Advocate Health Care

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Advocate Health Care Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
107 Reviews
3.2
107 Reviews
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Advocate Health Care President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh
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59 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits package, good tuition reimbursement program, some room for advancement within the company (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company, opportunity for advancement (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management refuses to solve the "real" issues in the department (in 7 reviews)

  • Middle managers not always the best people for their position (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely love working here, the connection with the patients is great!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant

    I worked at Advocate Health Care as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They care about their patients such a great deal!! They are flexible with staff when problems arise!

    Cons

    I wasn't able to stay long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/

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

    Changing face of healthcare

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Care Executive  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Health Care Executive in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong balance sheet. Good position to acquire other companies. Company has done good work in being forward thinking and bringing in the types of programs to keep its competitive advantage.

    Cons

    Under intense pressure to reduce cost, leading to reduction in force and doing more with less. Too much politics for a health care company focused on its clinical enterprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget V is for Values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Advocate Health Care full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Executive leadership team is down to earth and as transparent as they can be. They appear to care about patient safety and that employees are happy. They have many employee functions and benefits that I love. We have picnics, employee celebrations, and vendors that come in like farmers market. I admire the positive presence Advocate has in Illinois and the industry. Our processes are widely known as being innovative and top notch. Our doctors are certainly a cut above the rest due to our strong criteria and expectations. I LOVE that we have a pension plan...as one of the last companies left to have one. I would be anywhere else.

    Cons

    I gave it 4 stars because unfortunately not ALL middle managers share the behaviors of excellence that we've grown to expect. If you do get one that is sub-par.. I encourage you to not leave Advocate...just leave the dept. It is truly a wonderful place to be and most of us really care about the work we do and keeping our patients safe and healthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the bad apples that drive the company down and it's employees out the door. Take a look at some of the dept that have an extremely high turn over and you'll most likely find it's someONE driving employees out.
    The turn around time to replace or fill an exiting employees position is way too long and cumbersome. HR in healthcare has a bad reputation for being too slow and disorganized. While healthcare organizations spend a lot of time concentrating on healthcare (which is good) the HR process and structure is sorely lacking and in desperate need of a revamp. When applying for positions, I usually never get informed of the outcome...I can only assume after time goes by that I did not get an opportunity to interview. When I talk to HR recruiting they tell me that Advocate employees do NOT have an advantage over outside candidates, which I believe is clearly wrong. If you don't find the talent you need inside, THEN you look externally. According to HR recruiting, it's first come first serve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive Salary
    Great Benefits and programs
    Room for growth and promotion from within
    Associate focused
    Offers many programs for associates to better themselves like education assistance and Healthy You

    Cons

    Large Organization so there can be some communication lapses between departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you happen to have a good manager, it's a good place to work, but if not....it can be a nightmare.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advocate Health Care part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I work with a lot of wonderful people, who really care about the patients that they serve. The pay is better than some other healthcare organizations. If you have a good manger, it's a decent company to work for.

    Cons

    Under-staffing leads to low employee moral and poor patient care. Numerous concerns and complaints about the office manager by a majority of the staff have gone nowhere. It is clear that if you 'know someone' at the top of the company, you will keep your job despite being incompetent. Most of the workers in this office are looking for another job simply because of the poor management. Many long time employees have already quit for the same reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire managers that actually care about the people who work so hard for them every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Possibly getting too big for its own britches

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time

    Pros

    Organization was once decentralized and hospital sites of care was a primary focus for sustainable growth. There was lots of potential for reward and recognition

    Cons

    Very tops-down organization. Senior leadership seems to not get community need by geography. They are focused on acquisition, but I challenge if "real" growth is occurring from this flavor of the month deals, buyouts and lets now run in this direction. They don't seem to stick with strategies long enough before moving on to the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stray too far from your core strategies. These brought you success and more employee satisfaction

  8.  

    This place is excellent

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    Former Employee - Care Companion  in  Oak Lawn, IL
    Former Employee - Care Companion in Oak Lawn, IL

    I worked at Advocate Health Care part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I like the staff very friendly.

    Cons

    I had not a one Con while working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrific experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Operations  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity for advancement in the home care division

    Cons

    Salaries could be more competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create transparencies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advocate Health Care full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing I would never reccomend this place to anyone. treats employees for poorly and does not care

    Cons

    Long hours, horrible pay, does not listen to the opinions of their employees. does not care about patients.

  11.  

    The staff I work with is excellent but the management only cares about money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    wonder staff friendly and easy to work with

    Cons

    poor compensation and salary for the workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep your employees happy and they will stay longer.

    No opinion of CEO

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