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The University of Kansas Hospital Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
34 Reviews
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    I loved working at the hospital. However, there is no loyalty among senior leadership.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best hospital in metro Kansas City to work for providing you get in the right department. I am a strong believer in loyalty, and there isn't any in the department I worked in. Top management is hiding behind his title as VP and the senior management of the hospital is letting him get away with it. The nurses are great and have great leadership. I would recommend working there if it's the right fit for you.

    Cons

    Ensuring your boss has your back. I use to tell people I was proud to work there. However, now I hesitate to say this. Their benefits package is second to none. My only grip is senior leadership let me down. I made a mistake, however, I wasn't given a warning. I had 13 years of honorable time I gave the hospital with outstanding evals, and they just tossed me to the curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your senior leader's accountable as well as middle management. You should not allow folks to hide behind their title. A certain VP has fired 3 Director's and hasn't had to answer for any one of us. I gave this man and the hospital my life for 13 years and now I am trash. UNSAT!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great doctors and nurses. IT needs some work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have excellent medical benefits. The medical staff is second to none.

    Cons

    The HITS department needs an overhaul. They use terms like transparency and alignment then have secret meetings and secret reorgs. Recently, an entire team (6 people) were let go. At the staff meeting, upper management was joking and laughing like it was business as usual. Understandably, morale is very low right now. There is not a week that goes by that there is not announcement of an early retirement or someone leaving for greener pastures. It would seem like this is a red flag (or white depending on your perspective) to management that something is very wrong. It will take only one oops from IT to crumble all the accolades the hospital has worked hard to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency and alignment should be more than empty buzz words or marketing scheme. One business dictionary defines transparency as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making.” The same source describes it as an “essential condition for a free and open exchange whereby the rules and reasons behind regulatory measures are fair and clear to all participants.” This is not happening at all.

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    Great benefits, confused management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, employees are appreciated, lots of OT, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Having to schedule pto a month in advance and watching management scramble to get it approved two days before. Evaluations are scarce, pto unavailable during training (this is a teaching facility, we are always training) and it's hard to transfer within. Tolerance for disrespect is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees informed (are they working to your expectations?) implement a plan to retain employees, schedule training in a way that it will be beneficial and less hectic and stressful for under-staffed departments. Go to bat for your employees; we all work for the same entity and interdepartmental tension between individuals and/or divisions should not be visible to the public.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Treated like a robot!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You're given the opportunity to use all your skills and develop constantly. Work-life balance is great. Health benefits are fantastic. Compensation is average.

    Cons

    There is no room to advance and you need to dumb yourself down to not threaten those above you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain mandatory on-going management education and cull out managers with consistent poor employee satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    Great benefits but management is questionable...

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    Current Employee - Patient Accounting in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Patient Accounting in Kansas City, KS

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    HEALTH BENEFITS cannot be beat. The supplemental at KU basically ensures you only pay a small copay when visiting KU docs and everything else is paid by the hospital. The hospital is also highly ranked and sees some of the most challenging cases in the area, meaning you will constantly be growing and expanding your skill set on a daily basis. In general, the staff is also extremely friendly.

    Cons

    Parking leaves a lot to be desired but it's really not as bad as it's made out to be. The points system is also an annoyance, as KU has a 24 hour notification policy for time off, which includes occasions when you are ill. Sure they say it's only for PTO related absences, however my department won't let you take time off without pay so I basically can't ever be sick without getting dinged for it. Real life happens, KU... accept it. However, my real issue is actually with how upper management treats its employees. Lack of communication and support have been rampant lately, with employees hardly being informed about mandatory training or job changes until the last minute. Half of the time lower-level management doesn't even know what's going on, making it seem like a very 'fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants atmosphere'...hardly what you'd expect from a nationally recognized hospital system. Support is also hard to find within a department, as half of management can't be bothered to answer your questions or even point you in the right direction. So good luck finding an answer...hope you figure it out before review time comes around! Advancement opportunities are also hard to find as management often promotes based on the length of your relationship with the institution, rather than actual work ethic and the ability to do the job. Sure, as with most places it's who you know but it's a real shame because management is starting to become overrun with people who really don't understand how to support or manage their employees properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to really take to heart the concept of an employment contract. I signed a form upon hire stating I would show up to work on time every day and perform my job duties as assigned, always with a smile on my face and always with the patient in mind. I am willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the Patient has an exemplary customer service experience, and I do that all while abiding by the values and policies of the institution as outlined. I am rarely absent, I present on bad weather days and I am constantly offering myself up for extra duties when other departments need a hand. As a result I should at the very least be treated with respect. I should be allowed to take the occasional sick day without being penalized or depend on my manager to assist me with any questions or concerns I might have during the daily performance of my job. And oh, yeah...I should be given a FAIR chance to advance. After all, you told me I'd have all those things when I interviewed.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience..but don't try to get through a temp agency

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at The University of Kansas Hospital as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had great opportunity of working with great pharmacists, co-workers, patients at the hospital. Hiring process take about 2 weeks process. Fast pace. Open to new opportunities to doors.

    Cons

    I went through a temp agency (Aerotek) and they say you work 40 hours a week. It is only a temp-to-hire position. Position lasted only 3 months. Employer will not notify your last day without a week notice unless recruiter contact you on your last day. Likely you will work overtime. No promises. Hours will shift. No PTO. Temp agency say they will pay you for holiday pay, but it is a LIE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of communication between both parties ( KU and Temp agency). Micro-management in work environment.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working for the University of Kansas Hospital was a great opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Surgical Scrub Technician
    Current Employee - Surgical Scrub Technician

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at the University of Kansas Hospital is the growth.

    Cons

    The main campus hospital culture is still lacking. A lot of left over State hospital employees very unhappy with the new Authority Hospital just costing and waiting to retire. Certain departments have a very hostile environment and lacks professionalism. There are people in management that were fired and rehired when the hospital changed from a state only hospital. The peri-operative division in particular has a lot of bad politics enforced. New hires beware harassment goes on in this department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to what kind of culture you are encouraging to exist in the hospital.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    Friendly environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Office needs upgrade. Improve kitchen area plz

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital

    Pros

    great pay, great benefits package

    Cons

    no parking, the morale there is low, understaffed

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Kansas Hospital full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation is the best part of the company

    Cons

    many of the managers don't care about their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee and get to know their jobs. How can you management if you don't know what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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