BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
21 Reviews
2.0
21 Reviews
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David S. Pankau
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company offers real good benefits, with decent room from advancement (in 12 reviews)

  • In some areas, there is a great work-life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Processes are too antiquated and are full of red tape, which tends to hinder progress (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management in I/S has a strong tendency to micromanage across very large departments and as a result often get lost in details (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Like being in Kindergarten

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Coordinator in Columbia, SC
    Former Contractor - Project Coordinator in Columbia, SC

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially health insurance.

    Cons

    Managers treat employees like children. For example, berating people for taking 5 extra minutes for lunch, even though they worked 3 hours unpaid overtime the night before.
    Frequent network outages and problems. Router cabinets looked like spaghetti. No backup electricity/UPS. Did not issue laptops. Had to take hand-written notes, then type up on desktop PC.
    Facility was nasty. Carpet rarely cleaned. Saw dead mice fall from the ceiling. Bathroom too small for the number of people using it and not cleaned frequently. Cafeteria also very inadequate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before promoting people to manager, make sure they have the right personality and people skills,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Specialist

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

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Pros

    Never a dull moment, Challenging work.

    Cons

    Too many shifting priorities. Required to work 50 plus hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as a asset not a door mat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Project Lead

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

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Pros

    You get paid every 2 weeks

    Cons

    Nepotism and good-ole-boy culture- if it wasn't invented here it does not exist mentality. You are not a person - you are to be used and abused

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Unclear path for promotion

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Pros

    The people that work there are great.

    Cons

    Overtime that will surely burn you out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions and extensive overtime need to be reviewed desperately.

  6.  

    Working at BlueCross is an experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Claims Analyst III
    Current Employee - Customer Service Claims Analyst III

    I have been working at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment in majority areas. Insurance is a need that will not go away. Decent benefit package and tuition reimbursement. Large emphasis on teamwork.

    Cons

    Without a college degree, no hope of long term advancement. Will be in training for approx six weeks. Job can be stressful, and management can tend to micro-manage at times. Keeping up morale cab be tough if not right manager. Too many chiefs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Front line manager for Java software development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Software Development in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Manager Software Development in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good a getting new business.

    Cons

    Very mainframe centric. Political and not easy to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Front line managment is very difficult. They don't want you to be technical but only hire technical people. They then hold you responsible for technical decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not expect to get a promotion unless you run with the right crowd.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BSR in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - BSR in Charleston, SC

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great dedicated employees. They will give 100% and are very helpful. Great insurance, gym, retirement plan. Nice work environment. I loved working for them. Would still be with them if I wasn't RIF'ed.

    Cons

    Do not expect to be promoted into management no matter how many degrees or how may years you have been with them. You can be a dedicated employee for 19 years, work hard to get a degree and you will NOT be promoted to management. Was told by the VP, Director, HR and Manager to get a part time job as a supervisor somewhere else then I can apply for a management job. Also DO NOT turn anyone into compliance you will ruin your career. Management and directors will make your life hell. DO NOT TRUST THE COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT and The Instil Health division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your biggest assets are your employees. Stop hiring unqualified people to be managers just because they were managers at Dairy Queen, Burger King or some other place does not qualify them to do the job. Employees at BCBS of SC refer to managers as directory assistance because anytime you ask them a question they refer you to someone else.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Boring Office Job

    Former Intern - Student Intern in Columbia, SC
    Former Intern - Student Intern in Columbia, SC

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The job was very stable.

    Cons

    I did not learn that much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Automate more things

  10.  

    Work hard for no recognition

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

    I have been working at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is a financialy stable company

    Cons

    You will never be acknowledged or compensated for being smart.....the contrary get's compensated and recognized. Full of apathy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place To Start Out But Long Term Growth Is Difficult

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

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had excellent internal training program. Almost impossible to get fired.

    Cons

    Advancement within IT was strictly based on how much butt kissing you did and who you socialized with outside of work. It was not merit based. Pay raises were below average even if you were a top performer. Market pay was also below average. You could drive an hour up the road to Charlotte for 30 to 40% more money. Columbia itself is a pretty crappy place to live unless you are a Gamecock fan/alum. Calling your Project Managers as Project Leaders is a joke industry wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The good old boy/girl network kills, kills the spirit of most of your IT teams. You have people in positions of Senior Leadership with just a H.S. diploma. You want to protect your jobs but don't understand how to grow your company. There is a serious lack of vision within IT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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