BJC HealthCare Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
105 Reviews
3.0
105 Reviews
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BJC HealthCare President and CEO Steven H. Lipstein
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68 Ratings

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.  

    Better than average benefits; below average middle management

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Very work/life balance conscious. Good overall benefits, flexible schedule, etc. On the surface, a good place to work. Great immediate manager and coworkers.

    Cons

    Good managers are few and far between. Too many layers of bureaucracy slow down ability to accomplish change. Repeated second guessing by unqualified middle management is discouraging to subject matter experts. Poorly executed reorganizations drive away the good people and entrenches the old guard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the tenure of the most senior management. Don't hesitate to weed out the less than stellar middle management. Encourage all management to trust the subject matter experts and stay out of the weeds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    50/50

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

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Change management- are you in or not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working in healthcare is not a stable workplace.

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

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many excellent co-workers willing to share knowledge. Opportunities for advanced learning.
    Organization is doing many great things to advance medicine.

    Cons

    Extremely slow in getting decisions from senior leaders.
    Open positions take a very long time to fill.
    Management incentives far exceed the merit increases seen by the work staff.

    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Desktop Support Technician

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

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are normal, however they may be cut in the future due to the decline of payments healthcare receives.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other like companies. Promotions are only given if a spot opens up, not based on the job you perform. Decline in job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to keep your good people, get rid of the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good experience

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

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare part-time

    Pros

    good working environment, great experience, nice people

    Cons

    no cons at this moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not have much opinion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stagnant organization

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

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

    Pros

    Still one of the highest rated hospital systems in the country, though it seems to be slipping a bit. You can feel good you are making a difference in peoples lives.

    The IT systems are on very current technology for an older hospital systems.

    Cons

    Salaries are average to low.

    The health benefits are surprisingly poor for one of the top hospitals in the country.

    There are too many middle managers who have become stagnant in their positions.

    The doctors are prima donnas. They have too much influence over areas, they know nothing about like IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out dead weight in middle management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Hectic and rewarding with a glimmer of greatness.

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

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A positive outlook on work/life balance, near bleeding edge technology for some platforms and a definite local positive impact for your job.

    Cons

    Structure, political infighting and attrition to theoretically higher paying positions are the biggest 'cons' to working in IT at BJC. Be prepared to jump from topic-topic quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Further emphasize the local impact of projects; avoid marginalizing your skilled employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    BJC has some of the best staff I have ever encountered. They are devoted to taking care of their patients and helping each other. The mission of providing the best care is foremost in the staff's thoughts and actions.

    Cons

    Leadership, especially senior leadership needs to walk the talk. For all the talk about values, specifically integrity that they did at my organization, senior leaders frequently fail to behave in a manner that appears to be in alignment with the values. We just had a layoff to save money by eliminating FTEs yet most of the positions that they "eliminated" are now posted online and are being refilled. Its really disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ehhh

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, good coworkers, variety of places

    Cons

    They don't pay employees that well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, listen when we offer suggestions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Work/Life Balance, but Other Things Could Be Better

    • 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

    -Good work/life balance. Offers a compressed work schedule. Many people get off at 3 or 3:30.
    -Many of the people who work here have been here for ages.
    -They do offer a pension, along with a 401k. Most places these days don't offer both.
    -The job is fairly easy.
    -Health benefits are decent.

    Cons

    -Not a lot of room for advancement on the finance side of things.
    -Pay is below market value, unless you're a top executive.
    -Employees must pay for parking, unless you want to park a good distance from your location.
    -Management allows employees who have been here for a long time to waste away and contribute nothing to the department.
    -Many are stuck in their old ways and refuse to catch up with the times (e.g technological advances, computer systems, etc.).
    -No reimbursement for continuing education.
    -Managament does not give input or feedback on projects employees are working on. They just agree to whatever the employee says. Many in management have a "rubber stamp" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those employee's that are not contributing anything to the department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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