Blue Cross (MI) Reviews

Updated June 2, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
129 Reviews
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129 Reviews
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Blue Cross (MI) President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp
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Pros
  • Large company with great benefits and salaries (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits , flexible work schedules (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Very top heavy, manager and above are out for themselves and do not acknowledge or promote when appropriate (in 5 reviews)

  • No opportunities for advancement unless you get buddy-buddy with management and discuss your personal life with leadership (in 3 reviews)

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    Compliance Analyst

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    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Blue Cross (MI) as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is great place to put some good experience under your belt and learn the business. Downtown is a decent place to work and taxes aren't bad.

    Cons

    I don't know where to begin. The culture is toxic. I actually made some really good friends, learned a lot and really built up my resume. But it cost me - mind body and spirit! If you have another option - take the other. You have been warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who understand strategy, not just "round peg into round hole" mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company to work for.

    Current Employee - Audit in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Audit in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Blue Cross (MI) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company.

    Cons

    Black women are worth 3 points, white women are worth 2 points, white men are worth 1 point and black men are worth 0 points in the eyes of management.

    The older white men do most all of the work. Then they toss an inexperienced black woman or a white woman on top to take all of the credit. Black men have no value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep collecting those paychecks from the people of the state of Michigan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    BCBSM has a very political and unpredictable culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Blue Cross (MI) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good health benefits, free parking, not prone to boom & bust cycles, close to expressway location, tight building security

    Cons

    Leaders are nervous and clueless. They constantly hire contractors to tell them what they should do. When things go wrong, they find underling scapegoats and frame them. If you are minding your business and not kissing up the ladder, no matter how well you do the job, your job is at risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Be careful of what you're getting into

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor III in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Auditor III in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Blue Cross (MI) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits,esp. employer paid healthcare related

    Cons

    In last two years, BCBSM has adopted forced ranking system,which they would not admit, because admitting would expose them to lawsuits. Leadership lacks vision and knowledge. Consultants like Accenture and big-4 accounting make tons of money by doing the leaders' job. As a result, constant shift in the execution of priorities, culture of blaming and finding scapegoats when things go wrong, and constant shifts in direction. If you get a new manager who does not like you, watch out. HR will help them document falsehoods to get rid of you without severance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be smart, steady and confident, rather than constantly relying on the crutch of outside consultants,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    An awful place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Blue Cross (MI) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    health insurance, nice cubicles, nothing else

    Cons

    no training, no direction, PTO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    You have to know someone to get ahead and they do not treat all employees the same.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Blue Cross (MI) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most employees who perform the day to day work are very friendly and helpful. BCBSM has a great presence in the community.

    Cons

    The turnover in out of control. Upper management is not visable and they do not take the time to communicate changes with employees. Upper management gives the impression they are too good for lower level employees. Disciplinary action is not fair for all employees and it appears the company discriminates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place people in positions that know the job and are willing to mentor.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly political, unpredictable an rudderless organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor III in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Auditor III in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Blue Cross (MI) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are rich , esp. health ins.

    Cons

    Very political. Audit management is gutless and political. They would not back up the staff. Finance function is a mess. Finance management constantly blame lower level staff for all their errors and fiascos. Constant management churn and they keep on layering management from outside hires who have little knowledge of people and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your people instead of bringing hired guns who do not have a clue and just bully lower staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Toxic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delivery/Tech Lead in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Delivery/Tech Lead in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Blue Cross (MI) as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't think of any for BCBSMI, although BCN seemed cool.

    Cons

    At last in the IT organization, BCBSM I is a very divisive organization and a fairly toxic place to work. It is a very politically charged atmosphere where people seem far more interested in building and protecting fiefdoms that in working to improve the organization. I was thoroughly unimpressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied with the way employee's were treated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Blue Cross (MI)

    Pros

    pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    No work-life balance, the environment is extremely political, diversity is talked about but not practiced (complaints to outside organizations are common), senior leadership leaves a lot to be desired (they manage by intimidation and fear)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't hitch your career to the BCBSM wagon

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Blue Cross (MI)

    Pros

    BCBSM may be good for someone right out of college. There are usually lots of positions open since they are routinely getting rid of folks over 50. Few are able to work from home and almost everyone gets a desk, telephone and computer. If development is needed, there is no need to worry since micro management is rewarded.

    Cons

    BCBSM lacks interest in pursuing excellence. They have a national reputation for lack of innovation, which can be a disadvantage when seeking a position outside of the company. Senior executives are many in number, but few are held accountable and fewer yet collaborate across divisions, which provides for slow moving projects that often do not result in forward momentum. Directors are rewarded for micro management, little progress and performing at status quo. Managers not empowered to make changes. There is a poor atmosphere for growth and development. The good ol' boy network is alive and well. White males are promoted; minorities are rarely promoted. Few staff work up to their potential. Overall, there is a poor organizational culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the number of senior executive positions. Adopt international vision for business (especially since there are a number of international customers). Allow more people to work from home. Better balance of work and home life. Improve fairness in promotions of minorities. Collaborate with other companies that have been recognized as "best places to work." Be the best non-profit you can be; serve the greatest number of Michigan citizens that can be served. Quit wasting money on challenges to the state. Spend money more wisely. Conduct more internal audits and hold senior executives accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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