CalOptima

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CalOptima Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
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  1.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  3.  

    Everyone is on the take

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

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Hostile Environment

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

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    CalOptima review

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

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Productive and efficient, friendly work place.

    Cons

    Communication issues in middle and upper management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

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

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

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Eye opener to backstabbing dirty politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Making a difference in the community..

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

    I worked at CalOptima as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    programs support the underserved in healthcare, good culture, great benefit options like 9/80 and tele-commuting

    Cons

    Can have many layers of approval and move slowly

    Recommends
  10.  

    CalOptima is a non-profit and values based manged care organization that makes a difference in peoples lives everyday.

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

    I have been working at CalOptima

    Pros

    Great work-life blance options (flex-hours, 9/80 work schedule)
    Exceptional benefits
    Connecting low income, seniors and working families with quality healthcare
    Making a difference in the communities that we live in
    Small enough to know people throughout the organization
    Balances hard work with fun and recogniton
    Recognized as a benchmark program and very efficent

    Cons

    Some limitations on tools and resources to get the job done
    On ocasion there are many levels of approvals which can slow things down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do a great job of making important decisons and communicating that with the rest of the organization

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good stepping stone but it is not the end all...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, CA

    I worked at CalOptima

    Pros

    Good resume builder, you get the opportunity to work on lots of different projects, since the organization is small, you get visibility and expsoure to upper management. The benefits are awesome and very affordable. Some very smart people work here.

    Cons

    Somewhat of a government company means that there is a lot of red tape that needs to be addressed before actually getting something done (advisory committee vetting, board approval, etc). Some of the Exec team members are ruthless and have very poor management styles. Problem is everyone knows it and no one is brave enough to do anything about it. Overall, not a super friendly group. Lots of politics. Be careful who you trust.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to be the advocate for the employees. Stop pretending that you are. You just want to fool us into thinking we are supported when all you really are doing is gathering feedback and holding it against the person who was brave enough (or naive enough) to provide it.

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