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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Best Place to Work and excellent work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • good benefits, great working environment, seattle has nice weather compared to other cities on the east coast (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people and great researach

    Cons

    Salary is not what you would make in industry


  2. "Lab tech"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician 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

    Potential to grow and learn, great staff

    Cons

    Pay wasn't high enough for amount of work

  3. "Collegial, comfortable place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-oriented, attracts elites in their field, and is overall a comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities and pay can be limited depending on your role.


  4. "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

    Pros

    great people to work with. Excellent benifits

    Cons

    The pay is on the low end and upward movement is difficult to obtain


  5. "Great balance, cause"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator 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

    Company puts a focus on employee work-life balance better than any company I have worked for. Working for a non-profit research facility this well established is also a big plus. Not to mention eradicating the world of cancer (as well as other diseases) is a heck of a company cause, and Fred Hutch is making great strides.

    Cons

    Compensation for some work is not as much as other tech companies in Seattle, but still very respectable. Social work environment is getting better, but still needs work.


  6. "Research Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    The Hutch is great place to grow in a research career. The environment/culture is full of really smart and excited people around constantly.

    Cons

    Sometimes the researchers are out of touch with patient's needs because they are so pressured to put out research publications. This can put a lot of pressure on coordinators as well, without much recognition for the work they also put in.

    Advice to Management

    Researchers should step back and listen more when coordinators have ideas and their own needs to think about. Although papers and grants have deadlines it's important to keep in mind we're there ultimately for the patients.


  7. "Research Associate III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sammamish, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sammamish, WA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, progressive atmosphere

    Cons

    Salaries not so great, promotions not very often

  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. "Good place"

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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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission is strong. Feeling like I'm helping people is great. Multidisciplinary institute with many different focuses and specialists so it is an interesting place to work. Seminars are top notch and many interesting speakers come to visit. Strongly leans toward an academic culture.

    Cons

    Day to day can be tough. Sometimes it is difficult to get work done due to negative/toxic environments, slacking off, bad managers, etc. As Fred Hutch is not a slave to profit, it can cause some bloating in the workforce. This part of the culture is tough to deal with. The org is also very flat on the research side. Can be difficult to move up, get raises, or gain new skills. Personal experience will vary depending on your immediate work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how to fix it. Keep the pressure on at all levels to always do a great job.


  10. "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.


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