CHOC Children's Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Great doctors and nurses, they really care about the patients (in 4 reviews)

  • It's a great place to work or volunteer (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Why does senior leadership keep hiring more VPs (in 4 reviews)

  • The poor quality of most of the leadership team is embarrassing (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orange, CA

    I worked at CHOC Children's full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Upper management and doctors were accessible and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Middle management was insecure in their position and tried to sabotage my job.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor middle management. If there is a big turnover in staff try to find out what the problem is. Other than that the job was fun, engaging and interesting.


  2. Overall compensation is not competitive. CEO is overpaid. Some departments feel neglected and underappreciated.

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Dana Point, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Dana Point, CA

    I have been working at CHOC Children's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent PTO and annual merit increases.

    Cons

    Overall compensation is not competitive. CEO is overpaid. Some departments feel neglected and underappreciated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    great benefits, good pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

    I worked at CHOC Children's part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better pay compared to other locations are similar positions. Great benefits, employer pays huge percentage. 7 mins grace period, meaning your not considered late up to 7 mins. Working for a good cause

    Cons

    Some management look down at you. Some can be very and unpleasant to work with. Very minimal increase If your not a dr or supv. No big company holiday parties or bonus unless your a dr/supv


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  5. Job can be challenging but it's the best place I've worked!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

    I have been working at CHOC Children's full-time

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

    Pros

    I love that CHOC continuously provides high-quality services to help our community. I work in the Human Resources Department. We have a great team. The leaders in my department encourage everyone on our team to learn and grow in our profession. Everyone on my team does a pretty great job of trying helping each other out as needed.

    Cons

    My position can be challenging at times but that's one of the main reasons I enjoy working for CHOC. Since the workload is typically high in HR, I recommend our leadership continue to check-in with everyone on a regular basis to ensure we each have the tools/support needed to be successful in our roles.

    Advice to Management

    I always feel comfortable approaching any of the leaders in Human Resources with questions/concerns; I recommend keeping the open door policy.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Highly Dysfunctional Organization

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    Former Employee - Job Title in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Job Title in Orange, CA

    I worked at CHOC Children's

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Great healthcare practitioners.

    Cons

    One of the most dysfunctional organizations I've ever worked for. Poor decision making. Great facade of being a world class children's hospital. Under the covers, processes, management, and technologies are far behind actual "world class" organizations. Management is mostly comprised of lifers who are more concerned with CYA and politics than making quick informed decisions to improve the organization. Culture allows for a majority of employees doing the bare minimum and leaning on the go-getters until they burn out and leave. Very questionable ethics regarding CEO's compensation. Poor performance should not equal top 10 percent CEO pay. Poor performance and overall company management resulting in hundreds of people being laid off definitely should not result in the CEO receiving a $300k raise. Seriously, $1.5 million a year wasn't enough??

    Advice to Management

    Time for a new executive management team.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DIrector Business Services in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - DIrector Business Services in Orange, CA

    I worked at CHOC Children's full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Was once a nice low key community peds hospitals. Docs were good and didn't try to exceed their skills. High turn over at the CNO level.

    Cons

    This hospital will never achieve the level of expertise for which they are striving. Research is miniscule, UCI moved the majority of their surgical residents to Miller Childrens and CHOC is sending all organ transplants to Radys. After separating from St. Joseph's two years ago, employing all of the docs (this group loses over $22m a year due to low revenue and high salaries), and building a huge new hospital with a lot of debt the hospital is failing financially. The leadership team has never run a free standing hospital before last year. Clearly, they are overwhelmed and lack the skills to manage this level of complexity.

    Advice to Management

    The size and scope of your mistakes will cause CHOC to fail. Your lack of expertise is evidenced by your ineffective financial planning, destruction of the UCI affiliationwhich shut off research and advanced residencies, failure to recruit top teir faculty has led to mediocre care.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Nurse

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    Former Employee - Nurse Manager in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Nurse Manager in Orange, CA

    I worked at CHOC Children's (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Patients and staff have excellent clinical practice

    Cons

    Executive management team does not value employees

    Advice to Management

    Lose EMT members that are paid salaries of more than 450K/year and limit those salaries accordingly


  9. Research Associate I

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

    I have been working at CHOC Children's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The hospital itself is a great environment to work in. Everyone is really committed to their jobs and helping children in their community. The benefit package is also very and we have a lot of PTO.

    Cons

    The institute does not put enough emphasis on their basic science research. Most employees outside of the research department don't even know what types of research CHOC is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Give the research department more financial and PR support. There should be fund raisers to support research.


  10. Clinical Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CHOC Children's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had a very good expirience on the medical floor, nurse's are AWESOME! first job in the medical field and I loved working there for inpatient.

    Cons

    Could use more child related supplies such as bandaids, curtains, just little things that would totally make a difference for a child's expirience at the hospital


  11. Nursing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CHOC Children's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    CNO very involved and interested in nursing input. THE best co-workers. Peers are like members of your family. Very compassionate and caring staff and physicians that work well with nursing. Emphasis on collaboration and teamwork. Leaders that are interested in your ideas and a desire to meet the needs of employees. Management cares and wants to work with you to solve problems and issues. Open door policy.

    Cons

    Hospital is going through a transition. Changes in management and organizational structure. Change is difficult, but employees are informed and involved.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep an open door policy and reward your experienced, loyal staff for their commitment and passion for the organization and the children it serves.



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