Children's Hospital Colorado

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Children's Hospital Colorado Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
63 Reviews
3.2
63 Reviews
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Children's Hospital Colorado Interim CEO Jena Hausmann
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-Life balance is important to my director (in 3 reviews)

  • Providers are dedicated to helping kids (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance used to be good but it's getting worse as empty positions are not filled (in 5 reviews)

  • Very-biased organization on the non-clinical/finance side (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very fair treatment of employees and tuition reimbursement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement and full benefits

    Cons

    Required to get flu shot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better catering company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stressful Environment

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

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good cause; nice cafeteria, patio area to sit outside.

    Cons

    Too many hours required of your own time (non-paid).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance needs to be better.

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

    Amazing place for sick children

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Center in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Control Center in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fortunately, in the end we're all here for the children.

    Cons

    Complete lack of communication between senior leadership and everyone else. An utterly ridiculous amount of disorganization for an organization of this size, which is actually on the smaller side; 5500 + or - employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refine the practices and processes currently in-place. COMMUNICATE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning environment. Stressful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Pros

    Care of children. Top notch research and evidenced based.

    Cons

    Co-workers have egos with some back-stabbing. Favoritism observed.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changes happening

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, quality staff

    Cons

    Shifting as budgets are cut in 2014-2015

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value experienced nurses more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great hospital that is mission-driven and committing to serving the community.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hi level of trust with their employees. My department seemed to be particularly collaborative, but in general there seemed to be good inter-departmental communication and healthy competition.
    The executive team does a great job of growing potential leaders.
    In general, this is a great company to work for. I would work there again.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any downsides to working for this company. If anything, I saw people leave (as did I) for other opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Children's offers very competitive salaries and good benefits. The mission is excellent. I can't think of an employer with a better cause. Children's offers the opportunity to work with current technologies and enterprise equipment.

    Cons

    Culture has been declining over the last few years. Leadership seems a bit rudderless. A long string of poor judgment and bad decisions has led to overspending and low moral. Wages are very good and in fact a little higher than market in most cases, but in spite of that people are still leaving. The evolving culture seems to include fear and intimidation. Dissenting opinions are a big no no. There has been a pretty significant talent drain in IT and it seems to be accelerating. A growing lack of trust between staff and leadership has developed. Just recently devices were installed under every desk to monitor when employees are at their desk. The initial message from leadership was that the devices were for tracking air flow. It wasn't until later that the true purpose of the devices was disclosed. It is a real shame that this once great organization with a terrific mission has lost its way. Hopefully the new CEO can get things back on track and make the organization a great place once again for the most talented and creative minds to call home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Children's Hospital Colorado Response

    Feb 3, 2015Human Resources Representative

    Thank you for sharing your concern about Children's Hospital Colorado. We'd like to learn more about your experience, as we are looking closely at the system in place and will take your ... More

  9.  

    Great Organization, challenging working conditions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Pros

    Excellent facility
    Provides great care to children and their families

    Cons

    Department specific:
    Poor work-life balance
    Low morale of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking after current employees will save significant costs of constant recruitment and training. It will also assist with workload and morale.

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    All about the mission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Children's attracts people who are committed to caring for kids. Mission matters here. The organization is at its best when it's considering the needs of kids and families. People are generally smart, kind, and relational. The resources available to provide great patient care are significantly better than most hospitals, and if you've got a kid with a rare or serious illness, there's really no better place to bring them. Staff work incredibly hard here, and it's rare to encounter a someone who's basically just there for the paycheck, so those people tend to really stand out.

    Cons

    The organization has grown massively in the past decade, and senior leadership has not kept up. Communication is poor, often unplanned, and often lacking transparency. Decisions tend to be reactive, or not made at all. Hierarchy rules, under a fairly thin veneer of being consensus-driven. It's like the organization wants to believe it's a democracy, but really operates like an oligarchy (e.g. shared governance committees which have no authority, committees who are not accountable to anyone to produce a result).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like every other hospital, Children's is asking its staff to do more with less. While this isn't fun, people do understand it. What's missing is time and energy to figure out how to work smarter rather than harder. Staff think the solution to every problem is to hire someone new, so old practices get perpetuated rather than new practices innovated. The hospital hasn't figured out that exhausted people aren't very creative, and resist change not because the ideas are bad, but because they don't have the energy resources to make the adjustments to a new way to working.

    There are rules and policies for everything. And I mean, everything. Some of this is regulatory agency driven (sigh), but some is an old belief that people won't do the right thing unless they're told what to do. This creates endless, pointless bureaucracy. What staff need is to be clear on their end goals, to have line of sight to what matters most, and to be empowered to act accordingly.

    The CEO is a good man who genuinely cares about the organization and the mission. But he's not interested in leading the organization, and should formally re-design his role to focus on national lobbying for healthcare reform, which appears to be his passion and consumes most of his time. He needs to step aside and genuinely empower his COO, who's a superb leader, who people admire and will follow. Right now, he practices seagull management: fly around at 30,000', periodically dive bomb into details, crap all over everything, and fly off again. It happens constantly, and I can only assume he's unaware of the negative impact it causes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Children's Hospital Colorado Response

    Jan 7, 2015Web Content Specialist

    Thank you for sharing your concern about Children's Hospital Colorado. We'd like to learn more about your experience. Please feel free to email us at website@childrenscolorado.org with your contact ... More

  11.  

    Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Intern - Dietetic Intern in Aurora, CO
    Current Intern - Dietetic Intern in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful facility, great learning environment

    Cons

    There are no cons I have yet experienced.

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