Legacy Health System Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Legacy Health System President & CEO George J. Brown
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Pros
  • Great people work there, good access to Employee Health benefits such as vaccinations, good benefits, if you can get them (in 4 reviews)

  • Some extremely excellent staff providing quality patient care (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Benefits aren't that great (medical) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Bi-polar organization

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

    I worked at Legacy Health System (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great ideals, great treatment of the underserved community. I adore their views on the underserved and how they commit to helping them. True plus!!!

    Cons

    Competing priorities creates a bi-polar and disorganized work culture. Employees are important and valued in their stated "mission and values"; but the actualization is not there because of their competing values of being the frontrunner in medicine coupled with their participation in most of the new govt programs are not compatible, The new regulations do not take employee/provider satisfaction into account and the new programs require more staff then Legacy will commit too. They will fail if they haven't adjusted this crucial piece...

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for your corporate climbers. I watched numerous mid-level managers and directors brag about how they work to "get rid of people" and witnessed a director repeatedly lie about various employees in order to have these employees, most with high tenure, get fired. A letter was written to CEO and HR about this (as was discussed at a manager/director meeting publically) and reviewed by everyone but no action was taken - not even an investigation into this director was done. Upon my departure, she was in the process of getting a 30 year employee fired because she didn't feel this employee supported her goal of advancing her reputation and career. Witnessing this continual approach to career advancement is what made me decide to leave. I truly realize that corporations will always have climbers, but the amount of cruelty in healthcare was more than I could take and stay true to my own ethics. Do no harm should apply to more than just patients... Also - beware of George Brown. Awesome external image, dubious intentions. Advice - do not actively participate in discussion(s) always be a doer, not a changer unless it's 100% directed and supported by him.. Creative discussion is frowned upon...


  2. Helpful (4)

    registered nurse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse in Portland, OR

    I worked at Legacy Health System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Level 1 trauma hospital at Emanuel. Interesting patient population to work with. Pay and benefits competitive. Great front-line nurses and doctors.

    Cons

    Middle management globally incompetent and unsupportive to those below them. Large impersonal system with no loyalty to long-time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value your front-line staff, especially nurses as they are your direct public relations. The business' viability depends on taking care of and valuing your nurses, as they determine the quality of care of the institution and its reputation. An experienced nurse is valuable in reducing costs and delivering caring/competent patient care.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Hopewell House outdoor maintenance

    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hopewell House is a lovely place to spend my volunteer time. I have been an employee of Legacy during my professional career as an RN. Now I volunteer there.

    Cons

    The grounds at Hopewell House are in a deplorable state of non-maintenance

    Advice to Management

    I am a hospice volunteer at Hopewell House and have performed duties there since 2008. It has been brought to my attention by staff members and families of our patients that the grounds at Hopewell are extremely unkempt. Weeds are growing in all of the former flower beds, there are dead branches hanging from shrubbery and the gazebo area at the rear of the building is totally overgrown and the roses are dying. It is a shame that our patients and their families have to observe this mess. The other legacy hospitals appear to be fortunate to have wonderful landscaping services. Why does Hopewell not have the same.? One of our nurses has been so generous with her time and money to plant bulbs and other flowers at the entrance. She should not have to do this herself as well as provide excellent hospice service to our patients and their families. Please help make us proud of our facility and maintain this gem of an institution belonging to Legacy. Perhaps one of the management people should visit this wonderful place and recognize the work we do and take a look at the outside environment. We do bring our patients outside in their beds and family members use the courtyard for respite and comfort. How lovely it would be to have beautiful surroundings and not a weed patch. Hoping someone can make Hopewell as beautiful as the other Legacy facilities.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Disappointment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safety Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Safety Analyst in Portland, OR

    I worked at Legacy Health System full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful "family" of co-workers. Great health care system.

    Cons

    Known for mass layoffs. Budgeting strategy to maintain competition is harmful to current employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Abusive work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mental Health Therapist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mental Health Therapist in Portland, OR

    I worked at Legacy Health System

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

    Pros

    Pay was good when scheduled hours were worked (and not cancelled),

    Cons

    Abusive attitude of other hospital workers towards the psychiatric patients as well as the psychiatric staff.

    Advice to Management

    address the abusive attitudes as well as educate all other staff on the duties of the mental health therapists.


  7. A long way to go

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

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

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent, with low copays, zero deductible, very good prescription coverage, dental, flexible spending account, vision, several hundred dollars of "alternative medicine" coverage, and of course, a network of providers and pharmacies within the System to patronize. The majority of employees are caring and friendly and are doing their part to ensure patients continue to remain priority #1.

    Cons

    The facilities are dreary, except in areas patients and other customers are expected. This means anyplace the employees are going to be, the desks, walls, carpets and office machines might just be older than they are. The Values and Mission, like many companies, are apparently only for the purpose of hanging in a frame or posting on the website. They're definitely not carried throughout the organization.The company doesn't value its employees and it's apparent from the demoralization which is palpable from the rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what is happening at the Department level. Mandate that the Mission and Values are carried out on every organization level and follow through to make certain this is happening. Conduct a sweep and rid the System of "old-timers" who refuse to change with the times, refuse to be flexible, to innovate.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Legacy has lost it's secondary customer focus - employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Legacy Health System

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Legacy works hard to be the best Health Care System in the region.

    Cons

    it's getting too big for it's own good. In it's growth, there has been a disconnect between management and employees: the front lines and the bottom lines. It really tries to do and be the best - which is great - but the sheer size of the system makes it so difficult for communication to work personally as well as professionally. I feel that there is an unspoken notion that one is not to get to know their managers, nor is there time granted to deal with teamwork or personnel issues.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the rumblings of discontent of your employees. It's important to listen to the negative while aspiring to be #1.



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