Fairview Health

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Fairview Health Reviews

Updated June 21, 2014
Updated June 21, 2014
54 Reviews

2.7
54 Reviews
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Fairview Health Chairman and Interim CEO Charles Mooty
Charles Mooty
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special (in 3 reviews)

  • Good Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Many long-term employees have left under unpleasant circumstances (in 2 reviews)

  • New employee training is minimal (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Became too hard to remain optimistic in this IT dept

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work remotely.
    Flexible scheduling.
    Convenient location.
    Really knowledgeable and caring business users.
    Told by a colleague the child care program is expensive but fantastic.
    Lots of very experienced IT staff.
    I met someone who would later become a good friend.

    Cons

    Reactionary, break/fix culture.
    Issues are often escalated to mgmt, few people seem to speak to each other directly about them, and management did not discourage this practice.
    Too many tools/inefficient use of IT incident management and project management tools.
    Too little accessible documentation on past projects and/or staff roles and responsibilities.
    Chronic re-orgs on both the business and IT sides of the house that made people worry about job security.
    People clearly wanted improvements, but the risk taking that drives innovation seemed discouraged because it was too time consuming.
    "Interim" employees and contractors were in leadership roles that need long term, stable direction from a permanent, vested employee.
    Dissatisfied and repeatedly disappointed users, it was hard to earn their trust.
    Lack of transparency on how IT projects are prioritized, and no way of knowing what's all in the works.
    Unwritten policy that if an employee gives less than the required notice for their position they are not eligible to work at the company again and written policy the employee only gets partial PTO payout. For most IT roles this is 4 weeks notice.
    Takes 5+ minutes to navigate the HR phone tree for an HR question.
    HR benefits enrollment system is cumbersome.
    Long-standing employee salaries were not competitive with new hire salaries or market standards.
    Immediate mgmt was usually too busy to respond to concerns and questions, which contributed to the escalation cycle.
    Six months is too long for a probationary period, particularly depending on when the employee receives their annual review. Realistically this should be 90 days or less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When things clearly aren't working, and an employee is told, "That's just how we do things around here," that isn't an acceptable answer. In a large, siloed, highly political environment like Fairview, new employee training, employee mentorship, strong documentation surrounding their role (drafted before they start the position), ensuring they are aware of active and historically sensitive topics in the organization, and promptly addressing their concerns is the only way they're going to succeed.

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

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    The pay checks usually clear, but don't expect them to ever get larger.

    Cons

    The outlook for this company is grim; there is no money to do anything unless it is putting out a fire. In fact, that is the only way anything gets done is if there a breach, a failure, an emergency.
    The most unqualified people are watching the most critical systems. The most overqualified people are doing mundane tasks. There is no room to move, no chance to advance, no plan for improvement or training unless you are hired in far below your market value (then enjoy the training while you can get it).
    Things move slow where there are no fires. Vendors are brought in to do the serious, fun, resume-building work because noone wants to be set up for the blame game if something goes wrong.
    The best employees just disappear. No explanation and the ones left behind are often the ones that got fired somewhere else.
    This is simply the most toxic environment I have ever witness and I am ashamed to tell people I worked here as long as I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of management, at least in the IT department, needs to be reevaluated. There is a lot of unprofessional vendor favoritism going on and most decisions are not being made with Fairview's long-term best interest in mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    They are on the way out

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

    Pros

    free parking, nice security, , clean, I cannot add anymore. I would be making it up...

    Cons

    Too many to list. Terrible communication to staff, Treat employees with very little respect, including providers. May be one reason doctors and nurses are leaving in droves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication to the working people and stop having so many meetings amongst yourselves. Treat your employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    immature

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Care Clinic  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Patient Care Clinic in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    pays the bills until you find a place and a boss that you actually WANT to work for

    Cons

    low standards
    formal leadership gets drunk with their employees and if you don't join them, you're bullied
    when you complain about the bullying and poor office etiquette, it gets worse, not better
    the raises are pathetic
    health benefits are expensive on the paycheck and out of your pocket
    real concerns about patient safety doesn't seem to be accounted for
    no communication from leadership
    must be in a clique to not have your lunch stolen from the refrigerator
    suggestions aren't listened to
    ...the list goes on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shrink the size of your head and realize that you don't know everything. Ask for suggestions, listen, and communicate. Saying that you don't "micro manage" is just an excuse to be lazy. Get over yourself and when you have to make decisions based on zero experience, do a little research and ask the people who will be directly affected by the change. Take some Organization Development classes...maybe take any management classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not the company it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    ROWE environment. The checks clear.

    Cons

    It has gotten steadily worse over the past couple of years. Cost of living adjustments are rare, raises even more so. Training is out unless you are new, underpaid and extremely green. Forget about peer training as most work exists in silos, even on a team there is almost no overlap of skills.

    Benefits have decreased steadily, the pension plan got axed, the 403b matching is a joke and medical gets worse by leaps and bounds each year. The past three years we have been forced to burn/lose banked vacation time and getting time off is often a problem. Because of a lack of coverage, there is often the expectation you will continue working to some degree while on vacation.

    Lately the problems have escalated. New development has been largely frozen, paperwork and progress meetings have taken over most of the week. We spend a great deal of time defending against the one person no one should not have to justify work to... our direct manager.

    Work has taken a strange, incident-based approach. Run-the-business work that keeps the lights on and the systems running smoothly is now frowned upon. Instead, work is done only when something breaks and an incident is created. This type of reactionary workplace is eventually going to lead to all sorts of problems and potentially lawsuits.

    In order to cover work with a reduced workforce, a concept of flexing is in place. Instead of doing what they are best at, highly trained professionals are out installing PC's and operating systems, doing data entry and installing software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put management in place that actually understands the work they are managing. Ex-healthcare providers or year 2000 holdover don't have the background to propel the company forward.

    ROWE is about results and understand the work is a prerequisite for measuring those results, falling back to a warm-seat management style isn't good for the company. Train and respect your employees to show you value them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laboratory Jobs at Fairview Lakes and Northland not recommended

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

    Pros

    Benefits and salary are comparable to other local health care jobs.
    Co-workers are generally dedicated.
    Equipment is mostly up-to-date

    Cons

    New employee training is minimal. Staff are written up for errors caused by under-staffing, inadequate training/supervision, or system problems.
    Poor management has no respect or care for employees, the only thing that matters is the bottom line.
    Hours are set without any discussion with employees and change at the whim of management.
    HR department is not helpful.
    Turnover very high. Many long-term employees have left under unpleasant circumstances. The current staff have mostly been there for only a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really listen to your staff and the results of employee surveys. Upper Management would do well to visit departments and talk to employees. Revamp Human Resources Department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    cma

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

    Pros

    patients, epic, computers, some doctors

    Cons

    employees, management, communication, in basket

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more focused on your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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