Centene

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Centene Reviews

Updated Jun 7, 2014
Centene – US – “World Head Quarters in Clayton”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.5 176 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

Centene Chairman and CEO Michael F. Neidorff

Michael F. Neidorff

(112 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (although they were better just a couple of years ago)(in 23 reviews)

  • Only thing going for this company is great health Benefits or should I say what is left of the benefits due to cut backs(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work life balance unless you are paid by the hour(in 14 reviews)

  • If you decide to take a job there plan on working many long hours(in 18 reviews)

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    7 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Centene was interesting and eye opening.

    Contract Manager (Former Employee) Lexington, KY

    ProsCentene offers a good salary and benefits. Opportunities exist for those who are happy with complacency and being a "yes" man/woman.

    ConsOpportunities for growth and professional development are limited to a select group. Employees are not empowered to perform duties within the scope of their jobs. Some managers are not qualified to serve in leadership positions. Objectivity and fairness are not the norm. Some managers/leaders treat subordinates as if they are nothing and get away with the poor treatment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire competent managers. Listen to employees objectively. Empower employees to fully perform their jobs. Truly devote time and attention to professional growth and development for all and not a select few. Schedule mandatory feedback and communication training annually for ALL employees, regardless of the position or level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    10 people found this helpful  

    Confusing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is decent and comparable to area hospitals

    Conshorrible training. Constantly being pulled off of regular work to put out fires. Managers are all buddies that have left Health Net and brought a top-down cliqueish culture with them. I have a masters degree and they asked me to answer phones....no thanks

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    2 people found this helpful  

    The company bids on state government healthcare business.

    Contract Negotiator I-Internal (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe company is fast paced and is growing rapidly. Employees hired are devoted and hard working. Company should focus on hiring more administrative staff to support the production.

    ConsThe company does not dedicate resources to train new staff, each health plan runs independently and therefore the culture is not feel cohesive at times. Company does not hire enough administrative staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to find ways to allow for work-life balance and adopt work at home policy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    good place to learn health care and move on

    Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosyou can take on as many projects as you want in order to learn. excellent learning opportunities. learn as much as you can for as long as you can tolerate it then move on.

    Conssome managers and directors are not that great. some were put into positions without business or management experience. mid line managers did not co-operate as much as would have liked to see. many of them were out for themselves.

    Advice to Senior Managementsome of the management team put on a facade when interacting with direct line teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    fast growing company, unavoidable growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosshould be able to have good opportunities to be promoted if you are doing well (have good performance review by a good manager who gets along with you), and fit in.
    compensation is reasonable. Good cafe, free parking.

    Consnew teams are established and managers tend to make arbitrary judgement on right/wrong people to hire. When hired "wrong" people at a high level (high pay as well) who don't perform accordingly, they change strategy by starting everyone at a lower level - seems like an unfair punishment to new hires to me.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Corporate World - Fast Paced - Expect not much "home life"

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Clayton, MO

    ProsBeautiful HQ in Clayton. Tons of Perks offered such as car wash on site, dry cleaning, clinic, etc.
    Decent benefits - besides the fact you work in Managing Medicaid HMO's and are in insurance industry - premiums could def. be better for such a large corporation.

    ConsIf you are in any production position expect mandatory over time. As in Years of it.
    Upper Management does NOT have time for training; being available; etc. Expect managers to multi task, such as email, IM, Phone and constant co-workers walking in at all times.
    If you aren't one to agree and be willing to do all asked of you (regardless how you feel) - do not expect promotions.
    Can work all the overtime you want from home remotely but no options (often) to work from home otherwise. As example, there are many, MANY Jefferson County and Illinois workers for Centene that are hired on at HQ in Clayton - at any moment you maybe moved to Chesterfield which is much more of a hassle, and further commute for many coming in these two directions. 80% at one time of a department worked in Jefferson County as example. 80%!
    Lack of training in general. Much of the training (department wise) is insufficient.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of you are "over worked" and "overwhelmed." I am surprised how well many managers and directors "balance' and "maintain" their work load. Understating this is a fact pace quickly growing corporation the work is never done, but do not "bark" orders to your employees. Many employees are working countless overtime hours, most being salary yes, but unfair amounts of time away from family life. That does not seem to matter. There needs to be some major compromise in many places. As a Manager and Director you position is also to protect and guide your employees under you...take the time to listen to them..and stand up for them and compromise.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosrewarding outcome with patients, positive working relationship with employees in all departments

    Conslocation. length of drive to get to work, long hours 9-10 hours per day almost daily, lack of knowledge of management

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

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    IT Intern (Former Employee) Clayton, MO

    ProsGood company, great growth, awesome cafeteria and amazing employee cafeteria discounts. Managers know the meaning of a decent work-life balance

    ConsTerrible turn-over rate, employee satisfaction is very low

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    I have worked for worse

    Processor (Current Employee) Tyler, TX

    ProsThey have flex time. That is a plus

    ConsManagement is lackin for some part

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful who you promote

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Part-time employee

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGrowing industry, great opportunity for internal growth, beautiful facility

    ConsSometimes difficult to tap into internal opportunities, many people seem unhappy

    Advice to Senior ManagementActively develop the workplace culture

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

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