Children's Hospital Colorado

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Children's Hospital Colorado Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
54 Reviews
3.4
54 Reviews
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Children's Hospital Colorado President, CEO, and Director James E. Shmerling
James E. Shmerling
17 Ratings

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to join a cult

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Denver, CO

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great facility, decent benefits many locations, kind caring employees, longtime favorite of children in the Rocky mountain area.some good employees.

    Cons

    Gossip, politics, and loads of estrogen! Drink the kool-aid or else! Lack of supplies, poor equipment, judgmental management , manage by intimidation, high turnover,.the culture is unwelcoming and condescending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? Midol!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dedicated providers taken for granted

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Providers are dedicated to helping kids. Ongoing education opportunities. Generally supportive of working parents.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch with those actually helping kids. Poor financial stewardship. Lack of accountability for poor performers. Lack of recognition or appreciation for achievers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with care providers and listen to what they have to say. Reign in discrepantly expensive testing (Medicaid patients receive much more testing than those with private insurance, even though privately insured patients are billed at obscene multipliers.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I agree with writer of title "Great Place for Kids"

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    Current Employee - Intern Pharmacist in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Intern Pharmacist in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Children's Hospital Colorado as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many top notch individuals to work with, many experts in their fields. Close proximity to academic center. Nice atmosphere for patients and family.

    Cons

    There seemed to be a shift to more corporate behavior since the name change and 100 year celebrations. Now, working here is much like many other large companies i.e. treat longtime employees poorly, retain and recruit more management. For example, they took away bus passes which were included as part of our benefits. Only the neediest employees utilize them (including a few environmentally conscious folks). Losing bus passes was like getting a 5-10% pay cut for most employees that used them. At the same time, the hospital required that departments double the numbers in management so that there are a fewer employees per manager. I couldn't schedule a meeting with my manager for 2 years since, didn't seem to make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Heath care provider to children

    Cons

    Lack of respect for employes for employees who are not in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jim Schmerling the CEO is excellent and seems very caring. However, the layer of managers and directors, below him do not value their employees. There is a culture of too much micromanagement. Management is to numbers and overlooks the big picture.
    Should have a system to obtain feedback from current employees.
    Should act on results of the annual employee opinion surveys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for kids

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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

    Pros

    The kids! Fantastic, knowledgeable colleagues and medical professionals.

    Cons

    Have worked for this hospital for 10+ years, have seen a shift from a family type environment to a large corporate business. Less focus on retaining staff and staff satisfaction and more focus now on the bottom line and making money. Many benefits that have provided a lot of staff satisfaction for years have been taken away over the last year or two. Managers are hired with the title of "clinical" manager yet have no experience in the area they are managing. Severe disconnect between management and knowledge of what their day to day staff does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall cohesive in mission, but under serve in treatment of lower level staff.

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Front-line staff believe in the care of children.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement; no clinical ladder for areas outside of nursing. Clear that the directors and above get big bonuses while the rest just get told we're struggling financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so greedy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    The hospital's goals are admirable. They provide a lot of training.

    Cons

    The workday for M-F salaried staff is 8:00 to 5:00, but most of the time we are too busy to take a lunch break or leave till 6 or 7 pm; then they schedule meetings to start at 7:30 or 7:00. Meetings and emails take up too much of the work week, and they acknowledge all this but they are just happy to get people to work more for no extra money. Managers are not being replaced when they leave their positions, and everyone is simply expected to do more with less. In their attempt to slash the budget ("resource stewardship"), they are reducing many benefits and expect that staff will stay because of the hospital's reputation and their difficult hiring processes that give the impression that they are selective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging, be more respectful of your staff. Stop forcing people to work 60-hour weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Data Warehousing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Children's Hospital Colorado full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn data warehousing concepts

    Cons

    Be prepared to work independently and not have much support or vision in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great place for kids!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Nonprofit pediatric hospital ranking 6th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Has a team oriented, patient care work environment. Lots of research. Eco friendly hospital. We LOVE kids!

    Cons

    Benefits are currently being decreased. Merritt increases and bonus's are small. No back filling of employees to maintain appropriate amount of staff at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel as though upper management is more business oriented than looking out for the good of there employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, helping children, great core values and mission

    Cons

    discoonect between staff and senior leadership at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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