Spectrum Health

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Spectrum Health Reviews

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Pros
  • Great benefits including 403B match and good PTO accrual (in 6 reviews)

  • Work life balance is great with flexible schedule (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • However, it's hard to have all teams and departments be perfect at such a large organization (in 4 reviews)

  • Conflicting messages from upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected and was mislead during interview

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of nice people who feel the same way and support each other.

    Cons

    Little to no accountability, leadership is not strategic in its practices or operations, 20 years behind in thinking and technology, low employee morale, unethical practices, no training or development throughout the company, people not honest because leadership says be honest yet comes back to bite you, lack of partnerships and collaborations, is a big company but acts like a small starting company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold selves and others accountable, be who you say you are and don't say who you want to be yet really are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Looking for another job

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Spectrum Health part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing for the past 2 years

    Cons

    Work short staffed every day, run from the time you get there till the time you leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better wake up & smell the coffee before all your good help is gone! Stop hiring all these "professionals" that are suppose to tell you what the problems are & start actually LISTENING to your employees. Stop telling us "we're working in things" & SHOW us, actions speak louder than words! As soon as I can find another job, I'm out of there!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard to move internally if you excel where you are at

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Spectrum Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits are good
    You learn a lot about the industry from all sides

    Cons

    No respect for work/life balance
    Administrative employees expected to work 10 hour days, take work home with them, be on call to work in other departments on weekends
    Not able to move positions within the system easily if your boss likes you too much to let you go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your internal equity and allow staff to move within for career development before you lose your staff to other companies.
    Listen to your staff about issues because they know what they are talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional management, favoritism, inconsistent policies and poop employee support

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    Current Employee - No Comment in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - No Comment in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Poor benefits, low pay, management focused and not pro employee

    Cons

    Management is uneducated, male focused "good ol boy mentality" . Human resource is not there for you when you have a concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past the mentality and focus on capability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    contract professional perspective

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Spectrum Health as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Spectrum has great potential and lots of money to make things happen. Their direction for patient's to have one stop shopping for start to finish medical care is a worthy goal. Facilities are top notch.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, different entities in the system are not well coordinated and work awkwardly together in the cases that I have seen. There is a great focus on quality control and backward looking metrics, such as problem reporting and corrective action documentation. Too little resources are devoted to adequate staffing and support so that the problems don't occur in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are trying to fix a system that is inherently flawed, instead of creating systems with the right people in place to get tasks done correctly the first time. Many entities in the organization do not have a sense of urgency with regard to proper patient care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    too big for it's britches

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Spectrum Health

    Pros

    great benefits, some excellent people to work with, leading healthcare hospital in the community

    Cons

    Worked for SH for just shy of 10 years. In those 10 years, the organization has grown by leaps and bounds...to the benefit of the community, but to the detrement of it's staff. SH wants to be the best, brightest and biggest and that's great. But, the senior leadership is breaking the backs of it's essential and hard working staff. You are expected to more and more with shrinking resources, less staffing. I'm not against hard work but when that hard work is not recognized or, worse yet, not matched by senior leadership...it makes for a very adversarial place to work. Some leadership are too busy trying to claw their way to the top of the organization that they do not care who gets caught in the crosshairs or who they step on to get there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Work Envirornment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitter in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Recruitter in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Spectrum Health

    Pros

    Great Teamwork, Exciting job oppurtunities, Good benefits, The employees in the field are wonderful and the commitment to customer service has been as asset to this company

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a very short window of time to place employees into open positions but everyone works as a team and it gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish the bonus scale was a little better and compensation was up to par with other companies in the area.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great pay, but not much else.

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Spectrum Health

    Pros

    The pay is great, and because of their reputation, deserved or not, working at Spectrum is a good resume booster.

    Cons

    I did not like the hours, but if you like 12 hour shifts it's not so bad. The management is totally incompetent and promotions are based on favoritism not performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. You are a health care industry, so your employees are mostly educated and have legitimate opinions on best practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Healthcare facility but some managers can ruin what should be a great job also.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN
    Current Employee - RN

    I have been working at Spectrum Health

    Pros

    It is a very large, well-respected, quality healthcare provider in a beautiful city. They have great health incentives for their employees and offer discounts on insurance, exercise programs, classes and exercise equipment. They try to emphasize healthy habits and reward those who live by good example. I believe you must practice what you preach when you work in the healthcare field.

    Cons

    Benefits are not equal within this employer. Hospital employees have benefits that off-site employees do not get (ie Pension). Those who work off-site have the same stressors and responsibilities as those employees within the hospital and thus should be rewarded with the same benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what lower level managers do. When you start to get a lot of turnover in a department which previously retained employees, it is a red flag that management may be a problem and is driving away previously loyal employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great friends, great effort by workers, poor management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spectrum Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Clean work environment.
    -They look at average salary, it's nice to know they understand how to look at least.
    -You can get any job there with just about any degree because "equivalent degree" to any technical degree includes basket weaving and water polo.
    -If you sleep on the job and or play Sudoku you will get the same raise as someone who puts in hundreds of extra hours and goes the extra mile.
    -If you master the phrases "That is not my job." "I can't help you." "Closing your request" you will meet all the statistical requirements for your job and exceed all management expectations.
    -HR and Management are easy to snowball as they know nothing technical, will ask nothing technical, and expect you to do nothing technical.

    Cons

    -If you work hard, dedicate yourself, have the proper degree and credentials, you will be rewarded with....: the exact same raise as the guy playing Sudoku, the nurse who watches the TV's in the patient room all day, or the security guard who leaves the doors to restricted rooms wide open. You will also be reprimanded by management because in the process of actually working you will be blamed when something goes wrong because "you did that".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You would literally have to fire every manager in the place, corruption and "Big Business Thinking" is so part of the culture, start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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