Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews

Updated Mar 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 64 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Children's National Health System President & CEO Kurt Newman

Kurt Newman

(30 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Bureacracy. No advancement.

    Clinical Research Coordinator II (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery 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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementResign and let better people take over

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Administration

    Financial Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsBeing part of the mission.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is not a good first job experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork with some of the smartest people in pediatrics

    ConsThe staff is poorly managed and management styles are extremely outdated

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low salary, High turnover

    Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementHave 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Waste of your potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Silver Spring, MD

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Unit Communications (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsPoor, & 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 Senior ManagementSpend 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unreliable and Bureaucratic

    Research Assistant III (Current Employee)

    ProsGood 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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementGrow up.
    Learn from your peer institutions.
    Don't stifle advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Run

    Nurse (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

    ConsMoral 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 Senior ManagementMake changes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful establishment that needs updated business processes.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsManagers 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great patients, poor leadership

    Pediatrician (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe patients are interesting, the kids are great, most of the nursing, doctor and other direct-care colleagues really care about kids, are happy to work together to do the best for the patients.

    ConsThere is very little communication between the top management and the line workers - and I'm a doctor. I imagine it is worse for a lot of the staff. There is very little sense of vision or forward movement. We're not cutting edge. Many of the managers know little about leadership or managing people. Their efforts often revolve around checking the boxes to get their bonuses. The place is pretty disorganized. HR is a mess. Problems with compensation pop up frequently and can take months to resolve. Getting appointments for patients is really hard. The systems within the hospital, the computers, the electronic medical records, nearly everything functions poorly. It often feels like you're swimming against the tide to get what your patients need.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the dead wood among the leadership and managers. Make the hospital work for the patients. Fix the software systems, HR, the outpatient primary care and subspecialty clinic appointment systems so patients can access them.

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