Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
86 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)

  • Management cares about your development, advancement, and professional growth and is often discussed (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. 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
  2.  

    Overall, great place, but there's room for improvement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant/Board Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant/Board Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Employees within departments work as teams.

    Cons

    Employees across different departments don't necessarily work as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue pushing employees to be proactive with each other, in addition to with patients. For example, if you know a co-worker is about to make a mistake, be proactive and say something to them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 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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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping stone for career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  6.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it could be

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good luck with that

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Attending Physician in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Attending Physician in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to help children in need, improve care of patients and employees

    Cons

    The culture is abysmal. Too many managers moved in charge of areas that they have no idea what they are doing. But are afraid someone will find out. So they micromanage. And gossip. And bully. And survive and thrive.
    The infrastructure is poor. The support is poor. If something needs to get done, it has to be done by oneself. But then expect criticism that one is not a team player and working in a silo. Has twice the number of employees for similar size institutions. Incredible and ridiculous bureaucracy established by legal/compliance. Yet this is the least clinically compliant hospital ever experienced by numerous individuals who came from other institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Figure out who is being honest with you.
    Don't put incompetent people over competent people. That is a sure way to never learn or improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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 an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experiences as Clinical Research Coordinator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people and upper management really seem to care. There are so many opportunities for amazing free educational classes, research collaborations, and volunteer experiences. You just have to figure out where they are. Ask around.

    Cons

    The HR department was terrible for a long time. So many simple mistakes and delay of paperwork. I hope they have it figured out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep interacting with the everyday nurses, coordinators, and staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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