Children's National Health System

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Updated June 12, 2015
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Children's National Health System President & CEO Kurt Newman
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Pros
  • Great place to improve your learning curve (in 3 reviews)

  • Professional growth and development is a priority (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover in management (so they rely on the rumors from bullies, aimed (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor pay structure and bureaucratic management gets in way of employee motivation and long term prospects (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Hospital is great, the Foundation not so much.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, forward thinkers. Rewarding knowing you are helping children in need.

    Cons

    Upper management oblivious and self serving

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.


  2. Helpful (5)

    I keep hoping it will get better but it never does.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to care for interesting and underserved patients; smart and caring nurses and doctors who really try to do the best they can; full range of pediatric subspecialties

    Cons

    The organization does not care about its employees. Salary and benefits are terrible, especially for a high-cost area like Washington. The IT systems are antiquated, often break down and don't communicate with each other. HR is non-responsive; it's hard even to get an email or phone call returned. Leadership is uninspired. They believe their own PR and confuse it with having a vision. The hospital also is patient-unfriendly; families have difficulty making appointments and even getting their doctors on the phone. These problems have existed for years, but the people who make the decisions don't care about improving them.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the leadership. Replace HR and the IT infrastructure. Value employees and patients and treat us as you'd want yourselves and your families to be treated. Stop spending so many millions of dollars on the latest trendy consultants who bring no lasting value to the organization.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Toxic Atmosphere, with lots of bullying & homophobic slurs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animal Caretaker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Animal Caretaker in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, Benefits are a little overpriced but good coverage, received yearly Xmas bonus,

    Cons

    No room for growth, management & supervisor was the absolute worse, staff & management was completely unprofessional, ie Homophobic slurs, bad language, laziness, facility is filthy, all kinds of airborne pathogens, no real concern for the well being of the patients , the director of the Department was one of the worst people I have encountered, she sexually harassed, embarrassed, and slandered my name and reputation lied on me for 2 years, & HR was absolutely no help, in fact when I approached Hr about the situation, the representative actually laughed at some of the claims, numerous employees wrote letters to HR about their positive interaction with me, & how professional they thought I was, many even went as far as to say I was the best employee in the department, & that they probably could not achieve success without my help, this seem to upset HR even more & HR also forwarded all the confidential emails to my director making the situation not only more uncomfortable but now uncomfortable for the people supportive of me. Working hard and being professional in this department will only draw criticism and ridiculing, my superior went as far as to call me a butt kisser in the middle of a department meeting, if you are not willing to discuss your personal life or the personal life of others, (especially listening to Management talk about their issues with their boy friend) you will be accused of LOWERING THE MORAL of the department,( THAT'S THE COMPANY'S BUZZ WORD ANYTIME THEY CANT COME UP WITH A REAL LEGITIMATE REASON TO WRITE YOU UP OR FIRE YOU),

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, starting at the top!!!!!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good luck with that

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  7. Helpful (6)

    The Foundation is a traumatic place to work

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Do not work here.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing beneficial from working here.

    Cons

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Deceptive.Manipulative.Bureaucratic.Day in Day out.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Quit


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Steer Clear

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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