Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014
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3.1 97 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center President and CEO Tom Priselac

Tom Priselac

(47 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits such as health care, dental, vision etc (in 13 reviews)

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


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

  • Middle management is generally inexperienced and does not know or understand management (in 3 reviews)

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    Things have changed for the worse

    Registered Nurse, BSN (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    Consthis 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 Senior ManagementCare 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.

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

    Registered Nurse (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsLocation, Most of MD is knowledgeable,

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementPLEASE 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???

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Foreigners rule. . . .

    Registered Nurse (Former Employee)

    ProsPays higher than else-where in the LA region.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEven 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Admissions Representative - Don't bother working here

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBenefits, convenience, location, reputation and

    ConsManagement, Opportunities, lack of advancement, no raises

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't Micromanage

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

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

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementEmployees 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Doctor oriented

    Doctor Oriented (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Favortism and double standards. Childish management practices.

    Senior Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBenefits are slightly above average.

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    EIS is truly a cost center

    Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere used to be free bagels on Friday but not anymore. Free soda. Close to a mental hospital for when you get a nervous breakdown

    ConsPutting the "cost" in "cost center" for a while now. Incompetence is rampant. Political games are played by everyone hoping to get the next promotion. Badmouthing competent employees is normal due to the political nature of the environment. Extremely high turnover even compared to the IT industry as a whole. There is no change management on projects, no infrastructure for code base management, and QA does not test most things due to "job description" conflicts. "Iterative" development involves changing requirements every half hour, without documenting changes. There is no documentation of frequent changes because it looks bad (and actually IS bad). Competence is feared, rather than embraced due to job security issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain people. Promote competent employees who complete high quality projects. Something should be done about senior employees in technical positions who aren't actually technical. Control the political environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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