Advocate Health Care

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Advocate Health Care Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
116 Reviews
3.2
116 Reviews
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Advocate Health Care President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh
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62 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Good pay; good hours; close to home (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Many long term employees are not even considered for promotions, outsiders being preferred (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall satisfied with working for this organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Advocate provides for furthering education on all levels

    Cons

    It depends on your department.In some department there is hierarchy based on seniority not knowledge

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Samaritan Hospital

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    You get to make your own schedule, easy to trade shifts, great teamwork within the unit, friendly nursing staff.

    Cons

    No incentive to further your education-get rid of ACE program for tuition reimbursement, little advancement opportunities, stressful work environment-high acuity and patient workload, very small annual raises, manager liked to micromanage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage staff to become involved in committees or educational opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advocate Medical in Rosemont, IL
    Former Employee - Advocate Medical in Rosemont, IL

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The concept is nice, booking appointments for patients, messaging doctors, which lessens the load, because as a Patient Advocate YOURE the middle man.

    Cons

    The company's systems and policies are forever evolving, however the turnover rate is through the roof. Superiors should be seriously investigated. I found that there's a lot of bending rules, exceptions, favoritism, and bullying- which could be the fall of AMG. There Are multiple accounts of bullying claims, and scrutinizing new hires, and former employees, making the environment "unprofessional" and personal, instead of being based upon work ETHIC, ENTHUSIASM, and PASSION for PATIENT CARE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there are multiple claims about uncomfortable working environment, revise, analyze, and penalize. Management is the foundation of AMG, and Patient Advocates are the BEAMS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall it was a good experience. .

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advocate Health Care

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good p.t.o.builds up quickly

    Cons

    Comments aren't listened to by any supervisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen better to employees they're not always wrong and they do have some good ideas

  6.  

    Document Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advocate Health Care part-time

    Pros

    Patient interaction is wonderful. Can be stressful at times.

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for staff more.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Advocate Health Care as a contractor (less than an 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
  10.  

    Lasting impressions and fully committed to quality care.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Home Care Nurse/Case Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Home Care Nurse/Case Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Strong employee support, continuing education opportunity, positive work environment.

    Cons

    Change in focus with health care industry changes

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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

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