DaVita Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
614 Reviews

3.1
614 Reviews
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DaVita Chairman and CEO Kent J. Thiry
Kent J. Thiry
430 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good core values if they were followed by leadership (in 30 reviews)

  • Can be very understanding and supportive of work-life balance issues (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance doesn't exist unless you don't seem "engaged" in your work (in 29 reviews)

  • No 401K match and they seem to be proud of that (in 24 reviews)

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    Poor reflection of their own values

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    Current Employee - Staff Nurse (RN), Renal Dialysis  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse (RN), Renal Dialysis in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, most who embraced the concept of "team".

    Cons

    It's all about the numbers. Sad, but true, it really isn't about what's best for the patient...it's about doing anything that makes the "numbers" (lab values, access rates, catheter rates, %signed up for Davita Rx) look good. We are hounding and harassing patients every day instead of steadily teaching, exploring reasons for non-compliance and encouraging them. Point-of-care staff are constantly criticized. Can't do enough. High staff turnover and no experience in the clinic. Too many responsibilities and not enough time to complete work accurately. HIGHLY outdated computer systems that don't even share data. Underhanded methods of getting rid of higher-paid/experienced point-of-care staff. Pretty obvious that this company is run by bean-counters and not folks with degrees/experience in healthcare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more $$'s going to the point-of-care (for staffing and supplies) and less to these "business" people who sit in ivory towers and write policies and programs that just add to our work and make our environment unsafe. Stop the hemorrhage of staff. Hire/keep experienced dialysis personnel. Focus on patient care. Not numbers.

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

    Stay away

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brentwood, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, TN

    I worked at DaVita full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No weekends - Summer Hours pay is pretty decent at least in department. There are no other pros....

    Cons

    WHERE DO I BEGIN...my boss...remember that movie with Lindsey Lohan, mean girls...yeah..it's high school and if you for any reason are uncomfortable with their (CULT)ure, you are so gone. It's a cult...when my boss equated our "fun homerooms" with my church meetings....really???? This isn't so much a company as it is a religion. If the general public saw and heard some of the things we did...holy cow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and rebuild from the top down....starting with KT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dialysis Tech not appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dialysis Technician  in  Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Dialysis Technician in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None- You work. I guess it is better than not having a job.

    Cons

    Too many to count. Management is all about profit. The patients are the less of their worries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the Dialysis business. Indeed, Dialysis should not be a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It is an experience, one I would not want to repeat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The hours are good, and they do give a bonus based on their scores.

    Cons

    Depending on who you know and who likes you, you may be considered for a promotion. It certainly is not based on your work ethics or job performance. The rules do not apply to everyone, and the minute you attempt to recognize all the breaches of policy and procedures and bring them to the attention of management you have put a bullseye on your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the effect bad management has on your employees. The "All for one and one for all" is a joke. Retaliation in this company is a reality. There is on one you can go to for advise without that person betraying your confidence. Racisum is also an issue that no one wants to acknowledge. Assignments are given to older ( in age) employees that administration knows they can not accomplish so they are setting them up to fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Transporter  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Materials Transporter in Austin, TX

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Stable paycheck
    Good people to work with (nurses)
    Good location
    Good facilities
    Great AA
    will learn a great deal from experience as long as you please the FA.
    FA can appear friendly.
    Minimal resources.

    Cons

    Upper management is selfish and manipulative.
    FA and GFA is undesirable and unfair. Won't give you the resources you need to complete the task.
    MICRO-Managed. Don't believe in anything you have to say. Low pay. NO OverTime whatsoever.
    Also FA is a control freak and will follow you around and has trust issues. I was fired even though I made every attempt to better myself. They discriminate military. Treat you like you were treated in the military.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire well rounded individuals who know how to take care of their peoples needs and stop being so greedy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ex-admissions Expert

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a paycheck and there is always work to be done. Ability to set your own hours (usually).

    Cons

    I used to be part of the Admissions team and could not wait to get out of there. The workload is overwhelming and the expectations of management is unrealistic. The metrics set in place do not take in "real life" situations with placing patients in clinics. Every admission has different and unique issues making the "Cookie Cutter" expectations impossible to achieve. The expectation is placement within 24 hours. Some clinics are only operable three days a week and clinics are short-staffed making the FA having to work the floor and not able to sit in front of the computer looking at email all day to respond to a new admission. If the ROD needs to respond, it is not always easy to get a response immediately as expected by management.

    The Admissions process changes almost monthly which not only frustrates the admissions team but also the clinics. When these changes occur, no one is aware including the teammates doing the placements or the clinics, so there is utter chaos with patients showing up for treatments and no one being aware of placement. This is NOT good customer service and tends to make patients feel unwanted or unimportant. Communication is KEY to making a company or process run smooth.

    I would not recommend DaVita Admissions to anyone. You would be better off flipping burgers at a fast food place!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's all a PR campaign

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at DaVita full-time

    Pros

    Great location, beautiful building, smart coworkers ("teammates")

    Cons

    DaVita underpays compared to comparable jobs in the market and they're losing employees. While accolades suggest otherwise, if you're below VP and you've been in the Village for more than a year, there's a lot of grumbling and discontentment. There's also a huge business school culture (every phone call need be accompanied with a powerpoint presented with b-school zingers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on cutting our the red tape. Hiring Sr. leaders who are effective at managing is good, but you need to limit hiring of leadership who has no experience, desire, or ability to work with a team or manage down. On my team, the two VP leaders are the individuals for whom the core values were palpably absent. This was disappointing and I left for a smaller organization where I could find and collaborate with teammates who actually fit the core values you preach: accountability, team, fulfillment, integrity, fun, continuous improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse (RN), Renal Dialysis  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Nurse (RN), Renal Dialysis in Portland, OR

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    nothing BUT everything is all about money

    Cons

    micro management, all about money, cutting hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    share your CEO's bonuses to your employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    You are only as valued as the numbers you can produce

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    Former Employee - Facility Administrator  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Facility Administrator in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at DaVita full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Mission and core values are strong and are discusses frequently.

    Cons

    No work/life balence. High turnover. Terrible pay for the PCT's who provide the direct patient care. No 401k. Wasted money on management meeting but cutting back on money spent on patient care. The ONLY way to meet productivity is to run your floor short!! Management shows favoritism!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes you have to look beyond the numbers and do what is right for the patients, not the stock holders!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Truly regrettable

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Administrator RN
    Current Employee - Facility Administrator RN

    I have been working at DaVita full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None (any score above a 2 star is entered by current "team" members who were asked to write a positive review or you have not worked here long enough to know the truth.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional "culture", poor actions with no consequences from mostly management. Unskilled FAs who are NOT registered nurses and often not even experienced in a clinical or dialysis setting. UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF CARE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the entire process of SKILLED employees versus the trash talking, micromanaging bullies, YES BULLIES that you hire! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED KENT THIRY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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