Blue Shield Of California

  www.blueshieldca.com
  www.blueshieldca.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Blue Shield Of California Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
271 Reviews
3.0
271 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Blue Shield Of California President & CEO Paul Markovich
Paul Markovich
74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work life balance (be sure you set this expectation early - don't be reactive) (in 26 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 15 reviews)

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

More Highlights

64 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    BSC

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

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

    Pros

    Good company and competitive compensation

    Cons

    IT Department is incompetent and lacking in technological hardware for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit Micromanaging your employees and they'd be more productive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful Experience

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

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are very very nice

    Cons

    Nothing that I know of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check-in with the lower levels more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ethical, great health benefits, and interesting work

    • 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

    good benefits and helpful higher management

    Cons

    the culture is very quiet and boring in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have some more team building strategies and encourage lunches with co-workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture is different depending on the area of the business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    work from home, creativity is valued

    Cons

    long hours, unclear job roles and expectations, unfair promotion practices in some areas

  6.  

    Good life balance, great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, flexibility, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Too much depends on vendor, sometime it's hard to get things done.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Go for it. I would be willing to work there again.

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall, A good work environment with a good salary and conveniently located near BART

    Cons

    There is some political maneuvering, but I did not have to deal with too much of it. The environment is a little sclerotic...It can take a long time to get things done. IT needs a significant amount of lead time (Bureaucracy). Naturally, there is a significant concern regarding personal data, but they need to balance the overall need / requirement to maintain data security, while moving projects forward--This is probably the weakest aspect of this company. Although I was able to limit the number of meetings that I attended, I knew some people on some days who were triple booked throughout most of the day. I also found myself in the position of reporting numbers, which did not make sense for reporting purposes to make valid decisions upon....It was as if people had to deliver reports or numbers, which in turn made people do a significant amount of extraneous work to deliver the invalid information which was requested....Bad data in...Bad conclusions and decisions made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is aware of the IT problem, and they know they have to do better in terms of managing budgets. They have consultants reviewing the situation and making recommendations, but the ship will turn slowly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Underwriting Consultant

    • 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

    Pros

    Great company to work with if you work hard.
    They reward handsomely.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership direction due to reorganization last year.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission Driven Company with Growing Pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I work with a great team, for a great manager, working on projects that will really improve the performance of our department and our service to both internal and external clients, and the company's leadership is mission-driven and motivated to accomplish everything they feel this company stands for

    Cons

    Membership growth had exposed a few areas that were not sufficiently prepared to handle that growth, internal technology not great, sometimes simple, quick fixes don't happen or take forever because too many people they need to be involved, some people safeguard information or ownership of duties like it's the last thing keeping them employed and can't let improvements to process happen unless it comes from them personally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your teams to be nimble and independent, keep simple things simple, and set expectations that you can live up to

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company

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

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Dependable, good benefits, ability to work your way up

    Cons

    Silos, bad management, tedious work, stodgy surroundings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A very Solid Company

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

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

    Pros

    I' am a salary employee and my hours are very flexible. Also, I have a great manager who will always go to bat for her team. Compensation is ok, but our is very cumbersome.

    Cons

    Slightly better pay, and a direct, and clear directions from upper mangement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Blue Shield Of California Photos

Worked for Blue Shield Of California? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.