Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

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Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
15 Reviews
3.6
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was positive overall - they do really great work with the children there.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

    Pros

    Dedication of staff, commitment to social justice, competence of medical professionals.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries.

  2.  

    Study coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Study Coordinator II in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Study Coordinator II in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun work environment
    Flexible
    Many opportunities for learning experiences

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    Pay scale is skewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to re-evaluate all pay-scales and pay people appropriately. No who is just startung should be making more than someone who been there 3 years do the exact same job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice location & offices for a job

    Cons

    Funding is hard to get for a job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get money to pay employees for a job

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  5.  

    Good place to do good work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Programmer/Research Systems Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Programmer/Research Systems Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. All of the staff are wonderful.

    Cons

    Only clinical staff are represented by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look outside of the clinical staff and support all of the departments the same.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission, Great people, good benefits, but management needs to motivate staff better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The doctors, nurses, and all other staff here are excellent and take pride in their job. Everyone really tries their best to provide the best care for kids. People are friendly and most departments are fun to work in. People believe in team work and function cohesively together. Work life balance is good as long you make it a priority. It's easy to spend too much time here and many people do. The salary is somewhat competitive but cannot match the big name competitors for high achievers, therefore aggressive employees tend to leave for greener pastures after several years. Benefits were awesome 7-9 years ago but have been steadily reduced the last 5 years to match the economy.

    Cons

    Staff cafeteria discount has been reduced from 20% to 15% and then to 10%, while prices have increased 20% over the years. Cost of food has gotten pretty expensive. Salaries for non union employees were frozen for several years. There is not much motivation to work hard for people at the top of their pay scale as salary increases are nominal but you need to be exceptional at your job. Therefore top performers tend to look elsewhere once they top out. This is no way to reward long term employees and top talent. It's very hard to get promoted as there is not much job growth. Most managers do not seem interested in caring about your career goals. If you do not care about money and advancement, it would be fine to work here long term...and many people do. Many departments operate on a skeleton crew so many people are over worked. There are no performance bonuses or any other incentives for talented staff to strive for. Many people are making the same amount of money as they were making 10 years ago as a result management reducing the benefits so most people are not ahead of inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should get more perks such as larger cafeteria discounts or free soda. Reducing healthcare benefits and freezing salaries while asking staff to donate to the hospital leaves many staff bitter towards management. If management offered more perks such as a free lunch every month or something else it might encourage more staff to donate. Listen to staff more regarding the need for more staffing levels. Productivity reports do not always tell the whole picture as caring for children is very unpredictable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly research environment

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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 & Research Center at Oakland

    Pros

    - Great summer program
    - Really nice staff
    - Tight security

    Cons

    - Not a lot of opportunities to meet with people from other labs
    - Administration can be incompetent at times
    - Not the safest neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The gap between administration and scientists needs to be bridge. Often times, there is a lack of communication or worse, miscommunication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good place to start learning molecular techniques

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Student Researcher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Volunteer Student Researcher in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    occasional social events such as BBQ, Ice-cream, and television shows screening (when I was there, they played Sherlock Holmes); research seminars where the company researchers present findings; facilities including a beautiful patio, ping pong table; people are nice

    Cons

    work can get feel repetitive as a volunteer researcher after a year doing the same procedures and techniques if you do not keep up with the research literature; not enough discussion and enthusiasm between peers over research progress.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    people that work for children's are very friendly and nice, excellent care is provided for the children that are seen at the hospital, because it is a non-profit hospital no sick child is ever turned away.

    Cons

    Unfair management practices,need more management training in how to talk to individuals with respect and not in a degrading tone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One word Training, need more supervisor and management training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The hospital does not value its employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interpreter in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Interpreter in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helping children, being useful to society.

    Cons

    The management lacks flexibility, the pay rate is low compared to other hospitals in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To avoid the exodus of qualified employees is good to recognize them, pay them what they are worth, be flexible with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful research environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great administrative staff, supportive community, access to tons of resources within the organization and also outside.

    Cons

    Staff is a bit slow in getting new equipment to folks who need it, chronic underfunding problem, never enough space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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