Catholic Health Initiatives

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Catholic Health Initiatives Reviews in Englewood, CO

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
174 Reviews
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Catholic Health Initiatives CEO Kevin E. Lofton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable work-life balance depending on the part of the organization you were in (in 13 reviews)

  • Faith based organization with sound mission (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • i see nothing anymore about core values and the mission (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management is not for the employee's who are doing patient care (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Environment and culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Automation Developer in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Test Automation Developer in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Team Sprits working together and help each other

    Cons

    Without Business , creating Automation script

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Helpful

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    New senior leadership changing core values to be financially-based; Ooutsourcing IT had severe consequence

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Direct Support Professional in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will always hear that the people make working here worthwhile, but as more and more 'good people' leave for various reasons, even that has changed this past year.

    Cons

    At first I thought it was just IT since the CIO and new President decided to outsource, but it appears most employees feel they are overworked and undervalued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Was major shift intentional when overall policy became recently driven by Finance, which continues to necessitate your decision for layoffs and cost cutting measures, such as outsourcing when 700* employees were let go a few years back? Major repercussions have stressed employees across the enterprise as more is expected for less. HR/IT Management is sorely lacking. Employees are treated as expendable. There are decision makers in Management that probably aren't on-point qualified but achieved position due to political maneuvering. The Respect-Integrity-Compassion-Excellence posted on every wall is expected of employees but you don't see it much in Senior Management.
    Many vendors won't deal anymore with CHI--you at top need not be so indifferent to our general reputation and what your employees are really experiencing. So many good people have been let go or are leaving that CHI runs risk of become a mediocre provider of healthcare that's driven by the dollar like every other corporation that's created their downfall and misdirected focus on cost-cutting decisions--instead of honoring the values your employees once were passionate about contributing to---caring about patients first--not expensive perks for leadership while employees are being driven to work harder while HR remains focused on making their goals that caters to corporate but treats employee and especially contractors as irrelevance and expendable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Painful Decline

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - IT Director in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company has good benefits and has a good mission.

    Cons

    The IT function is in shambles and will continue to decline, as there is a lack of investment in people to fix core processes and operational processes. IT leadership is missing. Fundamental processes across finance, procurement, contracting, etc. are missing. It is extremely challenging to get anything done given broken processes and unhappy people. Sr. Leadership wants to outsource accountability and doesn't support its outsourcing providers. There is constant support issues across the organization and there is only effort to figure out who to blame, instead of how to fix the problems. Leadership refuses to fix root cause of problems and consultants are brought in to evaluate the same problems over and over... wasting money and time. They have lost over 90% of their IT leaders in the last 2 years - this must say something. The problems are getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix fundamental core processes: Finance, Procurement, Accounting. Build a support structure in IT for outsourcing provider to be successful and appropriately drive what the business needs from IT. Stop paying consultants because you want to hear a different story... Fix something instead... build processes... Stop blaming outsourcing provider for the things you should be accountable for and partner with them. Recognize IT cannot fix problems overnight that have been there for years and are compounded by growth and broken core processes across the organization. You have lost some of your best people and will continue to do so. Many of those that remain, do so because they will tolerate the chaos and have given up on actually fixing it. Expect things to get much worse before they get better. This operating model is truly neglectful. Accept the problems and empower people to fix them, understanding the problems are deep and wide which will require time and support and drive from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overloaded with middle management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I feel like I was on the only team that was worthwhile.

    I received quite a bit of useful training.

    Cons

    Every other team enjoys the perks of sitting in meetings all-day, and not actually accomplishing any work. There are a bunch of tenured people sitting in positions, that may be well over their heads. Many people in middle-management and above really don't have a clue over the areas they are over, and are unable to keep up with the meetings their managers and directors have them going to, that they force the "worker bees" to attend meetings in their place. There ends up being everyone is always in meetings, and very little work is actually getting done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your promotion/raise policies. I feel like they are sub-par, and unsatisfactory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shady practices

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary was ok, annual reviews allowed for small bumps in salary and the benefits are ok for the most part.

    Cons

    Shady practices, management needs people skills training badly! Health care reform is causing a lot of budget cuts and lost jobs. Company doesn't always uphold their mission statement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice culture, good people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are really nice. The culture is respectful. People feel like they are contributing to something important. Benefits are solid.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Not a lot of internal promotions to executive levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many priorities so the focus is not really there. There are not enough resources to successfully complete all of the priorities on the strategic plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Disaster if you work in IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My Co-workers are great. 23 days of PTO

    Cons

    Mandatory that 6 of those PTO days are taken at Christmas for 2nd year in a row.

    IT was outsourced to India 2 years ago and has been in a full on nose dive ever since. If you are thinking of applying for an IT position think long and hard. Processes that used to take days now take months because outsourced staff is incompetent. Physicians are screaming because outsourced helpdesk staff is impossible to understand and can't resolve issues. Two minute calls to the helpdesk now take 20. They are now bringing a clinical help desk onshore because it has gotten so ridiculous. Infrastructure is completely unstable. We now have daily 7:30am calls to discuss outages because they are so frequent. Networks going down all the time, exchange issues weekly, servers being rebooted in the middle of the day with no notice. In addition to doing the jobs we have always done we now also have the job of babysitting our outsourced partners to ensure they aren't breaking our applications and our hardware. Full time job on its own. Have spent roughly 20 hours over the past 2 weeks fixing things they broke. Oh how we miss having technical staff who knew what the heck they were doing!

    This place was great to work for prior to outsourcing. Until they bring IT tech services back in-house, run away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate outsourcing contract. It has destroyed this place... And not simply because you threw out everyone who understood the infrastructure at CHI, but because you replaced them with incompetent staff. It is frustrating the heck out of the retained ITS staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automation Test Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Automation Test Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work culture, Work timings, Leader Ship., Facilities. Good Growth Skills. I will never miss an opportunity to work with

    Cons

    There is no work at Home facility at CHI. It will be good if they give Work from home Facility at least once in a month or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    management skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    management has no people skills, they label employees as having a" bad attitude" when they are the ones who have the problem. They use this management ploy to terminate employees & actually feel good doing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get educated & get some people skills!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very challenging environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facility, good workspace and equipment

    Cons

    Very political environment. Saw numerous people summarily dismissed "for cause", in situations where the person's performance was good, but they were seen as "not a fit". Leadership in the department I was in was very weak and void of true leadership skills. It was a cult of personality and very difficult to create true change because of the politics. The company's executive leadership is clear that they're trying to close a significant gap between operating costs and projected revenue, and it would be difficult to feel secure in such an environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business Intelligence department is not well run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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