Spectrum Health
3.2 of 5 75 reviews
www.spectrum-health.org Grand Rapids, MI 5000+ Employees

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Spectrum Health President and CEO Rick Breon

Rick Breon

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    Micro-management at its finest...

    Substance Abuse Counselor (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, and it's a job I guess

    ConsNo advancement, terrible shifts, terrible pay, no respect from management, lies from the get go, promises made just to get you hired...I could go on and on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't treat your employees like they don't matter. Without them, there would be no Spectrum. Quid Pro Quo is huge in this company as is nepotism.

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

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    Treats all its employed physicians poorly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salary, Good benefits, Good location

    ConsBroken promises, poor culture, stressful environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore autonomy for doctors

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

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    Watch your back at Spectrum Health

    Nursing Assistant (Former Employee)
    Grand Rapids, MI

    ProsNothing good about this company

    ConsWatch your back . If management doesn't like you then you will become a target, and they will get rid of you. A lot of favoritism and racism well count against you.

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

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    The downfalls of Monopolies.

    Staff (Former Employee)
    Grand Rapids, MI

    ProsI really loved the staff. I worked not only with doctors, case workers and nurses but an array of individuals that made it all work. Chain supply support, unit secretaries, unit aids, ministries, kitchen staff, nurse techs. The list goes on. They were the most dedicated workers I have worked with in a long time. They genuinely cared for the well being of the patients, the patients outcome and the family and friends of the patients.

    ConsManagement. I believe that HR is so far removed to the politics of the floors they are unsympathetic to the individuals. Management on the floors is very political. They tell you your voice is important to make good changes for the company or even the individual units. But in reality, they are very bias and only except the voices of those they choose to listen to and if you voice something that doesn't fit their particular politics they will reprimand you for the most minute issues until they can fire you or break you down till you quit. This happened often but behind closed doors. The stress was so great that there were those that had 25+ years resign. But not all managers were like this, there where some that made it a pleasure to work on their units.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot of favoritism within this company. It is very political. There are rules that they create as they go and may vary per manager, but the rules are only applied to the "select". Those whom they target to terminate that do not fit into their "cookie cut out". There was little fairness. There are so many rules and new policies created daily, that it creates incredible pressure and stress on the staff that work on the floor. The stress is already there when you have to care for the dying and the ill, families that are irate or grieving members. When you make your staff feel as though they can do no "right" and most everything "wrong" you create a hostile environment. Whether it be an 8 hour shift or a 12 hour shift. You should be focused on the patients needs and the job at hand. Not whether or not you did something as small as leaving a cup on a desk and management will follow up with a reprimand. It's the staff that work on the floor that make Spectrum what and who they are, not the management. Without the dedicated staff this company would be nothing. There are a lot of positions of management that do nothing more socializing, not with the patients, where money is wasted. Getting rid of good staff, and replacing them with part time resource without benefits is not a solution to taking care of financial problem. Enough said.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first job experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reed City, MI

    ProsGreat connectivity of peers and fellow coworkers

    ConsVery unfair treatment among fellow coworkers. Similar behaviors or tasks are not treated the same by upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open to your employees and understand their issues when they bring them to you. They happier they are, the happier your patients are, the more revenue you make.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Server without the daily rewards

    Server (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    Prosnice to get to know the residents, and great full time job with benefits if you are supplementing your income,

    Consworking as a server in a retrement community it feels like a nowhere job. there are no tips and you work very hard with little money, no chance for advancement an ok job until you find something else

    Advice to Senior Managementmore hourly pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Breon needs to get a clue

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
    Grand Rapids, MI

    ProsIn the beginning it felt like a family atmosphere. But after Breon took over, the whole place became a business. When Bill Gonzalez was in charge the family feeling was evident in all aspects of the hospital.

    ConsEmployees are not recognized for their contributions. Managers take credit for the work of their employees. Upper echelon is like a dictatorship. There is also terrible waste within the hospital. In the department I worked in, if an employee wanted to order something from office supply there was a blank check for whatever they wanted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know the people you work with on a personal level. There is a 'good ol' boy's club' and Breon is the leader. If you are not in the clique, you will be gone within five years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too big too fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery large, which helps consolidate resources and decrease healthcare costs.

    ConsThe organization has grown too quickly and has not has sufficient time to develop talent in the leadership positions. This is exemplified by the CEO who managed several small hospitals prior to his appointment but never an organization of the scale of this health system. This inexperience filters throughout the system all the way down to midlevel managers.
       The absence of leadership in this organization causes employees to be unsure of which policies will be enforced at any given time. Some employees perceive this as favoritism, which may or may not be the case.
       An additional issue with this system is the extreme cost saving measures that at times affect the delivery of care. The inexperienced administration seldom listens to physicians, nurses or other providers and instead focuses solely on the bottom line. This has lead to the recruitment of less than desirable physicians and nurses and significantly affected quality of care as well as affected a rapid employee turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your physicians and nurses. Provide a fair wage. May need to go outside of the organization for new leadership. The rate of growth has outstripped the availability to adequately train leadership within the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Abusive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with other professionals that are competent and caring. Fellow employees strive to support one another mainly because they have no real support from their direct supervisors in many cases.

    ConsThe workload is unachievable. The stress placed on employees is ridiculous and inhibits the employees ability to perform at the optimum level. The administrators place unrealistic expectations on their subordinates and often practice abusive campaigns against employees they don't care for (personality-wise).

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnly clinically licensed individuals should be placed in upper management positions. Employees perform better when they truly feel cared for and trust is very important. You can't fake that, people see through it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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