BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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David S. Pankau
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Pros
  • Good company with good benefits (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Also their is a lot of bureaucratic red tape that hinders your advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • Without college degree, no hope of long-term advancement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Little respect for contracted workers

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I met and worked with many dedicated people who were talented and forward thinking.

    Cons

    Although one of the largestemployers in the state, BCBSSC retains steady employee numbers by hiring and purging its contract workforce. From the onset, contractors are made aware of this methodology, and because employees in the organization are basically immune to termination, contractors are scrutinized and held to a higher production standard with little opportunity for conversion or development.
    Management continues to perpetuate this business model, which results in low morale and high turnover in contractors. All in all, a very bad business methodology that shields non-performing employees and penalizes their 'temporary' contract workforce.
    Innovation and efficiency are discouraged and penalized in order to maintain their self-named 'factory' environment.

    Advice to Management

    Management is only as strong as your weakest performer. Start placing production before politics and this company may survive. Otherwise, your market share will disappear. Millennials have little loyalty and are mobile.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Meh

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

    I have been working at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fitness Center membership and cafeteria on site. Easy but stressful job if you actually care

    Cons

    Similar to working in high school, no advancement opps and awful pay

    Advice to Management

    Keep Fox off the TV (heard it was mandatory) and stop micromanaging managers who in return micromanage us. People have lives and sometimes things pop up - all emergencies can't be predicted


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, Poor Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Claims Analyst III in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Claims Analyst III in Florence, SC

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, possibility to work from home. Great training.

    Cons

    Poor pay scale, poor management and career advancement is nonexistent if you don't know the big dogs.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


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  5. Like being in Kindergarten

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Specialist

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

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Never a dull moment, Challenging work.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as a asset not a door mat


  7. Helpful (2)

    IT Project Lead

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

    I worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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


  8. 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 Management

    Promotions and extensive overtime need to be reviewed desperately.


  9. Working at BlueCross is an experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Front line manager for Java software development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very good a getting new business.

    Cons

    Very mainframe centric. Political and not easy to change.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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