CALSTAR Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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  1. Challenging buy enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at CALSTAR

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Benefits, trust and communication within the team.

    Cons

    Growth pain, transforming stage from informal to a formal mid size company


  2. The potential to be great is present, but there a cognitive dissonance between management and the flight line.

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

    I worked at CALSTAR full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Challenging and rewarding work. Sound helicopters and excellent medical equipment.

    Cons

    Culture. There are a few stalwarts present that wish to keep the status quo and have too much influence with the upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Character matters. There are people in this organization that are deceitful and have their own agendas. It would serve you well to weed those individuals out.


  3. Such a waste (on so many levels)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - No Way Will I Say in McClellan, CA
    Current Employee - No Way Will I Say in McClellan, CA

    I have been working at CALSTAR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people who still believe in the "vision"

    Cons

    The people who follow the current "leadership". Our communications/dispatch center is clueless. Everyone is content to collect a big paycheck but they fall far below industry standards. It's embarrassing. Actual supervision would help but the supervisors or content to just collect a check as well. The rest of the company works hard and deserves a ton of credit. We all do it and succeed in the shadows of the shady upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Get out. You have done your damage. Now allow people who the industry to come in and save us. Funny how the most positive review comes from Human Resources. The rest of us have a different view.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Get your experience and get out.....

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

    I have been working at CALSTAR full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pilots and nurses makes the job worth the experience

    Cons

    Communication center and management takes no responsibility

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the team that actually makes the center work. Your 2 supervisors are deceitful liars


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great intro into a difficult to enter carrer...but don't stay too long

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

    I have been working at CALSTAR full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    High ratio of scene calls to inter-facility transfers. Lots of young flight nurses who are passionate about their job. Nurse to nurse staffing. All twin engine aircraft. One of the best if not the best safety record in the business. Very solid and skilled pilots and mechanics.

    Cons

    Lowest pay of any of the flight programs in the bay area. (about the same as the local paramedics)
    Zero contribution to your retirement.
    Extremely spartan education plan (pays only for required certs).
    Utilizes Golden Hour for charting (the industry's most cumbersome system).
    Very high employee turnover (about every 2-3yrs)
    Required clinical rotations but no assistance with placement
    Dishonest upper management-frequent broken promises to staff regarding fixing these problems
    Unstable culture-employees are fired for obscure and inconsistent reasons

    Advice to Management

    Improved employee treatment will save the cost of training a stream of new nurses
    Invest in personnel and they will last longer than 2-3yrs
    Increase salary, education and consider a retirement package


  7. Great safety record, but...

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

    I have been working at CALSTAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Provides excellent service to the community and those in need

    Cons

    The culture is challenging, pay is inadequate and communication is poor from the top and between different disciplines, people are not held accountable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The best of times and the worst of times wrapped in confusion.

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

    I have been working at CALSTAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    CALSTAR has an amazing mission (saving lives everyday) which provides great satisfaction. Nearly everybody who works for CALSTAR is a person who is easy to get along with personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Poor communication, Bad Leadership, and Horrible Training along with constant change have resulted in a culture that is hard to tolerate even in the current economic climate.

    Advice to Management

    1. Improve Communication
    2. Start a Management Training Program
    3. Don't let anymore great people turnover, do whatever it takes to sell them on staying through this turmoil.
    4. Stop the divisions and get the organization on board as "one company"


  9. Helpful (1)

    lack of focus and leadership

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

    I have been working at CALSTAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good equipment and some dedicated caring people throughout organization

    Cons

    upper management doesn't have an aviation background, but mostly an accounting one. Read the WSJ article of why CFOs make lousy CEOs and you will understand. They seem to be confused when a balance sheet decision to save money has deeper ramifications eventually costing more money. After 2 years it's obvious to most employees that the "new" management is learning as they go, making numerous mistakes that go along with that process. There are better run and more professional organizations to work for. The only good review was from the HR director.



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