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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Reviews

Updated 26 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance, scope of practice, patient care" (in 35 reviews)

  • "Nice place to work, good benefits, a lot of opportunities for training" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack luster salary, perhaps due to non-profit nature" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Much lower pay than you'd expect, even for a part-time position and definitely much lower than it should be for Seattle's skyrocketing cost of living" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Physician Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, scope of practice, patient care.

    Cons

    Stress, Commute, Traffic , Location, Downtown


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Elitist culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    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.

  3. "Good research environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good research environment at work

    Cons

    i can't think of any


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Office-culture driven; Stagnant processes"

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

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

    Pros

    There is a flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The office culture is more important than the work. If you do not fit in you will not go anywhere regardless of effort. Managers are not trained in new systems and processes are developed retrospectively. New ideas are discouraged if they come from the wrong people.

    Pay is far less than big pharmaceutical companies, but the corporate tokens are the same. The processes are constantly "in flux".

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on preserving an office culture and more on catching up to the rest of the world.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project manager"

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

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great to see the work the doctors and researchers do. Staff is very motivated to find cures and care for people

    Cons

    Unfriendly staff. Unorganized on every level. They give project managers multiple doctors that have no commonality. They say they are flexible but not really.


  6. "Recruiting Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Friendly team and fast paced environment

    Cons

    Quickly growing therefore growing pains


  7. Helpful (3)

    "High expectations, dismal results"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time

    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.

  8. "Very good and nice to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy going, legitimate, treat employees well

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons


  9. "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, great mission, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Promotions are few and far between, salaries can’t compete with industry

    Advice to Management

    Work on promoting people from within. Use their talents and skills.


  10. "Statistician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    pay is not so great