At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 2958 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.82. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 7460 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.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.

What They Do

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

We at St. Jude leverage 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 US Sites: 1
Major Locations: Memphis, TN, Tennessee US Employees: 4,180
US Revenues: $921 million Corporate Structure: Non-Profit
Founded: 1962

St. Jude researchers took a short break from their dedicated work to show off their speed in the 40-yard dash as part of the Run Rich Run effort to benefit the hospital.

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, pincic tables and tents, souvenir t-shirts, a food truck rodeo, a selfie booth, and festival games all on a sunny, landscaped lawn at lunchtime. "Judestock" concerts unite employees from different departments for fun and relaxed social time.
  • Living Well/Wellness Program: Our beautiful 8,000 square foot, on campus gym is fully equipped with free weights, strenght training and cardio machines, and a full schedule of daily group fitness classes--all free to employees. Living Well is the flagship of St. Jude's Wellness Program which includes year-round nutritional workshops, health screenings including mammograms, fitness challenges, smoking cessation classes, Weight Watchers, Bike To Work Day, and more.
  • Kickball League: Now in its third season, St. Jude's intramural Kickball League matches teams from different departments against each other in a park just outside the campus gates. Over 200 employees take part, though having fun is more the goal than scoring points.
  • Focus on Education: St. Jude offers several free, on-campus lectures, seminars, workshops and seminars daily, many of which are held in our beautiful new Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration. Our Biomedical Library provides access to tens of thousands of journals and scientific newsfeeds. Tuition reimbursements defray the costs of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Programs like St. Jude Select, L.E.A.D. and L.I.F.T. provide inspiration and leadership development.
  • Work/Life Balance: St. Jude's campus community is enhanced by on-campus amenities meant to make life more convenient and enjoyable like massages-to-go, auto detailing, dry cleaning pickup and drop off, bike sharing, weekly farmers markets, our community garden, employee craft fairs, book/gift fairs, and hundreds of volunteer opportunities with St. Jude kids.
  • Town Hall Series: Employees offer suggestions and ideas they'd like to discuss with executive leadership through a special intranet site. After a period of open, online discussion, employees vote up their favorite ideas which are then scheduled for a Town Hall meeting hosted by President and CEO, Dr. James R. Downing. Meetings take place every other month.
  • The Leadership Academy: Director and managers receive training in leadership and management with a special focus on building relationships through St. Jude's new Leadership Academy. This multi-week, intensive course includes course work in financial acumen and stewardship, interviewing talent for behavioral motivation, and leading the St. Jude Way.


$76,992 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Pediatric Oncology Nurse $54,655 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Postdoctoral Research Associate
7% 403(b) match of employee's contribution, up to 11% of an employee's salary90% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Employees at 90% of full time or more)
90% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
24 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $3,647 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 403(b)
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Banking
Halloween Trick or Treat at St. Jude is one of our largest events allowing patients and employees to get in on the fun.


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


  • Flexible schedule
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Telecommute option (1% use it)


80 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
65 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take80 days Job-protected paternity leave
25 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$5,000 Adoption benefit
80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
*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
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (at all locations)


  • VP of Human Resources is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
  • 5 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Employee volunteers serving heaps of delicious ice cream in celebration of Doctor's Day


Employees participate in the Kay Research Care Center open house scavenger hunt as they explore the Under the Sea inpatient floor.

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?

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 come here to join a team that is leading the world in finding cures and means of prevention for pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. They want to be in an environment that values collaboration. They have a drive to conduct groundbreaking scientific research, or provide world class patient care, or support those who do both. They exhibit determination to achieve highest levels of quality in all they do. And they have compassion for children and their families who face challenges caused by pediatric cancer and diseases that no one should ever have to endure. 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?

It is very important that a prospective employee fully complete the online application and be very specific about the types of experience and training they have had. They can ensure their application and CV/resume are error-free and extremely professional in appearance. Applicants should ensure their history of education and experience clearly match or lead to obtaining the skills requierd 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 embarking on a bold, 6-year strategic plan which includes adding almost 1,000 new positions. We will focus 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. There will be a need for administrative staff to provide the infrastructure to support our clinical and research operations. This includes information technology, healthcare administration, research administration, grant and contract support, finance, human resources and other similar areas of administrative expertise.

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

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hiring Outlook

815 Job openings forecast for coming year 5% Job Growth
60 Average applicants per opening 53,132 Applications received
978 Positions filled in past year 199 New positions created
265 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
108 New graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
12% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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