Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
88 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)

  • Strong leadership, forward thinking, lots of opportunities for personal/professional growth and development (in 3 reviews)


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

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

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    CNMC is a farce. Focus is public image not employee satisfaction. "Do more with less" should be the motto.

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    Current Employee - Apn in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Apn in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Working alongside experts in the field. Good academic opportunities. Culturally diverse populations and many outlying satellite locations.

    Cons

    This place is all about marketing. Employee satisfaction is not important. Making money is the bottom line and everyone is unhappy. This institution is poorly managed. Morale is low. Don't think about growing financially here. Your starting salary may entice you but that's where you stay forever unless you are in a union. The APNs have foolishly voted the union out and are now stagnant in pay for most departments.
    Bullying and discrimination by management is not handled properly.
    Systems in place are completely disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the disorganization, focus on employee satisfaction, adjust pay rates fairly. Public image will not matter if the infrastructure is crumbling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    So so....

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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

    Benefits, people, hours and location

    Cons

    Senior management and lack of direction and guidance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend there being Transparency. Training and less beuracracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureacracy. No advancement.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator II in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator II in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very patient (children) oriented and rightly so.
    Nice location away from city traffic, noise and pollution and next to a reservoir.
    Good clinical infrastructure but can expand more

    Cons

    Poor leadership and unreliable mentoring
    No advancement opportunities. If you discuss for review, they put you in solitary- so to speak.
    Bureaucracy everywhere, small or big
    Raising funds internally from employees' low salaries/vacation hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let better people take over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator
    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Being part of the mission.

    Cons

    Very disorganized and toxic environment. A high percentage of staff turnover due to lack of adequate training, lack of resources to do the job, lack of staff appreciation, and lack of respect. Upper management rules like a dictator, and relies heavily on consultants since permanent staff is considered replaceable. Upper management frowns on friendship building and would discourage any camaraderie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should take a class in management and understand that trust and respect is needed to build a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not a good first job experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's National Health System

    Pros

    Work with some of the smartest people in pediatrics

    Cons

    The staff is poorly managed and management styles are extremely outdated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low salary, High turnover

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to help children and work with a few smart people.

    Cons

    Low salary for everyone except upper management, mixed messages regarding budget, misplaced budget priorities, high turnover of staff, political atmosphere, limited training and promotion opportunities, employees expected to achieve great things for hospital without adequate tools or support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have consistent expectations for every employee and treat everyone the same. Apply consistent management and decision practices and communicate consistently regarding budget and future of hospital. Stop spending money on marketing stuff and more on training and retaining employees, and providing adequate tools and infrastructure for each employee to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste of your potential

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    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 pay is a little higher than other hospitals in the area.

    Cons

    Management is only interested in ticking boxes to get their bonuses. They play favoritism and there are lots of cliches.
    The work is monotonous and your scope of responsibility will never expend.
    Children's does not provide training or offer career advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote some of your current employees to management positions and get rid of the old boys network.

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

    Mob bullying is overlooked..seems to be encouraged since, if you ask for help, union & HR turn against the bullied.

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    Current Employee - Unit Communications in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Unit Communications in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The children. There's very little else that makes working here worth the toll it takes on your health. I'm looking for other employment.

    Cons

    Poor, & expensive parking. Disabled parking isn't monitored well. Benefits are expensive. High turnover in management (so they rely on the rumors from bullies, aimed @ character defamation). Poor management of employees...thus, if you have high work ethic, expect that you'll get stuck with the bulk of work while others socialize, not to mention that you'll become a target. Where else are you required, against your will, to pay union dues? Don't expect help from HR, the union, or management when you're bullied...they'll just make you the problem & allow negative lies to be added to your annual review. (They've got plenty of security to keep you in check...) Shocked to learn that hospitals rate alongside USPS bully tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on the workfloor, instead of avoiding employees & then lying that you observed how an employee works. Get rid of peer reviews since
    they are prejudiced...some of these peers have it in for you after you stand up against their rudeness or laziness. (You'd know this if you saw how they actually are when they're not kissing your behind.) Agree with review which notes the caste system...those with higher degrees are believed over others...even tho' they can be the rudest & most demeaning of all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unreliable and Bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant III
    Current Employee - Research Assistant III

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

    Pros

    Good medical research infrastructure with excellent scientists and mentors in senior level
    Collaborative and cordial atmosphere
    Increasing investments and instituitional collaborations project a promising direction against other internal drawbacks

    Cons

    Poor pay structure and bureaucratic management gets in way of employee motivation and long term prospects.
    Inefficient /Understaffed Human resources has been a common complaint for a very long time.
    Restrictions on advancement
    Unpalatable cafeteria food

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up.
    Learn from your peer institutions.
    Don't stifle advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Run

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    Former Employee - Nurse in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Nurse in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great facility, great things happening has potential to be a better place. Some of the other employees are wonderful. Most of the doctors are approachable.

    Cons

    Moral of employees is low in the area I was employed. Pay is low, should be higher especially to be able to afford the expensive benefits. The parking situation is bad, it is off-site and you have to pay and catch a shuttle adding to commute time. The patient often fight I found myself in dangerous situations trying to break up fights or neutralize situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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