Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Employee Reviews about "non profit"

Updated Jan 8, 2021

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  • "Good work-life balance and located in downtown(in 51 reviews)

  • "flexible work, good benefits, good upper management(in 42 reviews)

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  • "Non profit organization and as such focus on cure(in 30 reviews)

  • "Low pay with no opportunities for advancement(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Wonderful employer

      Jan 7, 2021 - CDM II in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Great environment, good work-life balance, a mission you can be proud of,

      Cons

      Non-profit salaries are lower than industry.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Experience (SCHARP)

      Dec 3, 2020 - Statistical Research Associate in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      I worked as a statistician for SCHARP for several years. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work for an organization that was so invested in its mission and its employees. * Work-life balance is great * Supports flexible schedules * Good retirement match and health insurance * Highly competent faculty and staff * Management is very supportive of employee needs * Work is interesting and intellectually challenging * Ability to direct your work towards your own professional interest and strengths

      Cons

      * Pay is lagging behind the market, even for a non-profit.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great for postdocs

      Dec 1, 2020 - Post Doctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      very collaborative environment with great technology. even give postdocs 403b (like a 401k for non-profits), which isn't normal at universities.

      Cons

      if you are not in an NIH salary fixed position, you would probably make less $$ than industry bc it is a non-profit.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Important cures start here

      Jan 8, 2021 - Cellular Production Associate in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Vibrant work environment and work life balance

      Cons

      Non profit organization and as such focus on cure

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    5. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Summer Internship

      Apr 15, 2020 - SURP in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      It probably all comes down to your direct report, but I had a great relationship with mine. I learned a lot of cool new skills and science, and was able to balance that with a beautiful summer in the Seattle outdoors. The other interns were lovely.

      Cons

      Few. It may be a non-profit but no one is spared from the pressures of capitalism (corporate partnerships with unsavory companies).

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Mar 25, 2020 - Research Project Manager in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Proactive Leadership, career development opportunities, great employer

      Cons

      Non-profit salaries may be lower than other industries

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Women’s Health Initiative

      Feb 22, 2020 - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      An amazing study with hard-working, smart, compassionate employees. Fred Hutch offers terrific benefits.

      Cons

      Pay is at non-profit level.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work (SCHARP)

      Feb 6, 2019 - Statistician 
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      Pros

      This review is for the Statistical Center for HIV and AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP), which is a organization within Fred Hutch. - Brilliant staff, faculty, and investigators. You'll work with some investigators and faculty who are literally among the best in the world in their field. - Great atmosphere. People are generally friendly, supportive, and professional. - You'll have the opportunity to work on some really neat studies and projects. - The Fred Hutch campus is really pretty with a lot of areas to take a break inside and outside. - Flexible work schedules with the possibility to work from home a day or two a week. - Great health insurance and sick leave allowance. - Lower level managers are generally supportive and respond well to new ideas. - The organization is making a genuine effort to streamline inefficient processes. - You are allowed to work mostly independently. - Excellent work-life balance. Rare that you have to work more than 40 hours a week.

      Cons

      - The cafeteria food is very healthy but also not very good. It's also overpriced. - No on campus gym or recreational areas. - Some projects are mind numbingly boring, and there are a lot of processes that are currently delegated to statisticians hat should be delegated to nonstatisticians. - The pay is what you would expect for a non-profit. - Initial vacation time is only 2 weeks. This is not competitive with the private sector for which 3 weeks is fairly standard. - Vertical advancement is limited. - The organizations efforts to implement new regulatory standards has created more bureaucracy, making it harder for people to do their jobs.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Lot's of smart people with a mission, but can be a black hole ....

      Mar 30, 2019 - Data Scientist 
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      Pros

      There are a lot of smart people here, with very benevolent mission (cure cancer). This is a very academic institution (each lab is it's own entity), with the business/ shared IT resources being more like a traditional business. The academic flavor brings a fair amount of flexibility in terms of your work schedule/ arrangements (dependent on which PI you work for), and the benefits are great!

      Cons

      Because the institution is fairly academic, you can feel a little siloed from others (although that is changing with "The Coop" being a newly created entity to try to bring data scientists/ analysts from across the organization together). Career Progression/ continuing education is pretty much something you have to figure out yourself (there is no clear guidance in this regard, unless you are in a tenure-track lab-PI position), and it is easy to end up "stuck" in the same position for decades even (your PI may never bring up conversations about what your 1 to 5-year plan/goals are). They have recently implemented scholarships for individuals to go to summer schools, etc, but this is something you have to compete to receive (as opposed to a guaranteed funding commitment to your career progression). Granted, this is a non-profit, so it is understandable that money can be tight. The above observations are not criticisms of the Hutch, per se, but of academic/ research institutions in general. Also, this is spoken from someone who was attached to a lab (on the academic side of things), so if you're a part of Center IT or HDC (or other "business-like" groups, you may have a different experience).

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee

      High expectations, dismal results

      Sep 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The mission and notoriety of the organization cannot be beat - you feel proud to work at the Hutch. Vacation and sick time are generous, (you will pay out of pocket for medical and dental). The overall atmosphere and people are wonderful - cafes, coffee stands, campus grounds.

      Cons

      Salaries can’t compete with industry standards and cost of living in Seattle. There are salary limitations for non-scientific staff - you would constantly hear managers and departments reiterate that we're a non-profit, therefore paid less. Annual "merit" increases are a joke and not evaluated based on performance. Parking is a nightmare due to construction and location. If your commute only requires one bus, it's doable. Make sure you have a good manager who looks out for the team or you'll never be promoted. I had such high hopes coming into such a recognized organization, but I couldn't last because of the low salary and lack of growth.

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