Blue Shield Of California

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Blue Shield Of California Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
292 Reviews
2.9
292 Reviews
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Blue Shield Of California President & CEO Paul Markovich
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work life balance (be sure you set this expectation early - don't be reactive) (in 29 reviews)

  • As with many large companies there are good benefits as well as some really good people (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance, many people are essentially doing the jobs of two people (in 18 reviews)

  • Senior management seems to never be on the same page; high silo environment (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    non profit mission
    decent pay
    nice people

    Cons

    no equity stock
    technology limitations
    poor planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better planning
    improved recruiting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I really enjoyed the culture and people at Blue Shield

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    I really like the people, the culture (I.e. great benifits, great cafeteria, gym onsite) its a fun place to work. I also enjoyed the scope of work and felt like I was making a difference.

    Cons

    Current healthcare situation in the Country makes for a heavier than usual workload at certain times of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep monitoring the pulse of your customers so that you continue to work at addressing their needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I am not drinking the koolaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is good.
    Telecummuting can be a good thing for those of us who actually use it for the right reasons.
    People are friendly.
    If you're in Bay Area, you get to work in SF Financial district.
    Good training opportunities.
    They always have $ for food for long meetings.
    Gym at SF office.
    What they preach on mission and goals is motivating.

    Cons

    They don't lracticw what they preach.
    People take advantage of telecommuting and therefore they create more obstacles to get things done.
    People are tooooooo friendly.
    People are always "busy". These people are not busy. These people know how to work the system after a while and know who they can set alliances with.
    No sense of direction. Management does not provide goals or expectations.
    Everyone is passive. No one is aggressive at all.
    Deadlines are always pushed.
    Meetings are constantly cancelled. No one in management tries to remove barriers.
    Things have to be talked about until you get old. It is uber difficult for anyone to make decisions.
    As long as you drink the koolaid and smile you should be set!!

    Bottom line, this is an okay job. Not a place to grow and shine. Good place to learn & take your time. I guess it really depends on your team. Just be sure to be friendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better performance evaluation system.
    Give realistic expectations.

    Also, keep an eye on the 49ers box seats. Those should be used for potential clients. Yet the same people go, they openly talk about who is going from blue shield and never talk about the potential sale they should be closing. And the biggest, they get to being their family?? Pretty unethical to me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pseudo-government environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    Work/life balance and Telecommuting
    New jobs posted frequently

    Cons

    Micro-management
    Departments working in silos
    Gender imbalance
    Poor IT infrastructure

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management talks big and doesn't deliver the promised results, not in tune with employees.

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    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job flexibility is very good and most of the managers very accommodating.
    Work from home option for 2 or more days as long as things are completed on schedule.
    Work life balance is very good for majority of times.
    Pay is not the greatest, but can be considered above par in IT.

    Cons

    Absolutely no collaborative atmosphere and everyone works in Silos.
    Most of the times your middle management are non-technical and most likely moved from customer service.
    Too much dependency on Vendors for core work and employees are treated like worse than them. Management talks about retaining core work with employees, but hasn't happened in last 1.5 years.
    Too many meetings and very little comes out of it. Also there is a tendency to shun ownership and try to pass it on to someone else.
    Everyone is a Manager and very little actual work is done. For IT division this small, too many VP, Directors and Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees and provide them a path to use the skills that they are hired for.
    Provide a collaborative atmosphere for employees to work together and remove distrust.
    Don't use cheap tricks like cutting carryover PTO to gain short term financial results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior account manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility
    Advancement opportunities
    Ok benefits
    Pension
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance. Over engineering of the simplest processes. Lack of leadership.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    The company has great ad campaigns, but corporate life there is not so great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    I had a great boss; were it not for her, my time there would have been spent badly

    Cons

    People and entire departments are dispensable. There was a massive reorganization, and instead of successfully reassigning people, the CEO had 1/3 of the company laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try giving some value to the employees. There are absolutely no perks at this company...not even perks with the health insurance, which is what the company deals in!

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

    Great work, Not so great Managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Always work to be done, few great co-workers, few great supervisors, great pay, Openings available often

    Cons

    Some supervisors will talk behind your back thinking words don't spread through the office, some employees will look around for trouble to find anything they can tell the managers to get someone in trouble, IT help desk is a mess and takes forever to fix very simple problems, computers lack required hardware to run their programs. Still running old web browsers which causes security risks, Managers do not seem to care about the quality of work their employees are doing, more focused on speed to get as many things done in a day whether the tasks were done correctly or not,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up and start listening to employees about their concerns with the company they work for. Ask questions to employees to see what needs to be changed and how they feel something should be done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    Great team and management. However, it takes awhile to move up the ladder/

    Cons

    Not enough cross departmental communications. Organization is relatively conservative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    lots of leanings which is helping my career

    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Folsom, CA

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

    Pros

    good place to work. work life is balanced

    Cons

    have to extend work sometimes without billing

    Recommends

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