CalOptima Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. A great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Services Specialist in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Services Specialist in Orange, CA

    I worked at CalOptima

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very concerned about the well being of the customers

    Cons

    Not so much for the employees


  2. Advise looking elsewhere.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CalOptima

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great mission/work for the members the company is serving.

    Cons

    Low pay and slow progression for promotional increases. Constant turnover from the C level down to all levels of management, LOTS of politics, and feel far removed from the mission.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves and the politics. Think more about the members and the employees serving those members and creating the success of the company. There needs to be a major, genuine boost in morale and a return to the old employee-centric culture.


  3. Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Orange, CA

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    County job. low pressure

    Cons

    VERY small company. Old school feel, older employees, clock watching, complaining to HR runs rampant. Too many women in one place.


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  5. My experience at CalOptima

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CalOptima

    Pros

    Great benefits and good people

    Cons

    Too much nepotism and politics at the expense of business and customers.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions than own them and lead. When you waffle on your decision making, leadership comes off as weak and distrustful.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CalOptima

    Pros

    This is a big company. Lots of room for advancement. Nice building and amenities. I met many really nice people working here.

    Cons

    Some of the people thought they were better than others. Some lacked good management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that those in a supervisory position have the training or ability to lead.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Everyone is on the take

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

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great employees and environment on the staff level

    Cons

    incompetent leadership, just do some research; they failed their last audit due to that/negative review.
    leadership is more worried about watching their own back and their own job security than getting the job done.
    If you are overqualified this is Not the place for you PLUS dont even think about getting your foot in the door to move up...they DO Not hire internally.
    And Pay! They used to be at least competitive; these new people in HR are cutting salaries left and right. As well NEVER go to HR with issues or problems; they will ensure you will be laid off or the first one out when the time approaches... HR is very LAZY un-proactive, always spinning the blame back on the employee. THIS IS A TYPICAL ORANGE COUNTY BUSINESS WHERE EVERYONE IS ON THE TAKE; MUST PLAY THE CORPORATE GAME OR YOUR TIME WILL BE LIMITED

    Advice to Management

    Replace your self or stop hiring based on relationships and actually hire based on talent


  8. Hostile Environment

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

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits were ok. Some very nice people work there (non management).

    Cons

    HR does not care what your concers are. They are more concerned that you might sue them that correcting the issues with manangement. No chance for advancement. Not a pleasant place to work.Lower manangement relies on others to do their job. Managers talk negitive about their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your friends just because. Start listening when someone has a concern. If you cared about your employees you might not have the problems you have with turnover. Treating people better might help.


  9. CalOptima review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QIS in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - QIS in Orange, CA

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Productive and efficient, friendly work place.

    Cons

    Communication issues in middle and upper management


  10. Helpful (1)

    My experience is OK still confused a little bit about my future here

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

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people I work with, great teamwork. Job flexibility and schedule.
    Benefits. Get to learn many different things about healthcare. Good stepping stone.

    Cons

    Impossible for well qualified employees to move up. Weak pay and raises.

    Advice to Management

    To actually let your team know they are doing a good job and allow team member to advance. Title and Rank wise and pay of course.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Eye opener to backstabbing dirty politics

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. Retirement plan is also pretty good.

    Cons

    Have to be able to play dirty politics really well and basically grease the palms of the executive staff and human resource department. Consistent excuses for low wage and for well qualified individuals to move up. Open door policy is nothing more than joke and you pay a hefty price for pointing out things that are ethically wrong.

    Advice to Management

    If there is an open door policy then follow through without backlash. Give well qualified employees the benefit of the doubt and give them chance. Moving up shouldn't be just for those in political favoritism realm.



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