Blue Shield Of California

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Blue Shield Of California Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
293 Reviews
2.9
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Blue Shield Of California President & CEO Paul Markovich
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work life balance (be sure you set this expectation early - don't be reactive) (in 29 reviews)

  • As with many large companies there are good benefits as well as some really good people (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance, many people are essentially doing the jobs of two people (in 18 reviews)

  • Senior management seems to never be on the same page; high silo environment (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I am not drinking the koolaid

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is good.
    Telecummuting can be a good thing for those of us who actually use it for the right reasons.
    People are friendly.
    If you're in Bay Area, you get to work in SF Financial district.
    Good training opportunities.
    They always have $ for food for long meetings.
    Gym at SF office.
    What they preach on mission and goals is motivating.

    Cons

    They don't lracticw what they preach.
    People take advantage of telecommuting and therefore they create more obstacles to get things done.
    People are tooooooo friendly.
    People are always "busy". These people are not busy. These people know how to work the system after a while and know who they can set alliances with.
    No sense of direction. Management does not provide goals or expectations.
    Everyone is passive. No one is aggressive at all.
    Deadlines are always pushed.
    Meetings are constantly cancelled. No one in management tries to remove barriers.
    Things have to be talked about until you get old. It is uber difficult for anyone to make decisions.
    As long as you drink the koolaid and smile you should be set!!

    Bottom line, this is an okay job. Not a place to grow and shine. Good place to learn & take your time. I guess it really depends on your team. Just be sure to be friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better performance evaluation system.
    Give realistic expectations.

    Also, keep an eye on the 49ers box seats. Those should be used for potential clients. Yet the same people go, they openly talk about who is going from blue shield and never talk about the potential sale they should be closing. And the biggest, they get to being their family?? Pretty unethical to me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pseudo-government environment

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    Work/life balance and Telecommuting
    New jobs posted frequently

    Cons

    Micro-management
    Departments working in silos
    Gender imbalance
    Poor IT infrastructure

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

    Management talks big and doesn't deliver the promised results, not in tune with employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job flexibility is very good and most of the managers very accommodating.
    Work from home option for 2 or more days as long as things are completed on schedule.
    Work life balance is very good for majority of times.
    Pay is not the greatest, but can be considered above par in IT.

    Cons

    Absolutely no collaborative atmosphere and everyone works in Silos.
    Most of the times your middle management are non-technical and most likely moved from customer service.
    Too much dependency on Vendors for core work and employees are treated like worse than them. Management talks about retaining core work with employees, but hasn't happened in last 1.5 years.
    Too many meetings and very little comes out of it. Also there is a tendency to shun ownership and try to pass it on to someone else.
    Everyone is a Manager and very little actual work is done. For IT division this small, too many VP, Directors and Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and provide them a path to use the skills that they are hired for.
    Provide a collaborative atmosphere for employees to work together and remove distrust.
    Don't use cheap tricks like cutting carryover PTO to gain short term financial results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Miss high school and all the drama?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, on-site gym, recently-hired leadership and employees are great, just wish there were more of them.

    Frequent, company-sponsored lunches, after-work events and parties.

    Cons

    Extremely political, gossipy, backstabbing environment. Micromanagement as a way to control is the worst I've ever seen at any large organization. Incompetent first level managers who prevent strong individual contributors from succeeding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look a little more closely at your director-manager level. Just because someone is good at their job doesn't mean he/she is a good manager of people. Highly skilled individuals who are poorly managed will not stay.

    It will take a few more years for Paul's management style to change the corporate culture. He's on the right path, but it's taking too long. The economy is booming, which means your best employees are in high-demand.. recruiters are calling and people are leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential but falls short

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Talent Acquisition in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company has awesome mission
    Great work life balance
    Convenient SF location
    Pension Plan

    Cons

    Leadership does not seem to know what it's doing
    Seriously behind with technology
    Salaries could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must improve human capital planning
    Improve technology
    Be more proactive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stifling place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Gym on site for employees.

    Cons

    A company that is very top-heavy with little room for growth. Change in management is frequent. Roles are not well defined. Departments must fight yearly to justify/be awarded budgets - this leads to frequent short term planning and a lot of job uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the HR policies, support talent and career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I did not like working here because the environment was not a very pleasant one.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado, CA

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sick leave, vacation and 401K benefits are good. Flexible start and stop times are also good.

    Cons

    The Company had a lot of meetings where nothing came out of them and no follow-thru about what was discussed. A lot of unhappy employees and back-stabbing going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back some of the Company perks like gift cards, years with the Company gifts, etc.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much workload

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

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor

    Pros

    Learning opportunity is good but be ready for 16hrs work

    Cons

    no work life balance and always pushing for more work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in to employee satisfaction also please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic and frustrating work environment in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many good and well-intended people. Lots of charitable activities one can participate in. CEO is smart and really wants to make things better.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in IT; too many things happening all at once. Nepotism and incompetence across infrastructure (IT) leadership team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit paying for and talking about wanting to make BSC a "great place to work" if you are not going to hold all directors and above accountable for their actions. There should not be different rules for different people based on who they know or work for or the "club" they are a part. Stop taking shortcuts in planning while pushing for "ruthless execution" and short-term gains which is more often than not poor execution that will have long-term negative implications. Leaders need to set the example through their actions rather than just continually talking about it...only then will things start to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly political organization

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

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven organization. If you want to join a company that believes it can make the world better - they do believe it.

    Cons

    Highly political and toxic work environment. Poor technical infrastructure - makes getting the work done very difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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