BJC HealthCare

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BJC HealthCare Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 98 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

BJC HealthCare President and CEO Steven H. Lipstein

Steven H. Lipstein

(64 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly easy job and decent work life balance considering it's a non-profit (in 12 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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    Registrar (Former Employee) Florissant, MO

    ProsI really liked the people I worked with.

    ConsManagement seemed only interested in the numbers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Everyone is replaceable.

    Senior Radiation Therapist (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany 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.

    ConsPassive-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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

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    Information Services is slow moving and archiac

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

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

    ConsThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IS - Desktop Support

    Desktop Support (Former Employee)

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

    ConsOther 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 Senior ManagementEmployment 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    cut-throat management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    Proscompetitive pay good location Some very dedicated employees

    Conscutting 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 Senior Managementhappy employees make the best workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contractors beware!!

    Computer Technician (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsA few very talented people, nice facilities

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too Political

    Director (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe talent at this organization is exceptional.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoose the politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture is everything - look behind the green curtain

    Technical Specialist (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementHonestly, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job experience, horrible management / leadership.

    Senior IT Analyst (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsI learned a lot about big business and touched a lot of technology and helped the people who save lives to a better job in the process.

    ConsUnfortunately a large nonprofit organization portrays to one that quality of the employees you hire and or keep employees makes little to no difference. I understand big business is very buddy buddy, its more who you know, not what you know etc. But BJC takes that mentality way to far in a lot of cases. Oh and not to mention announcing to everyone that you cannot give raises, followed by you having 170 million in capital budget that you couldn't spend on new projects... Yes I know capital is designated for xxx, but come on now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime to clean house, get rid of those managers that drive all their employees nuts and make rash decisions to save their own skins. Over 5 years many people who didn't deserve to be fired or forced to find another job because they hated coming to work everyday(due to managers and their poor choices) found themselves walking out the door and not looking back. Granted for me it was over a year ago but I still would never recommend anyone work for BJC IT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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