At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1603 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.65. It was published on Jun 11, 2018. 24776 Visitors

What Employees Say

This is a physically safe place to work.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
We have special and unique benefits here.

What They Do

We asked St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leverages state of the art science innovations to find cures for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Here, scientists and physicians work side-by-side to ensure unparalleled care for patients while tirelessly searching for cures.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee, 38105 US Sites: 1
Major Locations: Memphis, TN, Tennessee, 38105 US Employees: 4,483
US Revenues: $883.2 million Worldwide Revenues: $883.2 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1962

St. Jude employees lined the balconies of our Danny Thomas Research Center to listen to the public launch of St. Jude Global. The announcement took place beneath more than 100 flags representing the homelands of St. Jude employees.

Perks and Programs

We asked St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Judestock Summer Concert Series: St. Jude employees enjoy monthly outdoor concerts on our campus from May to October, including great bands, picnic tables and tents, souvenir t-shirts, a food truck rodeo, a selfie backdrop and festival games at lunchtime. "Judestock" concerts unite employees from different departments for fun, camaraderie and relaxed social time.
  • Martin Luther King Day of Service: In January, St. Jude employees join others from across Memphis to volunteer for community non-profits. Following Dr. King's legacy of service to others, this opportunity gives employees a chance to represent St. Jude in the community while donating valuable service hours. Additionally, St. Jude hosts annual on-campus opportunities to create hygiene kits for a nearby homeless shelter and collect school supplies for our adopted school.
  • Dinearounds: St. Jude employees are invited to sign up for Dinearounds--a series of dining experiences at local restaurants of various cuisines and price ranges. Dinearounds help employees make new friends and connect with Memphis.
  • Living Well/Wellness Program: Our 8,000-square foot, on-campus fitness center is fully equipped with free weights, strength training and cardio machines and a full schedule of daily group fitness classes--all free to employees. Living Well is the flagship of the St. Jude wellness program, which takes a holistic approach to wellness, focusing on the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of employees. Year-round programing includes nutritional workshops, health screenings (including mammograms), fitness challenges, smoking cessation classes, Bike to Work Day and more.
  • Intramurals: St. Jude intramural leagues match teams from different departments against each other in a spirit of convivial competition. Hundreds of employees take part in kickball, volleyball and most recently, bowling and disc golf, though having fun is more the goal than scoring points. 
  • Town Hall: President and CEO Dr. James R. Downing addresses topics suggested online and voted upon by St. Jude employees. Each bi-monthly meeting includes progress updates on previous suggestions, questions and answers from the floor and an update on Dr. Downing's grandchildren.
  • Blueprint Series: Each Blueprint Series meeting introduces two members of executive leadership to employees through videos, interview-style discussion and open question and answer periods. Occurring every other month, the series encourages engagement with the people who provide direction for St. Jude.
  • Leadership and Professional Development: Directors and managers receive training in leadership and management with a special focus on building relationships through the St. Jude Leadership Academy. This multi-week, intensive course includes work in financial acumen and stewardship, interviewing talent for behavioral motivation and leading the St. Jude Way. Our executive mentoring program, Leadership Squared, matches executives with selected directors for learning and motivational opportunities which strengthen St. Jude leadership at the highest levels. All employees benefit from daily on-campus lectures, seminars, workshops and seminars on various topics, as well as leadership and inspirational programs like L.E.A.D., L.I.F.T. and our rising leadership program, St. Jude Select.
  • St. Jude Garden: The St. Jude Garden, located on our campus, is a community garden with more than a hundred raised beds filled with fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers. Employees may volunteer to tend beds or just take a stroll through it when they like. Each spring, the garden opens with a Garden Party complete with tours, a farmers market, food trucks and live music.


$77,823 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Pediatric Oncology Nurse $57,620 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Postdoctoral Research Associate/Clinical Fellow
90% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for fulltime) 90% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for fulltime)
80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 24 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$2,123 Average Tuition Reimbursement
St. Jude employees enjoy a quiet stroll in the St. Jude Garden. This multi-acre garden features hundreds of raised beds tended by employee volunteers and a new fruit tree orchard, both of which supply produce for our cafeteria, the Kay Kafe.


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
9 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 9 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
25 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (25% use it)
  • Telecommute option (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (10% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (onsite massages, dry cleaning pickup, mobile auto detailing, 8,000 square foot fitness center and comprehensive wellness program, concierge service, Redbox kiosk, farmers market, St. Jude community garden, memorial garden, indoor walking track, two on-campus Starbucks locations, outdoor seating for meals, food trucks, free parking, Judestock summer concert series for employees,)


80 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
79 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take80 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
28 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$5,000 Adoption benefit
80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$50,000 Philanthropic donations in last year Procurement and Sustainability Manager Leads environmental impact team
Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • VP of Human Resources oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 1 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

St. Jude President and CEO Dr. James R. Downing (center) competes with St. Jude employees in triathlon relays in and around Memphis. As an avid cyclist, he encourages employees to participate in the City of Memphis' annual Bike to Work Day.


In a surprise ceremony, St. Jude employees signed a banner thanking President and CEO Dr. James R. Downing for his service and generosity.

How to Get Hired

We asked St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

St. Jude looks for the best of the best--candidates who are top achievers in their fields with skillsets to rival their peers. We know someone will be a great fit for St. Jude, first and foremost, if they want to be here because of our mission. They want to join a team that is leading the world in finding cures and means of prevention for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Successful candidates are driven to conduct groundbreaking scientific research, provide world class patient care, or support those who do both. They exhibit determination to achieve the highest levels of quality in all they do, and they have compassion for children and their families who face challenges. Most importantly, they know exactly how they will contribute to the mission and are ready to tell us - and show us - on Day 1.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Candidates must meet or exceed the minimum requirements for jobs without exception. It is very important that a prospective employee fully complete the online application and be specific about types of experience and training. They should ensure their application and CV/resume are error-free and professional in appearance. Applicants should ensure their history of education and experience clearly match or lead to obtaining the skills required for the job posting. We look for people who are just as passionate about their field of interest as they are about working for St. Jude. Although a cover letter is not required, a well-written one can be useful to illustrate this to our recruiters. If selected for an interview, they should arrive in professional attire and be prepared for behavioral interview questions.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

St. Jude is mid-way through our bold, six-year strategic plan which includes adding almost 1,000 new positions. We are focusing on hiring in nursing and allied health and expanding our hours of operation for our outpatient clinics. This includes a focus on leukemia, solid tumor, bone marrow transplant, brain tumor, cancer immunotherapy, hematology and infectious diseases. We will strengthen our basic laboratory research operations and increase recruitment for faculty and staff researchers and postdoctoral fellows with expertise in molecular and cell biology, computational biology, chemical biology, pharmaceutical sciences, RNA biology, epigenetics, cellular metabiomics, gene expression and other areas of biological research. We also seek expertise in information technology, healthcare administration, research administration, grant and contract support, finance, human resources and other similar areas of administrative service. Those interested in Global Pediatric Medicine, particularly bilingual candidates, are also encouraged.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit our newly redesigned website

hiring Outlook

950 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 3% Job Growth
57 Average applicants per opening 48,858 Total job applicants
20% New hires by employee referrals 27% Openings filled by current employees
82 Recent graduates hired 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
7% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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