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Updated December 14, 2017
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  • Upper management constantly makes changes that need to be implemented immediately, some time to detriment of the department (in 15 reviews)

  • I also watched as money was spent recklessly on projects that would be abandoned midway, or produce little to no return on investment (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to make your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well run, well resourced, terrific colleagues, mission driven, well compensated

    Cons

    Intense work at times, space is very limited


  2. "Undergraduate Research at Research Institute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of ways to be involved and learn research techniques, great exposure for people with no research experience

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for undergraduates to showcase the research they work on at Children's

  3. "Great organization overall"

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

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people working to cure childhood diseases

    Cons

    Non-performers get cost of living adjustments and stick around for years.

    Advice to Management

    Reward high performing employees, layoff incompetent ones.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leader"

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    Current Employee - Leader in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Leader in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some amazing talented, passionate people who work here. I wonder why some choose to stay with some of the poor leadership that has been recently hired.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they are surrounded by a great deal of mediocrity and just get by behavior at all levels.
    promoting leaders before they are ready - not taking the time to find diverse talent.
    Senior leadership lives in a bubble.

    Advice to Management

    The workplace survey is not a true measure of workplace engagement - much more work to be done starting at the top.


  5. "Clinical Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High degree of institutional support, vibrant culture, strong shared vision

    Cons

    Difficult to experience career growth in a timely manner, given the contractual nature of clinical research


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Work Culture, No Accountability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The children and families, and seeing that any child who needs treatment will receive it despite their ability to pay. Also being part of a mission that is advancing breakthroughs in treating childhood diseases.

    Cons

    Despite its amazing mission, the reality of working at Seattle Children's is frustrating at best and downright toxic at worst.

    Leadership likes to talk a big game of "flipping the triangle" and promoting a culture of "bottom up" management. It's all a sham though, and in the last year of my employment I watched as leadership routinely dismissed reports of bullying, harassment, and retaliation by silencing victims and protecting those who repeatedly preyed on peers and subordinates. HR investigations were kept in-house versus being sourced out, leading to inadequate outcomes where victims received payout settlements and the door while predators and enablers were given promotions and bonuses.

    I also watched as money was spent recklessly on projects that would be abandoned midway, or produce little to no return on investment. If someone would raise concerns over seeing this and offer up alternatives, they were chastised and silenced by leadership and painted as being a difficult employee.

    Add to this toxic mess, a patriarchal c-level suite that has continued to promote and install friends into leadership positions and then protect them from fall-out when they prove to be inept at their job. It's a culture where you have to scrape and claw your way to the top, and where schmoozing and buzzwords mean more than performance and ethics.

    Combine all this with extremely low pay for entry level and mid-career professionals, it's no wonder you have rolls and rolls of unfilled positions. There are very few perks in away of fringe benefits. Insane parking costs at the expense of already underpaid employees. A time-off system where you have to accrue holidays along with sick time and vacation into one pot. For new employees this often means forgoing many holidays with family because you only get 9 days of vacation a year when you take out observed holidays (which have to be accrued) and the bare minimum of legally required sick time.

    Advice to Management

    Believe and protect your employees when they report bullying, harassment and retaliation. Particularly if the person reported is one in a leadership position.

    Institute a performance review process that actually holds inept leadership accountable, and suss out and address areas where nepotism is at play.

    Throwout the nonsense Daily System of Improvement scorecards. All they do is penalize teams for not having the right words on their boards versus inspiring the change of innovation you want to see. It is a downright humiliating practice sinking team moral.

    Look at increasing entry level and mid-career salaries. It's embarrassing that you employ professionals who do not have enough money to eat, who have hold down second jobs just to make rent, and who have to make 4-hour roundtrip commutes to work each day because they cannot afford to drive into work.

    Last, but not least, revamp your time off system. It is incredibly repressive and actually promotes coming to work sick.


  7. "Best place I have ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, I really feel like they care about me as a person. Amazing mission and you feel like you are really making a difference.

    Cons

    Getting to work can be a bit tough with parking restrictions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing for employees and kids.

  8. "Lots of promise but needs transformation"

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    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people who care about the work and work hard to help kids.

    Cons

    Work life balance is the worst I've seen in 18 years if working in healthcare. Leadership at upper levels is out of touch and there is bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Pause on the buzzwords and Toyota talk and get back to basics. Patient outcomes matter more than the process. Listening to the staff and giving more autonomy to front line leaders and middle managers. Some of the upper leaders need to leave and when hiring happens and the candidates are basically preselected that is not consistent with the values you promote.


  9. "Anonymous"

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

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Curing childhood diseases is a wonderful mission.

    Cons

    This used to be a great place to work. However, now the only thing that matters is money. Money is important, but it shouldn't be the ultimate goal. The management style is very top down.

    Advice to Management

    Bottom up management actually means listening to employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great organization that attracts an amazing group of medical providers, nurses, techs, and staff.

    Cons

    Generally none, however there can be some work place bullying that should be addressed more directly, regardless of the perpetrator's status.

    Advice to Management

    Work on creating a better anti-bullying environment, the systems in place a great start but more can be done.


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