Sharp HealthCare

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Sharp HealthCare Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
89 Reviews
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Pros
  • Decent pay and benefits for full time employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Benefits are really pretty good for San Diego (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is the LOWEST in San Diego even though the Sharp Hospital system is one of the LARGEST in (in 4 reviews)

  • I did the right thing and called the " Sharp ethics line and reported the incident to upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice outward appearance, but sickly inward appearance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Effectiveness Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Effectiveness Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid San Diego based company. Good patient care.

    Cons

    Sharp has their own version of the "good old boy network"; management and above sit in the sweet spot and anything less than management is a sour spot. Little growth opportunity. Poor leadership. High turn over. Silence is golden otherwise you are insulting big egos. CEO of Spectrum earns $950K/year + bonus + kickbacks. Kickbacks are acceptable, despite the policy and procedures they print internally. If you can play office politics like a chess game and don't have a soul, this is a good place for you. Regarding medical insurance, you are only allowed to see Sharp physicians. You are not allowed to go outside the Sharp network. Good way to circulate funds internally and receive a bias diagnosis/treatment. Regarding sick pay, PTO hours must be used until you accrue 100 hours of sick time, which takes anywhere from 18-24 months to accrue; not family friendly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lofty service goals, but can't meet them

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sharp is dedicated to quality care. Some very good staff development opportunities are offered in-house. Benefits are really pretty good for San Diego.

    Cons

    This review is for one of their inpatient psychiatric units. Staffing is at a bare minimum and as such things are missed, and patients who are in extreme distress in an acute setting don't get as much care as would be optimal. Additionally, staff is overly reliant on black humor behind the scenes and patients are not always regarded compassionately. You would expect nursing staff on a psychiatric unit, of all people, to be understanding about the manifestations of mental illness, but no effort is made to stem the tide of joking about their delusions, which just seems cruel, unprofessional, and unhelpful. This habit extends to some physicians on the unit as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training in mental health care to healthcare professionals (to include how to be compassionately responsive to patient delusions), and make it required for those working in inpatient behavioral health units. Train nursing leadership to train their staffs to discuss patients professionally during report (a key time for sitting around and making fun of patients). After listening to some staff giving report a few times, decide whether you would want your loved ones being cared for there.

  3.  

    Career opportunity..just being honest.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    If you work per Diem no benefits, no stable hours, employees always stub each other to the back, too many whissle blowers..jealousy and drama if you work with woman..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees, respect and appreciate your per Diem employees. Be sincere. Stop picking on other good looking smart and in great physical shape employee, who below your title. Just get your...to the gym and start work out. Stop bugging us and give us a hard time..let be a good team work, not a bunch of a whistle blowers and boring and focus on how to become a better fun..and a good team work place...uggghh..:(

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much hypocrisy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse RN
    Current Employee - Nurse RN

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Takes a lot to get fired

    Cons

    Patient safety is talked about more than ached on.
    Favoritism if your part of the inner circle you can get away with being mean and nasty.
    Most of the directors and above lie on a routine basis..oh wait they don't lie, they massage the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Conflicted value system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Data driven, reasonable benefits and pay

    Cons

    Limited advancement, nepotism, low tolerance for feedback , u must conform to the point of withholding disagreement, very top down, your feedback given lip service then the passive aggressive attacks begin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the directors are insecure and they oppress anyone with talent, a lot of women have advanced by sleeping with docs...show an interest in patient safety that is genuine, director engage in regulatory work around..such an immature executive group directors and above

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hypocritical atmosphere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great weather. Successful company. Nice facilities most everywhere.

    Cons

    Extremely backbiting. Huge egos, a lot of behind the scenes jockeying for influence. People will sell out anyone to make themselves look better. From top on down. Including sharp memorial doctors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Sharp Experience is a stab in the back.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Doctor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Doctor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great past tradition of quality care, with San Diego's best doctors and nurses. The facilities are often the best that money can buy. The Emergency Department is still excellent.

    Cons

    Management is unethical and hypocritical, pretending to hold high ethical standards, yet harassing and retaliating against employees or medical staff who value quality of care over profit. Behavioral Health is riddled with high turnover and inexperienced staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in your millions of dollars worth of television commercials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Sharp Experience needs CPR - difficult to get promoted, no room for advancement, no investment in your employees.

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

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestige of the organization, location, benefit cost

    Cons

    No work life balance
    No virtual work - only for a selected "Special few".
    Poor Senior leadership, lack of support for mid level managers, HR is not supportive. Sadly there are/were double standards between entities and departments in regards to pay practices and accountability. I work 60-80 plus hours a week and others in the sane job class worked 30-40 with less responsibility and more pay. Some C band employees promoted for length of service are very out of touch with employees, technology and trends.
    Difficult to get promoted, no room for advancement, very small tuition reimbursement.
    Walk the talk SHC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are loosing good people everyday - often when they are let go HR is so afraid of litigation they offer severance to avoid litigation. Ask yourselves - why are these people leaving?
    Talk to everyone who leaves your organization - people do not leave good companies they DO leave bad leaders. We lost the best leader ever this fall due to poor execution of senior leaders at SRS. To cover up this They threw out files and did things to make the leader look incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Behind "The Sharp Experience"

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

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good medical and retirement benefits. Some departments are run well and have management that actually cares about providing quality healthcare.

    Cons

    Constantly cut corners to increase profits, patient safety and quality of care is often sacrificed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is almost no oversight and people do whatever they want whenever they want to. Ethical clinicians are forced to sacrifice their ethics or look elsewhere for a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Definitely no longer recommend this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare

    Pros

    Large organization in the San Diego community committed to patient safety and care. They have raised the bar in the community.

    Cons

    They will work you to the bone, and show little gratitude when you do. They are the "sharp experience" to patients but do not care about employees. Most clinical managers are incredibly spoiled, and immature, and unwilling to work with non-nursing managers. It is always the clinical side of the business first, and a battle for the non-clinical side - there is truly no sense of team between the two types of groups. This is driven by a divided executive team that leads by example; clinical comes first and all others last. When the executives practice this way of thinking, the rest follow.

    Before considering taking a position with Sharp, ask important questions about the turnover rate, and the dept: What was the reason for the last person leaving the dept and how long ago did they leave? How many employees have left the dept in the last year? Do you use temporary staff, and how many are currently in the dept? If salaried, how many hours are typically worked each week, and how many days should you expect to stay late? Which executive has direct responsibility for the dept, and how would they describe his/her management style?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure executives truly practice the culture you promote, and who will hold directors, managers, and employees accountable to the same initiatives. Create a team environment from the top down between the clinical side of the business and everyone else.

    Consider eliminating the costly All-Staff assembly, and reward your employees directly for the hard work and loyalty they show every day. For some, a $200 bonus just doesn't reflect the hard work and 60-hours work weeks we have put in during the year (salaried employee).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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