Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
79 Reviews
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Children's National Health System President & CEO Kurt Newman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to improve your learning curve (in 3 reviews)

  • Opportunity to help children and work with a few smart people (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover in management (so they rely on the rumors from bullies, aimed (in 3 reviews)

  • The employees are given few rights other than the right to sneak and rat (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not what it could be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many except the kids. The kids make it worth it.

    Cons

    Well there are a lot of cons. There is a disconnect between management and front line workers. The IT infrastructure is old and restrictive. People are not appreciated if they are creative. Managers are crawling all over themselves to make themselves look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from outside the institution. Hire people who have the requisite skills for the position. Then hold them accountable if they don't do a good job. It's pretty simple.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good luck with that

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    Former Employee - Attending Physician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attending Physician in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to help children in need, improve care of patients and employees

    Cons

    The culture is abysmal. Too many managers moved in charge of areas that they have no idea what they are doing. But are afraid someone will find out. So they micromanage. And gossip. And bully. And survive and thrive.
    The infrastructure is poor. The support is poor. If something needs to get done, it has to be done by oneself. But then expect criticism that one is not a team player and working in a silo. Has twice the number of employees for similar size institutions. Incredible and ridiculous bureaucracy established by legal/compliance. Yet this is the least clinically compliant hospital ever experienced by numerous individuals who came from other institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Figure out who is being honest with you.
    Don't put incompetent people over competent people. That is a sure way to never learn or improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    research engineer

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    benefits
    nice workplace
    good culture
    supervisor bad
    poor innovation

    Cons

    CEO is not trustworthy
    poor innovation
    very bad culture
    people stab on your back

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Foundation is a traumatic place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time

    Pros

    Salary is good. They lure people in with high pay and less than a year later they will quit when they realize it's not worth it.

    Cons

    Long hours. High stress. Everyone hates their jobs. High turnover. Clueless management. Extreme lack of professionalism. Complete disorganization. Unrealistic goals. Teams are understaffed and everyone is expected to take on completely unrealistic work loads. Unfair bonus system that causes stress to lower level employees while giving the higher ups huge bonuses. Working here will take over your life until you don't recognize yourself any more. It is not worth whatever salary they offer you. If you want to be miserable and hate your job, then work here, otherwise go somewhere that will appreciate and value your contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people that are leaving and quit trying to blame everyone else. You are the reason people hate working here. Do something drastic and fix it, or leave and let someone else handle it. I don't think the work environment will change with the current management team in place. They are turning a blind eye to the problems because they want to protect their bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time

    Pros

    Nothing beneficial from working here.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, poor management... can't believe anything happens here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A total lack of accountability plus high managerial turnover makes a thriving climate for bullies.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The CEO had begun weeding out those ineffective in their position. (But, the process is too slow for the employee suffering underneath.)

    Cons

    New management listening to hearsay instead of investigation...look at your cameras, listen to recordings, most things can be seen in computer files. (Even hardcopy information is available when a person is brought into question.) Peer-to-peer reviews are tainted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what a bully does & how much they cost CNMC as a whole. A lot of excellence is lost because the bullied leave rather than go through the stress. (CNMC "talks the talk" but won't "walk".) There's also discriminatory issues behind the bullying behavior. These bullies go to great lengths to cover themselves. (example: A secretary receives mail & instead of sorting through it, making certain it goes to the proper authorities, she/he delegates the sorting to someone else. This person happens to be a bully...bullies are great @ masquerading bad behavior...who benefits in throwing away letters of commendation for others in her/his same position.) Bullies like to appear as if they go the extra mile while their coworkers take up the slack & burden. Bullies socialize; it's easier to recruit others into bullying the employee who is too busy doing their job. Managers must realize that having a third party involved may mean that the bullied won't talk because the third party is a bully, also. Bullies are subtle; it's not always like grade school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Deceptive.Manipulative.Bureaucratic.Day in Day out.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High reputation in the DC area.
    Good scope to serve the district's population.

    Cons

    Low pay. No pay raise.
    Threaten to fire you if you talk about promotion.
    Employees are laid off in hundreds.
    No advancement opportunities.
    Bureaucratic management. Only top brasses make a killing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Steer Clear

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time

    Pros

    The salaries tend to be high relative to industry standards.

    Cons

    Very toxic work environment. Management is arrogant, ineffective, petty, and borderline abusive. Very quick to criticize, but also steal and take credit for one's ideas and initiatives. The "leadership" mask their inefficiency and ignorance of their areas by treating subordinates with hostility. Many unethical things happen behind closed doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the board, clean house. There are many good people with great knowledge of their areas, but they are leaving because of the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Worse Job Ever!!!!

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were good. Unfortunately, this is the only positive thing I can say about Children's Hospital.

    Cons

    The culture of Children's Hospital is rooted in racism against staff and patients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is unfathomable that a hospital that is located in the inner city and serves mostly minority patients is crippled in their idea of cultural diversity. I have witnessed and have been victim of this mentality. I have vowed to never come to Children's Hospital again, even if my children are sick!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Traumatic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The children are priceless gems

    Cons

    You are enslaved management do not know the basis, when their juniors know more than them they feel threatened and fire them, to gain a promotion you need to be suck up to management, and tell lies on your fellow employees, they treat you as if you are always hungry always bringing food and then in meetings telling you that they fed you, there is no proper life work balance, the want you to work 24 hour shifts refusal to results in you being put on the black list, next in line for dismissal, rather stressful and a stoke factor. If you try to advance yourself management wants you to make it a team effort, most of the non-clinical management staff( with the exception of 5) have no sufficient education all the have is a lot of bull and want you to show them your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slavery is dead, gone are the "massa" days

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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