Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
67 Reviews
3.1
67 Reviews
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Karen M. Atwood
19 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Worked for the company over 11 years, great benefits and 401 K (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, ability to glean solid healthcare experience, pace is hectic at times (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life Balance depending on your supervisor, on boarding can be a little disorganized (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management can be unresponsive (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Teradata DBA

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

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This job is for Teradata Database Administrator. Lots of tiers of management. Great company benefits for insurance and 401K.

    Cons

    They expect you to be online or available even after hours and during the weekends. Too many tiers of managements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more in depth training to the new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Finance/Budget. Not so great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Budget/Finance in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Budget/Finance in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made friends at work. Some coworkers are very helpful.

    Cons

    Everyone is corrupted. From HR to management to VP. Too much nepotism and only those who managers like get to be promoted. Management reduce work force and have currents employees do more work and the profit is only share between them. Profit made is not used to promote employees but rather share among upper managements. It's sad for a non profit organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking for their best interest and neglecting employees. Stop covering up others management mistakes. Be ethical and not discriminate. Be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    BCBS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BA in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - BA in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, great resources, good location.

    Cons

    Unqualified management that creates confusion, unrealistic expectations, poor communication and guidance, Overtime expected with little notice, very demanding and they expected perfection. Disappointed with all the great perks, there is constant budget cuts and changing their minds so did not know exactly what they wanted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your team by communicating what you need and leave room for learning and growth, don't make rash decisions/judgments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment is very corporate as far as management and hierarchy but the work space is mostly open for creative thinking and ideas. There are great benefits and the pay is competitive. There can be room for growth dependent on how eager you are to work for it and put yourself out there. Most management and employees are very friendly, personable, and take your best interest into consideration.

    Cons

    Depending on the area of work the hours can be long. I have contributed to projects that have required me to work weekends/late nights/holiday and can be extremely stressful. Leadership will not recognize you unless you make known what special thing you have done...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize who is actually adding value to the company and reward them accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A company that always does right by its customers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid financially, beautiful location on Chicago's lakefront.

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunity due to low turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible work experience with really old technology stack

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many except WFH policy is good.

    Cons

    Really lame technology stack being used with engineers who are not very adept in their skills. A few QA people I worked with didn't even know how to ping a server. Imagine that! That's how incompetent the people working at BCBSIL are. There's not much you'd learn here in terms of cutting edge technology. Still using waterfall SDLC which is so outdated now. A lot depends on who you know instead of what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good money and get good people onboard instead of getting 3 incompetent people with crappy pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice management, Long term projects

    Cons

    time off policies, no remote working or work from home

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT EPMO Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT EPMO Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is as good as or better than market rate.

    Cons

    They are incompetent and do not care about their customers. They do not provide adequate coverage and the company is dysfunctional. In other words it is who you know not what you know that rules. I was glad to leave as I do not wish to be associated with this firm!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the yes people and slackers! HIRE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND AND ADHERE TO PMI PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Political environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, ok benefits, nice perks, beautiful location and new building.

    Cons

    Very political environment. I was the only one of 10 new hires who did NOT have a family member/close friend at the company. Promotions seem to come based on who you know rather than what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The nepotism has to go. Promote individuals on merit rather than who they know. Drama needs to be stopped at the source.

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

    Dishonesty in leadership; prefers to sweep problems aside & hide them, rather than address/change to make things better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. There are some really great and dedicated front line staff.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance for management team members. There are very negative politics in play, and these factors influence how business is conducted internally - not an environment conducive to creating and maintaining trusting business relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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