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



This review is based on 1689 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.56. It was published on Sep 8, 2017. 20760 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People celebrate special events around here.
My work has special meaning: this is not "just a job".
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: 4,355
US Revenues: $883.2 million Worldwide Revenues: $883.2 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1962

President and CEO Dr. James Downing greets employees at the annual Environmental Services Appreciation Dinner.

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 at lunchtime. "Judestock" concerts unite employees from different departments for fun, camaraderie and relaxed social time.
  • Living Well/Wellness Program: Our 8,000 square foot, on-campus fitness center 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, Bike To Work Day and more.
  • Intramurals: St. Jude's intramural Kickball League matches teams from different departments against each other in a park just outside the campus gates. More than 200 employees take part, though having fun is more the goal than scoring points. In late 2016 a volleyball tournament was offered as well with approximately 100 employees taking part.
  • Focus on Education: St. Jude offers several free, on-campus lectures, seminars, workshops and seminars daily, many of which are held in our 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 the St. Jude Leadership Academy, St. Jude Select, L.E.A.D. and L.I.F.T. provide inspiration and leadership development.
  • Work/Life Balance: The St. Jude 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. Programs are communicated through monthly summaries titled "Life Made Easy."
  • 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.
  • The Leadership Academy: Director 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 course work in financial acumen and stewardship, interviewing talent for behavioral motivation and leading the St. Jude Way.
  • Town Hall: President and CEO Dr. James 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.
  • 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.


$83,258 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Pediatric Oncology Nurse $57,918 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Postdoctoral Research Associate
90% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for full-time employees; the percent for part-time employees is 80%) 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
$4,408 Average Tuition Reimbursement $5,000 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
Managers Roundtable--a training and educational forum for mid-level leaders--celebrated the Super Bowl.


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
9 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
25 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 15 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 fitness center with equipment, group fitness classes and holistic wellness programing offered at no cost to employees. St. Jude also offers onsite massages, dry cleaning service, car wash and detailing, Judestock summer concert series and daily food trucks.)


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 Manager of Procurement and Sustainability Leads environmental impact team
Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • VP of Human Resources is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • 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
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Members of St. Jude Global Pediatric Medicine work with Latin American clinicians during an afternoon workshop session as part of the St. Jude Global Academy.


Employees celebrated the St. Jude Garden Party--the grand reopening of the St. Jude Garden which provides fresh produce to the hospital.

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 is looking 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 and to have the chance 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 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 very specific about the types of experience and training they have had. They can 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 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 midway 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. Information technology, healthcare administration, research administration, grant and contract support, finance, human resources and other similar areas of administrative expertise are also sought. 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

1,100 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 10% Job Growth
66 Average applicants per opening 53,132 Total job applicants
1% New hires by employee referrals 36% Openings filled by current employees
100 Recent graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
11% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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