Vanguard Health Systems

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Vanguard Health Systems Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RN/Case Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - RN/Case Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are friendly and innovation is a priority. It is a great place to work and they have good benefits. They value patient care and safety which is wonderful traits for a company.

    Cons

    It is at time politics driven place to work but what place isn't. Also a rather high turnover rate, making sure you meet your goals is important along with staying within your budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Also be able to meet your financial numbers. Its a for profit company and it matter a great deal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a pleasant place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Marietta, GA
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Marietta, GA

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent therapy department. Rehab area of facility does an outstanding Job.

    Cons

    Amount of patients given to staff makes it difficult to give patients what they deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff and rethink the assignments on LTC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A great environment in which to work.

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

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Senior Management are generous with salary and benefits.

    Cons

    They are being sold to Tenet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for all you did for your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Health system

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

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Allowed for mobility in career advancement and opportunities to work with multi-disciplinary teams. Facilities were located around the valley, making it a close drive depending on where you are living.

    Cons

    Poor pay and lack of development and retention practices, has led to much turnover at all levels of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than forthcoming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Center Analyst in Berwyn, IL
    Current Employee - Data Center Analyst in Berwyn, IL

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you manage to get a job working with their I.T. department, then you may be blessed to be in a position to grow and learn.

    Cons

    The weasels running the particular hospital I work at refuse to give a concrete end date for our positions and prefer to jerk people around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit acting like spineless worms, man up and tell people what's really going on.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporatocracy

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

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

    Pros

    - Many of the hospitals have patient programs and services which are distinguished or accredited.
    - The company offers many additional employee benefits programs besides health and dental insurance to full time and part time employees. This includes, but is not limited to tobacco-cessation programs, employee assistance programs, and tuition assistance programs.
    - Multiple nation-wide locations allow for employees to transfer positions across geographies.

    Cons

    - Since late 2011, there have been several waves of job cuts, geographical job shifting along with organizational restructuring and department outsourcing across many Vanguard hospitals. This includes, but is not limited to: accounting, payroll, information systems, middle management and directors, hospital transporters, hospital interpreters, patient advocates, and chaplains. This was cited as being because of decreases in patient volume and in government reimbursement funding.
    - During the 2012 fiscal year for the Chicago Market hospitals, no employee merit raises nor matches to employee retirement were made. But, during the following fiscal year (2013) the Chicago Market President was awarded 28,559 shares of stock in the company.
    - Inconsistency across market hospitals. Depending on the market you hired in, there may be no standardized training program for your position. Many employees must "hit the ground running".
    - A non-exempt person hired as per diem (registry) without benefits who then transfers into a part-time or full-time position with benefits is offered a lower hourly rate than what they were hired with. Additionally, unless you are hired as an exempt salaried employee, negotiating with Vanguard recruiters is often difficult and lengthy.
    - Depending on the market, Vanguard serves its employees as it's own health insurance firm by using their own staff physicians as plan providers. However, many physicians physically located across the hospitals are not Vanguard employees, but are part of their own medical group or are independent contractors. Additionally, some of the health insurance coverages are minimal to non-existent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly developing system in Chicago.

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

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems

    Pros

    There is a lot of growth and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Vanguard is a conservative organization and that can sometimes hinder progress.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Vanguard Health for Life

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

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunities nationally. Willing to invest in employees.

    Cons

    Too much going on. They are constantly changing their mind on the future and strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a simple & effective strategy and stick to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has it's ups & downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse
    Current Employee - Nurse

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems

    Pros

    Many company perks, company engagement

    Cons

    Leadership changes usually have a ripple effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your focus for each facility and don't change the rules in the middle of the game.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support
    Current Employee - Desktop Support

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems

    Pros

    Company encourages staff to be creative and is receptive to new technologies

    Cons

    To many projects to keep up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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