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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Company puts a focus on employee work-life balance better than any company I have worked for (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits, annual picnic, on site cafeterias and cafes (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "Nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely helpful and it is has an amazing mission.

    Cons

    Traffic is a bummer and the area is getting busier.


  3. "Office Worker III"

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    Former Employee - Office Worker III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Office Worker III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, annual picnic, on site cafeterias and cafes

    Cons

    It would have been nice if the Orca Card was free, but it was cheap, so no complaints.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. "Office Worker III"

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    Former Employee - Office in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Office in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, they have a "picnic" every year, security 24/7, a place to sit and enjoy the fireworks both on Independace Day and NYE

    Cons

    It seems like most people have an attitude, but my supervisor and coworker were the biggest cons.

    Advice to Management

    To get their stories and facts straight before firing someone.


  6. "Good Salary for starting researcher"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    freedom and a harmony community

    Cons

    Not too many related seminars


  7. "Clinical Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Clinical Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Clinical Research Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to work with great collaboration, world class resources, and speakers.

    Cons

    HR department was slow to respond to my on-boarding process.


  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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).


  11. "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.



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