Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
75 Reviews
3.0
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Children's National Health System President & CEO Kurt Newman
Kurt Newman
39 Ratings

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 10 reviews)


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

  • Major IT and scheduling issues make CNMC a very difficult place for staff and patients to navigate (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person 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
  2. 1 person 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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Administration

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    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator
    Former Employee - Financial Coordinator

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time for 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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 1 person 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 for 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
  8. 3 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 for 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
  9. 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 for 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
  10.  

    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 for less than a 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful establishment that needs updated business processes.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The outstanding work that the hospital does is amazing. The children our the number one priority. The hospital is inviting and the people movers are a hit with the children.

    Cons

    Managers are not held accountable. They go around all processes. The company is stuck in the mindset of this is how we have always done it and change is very hard for them to accept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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