

  3. "Potentially good"

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

    Pros

    Great people, many interesting events for employees, nice overall atmosphere.

    Cons

    The internal atmosphere in some groups is toxic


  4. 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.


  5. "Postdoc Fellow"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good environment supporting research projects, especially shared resources

    Cons

    traffic condition around getting worse


  6. "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.


  7. "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, an average level of stress, quality of day is generally very good. Go at your own pace work style.

    Cons

    I felt there were too many things on my plate at times.

    Advice to Management

    Do not overload employee!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Administration in West Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administration in West Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome people, awesome reason for working there

    Cons

    traffic around the area keeps getting worse


  9. "Communications & Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Director of Content & Platform in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Content & Platform in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Organization is poised to make incredible advancements in cancer treatments and therapies.

    Cons

    Sprawling work force and different, disparate areas of expertise make central services for Fred Hutch a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent experts in desired areas, and let the work.


  10. "Good for self-starters (while it lasts)"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources if you are in a position to use them. Some really fantastic research going on.

    Cons

    Labs are dependent on grant funding - if they go down (or if you aren't bringing in your own), you go down. Support seems lab-dependent, and things can get isolating if you aren't outgoing.

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing to support junior people (actually in practice, don't just say you do externally).


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