Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014

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3.1 35 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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David S. Pankau

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Work Hard, Small Chance for Promotion, Training within departments minimal

    Analyst (Former Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsTuition reimbursement, benefits are good.

    ConsWork in IS to receive the best chance of recognition!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to promote individuals who deserve it without constantly having to interview for a new position. This is why many employees end up leaving departments for others, it's the only way they are able to move forward. If the departments would work harder to recognize great employees the turnover rates would improve. Keeping the same employees happy within a department will only improve the work in the department. Acknowledge those who go above and beyond more often, and quit babying those who do the minimum.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent place to start a career, but keep looking

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros1. Business casual dress.
    2. Paid time off.
    3. Depending on which department you work in, management is excellent and willing to provide opportunities for advancement.
    4. Despite organizational shortcomings, strong talented employees are more than capable of getting the job done.

    Cons1. Processes are too antiquated and are full of red tape, which tends to hinder progress.
    2. Promotions are based on who you know. This is a company in the good ole south ran by these good ole southern white boys.
    3. Pay is way below market value.
    4. Technology and systems are outdated.
    5. Company does not value innovative ideas.
    6. Too many managers and not enough non-management employees. Everybody wants to be in charge.
    7. Company is not cohesive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLower your pay and raise the pay of those who actually do the work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not expect to get a promotion unless you run with the right crowd.

    BSR (Former Employee) Charleston, SC

    ProsGreat dedicated employees. They will give 100% and are very helpful. Great insurance, gym, retirement plan. Nice work environment. I loved working for them. Would still be with them if I wasn't RIF'ed.

    ConsDo not expect to be promoted into management no matter how many degrees or how may years you have been with them. You can be a dedicated employee for 19 years, work hard to get a degree and you will NOT be promoted to management. Was told by the VP, Director, HR and Manager to get a part time job as a supervisor somewhere else then I can apply for a management job. Also DO NOT turn anyone into compliance you will ruin your career. Management and directors will make your life hell. DO NOT TRUST THE COMPLIANCE DEPARTMENT and The Instil Health division.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour biggest assets are your employees. Stop hiring unqualified people to be managers just because they were managers at Dairy Queen, Burger King or some other place does not qualify them to do the job. Employees at BCBS of SC refer to managers as directory assistance because anytime you ask them a question they refer you to someone else.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK company to work for, but don't stay too long.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and tuition reimbursement programs. In some areas, training is excellent; in others, you get minimal company training. Major emphasis on diversity in hiring and promotions.

    ConsMoving up in the company can be difficult. Good candidates are passed over in favor of more politically saavy candidates. Raises are minimal, usually less than 2% per year. Not all department heads work with their employees to help them grow in their jobs. Creativity is unrecognized in favor of the usual way to do things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Have a true open door policy. Check in with your employees daily, not once a year at review time. Directors and above, listen to your managers and supervisors. They're on the front line and have a much better idea of what the major employee issues are. Be fair in time off policies and stop playing favorites. Be open to new ways to do things.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent work life balance, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement, and team environment.

    ConsVarious departments micromanage due to lack of trust. Job is repetitive. System glitches are not fixed due to budget restrictions. Upward mobility no longer exists due to promotional promises for family members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSuggest being less political

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Boring Office Job

    Student Intern (Former Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsThe job was very stable.

    ConsI did not learn that much

    Advice to Senior ManagementAutomate more things

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    Project Management Office

    IT Project Leader (Former Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsWell-defined project processes. Reasonable work-life balance. Good employee benefits and training program. Reasonably good career progression paths for those with mainframe tech skill sets.

    ConsIf you like to stay between the lines, you will love the culture of 'Death by committee.' Bureaucracy and cronyism kill any initiative or creative problem-solving. Way too much dead wood hanging around, waiting to maximize their retirement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work hard for no recognition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany is a financialy stable company

    ConsYou will never be acknowledged or compensated for being smart.....the contrary get's compensated and recognized. Full of apathy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place To Start Out But Long Term Growth Is Difficult

    IT Project Leader (Former Employee)

    ProsHad excellent internal training program. Almost impossible to get fired.

    ConsAdvancement within IT was strictly based on how much butt kissing you did and who you socialized with outside of work. It was not merit based. Pay raises were below average even if you were a top performer. Market pay was also below average. You could drive an hour up the road to Charlotte for 30 to 40% more money. Columbia itself is a pretty crappy place to live unless you are a Gamecock fan/alum. Calling your Project Managers as Project Leaders is a joke industry wide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe good old boy/girl network kills, kills the spirit of most of your IT teams. You have people in positions of Senior Leadership with just a H.S. diploma. You want to protect your jobs but don't understand how to grow your company. There is a serious lack of vision within IT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosmanagement needs to listen to employees

    Conssome people are not nice

    Advice to Senior Managementstart listening to workers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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