Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
127 Reviews
3.4
127 Reviews
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center President & CEO Kevin Tabb, M.D.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cheap Red Sox tickets for staff (in 8 reviews)

  • Great educators and work environment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • very low pay compared to other research hospitals in the area (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance can be tricky (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work environment but needs higher pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Critical Care RN in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Critical Care RN in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture is great. Nurses and physicians work well together. Great support from coworkers and fellow nurses. I learn a lot from the nurses and MDs.

    Cons

    Parking is very expensive in Boston. The salary for nurses is not enough. There should be better compensation for nurses. Also the ratio of patients to nurses is too high in the ICU. Most patients are doubled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better and invest in more staff. It will benefit the company but helping the nurses provide better care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fiscal Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Fiscal Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People, health benefits, close to public transit

    Cons

    Little internal growth, low pay as a non profit for finance/accounting roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased workplace flexibility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not everything it seems...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    BIDMC has great opportunities for recent graduates who would like to ease into their first "real" job. Training was very thorough and there were a lot of other young people with whom I could relate which made the day to day bearable.

    Cons

    There is little to no growth opportunity. This is truly a first job where you should learn as much as possible as quickly as possible so that you can leave. The salary is FAR from competitive and the upper management does not seem interested in helping you learn and grow outside of your specific role. Educational research should be about learning, and without this I see no reason to not take an industry job where you will get paid double, have more opportunity for growth, and maybe even learn more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees. Let them know you appreciate their work and show your appreciation at least annually. Other opportunities available in this area are far from a secret, so give your employees some incentive to want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance
    good employee career training
    active research environment

    Cons

    benefit is relatively not as impressive as the other Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable enough opportunities but difficult to make a career.

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    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Practice Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Medical Center puts out a real effort to make original ideas and present itself as a patient centered environment. Healthcare benefits and discounts on T passes are nice add ons. Very accesible by public transportation.

    Cons

    Constant communication issues. Frequent hiring of people who do not possess enough knowledge about healthcare administration. No ladder apparent to further your career. Pay is below normal. Frequent new initiatives that seem to come from nowhere with little or no imput from the practices affected. Really outdated computer technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage management to reach out to long time employees about their career path and how to best use experienced personel in other roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent healthcare delivery and treat patients really well but do not allow opportunities for growth.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Boston, MA

    I worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent care to patients, well managed hospital,

    Cons

    Poor staff support, poor growth potential,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better staff support and provide potential for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do Not Work for IT Dept at BIDMC

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    Current Employee - IS Support Tech in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IS Support Tech in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pro-the day you leave BIDMC

    Cons

    Desktop Support (field service), Helpdesk and Inventory control are two IS groups that are micro managed and poorly supported. These areas are nothing but "ticket mills" withg the calls piling up with no help in site. The pay is very low in contrast to other area Hospitals. Management in these areas "bully" their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These Departments need , more employees. Upper Management, mainly the Director of IS Support Services, the Managers of the Helpdesk, Inventory Ctrl, and Field Service really need to go. These dept.'s are cancerous and not a healthy place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely positive

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    Current Employee - Classified in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Classified in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, generally a very positive working environment

    Cons

    Trying to get paid at market rates is a disappointing process, even when supported by senior management. HR has their marching orders, and they know how to march.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up on the diversity, and start paying people based on merit, not based on gender and other non-performing attributes.

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

    A professional, respectful atmosphere but no time for career development

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    Current Employee - Facilities Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Facilities Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    If you are not a talented medical professional, you are not viewed as an important asset to the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to take time to sharpen their skills, then support those efforts by funding training and certification as appropriate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work, but not much room for growth

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Harvard Affiliate, decent cafeteria, convenient location

    Cons

    HR controls salaries even in grant-funded positions, little-to-no morale-building activities (look for a new/tech company for any fun employer activities), very old-age dynamic. Making taking a "selfie" with one of the Red Sox World Series rings an event is laughable.

    Buildings are older and benefits aren't spectacular. Administrative structure creates unnecessary obstacles for research teams, making you question whether research and innovation are a value or just the bottom line.

    There is no structure for advancement in positions or salaries. If you want to move up or find new challenges, you're going to have to apply for a new position either in another department or elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees feel like you appreciate them. Don't make researchers have to jump through hoops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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