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Geisinger Health System Reviews in Danville, PA

Updated May 26, 2014

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3.3 30 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Geisinger Health System President and CEO Glenn D. Steele Jr.

Glenn D. Steele Jr.

(20 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Pay - best pay in the area(in 4 reviews)

  • The best part of being here is simply job security, health benefits at a cheap cost and retirement(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • A disjoint between upper management and everyone else, despite management's efforts(in 3 reviews)

  • The current hiring freeze has hit myself and fellow graduate nurses hard(in 8 reviews)

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    Graduated Nursing School at the Wrong Time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsManagement always treats me well and tons of opportunity here.

    ConsThe current hiring freeze has hit myself and fellow graduate nurses hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can understand cutting back on almost any job category except nursing! Many people I have spoken with are very dissatisfied with current changes and are already looking around for new jobs at other hospitals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Very pleased working Geisinger

    Workstation Analyst (Former Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsI was part of a great team and we worked as such. The supervisor was very supported and interested in seeming his team members develop professionally

    ConsIt was located in rural Pennsylvania

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    Many opportunities for advancement in various areas

    Radiology (Current Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsConstantly growing and keeping up with new technology.

    ConsCould get quite challenging. Must be good at multi-tasking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lose site of your current employees when you are growing larger. They are the foundation behind your success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An Unexpected Healthcare Gem

    Chaplain Resident (Current Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsAn organization-wide focus on using data from research and experience to provide the best possible patient care. Great support for people who want to grow in their field. Opportunities in all aspects of healthcare, with motivated colleagues from around the world.

    ConsThere is intensifying pressure to find ways to do more with less resources, both from a culture of continuous improvement and from a marketplace heavily influenced by one consumer that is less able to pay for requested services each year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep engaging the knowledge, insights, and ideas of the excellent people delivering great care at every level of the system.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsGood Pay - best pay in the area

    ConsManagement questionable decisions and promotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Geisinger is a great place to work!

    Intern (Former Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsEverybody feels like they make an impact on the patient, not just the physician and nurses

    ConsPay is low, but living in Danville is cheap so it's not terrible

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There's a reason I left, and a reason I came back

    Workstation Analyst (Current Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsFor the Company:
    - Large medical facility, providing excellent patient care in a rural setting
    - Excellent time off plan, if you're full-time
    - Excellent benefits from day one, if you're full-time
    - Excellent health insurancem if you're full-time
    - Room to grow professionally
    - Collaborative atmosphere
    - Interested in providing excellent patient care
    - Gives back to the community
    - Selectively taking on other clinics and hospitals in the area, to prevent their dissolution, and to maintain quality care for the region
    - Physicians work for the hospital, not at/from it.
    - Geisinger was an early adopter of EMR (EPIC), and put a lot of effort into building and maintaining its IT

    For my department:
    - No micro-managing
    - Friendly coworkers and team-mates
    - Ability to work independently
    - Management has my back in most cases
    - Management is very understanding of time off needs and work/life balance
    - Management is approachable
    - Team building stuff, such as fitness challenges, picnics, etc.

    ConsFor the company:
    - Hard to get hired. I started through the in house temp, and when a position was specifically created for me to go full-time, HR's applicant tracking system said I was unqualified.
    - If you're not full-time, you're not going to get much of anything
    - Doctor's often have god complexes and ridiculous egos
    - Nursing staff feels overworked and under-appreciated
    - A general sense of being too large
    - A disjoint between upper management and everyone else, despite management's efforts

    For IT:
    - IT is goo large, and too departmentally fractured to work effectively.
    - Collaboration is in name only

    For my department:
    - IT as a whole is so large that it often feels like teams are working against each other
    - A sense of distrust / blaming / etc between teams
    - Undercurrent of favoritism

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor starters - fix the hiring practices! Ditch the applicant tracking system that HR uses. A position opened for the exact job I had been doing for over a year as an internal temp for, and the ATS deemed me unqualified. The department leader had to track down a member of HR, get them to fish through the system to find my resume, and then put me in the running for the position - and I was most qualified.

    It's not that you're turning down good applicants, you're not even seeing that they have applied!

    Secondly - be less modest in your portrayal of the hospital system. Yeah, you have problems, but you're also doing a lot of things right for the system and for the community; start playing it up. Address the undercurrent of the system being a monopoly, and of stagnation, and the like. You don't need to address every little pip, but don't let the big stuff slide like you do.

    If you want to "Make it the best," then show your best when it's called into question.

    Moving on to IT, specifically - we're huge. We're so huge that employees are now specialized in job responsbilities and abilities to the point that if one team or point of contact is unavailable, workflow grinds to a halt. It's great to have leadership support of maintaing infrastructure, but let the work get a little more streamlined.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outstanding Learning Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsInnovative, encourages new ideas, focused on quality outcomes,

    ConsBureocracry. Several layers of management to get through before a decision can be made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Broad range of innovative modalities and technology

    Respiratory Therapist (Current Employee) Danville, PA

    ProsAverage Compensation
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    Peer Decision Making Model is not appropriate. Managers should make decisons that are sensitive to individuals not peer commitees

    ConsScheduling
    Infastructure (inta-department)
    Lots of responsibility
    Cafeteria
    Worl/Life Balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake scheduling more flexible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great institution. However, removed from urban amenities and poor pay.

    Physician (Former Employee) Danville, PA

    Pros- Fully integrated multispecialty medical group with mature EMR (EPIC).
    - Collaborating and communicating with colleagues is very easy.
    - Ability to provide gold standard of care to patients.
    - Capable and friendly colleagues.
    - Generous PTO and CME allowance.
    - Benefits from day 1.
    - Good retirement plan.
    - Ample opportunities for participating in committees, quality improvement projects, research and teaching.
    - Medical management is mostly receptive to ideas related to improving things around.
    - No traffic.
    - Patients are mostly respectful to healthcare workers in comparison to most cities.

    Cons- Low salary for some physicians (they were unable to afford to pay me the 10th percentile for my specialty)
    - Minimal raises.
    - Space is a premium for some departments. I did not have an office.
    - Removed from urban amenities (3 hours away from a real city)
    - Mediocre public schools with the exception of Lewisburg school district. No good private school alternatives.
    - Long commuting for outreach clinics for some specialties (20-90 miles)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGeisinger is buying smaller hospitals and expanding quickly. Please ensure that the "culture" is maintained in the newer institutions. Also, make an effort to retain MVP employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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