Children's Hospital Colorado

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Children's Hospital Colorado Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
14 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-Life balance is important to my director (in 3 reviews)

  • Providers are dedicated to helping kids (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance used to be good but it's getting worse as empty positions are not filled (in 5 reviews)

  • Very-biased organization on the non-clinical/finance side (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Organization, challenging working conditions

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

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Pros

    Excellent facility
    Provides great care to children and their families

    Cons

    Department specific:
    Poor work-life balance
    Low morale of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking after current employees will save significant costs of constant recruitment and training. It will also assist with workload and morale.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Safety is slipping, inpatient RN review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful 401k and matching, close access to retirement supervisor on site and a phone call away. Wendy is amazing.
    Wellness incentive for non-smokers.
    My experience with managers is that they work with you and other staff members to be flexible with time off.
    Wonderful co-workers.

    Cons

    The most important thing at hospitals is safety. Over the last two years, I have felt strongly that staffing has been pulled too thin. It is very difficult to double check all orders and special protocols, help other staff, and attend to patients' and families' needs.
    It is also difficult to get more than one 20 minute break through out an entire 12-14 hour shift.

    The Clinical ladder and pay scale isn't based on experience or clinical skills. It is based off of working on silly, mirco-managed projects on your free time. Committees are also an important part of this, which tend to be inconvenient for nurses whom live far away, have child care needs, or work the night shift.
    New grads no longer receive a pay bump ofter orientation. "Due to 600 applicants for 1 job opening, Childrens no longer need to be competitive in pay."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advocate for increased staffing of RNs and CNAs.
    Make sure charge roles go to those that help out on the floor and can run a code blue with confidence.
    Children's is a non-profit hospital which means it gets to invest in itself, lets start with the RNs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to join a cult

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Denver, CO

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great facility, decent benefits many locations, kind caring employees, longtime favorite of children in the Rocky mountain area.some good employees.

    Cons

    Gossip, politics, and loads of estrogen! Drink the kool-aid or else! Lack of supplies, poor equipment, judgmental management , manage by intimidation, high turnover,.the culture is unwelcoming and condescending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? Midol!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I agree with writer of title "Great Place for Kids"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern Pharmacist in Aurora, CO
    Current Intern - Intern Pharmacist in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many top notch individuals to work with, many experts in their fields. Close proximity to academic center. Nice atmosphere for patients and family.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a shift to more corporate behavior since the name change and 100 year celebrations. Now, working here is much like many other large companies i.e. treat longtime employees poorly, retain and recruit more management. For example, they took away bus passes which were included as part of our benefits. Only the neediest employees utilize them (including a few environmentally conscious folks). Losing bus passes was like getting a 5-10% pay cut for most employees that used them. At the same time, the hospital required that departments double the numbers in management so that there are a fewer employees per manager. I couldn't schedule a meeting with my manager for 2 years since, didn't seem to make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hospital's goals are admirable. They provide a lot of training.

    Cons

    The workday for M-F salaried staff is 8:00 to 5:00, but most of the time we are too busy to take a lunch break or leave till 6 or 7 pm; then they schedule meetings to start at 7:30 or 7:00. Meetings and emails take up too much of the work week, and they acknowledge all this but they are just happy to get people to work more for no extra money. Managers are not being replaced when they leave their positions, and everyone is simply expected to do more with less. In their attempt to slash the budget ("resource stewardship"), they are reducing many benefits and expect that staff will stay because of the hospital's reputation and their difficult hiring processes that give the impression that they are selective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging, be more respectful of your staff. Stop forcing people to work 60-hour weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Pros

    Great benefits, good flexibility, nice colleagues, training courses beneficial for improving knowledge-base. Autonomy on the job.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero communication skills from finance managers. Very-biased organization on the non-clinical/finance side. Upward mobility is contingent on "relationship with manager". Lack of team-building (frowned upon) within finance hinders relationships on the administrative side-fr

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers of your department who can actually MANAGE PEOPLE!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Doesn't care about employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission is great and gives staff tremendous pride. Lots of great staff. Really nice facility.

    Cons

    The mission allows an attitude that it is a privilege to work here and management takes advantage of that. Senior management using resource stewardship as a strategy to take things away from staff. Senior management doesn't trust the managers so has put in place cumbersome processes to replace positions and get needed resources. Need to CFO approval for minor purchases like coffee or lunch for an all day meeting. Scaling back pay and benefits because there are lots of people that want to work here so they feel they can easily replace people if they have to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start trusting your managers and staff to make decisions. Respect the talent in the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best...

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

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You are working for one of the best in the country and in the end it is about the kids....

    Cons

    Benefits, Gossip, Leadership, Meetings, and Reactivness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on hiring more employees so that your good ones are not burned out and leave.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN- Staff Nurse in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - RN- Staff Nurse in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, great team. Many great doctors and nurses. The campus is big and growing.

    Cons

    Poor Management -very hostile and not family friendly. Management picks favorites as someone mentioned before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, people have families and children to take care of.....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Training very disappointing - worst I've experienced in 16 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Records in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Records in Denver, CO

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were good and pay was reasonable. Clean environment.

    Cons

    Four different managers within 3 months. New position and management could not provide guidance of what was needed to fulfill job. HR provided very little assistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees concerns about department directors....there's definite need for changes. There is definite discord in department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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