Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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  1. For anyone who takes care of patients, working here is terrible!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    Kaiser will continue to dominate healthcare as the non-profit status remains unquestioned and executives continue to make the decisions for patients instead of qualified healthcare personnel.

    Cons

    KP's focus is on cutting-costs without regard for how this jeopardizes patient care or the work load of clinicians. There is constant pressure to do more with less and to move people through the system faster. Anyone who denies this is being paid a lot of money to keep quiet about it, or is having their job threatened for telling the truth. The overall culture is one that bully employees to compromise care for the sake of the bottom line. You have to sell your soul to participate in this corrupt environment and the distress caused to those who genuinely care about healthcare is palpable. The benefits may seem good, but only if you don't mind that you and you're family are getting substandard medical care by doctors and nurses who don't have time to eat during the day and are rushing around from patient to patient, without time to give anyone the individualized care they deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being Kaiser sheep. Show some real leadership for the future of healthcare in this country.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Be aware of current management

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Oswego, OR

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Higher wages than compared Health care IT organizations

    Cons

    Current management under lake Oswego executive management team. Unhealthy environment, poor balance of work/ life. Extreme stress, micro management, outrageously demanding environment filled with arrogance and egotism by management. Avoid KP under the current structure unless you are looking for a temporary pay while you look somewhere else. Investigate common layoffs and number of IT resources departing or being terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support employee enrichment, adoption and satisfaction of employees careers and aspirations. Resources are the ones who deliver solutions not a poorly educated egotistical management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Established hospital but very vicious to travel RNs

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    Former Contractor - Travel RN With AMN At Kaiser in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Travel RN With AMN At Kaiser in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Established hospital
    guaranteed hours
    ratio in PCU is 1:3

    Cons

    they cancel your contract at the drop of a hat
    regular full time staff compensated well under union but travelers with AMN given peanuts
    Many managers unavailable and spend very little time on the floor or outside of their office
    unprofessional and lazy nurses
    lack of CNAs
    lack of functioning equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out there on the floor. Answer call lights. Ask travelers how their assignment is going and what you can do to make a difference. Maybe actually relieve some of your workers so they can have an uninterrupted break!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Job duties were great. Management and Union were unbearable.

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    Former Employee - Optical Department in Harbor City, CA
    Former Employee - Optical Department in Harbor City, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay great hours close to home many locations if a transfer was desires

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT AND UNION. MANAGEMENT AND UNION. MANAGEMENT AND MANAGEMENT AND UNION. . MANAGEMENT AND UNION.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over from business line managers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Corruption runs deep

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    Current Employee - Nurse in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    The pay is great. Benefits are good. Clean facilities with plenty of toilet paper.

    Cons

    Bullies are rampant from coworkers to upper management. If you report any compliance issues a campaign of character assassination occurs and Union has little power to stop it. Henry Kaiser would be ashamed of this fact. Kaiser doesn't really care about you. You are disposable. The no retaliation policy is really an expect to be retaliated against.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire management and start over including HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Fed Up with the unreasonable work hours

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    Current Employee - Kaiser Physician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Kaiser Physician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Work environment and colleagues are super.

    Cons

    Work, work, more work. Members come first before employees. In case you were wondering employees are also members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where the hell is work life balance? This is horrible, adding 20,000 new members over the last 2 years and not adding any new physicians. Who is supposed to suffer for the increased workloads besides the frontlines, ie Customer Service Representatives, Nurses, Pharmacy and Physicians?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    would never go back

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    Former Employee - Medical Assistant in Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant in Modesto, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay is good benefits are good

    Cons

    management is horrible always short staffed high turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE JUST ANOTHER NUMBER...

    Current Employee - Administraive Account Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administraive Account Representative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    The free food was pretty awesome.

    Cons

    I was hired on as a temporary contract but I was repeated told by team leads and management that my chances for hire would be fairly high as long as I showed up everyday, on time and matched my work quality with accuracy. In the weeks following my employment 3 more additional teams were hired. Over the next months Imyself along with other temps were sent home early, without pay, and turned away completely due to tthe lack of seating to accommodate temp staff. One Friday my recruiter called me at 6pm to inform me that temp contracts were being terminated...just like that. ICome to find out they hired too many temps and didn't have enough work, even though we were promised otherwise. I hope this is the first and last time I ever have the opportunity to work for a company who does not treat their employees as just another face thats easily replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Work here if you like being miserable

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant IV in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant IV in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    The medical benefits are great IF you choose Kaiser benefits. You only pay a small amount per mo for your whole family. The Pros stop there.

    Cons

    Supervisor submitted to gossip, tons of nepotism, keep your opinions to yourself even when you are asked your opinion. Admins and front line staff treated like dirt and paid crap. Administrative environment was ridiculous- gossip, backstabbing and more gossip and management did nothing about it. Tons of turn over and departmental org changes. Motto was to do more work with less staff. Best decision to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when you have a departmental reorg make sure staff understand the new goals, and have enough staff to do the work you throw upon them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Procurement and Asset Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Good employees and very dedicated to achieving success.

    Cons

    Poor management - Tower approach

    Doesn't Recommend

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