Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
267 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
2.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson
52 Ratings

Pros
  • Some opportunity for work life balance depending on your superior (in 158 reviews)

  • Great benefits - that's about it (in 201 reviews)

Cons
  • Doesn't practice work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Terrible unethical upper management (in 38 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

267 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Ops Manager review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are rich and appreciated.

    Cons

    Antiquated membership system, communication gaps between executive and senior leadership, support for management team is limited, at best, and labor environment for front line staff hinders development of the best employees.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is directed to executive management - spend more time developing staff, improve communication strategy, and stop spending money and time on changing the culture, if it isn't reinforced.


  2. Motto is "Thrive", but your career doesn't

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Research in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company. One of the leading healthcare systems. Great benefits, if you're a full-time employee.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs. Low salary. Contractors everywhere because they don't want to hire/pay full-time employees. Basically using contractors to do the work full-time employees do, but no benefits. Upper management just bring in their colleagues from past companies so it's essentially the same thing happening over and over again. That leads to stagnant growth.

    Advice to Management

    How about cut from the top? The "foot soldiers" do all the work and labor heavy hours putting products out, but they're the first ones to get let go.


  3. Not a great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Pay is very good and RN staff is solid.

    Cons

    Scope of practice is extremely limited. Patience are more like customers. Management does not have your back.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Run Far Away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advice Nurse in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Advice Nurse in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay is excellent, variety of cases

    Cons

    poor training, management by threat, constant monitoring--by audio, video, ceiling cameras, every level of management ratting employees out for talking in the elevator, etc. Managers routinely lie in their evaluations about actual events, then refuse to either correct or pull the tape to clarify. Every break that you have is timed to a tee, lunch is timed to a tee, you must log in and out of a timer on your computer. No one smiles or says hi. Very unhappy place. High, high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    To keep some RNs & TSRs, get rid of the dead wood mid-level managers--who make a fortune--but just cause problems. Cut QI team in half. Take down half of the cameras. Encourage kindness.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Actuarial Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Company, Lots actuarial study time. Friendly working environment

    Cons

    Poor compensation and very limited career growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Cost containment does not keep talents, especially those young bright talents


  7. Helpful (3)

    I want to "Thrive"

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Healthcare insurance is inexpensive if you're essentially healthy.

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism in management. Hardworking employees with innovative ideas are often passed over.

    Advice to Management

    Value front-line employees and give them the tools and information to foster success. It would increase morale and efficiency.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Business Consultant - IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - IT Business Consultant - Call Centers in Corona, CA
    Former Freelancer - IT Business Consultant - Call Centers in Corona, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Once was a great Employer with a good culture. Always plenty of money to pay staff, since they are a "Health Insurer".

    Cons

    Culture fit for pythons & brown recluse spiders. Many "Managers" have Management skills or wish to spend any time with you to get up to speed. They have signed the largest outsourcing deal with IBM in IBM's history. They will "eliminate your position" in a NY nanosecond. 78 of us got hit on the same day.

    Advice to Management

    Get people in management that have managerial skills. Look forward to Single Payer. Don't advertise that you have a Colorado Region...there is only a Denver Region


  9. Helpful (1)

    Senior Staff Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are working in a medical field and have access to all sorts of doctors to recommend easy things to improve your health. I had the ability to travel to nice resorts for off-site meetings which always seemed to pop up.

    Cons

    Micromanangement is wanton at Kaiser; you not only have a doctor or two to answer but a mid-level executive who is trying to appease the doctor(s). All it takes is one personality glitch and you are asked to resign.

    Advice to Management

    Doctors are people too and they have made mistakes just like other people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Health Contact Specialist

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a full time job.

    Cons

    Didn't feel like you had a voice. Job became about numbers and not out patients.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team. Hear what they may have to contribute to customer service and the patients needs.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Typical large organization - slow to change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Part of a great health plan provider and a group of passionate people. There are multiple differentiators that set KP apart and it is wonderful to be apart of the KP mission.

    Cons

    Ask about how long the members of the team have been under manager. If there has been turnover, there is a reason. Find another position to apply for.

    Advice to Management

    People quit their boss. Not their jobs.



Showing 267 of 2,391 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.