Children's National Health System

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Children's National Health System Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
72 Reviews

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Children's National Health System President & CEO Kurt Newman
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37 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Opportunity to help children and work with a few smart people (in 10 reviews)


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

  • Major IT and scheduling issues make CNMC a very difficult place for staff and patients to navigate (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person 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

    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
  2.  

    Amazing staff

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

    Pros

    The people. Amazing caring staff. Main reason I enjoyed my job so much.

    Cons

    No parking on site. Staff had to be shuttled to/from satellite parking areas / Union Station which made commute times longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Motivating place to make a difference

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

    Pros

    Excellence opportunity to connect yourself to something important. The organization makes a strong daily impact on child health in both clinical and research areas. The talent of the teams is strong in most areas, and you won't find many workplaces with smarter colleagues. Executive team has some very strong leaders and is improving with time. The organization is in a turbulent industry but is adapting and succeeding despite this environment. They've recently made investments in leadership development that are enhancing management skills.

    Cons

    Executive team is somewhat large, reflecting the academic nature of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to turn over leaders who don't advance the culture needed for the future. Look for the future leaders and help them grow into their roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The people are kind, most people have a passion for what they do and actually care about the children and the purpose of their work
    Free shuttles to different metro stations

    Cons

    Sometimes, Children's has a little too much going on organization wise
    Funding distribution can vary greatly between labs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Review on Internship - Operations Strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations and Strategy  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations and Strategy in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great place to improve your learning curve.
    Work-culture is very friendly and inspiring

    Cons

    Managers require regular professional training and development programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A total lack of accountability plus high managerial turnover makes a thriving climate for bullies.

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

    Pros

    The CEO had begun weeding out those ineffective in their position. (But, the process is too slow for the employee suffering underneath.)

    Cons

    New management listening to hearsay instead of investigation...look at your cameras, listen to recordings, most things can be seen in computer files. (Even hardcopy information is available when a person is brought into question.) Peer-to-peer reviews are tainted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what a bully does & how much they cost CNMC as a whole. A lot of excellence is lost because the bullied leave rather than go through the stress. (CNMC "talks the talk" but won't "walk".) There's also discriminatory issues behind the bullying behavior. These bullies go to great lengths to cover themselves. (example: A secretary receives mail & instead of sorting through it, making certain it goes to the proper authorities, she/he delegates the sorting to someone else. This person happens to be a bully...bullies are great @ masquerading bad behavior...who benefits in throwing away letters of commendation for others in her/his same position.) Bullies like to appear as if they go the extra mile while their coworkers take up the slack & burden. Bullies socialize; it's easier to recruit others into bullying the employee who is too busy doing their job. Managers must realize that having a third party involved may mean that the bullied won't talk because the third party is a bully, also. Bullies are subtle; it's not always like grade school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No room for growth

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

    Pros

    Great and smart people to work with, the hospital's mission, variety of projects to an extent

    Cons

    Constant turnover, you have to find a position outside the organization to advance, little focus on professional development, competing goals and priorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in developing your employees and be transparent about growth potential

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Build for the Better

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

    Pros

    Great environment, the diverse atmosphere is welcoming. Working around a great group of people sets the tone for an outstanding functional network.

    Cons

    Faced with the some challenges is the lack of growth opportunities to support future employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Managers are rare. The best managers build trust with their team, every day, in every meeting, so that eventually critically important and complex tasks can be delegated away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureacracy. No advancement.

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

    Pros

    Very patient (children) oriented and rightly so.
    Nice location away from city traffic, noise and pollution and next to a reservoir.
    Good clinical infrastructure but can expand more

    Cons

    Poor leadership and unreliable mentoring
    No advancement opportunities. If you discuss for review, they put you in solitary- so to speak.
    Bureaucracy everywhere, small or big
    Raising funds internally from employees' low salaries/vacation hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let better people take over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Translational Research

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

    Pros

    translational research tightly related to clinical applications, pediatric surgical innovation, high impact work, nice colleagues

    Cons

    the structure is not well organized; a lot of pressure due to deadlines

    Approves of CEO

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