BJC HealthCare

  www.bjc.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

BJC HealthCare Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
104 Reviews

3.0
104 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
BJC HealthCare President and CEO Steven H. Lipstein
Steven H. Lipstein
68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly easy job and decent work life balance considering it's a non-profit (in 12 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home for most positions (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There really are no cons that I am aware of to working here (in 5 reviews)

  • Management did not respond in a timely manner to staffing needs until work/life balance was seriously compromised (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Too Political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    The talent at this organization is exceptional.

    Cons

    Lots of good people trying to do good things but constrained by a very competitive leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loose the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worthwile projects with very weak management and career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Culture is patient oriented
    Very good expected organization longevity
    Very strong health innovator
    Marginal business function and technical capabilities

    Cons

    Strategic plan for only 5 years
    Executive leadership does not have a standard vision of the organization, let alone a road map to meet the future
    Very strong "old boy" and "old girl" networks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define your future, define the roadmap, standardize dashboards (project and operational), reward innovation, utilize best practice/expertise appropriately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Culture is everything - look behind the green curtain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    The company does try. Overall as a healthcare organization its success cannot be disputed. There are numerous opportunities for lateral movement within the organization. There is a concern for work/life balance. BJC does provide a true pension with a 5 year vesting. BJC is quite averse to layoffs. Overall employment security is comparatively high. They do try to provide recognition of performance that significantly exceeds expectations and provide a number of events and services for employees. In this respect the well exceed the marketplace.

    Cons

    There really is not any upward mobility to speak of, at least within the IS/IT organization. Senior positions are filled externally. IS/IT's very positive perception of itself is quite at odds with their real benchmark among other organizations, whether they be healthcare or commercial. You will not be exposed to advanced technologies or techniques. The overall culture is very averse to conflict of any kind, which engenders passive aggressive behaviors. Decisiveness is not a cultural value, nor is effective conflict management and negotiation. The healthcare plan is actually quite poor in comparison to that provided by other employers in the St. Louis market. Base pay is also considerable lower than that of other larger employers, but take into consideration that BJC Healthcare is a nonprofit organization. Forget merit bonuses - 1.5%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, although I have not scored BJC Healthcare highly, and have been critical in the "cons" section, my guidance would be to stay the course. The culture is so ingrained that any significant change to bring the organization forward would be quite disruptive and the ROI would not be realized for quite some time. The organization's mission and basic business model also are not aligned like that of a commercial for-profit entity, which makes a poor environment for aggressive, visionary and high achieving talents. They simply would not fit in or effectively contribute within this organization. The ideal employee is someone possessing moderate skills with a very low ambition, high focus on customer service, and a simple desire to deliver a sustained, moderate effort over a significant period of time. The current environment, politically and operationally, is well tuned to leverage this type of talent. BJC's financial performance speaks for itself, so within those constraints it is being managed effectively. You simply cannot argue with that - just be truthful regarding who you are and what you wish to achieve, then choose accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    OK company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    An opportunity to learn about a lot of things. Always hire new people with mad education credentials.

    Cons

    Some employees been there forever and no longer want to improve and just do a crappy job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    BJC HealthCare is a decent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    * Fairly easy job and decent work life balance considering it's a non-profit
    * HealthCare has a lot of growth opportunities

    Cons

    * Could use a management overhaul especially in IS.
    * Poor cultural diversity in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The IS department needs a management makeover. Don't through a project manager to manage all the problems, hire real developers and analysts to fix and support the applications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pro's Outweigh The Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Satisfaction derived by improving business operations and ultimately patient care.
    Opportunity to move into different roles within the organization.
    Upper Management kept a close pulse on key initiatives that impacted all facilities.
    Diversity of work.

    Cons

    Political environment within the organization often hindered job effectiveness.
    Management did not respond in a timely manner to staffing needs until work/life balance was seriously compromised.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Columbia, MO

    Pros

    Scope of experience is unbeaten.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the structure a little.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Incompetent non-technical management can not lead IT/IS departments and succeed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. They try to offer a work / life balance. Generally nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Too many politics.
    Non-technical management.
    40% below market pay in most positions within IS.
    Lack of following industry best practices, especially in security.
    Bad architecture design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An overhaul is needed. Higher technical managers to manage technical people. Remove the political machine that drives you here. Align better director structures to remove the silo style of management. Pay staff market value. Pay exceptionally qualified staff above market to retain them.Fix the non-standard architecture that the company runs on. Do not promote just because someone has tenure, promote because of skills and the ability to lead. Stop looking down on those who have passion in their work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, great co workers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    I have no cons right now

  11.  

    decent place to work for IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    - job security
    - good career growth available for most motivated employees

    Cons

    - very top heavy, lots of "red tape"
    - the majority of IT staff are non technical vendor lea sons, middle man
    - non competitive salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for BJC HealthCare? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.