Blue Shield Of California Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Blue Shield Of California President & CEO Paul Markovich
Paul Markovich
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Pros
  • Decent work life balance (be sure you set this expectation early - don't be reactive) (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits but a little expensive (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • no work life balance and always pushing for more work (in 18 reviews)

  • Constantly reorganizing; upper management has no clear vision for the future (in 15 reviews)

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  1. IT Imploding

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has good mission, benefits, etc overall

    Cons

    IT leadership is incompetent - high compensation so they are only short sighted and do not care about the long term.


  2. I thought it was fine working there

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in El Dorado Hills, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to work on the Affordable Care Act

    Cons

    It seems many people do care for the mission of the company. They instead worry about petty things

    Advice to Management

    Listen and encourage new ideas. I found it difficult to introduce a new technology that was free and would have the company millions of dollars


  3. Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is going through good changes

    Cons

    - Hard to get a promotion - Pigeon-hole in a job role


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  5. Little room for advancement and growth

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

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked my team, and they had a good work/life balance. There was also a generous PTO allotment. The pension plan is a nice bonus too.

    Cons

    Very silo-ed. There was also no room for growth in my department. The pay also seemed below market value for the position and amount of work requested from you.

    Advice to Management

    Allow opportunities for growth, provide training, and invest some money into making the systems better.


  6. HR Intern

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company mission, awesome peers, casual work environment -- everyone's there to help you grow and it's a dependable culture

    Cons

    A lot going on, but tolerable

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear and transparent


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    Senior Underwriter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location, easy commute, decent pension, ability to change jobs within company. Well known brand with low likelihood of business failure.

    Cons

    Poor communication from senior management. False sense of culture.


  8. You're really not that important if you're not a Director or above

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My boss is actually really awesome. All of their superiors however, are not. I also have a couple of close friends on the team, that's about it.

    Cons

    Insanely political. Does not pay enough to allow you to live in the city without worrying about making your next rent payment. If you're a Director or above you are well taken care of it, but below that you feel pretty meaningless


  9. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Mission driven and focused on the member

    Cons

    Lots of change going on

    Advice to Management

    continue the transparency


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    Great team, good work. There is opportunity for career advancement, as well as for acquiring new skills. Once in a while, there are team catered lunches.

    Cons

    The pace of the office is quite slow at times. Need more interesting projects and opportunities to advance as well as to learn new skills. Often felt stagnant in my position

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear and transparent. Oftentimes, company decisions were announced in language that was vague and hard-to-follow, and even after reading an important email, I was left feeling as if I did not truly understand what was going on


  11. Helpful (5)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The employee's are great to work with

    Cons

    Even though the company is a good one; there needs to be some consistency with the production numbers that the employees are asked to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure the production standards are consistant



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