Kaiser Permanente
3.5 of 5 1,487 reviews
www.kaiserpermanente.org Oakland, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.5 1,486 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson

Bernard J. Tyson

(268 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work, great long term benefits

    Director (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Prosinnovative projects, stable organization, pension plan

    ConsBureaucratic environment, lack of leadership, reactive rathern an proactive

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

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    Lead Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsBenefits, discounts, work-life balance some areas ability to work from home,

    ConsHard to transfer to other areas, leadership, systems. low pay, reviews are inconsistent, management who don't know what they are doing

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should ensure that Kaiser staff is able to transfer to other areas before hiring outside people to learn more about the organizaion

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very secure but very slow to advance.

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Pasadena, CA

    ProsThe company is secure and the benefits are great.

    ConsIt can be frustrating to try to get your job done because of how slow moving everything is due to the amount of bureaucracy that accompanies an employer of this size.

    Many people stay with the company a long time so a) many tenured coast by doing as little as possible and b) highly motivated and skilled staff leave when there is no hint of advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress issues with underperforming employees rather than having other employees have to make up the gap. Maintaining advanced patient care is really important but sometimes it is just as important to spend money to advance behind the scenes supporting departments/software/equipment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's alright

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Prosit has a good benefit

    Constoo big, difficult to control complex systems

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

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    Micro Managing Out of a Crisis -- creates more problems

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorked for this company (Georgia Region) for sixteen years. Great place to work in that the office culture between employees were great -- has the potential to be a leader in the healthcare industry for Georgia --

    ConsRecent attempts to grow the brand in Georgia has caused the company (Georgia Region) to move away from some of the key values that once made it a great company to work for. Seems to be moving towards a strategy of managing and not necessary leading in a crisis -- employees seems to be looked at more as a liability that an asset for the company -- managers are picked based on who you know and not necessarily on what you know -- many veterans are leaving to escape the finger pointing when least experienced managers feel insecure of more knowledgeable and more deserving employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould not overlook those folks who got you to where you are (in the years where the bottom line was in the black) as you attempt to move forward and grow your brand in Georgia -- your employees can be your greatest sales force if you put your trust in your entire team and not just your management team -- Don't look at folks with constructive criticism as if they are not team players, especially if they have been with you for almost two decades and had not been a problem -- The corporate office need to review HRs policy concerning age discrimination and the use of negative and biased evaluations when team unity is problematic should be stressed with management team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    More unnecessary middle management than you can possibly imagine.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities to learn and grow as a professional. Incredible talent.

    ConsBureaucracy, inability to scale and grow outside CA

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlign goals across the "entities" and regions stop the competing ego's

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    Stable, large organization.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStable employment , good people, interesting work , very large organization, ability to move from position to position within a large org.

    ConsBenefits far less than in tech environments. Slower to change technology. No increase of income for inflation from this year forward. Deliberate policy to hold down compensation. Compensation for most employees reduced in each of the last three years. Stealth reduction in force.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Large bureaucracy, can be a great deal of lack of communication, depending on the department you are in.

    Registered Nurse (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsAlways hires from within. Everyone belongs to a union so good representation when needed. Department Administrators and Assistant Department Administrators are hit or miss; sometimes you can have the most energetic and creative leader, sometimes you don't.

    ConsExtremely high turnover with department administrators. Everyone in management seems to be climbing the corporate ladder. Those that are climbing the ladder will step on and use anyone they can to get where they want to go. You will work very hard here, everyone has enough work to be 2 full-time jobs and you are expected to get it all done without complaining or asking for help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and then do something about it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay and benefits--generally bad management and twisted priorities

    Confidential (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGreat pay and benefits.

    ConsMoney comes first, patients last
    A whole lot of favoritism
    Following their "direction" for reporting will result in retaliation
    Their new "anti-bullying" module is a joke-- if you follow it you will suffer
    Promotions based on who you know, not skill

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more professional and put patients first. Profits are nice but should be secondary to the health of the patients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsKaiser believes that everyone should telecommute. They also offer medical coverage at a very resonable cost to the employees .

    ConsSo many people work from home that it is a very lonely job. Meetings are all held on webex . The environment is not very condusive to team work. The use sametime to communicate with co-workers, but most are very good at ignoring the pings or put sametime on "in a meeting" so they do not have to be bothered....Also new policy is to only hire the young.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone of the managers have much respect from the employees over the last year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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