Blue Shield Of California

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Blue Shield Of California Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
266 Reviews
2.9
266 Reviews
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Blue Shield Of California President & CEO Paul Markovich
Paul Markovich
72 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work life balance (be sure you set this expectation early - don't be reactive) (in 26 reviews)

  • not-for-profit that is committed to its mission to make health care affordable (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance, many people are essentially doing the jobs of two people (in 14 reviews)

  • The upper management has no connection with the workers, decisions are made with no comprehension of the real world effects (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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.

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Too much workload

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Toxic and frustrating work environment in IT

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    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Dysfunction Junction

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance, flexibility to work remotely, coworkers

    Cons

    It's an organizational mess...no or unclear direction from upper management, to processes oriented causes bottle necking and backlogging, to much work and not enough resources

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

    Yesterday's Enterprise

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    Business teams genuinely care about the not-for-profit company's mission. Work hours our flexible, and much of the workforce is mobile.

    Cons

    Do not confuse not-for-profit with charitable; Blue Shield of California sells insurance. In the Bay Area, flexible work space initiatives are obviously designed to shift the burden and cost of real estate to employees. Technology workers looking for new challenges should look elsewhere. Healthcare options are expensive and limited to plans offered by the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with your staff. They'll appreciate your honesty and respect your integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Way too many chiefs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  El Dorado Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado Hills, CA

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The medical benefits and PTO are adequate. You are eligible for health benefits and vested in 401k on date of hire. The limit placed on company profits and involvement in community service is admirable.

    Cons

    The layers of management within the company seem to be endless. The organizational structure changes frequently. Dental benefits are poor. My manager provided me no negative feedback throughout the year until my annual review, then I was placed on performance plan and received no raise or bonus. The unknowns and ever changing Affordable Care Act related requirements and mandates makes project work challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an organizational consulting firm to assess the layers of management and make recommendation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unproductive time eats up your workday

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant
    Former Employee - Software Consultant

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Close proximity to bart and restaurants

    Cons

    IT department uses very old technology
    Lots of time wasted in unproductive discussions and emails.Expect more than 100 emails everyday.
    No food or snacks
    Very little career growth and no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build better processes and clear some of the unproductive time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Slave Jobs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor

    Pros

    An office in SanFrancisco Downtown

    Cons

    24 X 7 work, no perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about employees work-life-balance

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

    Favoritism runs rampant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee  in  El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in El Dorado Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits but a little expensive. Flexible hours (depending on your manager). Generous PTO and tuition assistance program. Depending on who your manager is, you can either love it or hate it here.

    Cons

    Its all about who you know - not who is the best person for the job. I know some truly useless people who have been promoted to very well paid, cushy jobs. If the boss likes you, you can write your own career path. If not, you can count on your career in this company to be relegated to the same position and same pay forever. The old timers ie: long term employees, rule the roost here and they are so out of touch with modern business culture its sad. They really need to go through some sort of training to bring them in line with how it works these days.

    The HR dept is completely unresponsive. Departmental budgets across the board have been slashed and resources to do your job properly are literally non existent. Staff turnover attests to these issues. Internal jobs posted disappear within a few days, we find out later they went to someone's buddy instead of the job really being open to the best person. Very discouraging. Got any new ideas you'd like to share with management? Forget it - unless you're on the "inside" social group, your ideas will be dismissed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees more and give them opportunity to grow. Stop slashing budgets - we make enough money to pay people properly. Stop playing favorites. Give the people "hungry" enough to better themselves and make a difference, a chance to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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