BJC HealthCare

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BJC HealthCare Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
112 Reviews
3.1
112 Reviews
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BJC HealthCare President and CEO Steven H. Lipstein
Steven H. Lipstein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company provides good work-life balance through flex time and alternative work environment (in 15 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home for most positions (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There really are no cons that I am aware of to working here (in 5 reviews)

  • Management did not respond in a timely manner to staffing needs until work/life balance was seriously compromised (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place if you like counting time and keeping your head down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance for some, multiple employer sponsored social events, a true pension which is all but unheard of these days

    Cons

    very poor talent management, lack of initiative and drive, no compensation growth, no advancement opportunities, deep resistance to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hand the reins over to someone with the energy and charisma to truly lead the organization. Advance those who truly make a difference and coach those who do not to either improve or find a role that better suits their outlook. Do not let your book keeping practices undercut operational capabilities, which is happening now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Registration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registrar in Florissant, MO
    Former Employee - Registrar in Florissant, MO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really liked the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Management seemed only interested in the numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Everyone is replaceable.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Radiation Therapist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Radiation Therapist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to have exposure to a variety of cutting-edge technology, work with great people and patients.

    Cons

    Poor staffing & retention rate, employees feel unappreciated, employees feel that their voices and opinions are not heard by management,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many great employees, benefits, 401k match, pension. Top doctors. Nice facilities. Free parking. Good vacation time. Tuition remission. Yearly employee satisfaction survey. Opportunities too be within organization.

    Cons

    Passive-aggressive management, once job started management had no recollection of recruitment discussions including incentivizing promises. If a project gets a budget it will be implemented regardless of the readiness of staff or processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of great people working for BJC just trying to do the right thing. Don't underestimate their ethical commitment or undermine their credibility. Don't overload them and push beyond reasonable workload that is how you lose good people. People don't leave jobs, they leave bad managers.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Information Services is slow moving and archiac

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where (if you have such a job) you can work from home some days during the week. The company accommodates schedules well.

    Cons

    The company is mired in red tape on the Information Services side of business and to get even the simplest of tasks completed seem almost insurmountable. Middle management, for the most part, is ineffective and a cause for the low moral. The philosophy at this organization is that management personnel does NOT necessarily need to know anything about I.T. in order to "lead" the various groups within Information Services. I, along with others, find this vexing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    IS - Desktop Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support
    Former Employee - Desktop Support

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience to have. Wide variety of technologies to learn and support.

    Cons

    Other than having a job period, there is little stability. You can apply, interview for, and accept a position to work at a specific location/hospital out west... and then end up being moved to a traveling position near Illinois within months after starting. They will not consult you nor give you notice of your job changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employment is voluntary. Do not expect to keep good techs when their job duties and locations that were originally interviewed for are changed on a whim without notice or discussion with the employee. This is not the military, and most employees work family lives and children's school/daycare around their work schedule and location. Our families come before you moving techs around due to misguided decisions and layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    cut-throat management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    competitive pay good location Some very dedicated employees

    Cons

    cutting too much so managers can get bonus dont listen to any ideas not their own disrespectful treatment starting too many projects before finishing what they start in tough times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    happy employees make the best workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Contractors beware!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    A few very talented people, nice facilities

    Cons

    terrible management, under utilized resources, contractors treated terribly, no mileage reimbursement for contractors, nonexistent planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to treat your contractors better than you currently do, try planning a project before it starts instead of changing it every 2 weeks until every one on the project gets fed up and leaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Too Political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The talent at this organization is exceptional.

    Cons

    Lots of good people trying to do good things but constrained by a very competitive leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loose the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Culture is everything - look behind the green curtain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company does try. Overall as a healthcare organization its success cannot be disputed. There are numerous opportunities for lateral movement within the organization. There is a concern for work/life balance. BJC does provide a true pension with a 5 year vesting. BJC is quite averse to layoffs. Overall employment security is comparatively high. They do try to provide recognition of performance that significantly exceeds expectations and provide a number of events and services for employees. In this respect the well exceed the marketplace.

    Cons

    There really is not any upward mobility to speak of, at least within the IS/IT organization. Senior positions are filled externally. IS/IT's very positive perception of itself is quite at odds with their real benchmark among other organizations, whether they be healthcare or commercial. You will not be exposed to advanced technologies or techniques. The overall culture is very averse to conflict of any kind, which engenders passive aggressive behaviors. Decisiveness is not a cultural value, nor is effective conflict management and negotiation. The healthcare plan is actually quite poor in comparison to that provided by other employers in the St. Louis market. Base pay is also considerable lower than that of other larger employers, but take into consideration that BJC Healthcare is a nonprofit organization. Forget merit bonuses - 1.5%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, although I have not scored BJC Healthcare highly, and have been critical in the "cons" section, my guidance would be to stay the course. The culture is so ingrained that any significant change to bring the organization forward would be quite disruptive and the ROI would not be realized for quite some time. The organization's mission and basic business model also are not aligned like that of a commercial for-profit entity, which makes a poor environment for aggressive, visionary and high achieving talents. They simply would not fit in or effectively contribute within this organization. The ideal employee is someone possessing moderate skills with a very low ambition, high focus on customer service, and a simple desire to deliver a sustained, moderate effort over a significant period of time. The current environment, politically and operationally, is well tuned to leverage this type of talent. BJC's financial performance speaks for itself, so within those constraints it is being managed effectively. You simply cannot argue with that - just be truthful regarding who you are and what you wish to achieve, then choose accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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