Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
107 Reviews
3.5
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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center President and CEO Tom Priselac
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The hospital offers great benefits, good location, well paid salary and nice office space (in 15 reviews)

  • Overall Good values, good people, very good benefits, good company to work for (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management is generally inexperienced and does not know or understand management (in 4 reviews)

  • Questionable planning strategies by upper management in regards to preparing for upcoming changes to healthcare industry (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Passionate Care if You Have the Cash

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regular Professional Staff  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Regular Professional Staff in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Should you find yourself hired, you can expect reasonable salaries. Tenured employees are treated well if you remain on the good side of supervisors.

    Cons

    Often, employees are weighted down with too much to do and little time to do it -- bottom line, unreasonable expectations. The laughable part is that most supervisors could never finish the work themselves if they had to work. Most departments operate as political machines -- they don't care about the employee, they care only about self-promotion. There is no loyalty, no sense of family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff can be your greatest asset if you treat them with respect and set reasonable expectations. New ideas may be great, but you need to make a reasonable assessment if these new ideas are manageable. All supervisors should be able to perform as well as their subordinates, if not better. Upper management must be fully capable of "working the line" alongside their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Application Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EIS Applications Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - EIS Applications Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The hospital is surrounded by lots of good places to eat. The hospital also has a good reputation and it looks good on your résumé.

    Cons

    Very little room for career advancement unless you know someone. Upper managers assigns scope creep responsibilities with unclear goals. Working hard does not echo loud enough for promotions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Things have changed for the worse

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Uhm none, sadly. OK, maybe the Starbucks inside the hospital

    Cons

    I've been with Cedars for 8 years and unfortunately it's changed for the worse. I used to be proud of where I worked and honored to be apart of such a distinguished organization - I can't say that anymore and I'll be looking for employment elsewhere. Morale has really plummeted. I've worked at other distinguished hospitals in the LA area and I'll be banging on their doors to let me come back. If you want a solid learning experience and an opportunity for growth go to UCLA, if you want to learn proficiency and efficiency in the workplace go to Kaiser, if excellent patient customer service is your focus go to Huntington Hospital, if you want to waste your time, by all means, come to Cedars!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd say wipe the slate clean of the current management and recruit from other hospital's management teams who know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you are a PhD scientist and no grant, run, or you'll be driven out anyways

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for more than 8 years

    Pros

    benefits are great, place has lot of money, good opportunities to interact with physicians if thats what you are interested in.

    Cons

    this is a place for MDs, not PhDs. MDs rule and PhDs work for them mostly. they do not care about research or your career, just how many $$ you have. Even if you are doing great, relevant research, publishing great, are productive but do not have grants, the chairman will drive you out or demote you without giving any consideration how that might damage your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about good research and building careers of junior faculty if you truly want to be a premier research institution - don't weigh everything by $$ and as a business.

  6.  

    Managment is unfair, a lot of favoritism, big turne over of staff in order to prevent Unionization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Location, Most of MD is knowledgeable,

    Cons

    Very political place to work, you better be on the same page with your manager or they will meke you to go. There is NO UNION, Nurses has NO rights, HR is on favor for managment. Violation of patient nurse ration,There have been many days when I went home after working 13 plus hours and not sitting down once or being able to use the bathroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE make managers work with patients at list once a month to pick patient and be as a nurse and than see what can be improved or done better. Please investigate WHY nurses living 18 people in 3 month !!!. Why old nurses is ASKED to live???? are you saving on salary or Benefits???

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

    Foreigners rule. . . .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays higher than else-where in the LA region.

    Cons

    Many foreigners.They lie in order to get you out; unfortunately, managers listen to them without investigating the situations themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even the racial-ethnic-cultural ratios in every department. An over abundance of one group leads to trouble. Moreover, you have lost potentially great workers because of this. Also, your floor management teams needs to be formally qualified with at least a BSN or above in order to lead. The manager in the above situation did not have a BSN at the time; therefore, it is not surprising that there was a high turn over of many great workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Admissions Representative - Don't bother working here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, convenience, location, reputation and

    Cons

    Management, Opportunities, lack of advancement, no raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't Micromanage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Some nice/competent people, but little/no professional development/advancement opps in EIS/IT, biased HR practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Pros

    Competitive salary/benefits, go-live bonuses, some very nice and extremely hard-working and bright people, public perception of med center is very high

    Cons

    Lack of professional developement, lack of career advancement, human capital is not valued--interesting jobs go to consultants instead of FTEs, people are recognized based on politics and friendships rather than merit, unfair practices (such as reverse discrimination) are ignored, some managers/leaders are not a good fit for their positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your biggest asset--promote from within, develop your people. Turnover is very expensive, so do not be short-sighted by focusing only on the immediate project or bottom line and--in the meantime--losing good people. People do not usually leave EIS for more money--they leave for more opportunities and a more supportive, kinder culture. Consider 360 degree evaluations, and really heed the results of employee satisfaction surveys. Make telecommuting an option for part of the workweek--this is an industry standard in IT. People leave because they do not have this option.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Doctor oriented

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Doctor Oriented  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Doctor Oriented in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Critical Care Tower is state of the art facility
    - Work breaks are fair

    Cons

    - Very doctor-centric - hospital focuses more on making doctors happy than other workers (e.g. nurses, nurse aids, etc)
    - Staff, particularly doctors, can be arrogant and not helpful. Not really a team-oriented environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Recognize nurses and other staff equal to the recognition you give to doctors
    - Listen to staff when they do not approve of management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Favortism and double standards. Childish management practices.

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Pros

    Benefits are slightly above average.

    Cons

    In my particular chain of command, my managers, up through the CIO level play favorites, and respond to brown nosing, and the appearance of working hard, which results in an environment of two-faced, back-stabbing, self-promoting, immoral behavior. Some employees got the projects and training they wanted, while others, including myself, were not given any growth opportunities. Instead of management making the effort to talk with employees with an open mind and understanding their situations, they instead relied on hearsay from their pet employees, who only served to make themselves look good by making others look bad. I, and others on my team, refused to kiss up to management, and we were penalized by them making our work life miserable. Co-workers told me that they heard management actually say things to the extent that they were intentionally punishing us. This is childish, selfish behavior, stemming right from upper management. Most of my team, including myself, as experienced and talented as we are, eventually quit in frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Don't be swayed by brown-nosers and pretty faces. Make the effort to see through the lies of those just kissing up to you, and find out what's really going on, who actually has the skills, and who's really providing the quality work and team building you need to do the job right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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