Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
95 Reviews
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Children's National Health System President & CEO Kurt Newman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to improve your learning curve (in 3 reviews)

  • Strong leadership, forward thinking, lots of opportunities for personal/professional growth and development (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover in management (so they rely on the rumors from bullies, aimed (in 4 reviews)

  • The employees are given few rights other than the right to sneak and rat (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    CNMC is a farce. Focus is public image not employee satisfaction. "Do more with less" should be the motto.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apn in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Apn in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working alongside experts in the field. Good academic opportunities. Culturally diverse populations and many outlying satellite locations.

    Cons

    This place is all about marketing. Employee satisfaction is not important. Making money is the bottom line and everyone is unhappy. This institution is poorly managed. Morale is low. Don't think about growing financially here. Your starting salary may entice you but that's where you stay forever unless you are in a union. The APNs have foolishly voted the union out and are now stagnant in pay for most departments.
    Bullying and discrimination by management is not handled properly.
    Systems in place are completely disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the disorganization, focus on employee satisfaction, adjust pay rates fairly. Public image will not matter if the infrastructure is crumbling.

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

    Good place; however, could be better.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's National Health System

    Pros

    Good RN pay, fun, friendly environment.

    Cons

    No appreciation by executive leadership. VERY high turnover. Cuts on resources and leadership positions. Seemed as if they had no concern for nurses. Our comments and suggestions seemed disregarded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great hospital, difficult management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time

    Pros

    Overall friendly culture, smart staff, nice facilities

    Cons

    Unnecessarily combative manager who excels at negative feedback and neglects positive feedback for hard workers, all the expected stresses that come with this field, HR is currently understaffed and mistake-prone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the hard work done, use mistakes as opportunities to learn and not opportunities to keep people down, insecure, and subservient (which doesn't work)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    CNMC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's National Health System

    Pros

    Strong leadership, forward thinking, lots of opportunities for personal/professional growth and development.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance, pressure on those who are accountable.

  6.  

    Close to 14 years in a variety of direct patient care and management positions.

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by dedicate people who love children and are dedicated to the work. As a RN, the pay is among the highest in the area. I was also paid very well in my management positions. There were opportunities to promote within management.

    Cons

    The benefits are mediocre. The last two years it became harder to work with different departments to get work done. There becomes layers of bureaucracy that was inefficient and dysfunctional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the benefits package. Restructure the research and finance department as well as human resources. There are plenty of management people, but very few people to actually do the day to day work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Atmosphere, with lots of bullying & homophobic slurs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Animal Caretaker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Animal Caretaker in Washington, DC

    I worked at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Benefits are a little overpriced but good coverage, received yearly Xmas bonus,

    Cons

    No room for growth, management & supervisor was the absolute worse, staff & management was completely unprofessional, ie Homophobic slurs, bad language, laziness, facility is filthy, all kinds of airborne pathogens, no real concern for the well being of the patients , the director of the Department was one of the worst people I have encountered, she sexually harassed, embarrassed, and slandered my name and reputation lied on me for 2 years, & HR was absolutely no help, in fact when I approached Hr about the situation, the representative actually laughed at some of the claims, numerous employees wrote letters to HR about their positive interaction with me, & how professional they thought I was, many even went as far as to say I was the best employee in the department, & that they probably could not achieve success without my help, this seem to upset HR even more & HR also forwarded all the confidential emails to my director making the situation not only more uncomfortable but now uncomfortable for the people supportive of me. Working hard and being professional in this department will only draw criticism and ridiculing, my superior went as far as to call me a butt kisser in the middle of a department meeting, if you are not willing to discuss your personal life or the personal life of others, (especially listening to Management talk about their issues with their boy friend) you will be accused of LOWERING THE MORAL of the department,( THAT'S THE COMPANY'S BUZZ WORD ANYTIME THEY CANT COME UP WITH A REAL LEGITIMATE REASON TO WRITE YOU UP OR FIRE YOU),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, starting at the top!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping stone for career development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -In constant contact with several physicians who would assist in getting into medical school, recommendations, advice, etc.
    -Friendly colleagues allows for better communication, accountability and streamlined workflows. Everyone seems to try helping others, which is usually received positively and promotes ownership.

    Cons

    -Commute is TERRIBLE!
    -Pay is terrible but took the job for connections. Again, a good stepping stone on to bigger and better things.
    -There is little feedback from supervisors, and when there is, its both unhelpful and accusatory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to lead by example. The "do as I say, not as I do" mentality is not conducive to a happy work environment. Be able to provide examples of how employees can improve and don't just accuse people of wrongdoing without examples; they may not know its wrong.
    KNOW HOW
    I will say the team I work with is very supportive of each other; I know of others who did not have a supportive team, therefore, a more negative experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Utopia

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 National Health System full-time

    Pros

    Whether your an employee, patient or visitor you'll notice that there is no other care facility that can offer the uplifting and caring environment that Children's National offers. It's like going into a community where every is nice to one another and always puts the patient first to give the best care and make the environment as welcoming as possible.

    Cons

    driving in the area can have it's challenges, like most inner city locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember that nothing is more important than the patient and the clinicians that are in direct contact or management of those patients. If those individuals are placed first, everything else will fall into to place

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not what it could be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many except the kids. The kids make it worth it.

    Cons

    Well there are a lot of cons. There is a disconnect between management and front line workers. The IT infrastructure is old and restrictive. People are not appreciated if they are creative. Managers are crawling all over themselves to make themselves look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from outside the institution. Hire people who have the requisite skills for the position. Then hold them accountable if they don't do a good job. It's pretty simple.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Children's National Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Children's National is such a refreshing breath of air. The mission and values of our work provides a culture in which employees are passionate about their work and work together as a team to better meet the needs of our patients and their families. Management cares about your development, advancement, and professional growth and is often discussed. It's also so nice to work for an organization that values work-life balance and then actually helps you achieve it!

    Cons

    I think Human Resource could make improvements to the benefits packages at Children's National.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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