Inova Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
142 Reviews
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Inova President and CEO J. Knox Singleton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, flexible hours and nice people to work with (in 8 reviews)

  • Benefits, great co-workers, great place for beginning a career in healthcare (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The financial compensation was minimal when considering the cost of living in the area and that was my only serious complaint (in 4 reviews)

  • No room for upward growth in company (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, few holidays, decreased morale.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Most jobs at Inova offer a chance to help people both directly and indirectly. Corporate Perks Buying Program (reward points and discounts off several items, including computers); deep discount from various phone providers. Very small annual bonus given dependent upon goals reachedsuccessfully by the entire organization.

    Cons

    Low pay, 5 paid holidays per year, too many chiefs, young people with masters degrees with no management experience hired or promoted to management with deleterious results, "old boy network" mentality, phony enthusiasm from top down and empty, meaningless staff retreats, picnics, and recognition activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look deeper and more sincerely into employee morale. Provide real bonuses. Stop promoting and hiring based on favoritism and degrees only--skills and experience matter!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politically Driven Corporation

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Majority of co workers are kind, caring and friendly
    Good physicians
    Excellent support staff

    Cons

    Senior Leadership
    Unethical hiring processes
    Lack of advancement if not willing to pander to leadership
    No value for employees
    Low compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire individuals that are qualified instead of those willing to be "yes" people. Value your employees more and redefine the working environment from political backstabbing to focus on providing outstanding patient care. Take an interest in the turnover that exists and have a compliance department that is unbiased and addresses issues appropriately and in a fair manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Program Assistant life support

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant Life Support  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant Life Support in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    good medical benefits
    Managers allowed to work from home when and if they want
    managers create new policy
    directors leave control of their employees to managers discretion

    Cons

    heavy and poor leadership
    managers are not held accountable
    retaliation is real in the healthsource department
    HR does nothing when you cry for help
    burnt out heavy heavy work load for few employees
    low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable for employee treatment/turnover
    invest in your employees and value the great ones get rid of the poor managers
    put strict bullying/retaliation policy's in place. It would make a world of difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY!!!

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    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Specialist II  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Cardiovascular Specialist II in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Inova full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have absolutely nothing PRO to say about this company. Deciding to work here was the the worst professional decision I have ever made.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. When you start, you start out at the same pay and level as a new grad. The staff are horrible people in general. They are very knowledgeable, but suck as humans. There are more managers than there are staff, so every one thinks they are are in charge. If you want to try to move up the ladder, you have to do some silly project that a bunch of people who don't want you to move up have to approve. These people only meet once every 6 months. Doing this project is the only way to get a raise.
    The pay compared to what they expect you to do, is ridiculously low. Instead of hiring more staff, they want you to work at your assigned hospital and then go to other hospitals after you finish your long 10 hour day for call. Call is another issue. They have multiple call teams, way more than they need. More staff than is needed for the case load, but need this many for call coverage.
    The hospital as a whole, felt very "cliquey".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire some of yourselves, there are way too many of you guys. Pay your current experienced staff appropriately. Hire managers and directors with current department experience. Discontinue the usage of staff members as managers within the staff. Seriously, there were so many people in charge within the staff, no one knew who to actually report to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Complete regret working for Inova.

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    Current Employee - RN, Super User  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - RN, Super User in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Almost every employee I've met here have been cool, kind, wonderful people and great healthcare providers. Many have been sympathetic and helpful, especially to us new graduate nurses. Overall environment is enjoyable to work in. Some of the hospitals are better than others, and some units are better than others, but overall, there is a priority on patient care. I've been to a lot of units where I could see myself happily working there for years.

    Cons

    I was one of more than 100 new graduate nurses who were sold on working at Inova as non-clinical super users as an opportunity to get clinical positions, but as the weeks and months have gone on, management have gone back on promises, responded to inquiries on our future at the hospital with condescension and annoyance, kept us in the dark, outright lied about policy. Now most of the SUs are being laid off at the end of next month, have been assigned to recruiters who don't respond to emails or phone calls, and are now a year or more out of nursing school without any clinical experience, making it even harder to get a new job elsewhere. I feel bad for those who moved across the country, thinking that they would be able to start their careers at Inova; doubtful they would've done so if they knew they would only work for five months without being able to touch a patient before being let go. Many of the other hospitals in the area are wising up and wondering why so many Inova employees have been applying for their open positions lately, and it feels like everyone in the system knows about the super user situation and pity us.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, too. 've heard of RNs who turned down permanent positions to take this one and are now out of a job in a few weeks, and RNs who were offered preceptorships in Inova but denied transfer by our manager We were told we could apply for other departments for beyond the end of the final Go Live, but applications have been denied without even being looked at because hospital policy says we can't apply for transfer if we've been employed for less than 6 months, and half of us will only have been employed for 5 by the end of Go Live.

    PTO requests have constantly been denied (we're often reminded that there will be no PTO after June 28, but apparently we're not allowed to take any before then either) and sending us to the training center or onto the floor where we're not allowed to do anything related to patient care and even have been told by those working there that we're not needed. It's so frustrating because we want to be useful and provide patient care, but we're not allowed to. Meanwhile, you have nurses feeling overwhelmed with too many patients, fearing layoffs themselves and being frustrated by these RNs who are standing around and can't help (though very much want to). Honestly, they just don't know where to put us between Go Lives.

