Catholic Health Initiatives

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Catholic Health Initiatives Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
152 Reviews
2.5
152 Reviews
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Catholic Health Initiatives President and 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
  • Core Values are not observed, Mangers and Directors have no clue on what they are doing nor do they care (in 10 reviews)

  • It will be good if they give Work from home Facility at least once in a month or so (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Although I like my job and co-workers, I feel company doesn't are about workers as individual human beings.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives

    Pros

    Good benefits and good co-workers.

    Cons

    They are more concerned about being the money-maker in healthcare than creating a great work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep hiring and firing. Turnover effects the care we provide for patients.

  2.  

    Good Environment and culture

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Team Sprits working together and help each other

    Cons

    Without Business , creating Automation script

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Helpful

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Future is TBD

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Denver, CO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good co-workers. If you're talented you can progress in the organization.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, growing quickly from M&A without strong structure to support and hospital systems take out frustrations on corporate employees. People coasting by when others are working hard to turn things around. Need to trim the fat. Heavy use of consulting firms selling your ideas to the executives as their own. Inconsistency in employment practices and work/life based on area you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Critical scrutiny of every leadership position, identify where the value is and don't use consultants to accomplish it, you gave your own talent that can tell you.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Visionary company. Pressured to succeed in huge undertakings with stressful (near unrealistic) timelines.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Truly enjoyed being a part of the vision to standardize best practice care across the enterprise.
    CHI has both short term and long term plans to take care of their own via the standardization process. Creating a pool of positional workers that can travel to assist other Markets nationwide in times of need (i.e.- patient care during Joplin MO tornado disaster)

    Cons

    Inefficiencies created by change management process that was developing on-the-fly. Lack of true application of lessons-learned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve bedside caregivers in planning stages for realistic change management and timelines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Change direction without warning

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Faculty appointment, mentoring and teaching

    Cons

    They establish several taxes that decrease the salary substantially.
    Our population of patients decrease with the BCBS problem
    When they talk about the objectives I don't think we are talking about the same think and practice.
    The environment feels toxic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention to patients and physicians and less to their profit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Better than what I had before

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and the mission.

    Cons

    C-level management and their commitment to earning another bonus or pat on the back for out sourcing your health care job over seas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You worked to get Oblama Care, and now you have it and the decrease in payments from everyone (mainly the U.S. taxpayers). Enjoy your bonuses while everyone else gets out sourced to India, layed-off, or sub-standard care. Nice to know that our friends in India and the Philippines have full access to all of the medical records while you get taken out to dinner by another vendor spewing garbage. If only we had someone leading IT who actually knew how to turn on a computer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSP in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - DSP in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fun working environement, training, leadership

    Cons

    a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not applicable for any issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice culture, good people.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Disaster if you work in IT

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    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
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Politics, poor management, red tape, sink or swim.

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

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

    Pros

    Independent work. Ability to work from home. Usually feel appreciated. Nice people.

    Cons

    People are put into supervisor and management positions that do not belong there. Poor work/life balance, Understaffed, lack of communication, one day you have a full team and the next people get fired without any insight to what they did wrong so you don't make the same mistake. Ever-changing. Nothing is ever consistent. Also with the mandatory PTO between Christmas and New Year seems very unfair. Part of the reason I had accepted the offer in 2013 was because of the benefits which included a little bit more PTO than what I had before but that has been taken away with the mandatory PTO requirements. Generally overworked. No budget to hire people, no budget to get training on the new products that you are expected to support, many responsibilities placed without any promotion/compensation, very tight timelines, confusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send supervisors to management courses. Communicate to the employees when they are doing something wrong and give them a chance to correct it. General communication needs to increase. Hire more people. Bring the work back to the US and get rid of Wipro - worst decision CHI ever made.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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