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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Patients are great and wonderful to put up with the money making for profit SCCA (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, true open door policy with senior management, lots of opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There is quite a bit of disconnect between upper management and the employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Too many very good employees lost due to Management's unwillingness to address a bad placement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Inventory Technitian"

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    Current Employee - Inventory Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Inventory Technician in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good and bonus at the end of the year

    Cons

    The communication of the management is very bad


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great staff. Terrible leadership."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People care about fighting cancer and makimg peoples lives better.

    Cons

    Terrible leadership. They don't have any upward mobility. Learn more about what goes from day to day with your staff. Clueless on how things should be ran.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to lead not to manage.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Stop blaming others"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The RN’s, MA’s, TC’s that work at the SCCA are fantastic! They are what is making the SCCA profitable and successful. They are dedicated and despite having to work short staff consistently they continue to work at the SCCA

    Cons

    Senior Leadership can’t seem to really listen to the workers. There have been too many directors for the clinics, they often don’t last more than two years and then they “resign”. The organization spends a lot of money on consultants and very little has changed, they need to spend the money on increasing staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming the managers and supervisors for Senior Leaderships lack of knowledge of operations. Quit giving just lip service to the staff. You are sacrificing good people and making coming to work miserable.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great employer and community."

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

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work in the laboratory sector of the clinic and our department is very efficient and well organized. There are periodic improvements (ex. policy changes, benefits upgrades), morale events (ex. First Wednesday treats, summer BBQs), and feedback system (ex. yearly reviews, competency check ups) to keep employees happy and well-informed.

    Cons

    The clinic is private and so the perks are few: There are no year end bonuses and merit increases are very minimal. We have to work a lot or feel we are under scrutiny by management. I have also heard that some other departments that are not so organized as ours.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Young company; they're still learning."

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, talented, and positive co-workers, great patients, evidence based practice accepted, newest protocols, aggressive treatments, fast paced environment, ambulatory setting with higher acuity patients at times, diverse community.

    Cons

    Newer company, restructuring internally, poor leadership and upper management presence, needs better staffing and consider increasing pay grades for the acuity of the population, needs more resources for staff, poor communication between medical teams, patients, and infusion floor.

    Advice to Management

    Have strong leadership in the front lines of the company. You want to be number one, but you are not showing your front line employees that you want it, and are working hard for it and for them. I think the bar on expectations needs to be raised. Raised among management, physicians, nurses, lab techs, PSRs, CNAs, research division, materials mgt; everyone makes a difference. Obviously change doesn't happen overnight, but hearing the news from something other than an email doesn't hurt either. Have a personal touch to your roles; visit your divisions in person and tell your hardworking staff what great jobs they're doing! Many of your employees are ready for change and have been waiting!


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great staff. Bad Managment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The worker all do a great job. More like a family.

    Cons

    Upper management style is to bully workers. Department understaffed and actively discouraged workers from using sick-time and vacation. Inter-department culture was run like a series of high school clicks. Human resources is there for the company and not the emploree.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to staff about concerns. Upper management needs to question why there is such low moral and high turnaround.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Patient Centered"

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

    Pros

    Truly patient focused
    Great Continuous Process Improvement Initiative
    Genuinely brilliant people in top-level leadership
    Dedicated to partner institutions

    Cons

    Partnership structure severely impacts operational agility
    Gaps in executive leadership's value and respect for people
    Disconnect between clinic operations and most other business areas
    Over-tasked project queue severely limits the focus that can be devoted to each, and ultimately impacts the quality of all

    Advice to Management

    Narrow your focus organizationally so that your time and energy can be more directive and invested.
    Do not tolerate disrespect for the hard-working staff that support you. Rather, be considerate, trusting, and call out your peers when they abuse their position and staff.

  8. "Team Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Team Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Team Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive upper management that's open to change/improve; priority: PATIENTS. SCCA is fully determined to "turn cancer patients into cancer survivors!" They stand by that mission wholeheartedly! I'm an employee that began as a patient, and it's an honor to be a part of the team that once transformed me into a survivor!

    Cons

    Parking- the parking really is the only con for me. Hard to find, and pay monthly as well. Can be frustrating in the am

    Advice to Management

    Self Growth/opportunity is very important!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Administrative and Financial Departments are in Disarray"

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    Former Employee - Withheld in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Withheld in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong employees who are there due to a desire to be a part of something bigger and to help patients and families.

    Cons

    Executive management is disconnected from the process of financial services and spends too much time discussing change and not enough time implementing it and fostering continued growth. There were constant reactionary changes that negatively impacted both staff and patients.

    Advice to Management

    Remove, replace and start over with an executive team who knows what they're doing.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Open your eyes management, take a deep breath, that smell is your hard working employes dying on site"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Patients are the only reason I am still working here after 5 years of ups and downs, lack of a manager, and with a lead in charge that is clueless, ineffective, and has run out more good employees than I can count on my hands any more.
    Some of my co-workers
    Some of the benefits
    The view from the 7th floor

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT!, LEADERSHIP!! or lack of, CPI, CPOE, Parking
    There is no caring or concern for the truly hard working employees, lots of bias, favoritism, and unfair treatment unless you kiss up to those in charge. The patient's and staff hate the new logo and the millions of dollars spent on it. Get ride of the people who just see this as a job and not a calling. Pay scale for nurses is horrible, and lack of even cost of living raises non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of the sand, get out of meetings and spend some time in clinics and see what is really going on. LISTEN to your employees, and get rid of the managers that you keep getting complaints about. Also Human Resources is not at all helpful to the employees. You know that some departments have had huge turnovers and nothing has been done to fix the true problems.


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