    Having spoken to others, there is definitely a system-wide problem with how management treats those working under them, not just in the super user situation. Management seems to fail even to communicate with themselves!

    Worse, the circumstances and the attitude we get in return when we try to express our frustration is often met with silence or downright (excuse my language) bitchiness. This experience has beyond soured me to the medical field in whole, and made many of us regret ever going into nursing to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be more firm with those who don't live up to the standards necessary for a hospital to provide excellent care, and treat the ones who do their job well with respect. Or really, just fire the deadweight and promote qualified people who strive to better the hospital and don't resent their jobs then take it out on those they're in charge of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Inova full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the best Hospitals in the area, the higher level of medical staff tend to get the best pay and benefits. The CEO seems humble and passionate about the company.

    Cons

    Corporate level seems to run a 1980's ethic and morale status. Turn over rate is high. The place seems to be like high school, employees are bullied by higher authority and are picked by who is liked the most rather than valueing the work. Managers seem to be more demanding, picky and unfair than being good leaders and motivators. Competitive pay is a joke unless you are comparing it to the late 90s. Work life balance is not what it advertise, they refused a lot of my PTO request I had even when I had the time and we weren't that busy and others were favorited were awared PTO, you cannot be late for a minute or they will write you up or threaten to write you up. So if you have personal issues or doctors appointments good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen, there is so much gossip because employees don't know who to turn to. Employees go to HR to complain yet nothing is ever done. Was there for 10 months because a director of recruitment who had no idea how to do his job only knew how to pick on the people who weren't his favorite. He always sounded foolish talking about the system because he never made sense and was a shame employees would laugh behind his back, even the ones loved. I received praise my first 8 months there until he took over the manager's role, no manager skills, micro managing was in full affect, he lacked verbal skills and came across as a bully, he accused, lied about certain employees performances in order to get rid of them, and never let anyone talk if there was an issue. He was always right and the employees are wrong. People had no respect for him and the entire department would talk about what a lousy director he was. This is embarrasing for such a large known company, especially being part of HR who is the heart of a company for the most part. Recruitment is about quantity instead of quality which explains why everyone only lasts less than a year in that department. And when you leave they try to make you non rehirable as if the employee is the problem. Its a joke because exactly what my director told me of never being able to find a job that will allow me to do what he thinks I was doing and not surviving in a place like that is the opposite how it is at my current job. I now work at a very stable company, with a great department, and the team lead and DIRECTOR know how to do their job as well as the departments job, how to manage it and how to speak to their employees. they are flexible and understanding and reward with positive feedback and actions. it is 100% the opposite from where I was at Inova and 100% better, I would never work for that company again in the corporate office or for any position even if I was rehirable (if I'm not) after the way myself and many others were treated, i always tell people to stay away from applying there. Stick to Potomac Hospital, Prince William and the new one coming to Loudoun County perhaps, unless you are a physician would be the only way I could see this company being beneficial to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    the best job i have had in 32 years

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    Current Employee - RN II  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - RN II in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    The management style is very progressive. Employees are treated very well. There is much room for advancement. The salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Lacking in yearly raises received.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Inova pays employees very little and the bureaucracy has made getting even the simplest of tasks accomplished difficult.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    They provide (okay) Health Coverage.

    Cons

    Said Health Coverage is moving to Inova-owned insurance, meaning the employer provides health insurance and health service (expensive to go outside of Inova). There is worry among employees they will force us to get annual health screenings and raise our premiums accordingly. This is dangerous territory for an employee. They DO NOT pay competitive wages and forbid the formation of unions. Once you are an employee you are going to be stuck at your wage for a very long time. Even with a promotion, they always find a way or policy to prevent you from making the same wage they would hire a new person at. So basically, it's easier to get a raise or paid for a promotion by quitting your job and being rehired than it is by actually staying with the company. HR does not do their job and are just the puppets of the administration. Inova also make the most basic of tasks extremely complicated and time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Cutting our wages and benefits while making hundreds of millions in profit each year (and providing hefty bonuses to your higher management) is the quickest way to lower productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Prepares you for anything, but leave ethics at the door

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Exposure to complex patient and management scenarios. Incredible staff and managers who are committed to patient care. The ability to make a positive difference in patient lives every day. Excellent patient care.

    Cons

    Executives and administrators as a whole are thoroughly disconnected with hospital operations. Very little flexibility with staff and the balance of work life needs. Its all about what Inova needs. Staff can expect to be worked to exhaustion, then punished for any misstep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I lost sleep, weight, pride, and some of my own self respect in the two years I tolerated that place. You tout the mission of Inova and you have no idea what it means. Stop wasting millions of dollars on management consultants like Disney, Studer, Gallup, and Vital Smarts. It's not a problem with these programs, but the way your corporate management poorly implements them. Get your training and development staff in the hospitals working side by side with the managers to see what really goes on. ILI is great PR to say you offer it, but its a joke for most managers. Scrutinize the actions of your administrators. Their practices poison what could be a great institution.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Caustic Mid-level Management Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Inova full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great nurses
    Clean
    Benefits are better than comparable companies in the area

    Cons

    Minimal support for mid-level managers
    Fractured reporting structure
    Atmosphere pits manager against manager
    Annual bonus structure includes elements that pressures managers in questionable ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up reporting structure within the nursing division
    Increase training and provide mentors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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