California Pacific Medical Center Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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California Pacific Medical Center CEO Warren Browner
Warren Browner
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Pros
  • EXCELLENT staff and colleagues (those who are still there), good benefits and wages (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to work with great benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management was filled with infighting and they promoted intimidation and humiliation (in 3 reviews)

  • My only good experience at CPMC was the day I gave notice and my last day (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Surgical Service Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Unit Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of team work! We/They always pull together as a team to get the job done no matter how stressful the day is. It is like a family within a family.

    Cons

    There aren't any full time slots available. And they are not open on the weekends nor holidays. But it is worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!!! I would love to work here full time with benefits at the Cal campus. It is a great experience.


  2. Pacific Campus Review - Need Break Relief for Nurses

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical RN in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical RN in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technology is advanced and I like most of the equipment that help care for patients in the ICU. I've worked with some great physicians, nurse practitioners and fellow nursing staff in the ICU. Care provided by staff is good and there are a few open positions such as case management that are available.

    Cons

    Lack of effective break relief - an ICU nurse has got to eat. Management is stuck in their ivory tower. A very poor morale was noted the very first day I was on the job when they had no 403(b) match for retirement. Lack of investment in nursing and a physician driven institution. Receive email communication about their million-dollar profit but doesn't seem to filter down to the patient care level. Short-staffing and floating is frequent - I get a pit in my stomach everytime I head into work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in nursing (and a lunch box during nurses week doesn't quite cut it) and improve working conditions


  3. Physical Therapist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physical Therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Physical Therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and PTO accrual; family like department and friends with colleagues; diverse patient population

    Cons

    Unrealistic productivity expectations; stress related to productivity


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  5. One step forward, two steps back.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very forgiving with mistakes, although the work environment is responsible for most of them. One of the few organizations that still has a legitimate Pension plan.

    Cons

    The workload is atrocious and staffing is unrealistically low. The work process in virtually all the Support Services departments focuses on putting out active fires while new ones start. Every department feels wronged somehow. All office gossip, from Nursing staff to Housekeeping is the same tone - whose leaving where, what's being mismanaged, how heavy the workload, whose being blamed for what. The work environment has been toxic since around 2002, nothing new there, but thanks to San Francisco's increased minimum wage (No effort from Sutter to readjust) and mandatory Healthcare/PTO the benefits of staying with the company are shrinking with each paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    I've been at this organization long enough to know that this section is fruitless.


  6. Helpful (1)

    its a paycheck...USED to be employer of choice...treatment of employees has deteriorated in past 5 years....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - RN Staff Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    OKAY PLACE TO WORK, more of a customer service rep at a store than an RN in a hospital...medical/dental plans probably the best in san fran and offset the discrepencies..

    Cons

    NOT nursing focused..NO emphasis on advancement or education....have taken away most benefits such as retirement matching, bonuses, cost of living raises and equipment is old and outdated..not a forerunner for nursing..not sense of being part of a team..constant turnover of management and re-invention of wheel

    Advice to Management

    very top heavy..lots of titles, spend more money on beds, monitors, general equipment and less on salaries of upper management..management is revolving door....staff stays...


  7. great people OK job

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

    Pros

    Loved all my co workers

    Cons

    no room for growth there


  8. Helpful (3)

    Oppressive Senior Management, and Incompetent, Ladder-Climbing Middle-Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical
    Current Employee - Clinical
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I like what I am hired to do. Decent benefits, but nothing compared to tech companies in SF.

    Cons

    As in Title: Never before have I witnessed such self-important management. Must agree with above poster. Not the least transparent; difficult to consider them "Team Too many ESL pharmacists, and lab managers. Makes communicating important info very difficult: pt suffers.

    Advice to Management

    Practice yourCPMC values.


  9. Helpful (1)

    a formerly great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Pacific Medical Center (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    dedicated clinicians who absolutely have the best interest of the patients in mind

    Cons

    Sutter management too focused on bottom line and patient care suffered

    Advice to Management

    include clinicians in decision making, not just management (even if they were formerly in direct patient care-a lot has changed since many of these folks were in the trenches!)


  10. Helpful (2)

    CPMC hates its Nurses

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Pacific Medical Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Really smart, kind, skilled medical staff -Great patient care (given in spite of the obstacles) -Team mentality, for the most part (depending on your shift)

    Cons

    -Turnover in administration leads to ever increasing, conflicting, and unnecessary rule changes (I've had more managers than I can count on two hands in the last 7 years) -Re-hiring +/- promotion of unprofessional, even incompetent and dishonest, people to both administrative and bedside roles. Watch your back. -All stick, no carrot atmosphere -Favoritism/nepotism -Training and education are non-existent -Breaks? LOL. You'll be lucky if you get one but you'll have to jump through hoops and get scolded if you don't pretend you did. -Reliance on temporary/traveling staff: I stopped learning new coworkers' names when we got a traveler administrator; what's the point? They don't stick around. Expect to be asked to train them, though. -Pay and benefits have stalled which is a problem in the most expensive city in the country (unless you don't live here. See: traveling staff problem). WELCOME TO CPMC!!! :)

    Advice to Management

    Ditch Sutter now.


  11. Staff RN

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Pacific Medical Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High pay. Great location. Nice coworkers and friendly physicians.

    Cons

    Ever-changing management. 8 hour shifts. Not always guaranteed vacation.



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