Centene Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
185 Reviews
2.6
185 Reviews
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Centene Chairman and CEO Michael F. Neidorff
Michael F. Neidorff
117 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (although they were better just a couple of years ago) (in 23 reviews)

  • Only thing going for this company is great health Benefits or should I say what is left of the benefits due to cut backs (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work life balance unless you are paid by the hour (in 14 reviews)

  • If you decide to take a job there plan on working many long hours (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity if you can get into the right department.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Clayton, MO

    I have been working at Centene full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great campus and amenities; always new business; never a dull moment!

    Cons

    Hard to advance past Manager level - I wish there were more opportunities to climb the ladder. Some departments, not all, have a real log jam at the top; you basically have to wait for someone to flame out or hang tough until the inevitable reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give job & industry experience more weight rather than ironclad insistence on higher education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nothing is built to last.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Clayton, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Clayton, MO

    I have been working at Centene full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They have an awesome cafeteria.

    Cons

    Nothing is built to last. None of the other developers are writing unit tests, and the architecture is pretty brittle.

    As a developer you will be tasked with gathering specifications as the business analysts don't do their jobs.

    As a developer you will be tasked with going through a five layer process to certify that a feature is ready to deploy - the testing team does not really test, only the business will test, and they are impossible to work with.

    As a developer you will be tasked with supporting code you did not write (you will be on-call), and no one else on the team serves on-call (business analysts, testers, managers).

    As a developer you will work nights and weekends in addition to regular hours, and you will not be the one promoted - Centene only promotes business analysts and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centene full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and my department is team oriented.

    Cons

    Considering acquiring a new lead to handle real estate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance training (currently in process).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    One year after my start date and I would have chosen to come to Centene all over again.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centene full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People, Growth of the company

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.

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

    Confusing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centene

    Pros

    The pay is decent and comparable to area hospitals

    Cons

    horrible training. Constantly being pulled off of regular work to put out fires. Managers are all buddies that have left Health Net and brought a top-down cliqueish culture with them. I have a masters degree and they asked me to answer phones....no thanks

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company bids on state government healthcare business.

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    Former Employee - Contract Negotiator I-Internal  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Contract Negotiator I-Internal in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Centene full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company is fast paced and is growing rapidly. Employees hired are devoted and hard working. Company should focus on hiring more administrative staff to support the production.

    Cons

    The company does not dedicate resources to train new staff, each health plan runs independently and therefore the culture is not feel cohesive at times. Company does not hire enough administrative staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to find ways to allow for work-life balance and adopt work at home policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    fast growing company, unavoidable growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centene full-time

    Pros

    should be able to have good opportunities to be promoted if you are doing well (have good performance review by a good manager who gets along with you), and fit in.
    compensation is reasonable. Good cafe, free parking.

    Cons

    new teams are established and managers tend to make arbitrary judgement on right/wrong people to hire. When hired "wrong" people at a high level (high pay as well) who don't perform accordingly, they change strategy by starting everyone at a lower level - seems like an unfair punishment to new hires to me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    good place to learn health care and move on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Centene full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    you can take on as many projects as you want in order to learn. excellent learning opportunities. learn as much as you can for as long as you can tolerate it then move on.

    Cons

    some managers and directors are not that great. some were put into positions without business or management experience. mid line managers did not co-operate as much as would have liked to see. many of them were out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some of the management team put on a facade when interacting with direct line teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rapid growth and growing pains.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Clayton, MO

    I worked at Centene full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A fast paced company that is growing.

    Cons

    Poor training. Managers are overworked and cannot spend the needed time to supervise well. Total focus on the new account with detrimental impact on current customers. Blaming employees for systemic failures due to lack of training, support and time to think about what needs to be done other than today's fire drill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better structure for employees and managers. Spend the time and dollars on internal development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, growing fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Person  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Support Person in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Centene full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people who are interested in helping others. Hearts are in the right place. Growing very very fast. Overall happy here

    Cons

    Fast growth leads to some disarray as things evolve. Working through that, but can be frustrating at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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