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Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
1,586 Reviews

3.6
1,586 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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303 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some opportunity for work life balance depending on your superior (in 136 reviews)

  • Great benefits - while I was there there was a very flexible work schedule (in 175 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management is adept at finding new ways to run their best employees off (in 35 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Loved My Years There, But The Environment Was Changing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    Pros

    I worked at KP for many years; well compensated with good benefits, learned a lot, very interesting work, and most people were great and committed to the Company mission and patient care.

    Cons

    The environment started changing several years ago. In the facility where I worked not all were held to high standards of conduct and collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a respectful workplace and assure all model high standards of conduct.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful !

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

    Pros

    Great Work life Balance
    Good People

    Cons

    Some Salaries can be Low

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great health care company to work for.

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

    Pros

    Feell like you are making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    The union seems to get in the way of a useful and positive working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really work with every level and communicate with a nondemeaning attitude to every level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was very good at Kaiser. The pay is good and the benefits were even better. A job to retire to.

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, and opportunities. Job security

    Cons

    The raises were always small and the cutlure of each facility was different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Fontana Medical Center need to be fair. There are a lot of politics that makes it unfair for some at the bottom.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great Company

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting work. I have friends who have worked at Kaiser for years and love it. There is clearly an emphasis on a healthy, productive and fun work environment by the upper level management.

    Cons

    A few of the lower level managers seem to ignore the upper level management's desire for a cooperative work environment and use confrontation and intimidation to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your work environment vision is implemented by all the lower level managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good experience at the hospital

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transporter  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transporter in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Work environment promotes patient care and employee care.
    Pays above average compared to other hospitals in the area.
    A lot of growth potential.

    Cons

    Presenting new ideas and getting them applied can be difficult, do to an older long lasting culture.
    Your voice depends on seniority regardless of your ideas being solid or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take everyone's suggestions as valuable, sometimes systems aren't growing because old systems have not worked out as efficiently as expected. Change is necessary for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company for Exposure to Technology and Business

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

    Pros

    I came to Kaiser for an internship last summer and worked out of the Ordway office down in Oakland at headquarters. I learned alot about business, technology, and product management. Although I do not use the insurance myself, I think the concept of their online patient web application is awesome. As an intern I had the chance to present several times to higher management which was great.

    Cons

    While I do appreciate the design efforts that are taking place with some of their online health initiatives, I constantly had issues with my computer hardware. It slowed down the production of my own projects. Sometimes I felt that there was unspoken tension and politics within the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing more in more reliable hardware to increase productivity and decrease working stress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    KP is a good employer, but career progress can stagnate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Stability. Good benefits. Some management is forward thinking. Very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Stingy with training. Slow moving company, somewhat behind the times in technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Variable experience, depending on location and department leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially comprehensive health care and retirement, PTO, employee discounts on certain goods and services such as theme parks and 24 Hour Fitness gym memberships. There is also a lot of opportunity for movement and growth because of the sheer size of the company. If you are motivated and ambitious, there is likely a career path for you.

    Cons

    Employees can have vastly different experiences depending on where and for whom they work. Wide range of management/leadership skill.
    In my experience, when a department needs to downsize, there is no effort by KP leadership to keep good, productive staff in the organization by helping them find new opportunities. They lose very good people that way, by just focusing on their immediate bottom line.
    It is very difficult to get hired on through the regular application process on the KP Careers website; it's much more likely to get hired by going through a contracting agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider helping good, productive employees within downsizing departments find new opportunities in KP, instead of just kicking them out of the organization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Kaiser

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and grow in your field

    Cons

    I think sometimes personnel hide behind union contracts and do not live to the full potential of their job duties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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