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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Nov 18, 2019

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Gary Gilliland
122 Ratings
Pros
  • "FHCRC provides a healthy work-life balance and laid-back academia culture(in 42 reviews)

  • "Nice place to work, good benefits, a lot of opportunities for training(in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • "Private non profit, admin heavy(in 23 reviews)

  • "Low pay with no opportunities for advancement(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Experience All Around"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    FHCRC provides a healthy work-life balance and laid-back academia culture. Smart dedicated employees are omnipresent. Excellent mission. Supportive staff.

    Cons

    The location is a little bit of a challenge. Public transportation to campus is difficult, but that is really the city's problem, not FHCRC's. Seattle needs to improve bus service to this area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture loose and non-corporate. FHCRC has a very comfortable work environment. Promote strong internal employees for new roles over external wildcard candidates.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-07-12
  2. "Good experience to find out the ins and outs of a research lab"

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    Former Employee - Lab Aide in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work/life balance, meaningful work, many extra resources for training.

    Cons

    Can be somewhat clique-ish. Lab members are friendly towards one another but, there are so many labs at FHCRC.

    Advice to Management

    Individuals need real guidance from management. We do real work and sincerely care.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-11-19
  3. "Longevity, work-live balance"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -work life balance is emphasized -people seem to stay for a long period of time -good benefits -higher salaries compared to other non-profits -Transportation options are good (Orca card benefit)

    Cons

    -parking on campus limited -campus transportation (to and from) in a difficult location

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-10-03
  4. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Excellent mission Good work life balance Positive work environment

    Cons

    Expensive cafeteria Challenging commute (traffic) Lower compensation than private industry

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-04-04
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work (SCHARP)"

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    Current Employee - Statistician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path you've set, but try a little harder to get feedback from specific groups on ways that their experience can be improved.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-02-07
  6. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits, passionate staff, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility in my department

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-01-31
  7. "Statistical Research Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Friendly working environment in small teams.

    Cons

    Limited career growth for staffs without a doctoral degree. Below average benefit package.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2019-01-07
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Stay Far, Far Away!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    Pros

    The cafeteria is pretty nice, but it’s expensive.

    Cons

    Benefits are not great. Terrible, elitist, snobby culture. Low pay with no opportunities for advancement. Horribly long hours and zero work-life balance. You will have no life if you work at Fred Hutch.

    Advice to Management

    Most labs do not have management, they are run by scientists in training who have zero experience or training in management. The few trained managers that they have hired need to work on keeping their frustration to themselves and creating a less threatening culture and taking steps to retain their employees.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2018-12-13
  9. "Physician Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, scope of practice, patient care.

    Cons

    Stress, Commute, Traffic , Location, Downtown

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2018-10-26
  10. Helpful (13)

    "Elitist culture"

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    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

    Pros

    There is a great work life balance here and it's very flexible if you have appointments.

    Cons

    The culture is highly elitist. The scientist/faculty rule this company and there seems to be no rules or boundaries for what they do. They don't have to follow the same guidelines and the team that supports them has to scramble to cover these antics. The faculty and leadership are some of the highest paid I've ever seen across any industry and lots try to fly first class and get it covered. While they are highly regarded and funded, all of the operational/administrative team that supports them are some of the lowest paid in area and industry. I keep hearing that it's an NPO and people are here for the mission, hence being paid below the industry standard, but when all of the scientist/faculty and leadership are making some of the highest salaries across the country, it hard to swallow the koolaid. Lastly, they need some business acumen. This NPO is ran by scientist with no background in leadership or business. If they want to be successful, they need more than scientist without any business background leading their divisions.

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    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center2018-10-03
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