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Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO
- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Kaiser Permanente part-time (More than 10 years)
The best thing about the company is the pay and the benefits. Many employees have compared the company and what comes with it as the "golden handcuffs". If you want to work then you will find the technology to be rather user friendly. You may meet some really great people along the way.
The majority of the employees are part-time status but forced to work 40 hours a week. Almost 13 years with this company and minimal opportunities to have consistency with scheduling.This company is losing it's values. It reminds me of how a little hole in the wall burger place had the best tasting, best quality, affordable authentic menu until they expanded. Before, the staff of the smaller establishment was like a family, they took care of each other. As the company grew they lost site of what made them great in the first place. The food became ordinary and sloppy and the new workforce got treated like an expendable piece of trash. Kaiser refuses to take responsibility for it's upper management. The management has become like a mafia out to play God over your life. They are ego maniacs and cruel people.They have been given so much rope that they know they can harrass you, bully you, discriminate against you, and get away with it and if you don't grovel for their mercy, they can take an honest living away from you and your family. As I type this review I'm getting knots in my stomach, it is that disheartening. This is a healthcare organization that will reprimand you for being unhealthy or having health challenges. Many people may be saying, "that's what the union is for" and I reply, "what union"? Let's be clear, you can't work for this company in some departments without be apart of the "union". Well my experience with the union has not been positive. Your union rep. will be the 1 and only union rep for about 31 different sites. So just think, your 1 location may have 30 employees alone represented by this rep. whom I must say is human and grows weary. Sometimes you might find yourself in some turmoil with management and need urgency only to find that the problem had enough time to snooze with no assitance from labor to make you just give up on the issue for the moment. Unfortunately, you will feel desperate enough to reach out to your rep. again because once there is a discrepancy with management, that my friend is how you land yourself on the hit list. You will be scheduled the most undesireable job duties, if you don't have a set schedule you will be dished the most undesireable schedule,and things that can slide with other employees you will be written up for. You can go from having level 0 write-ups to having level 4 in a matter of months which means you are almost unemployed. They claim to have a lot of things in place to deter and report this type of behavior such as compliance, no retaliation policies and HR but it is all an illusion too. HR will always favor management, compliance will want some type of identifying information so you can really be retaliated against although supposedly you can report things annonymously, and retaliation can be masked by management with things like their discretion and the needs of the department. The nepotism may be a contributing factor as well. You may go to your manager's supervisor as the chain of command states to with an issue only to find out they were room mates in college, or they were neighbors somewhere. You will carry a stress that is beyond belief unless you can become apart of the favorite clique. Yes, I said clique as in high school, mean girls club; that kind of thing at work. If you don't you'll find yourself in a living hell. None of your stress will be simply from what you were hired to do. It will be the bureaucracy that exist.
Advice to Management
There is a reason for guidelines and procedures. Following the order of seniority where it applies, and steering clear of immature practices influenced by your favorite group of people is the managerial thing to do. You've accepted the position, so execute it with it integrity. Manage your entire staff in a fair and just manner, not just the people you want to make an example out of by abusing your power by sticking it to them every chance you get. We spend more time at work then we do physically caring for our loved ones and though it comes with the territory, some of us would prefer to do the job that we're hired to do and be excluded from the cruel games that you choose to play with peoples lives. Use your power to be an example of greatness and touch lives in a positive manner, stop using your power to abuse staff.