Community Health Systems

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Community Health Systems Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
213 Reviews
2.4
213 Reviews
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Community Health Systems Chairman, President and CEO Wayne T. Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexibility, good pay, growing company primarily by acqusition (in 9 reviews)

  • One of the best things about working at CHS is the job security (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is hell bent on acquisition and maintaining their bonuses (in 12 reviews)

  • Lower salary, office was very run down, high turnover because of round the clock hours and low salary (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    It pays the bills...barely

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

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Small community hospital. Love my co-workers. Weekends only.

    Cons

    Greedy, greedy, greedy administration. Keeping all the monies and giving little to no bonuses. No opportunity to move up. They offer tuition assistance but refuse to approve you for it because they think you might leave. No weekend option pay. Work everyone at the very bare minimum staff to save dollars which in turn, over works the staff there and makes them hate their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management always finds a way to blame problems on their employees instead of trying to fix them. Isn't that what managers are supposed to do? Fix the problems that may and do arise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    ok place

    Former Employee - Office in Brentwood, TN
    Former Employee - Office in Brentwood, TN

    I worked at Community Health Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    hours of operation are good

    Cons

    no room for advancement in the company

  3. 12 people found this helpful  

    Looking for a great company? Keep looking... (Corp Employee)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Applications Analyst in Franklin, TN

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay isn't bad to start out, other than that.. not much else.

    Cons

    Zero loyalty to current employees, would rather high externally than internally.
    Very very rarely does anybody get a raise that one would bat an eye at.
    Not easy to move between departments and get promotions.
    If you do get a promotion to another team or dept there is an internal policy of no more than 7% raise.
    Most people leave the company for 6 months and then come back to the position they want and then they get the salary they deserve.
    If you don't work in the HQ you never see the CEO, I work in the office a stones throw away from the HQ and I've never seen him or met the man.
    When I was hired there was no knowledge transfer from the person that was in the position before me, I had to learn it all from scratch with zero help from my management.
    Health benefits are some of the worst I've seen from a company that makes nearly half a billion a year.
    I have zero doubt this company will grow and leadership will stay the same, because that's how it's setup to do. The rich get richer while the employees pay huge amounts in insurance and never get raises or promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate with your employees better!
    The fact the CEO makes 25 million a year yet we can't get a raise or a promotion makes me sick.
    I pay almost $700 a month in insurance for my wife and son, how can that be okay?
    You've lost touch with the people that work here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    over all great experience here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Community Health Systems

    Pros

    the hours I work here

    Cons

    the pay is low since i have a degree

  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Mr. CEO how can you take so much while giving everyone else so little?

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

    I have been working at Community Health Systems

    Pros

    No perks, promotions give no salary increase, corporate culture is toxic

    Cons

    The CEO is the definition of greed, these guys make Wall Street look charitable. He takes so much while giving so little.

    Promotions offer little-to-no(more common) increase in salary.
    Corp. Culture is non-existent and is rife with in-fighting, backstabbing, and greed.
    Employee morale is pitiful.
    Top executives engage in criminal activity forcing the Company to pay huge fines.
    Insurance is expensive.
    Salary is below market level unless you are C level then you are 'Nashville's most overpaid' several years in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a problem when staff HATES you and the Company has a reputation in Nashville for greed, mistreatment, poor pay, and FRAUD.

    I wouldn't recommend this Company to an enemy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    "Community Cares" Slogan Does Not Apply to Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Analyst in Naples, FL
    Current Employee - IT Technical Analyst in Naples, FL

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are fantastic. Patient/customer care is foremost in their daily goals

    Cons

    Executive leadership appears more focused on personal bonus' and shareholder gains. Three times in 2014 FTE's have been cut to 32-hour work weeks - hourly workers taking 20% pay cuts and salaried staff forced to take vacation time. Employees are told to be thankful they have jobs, and if they are unhappy they can work elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHS is theoretically in the business of saving lives, show some compassion and try to help the folks you've hired to save those lives.
    I do not expect my particular heathcare facility to survive more than 6 months in their present condition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Temp Admin Assistant

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

    I have been working at Community Health Systems as a contractor

    Pros

    Great culture. People seem to enjoy their jobs and treat you with dignity.

    Cons

    Badge color is a dividing line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more diversity would be great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to get healthcare IT experience, not a company I wanted to stay with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Applications Analyst in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Community Health Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare IT is continuing to grow, get that experience here and you'll have other opportunities.
    Located in Franklin
    Growing company that will be a leader long term

    Cons

    Ties are required 4 days a week
    Many times you get pegged as a person with a limited skillset, and have no room to grow
    Old school in much of their processes and a lot of red tape for most anything needed done
    Poor performance is sometimes overlooked because of job title
    Reputation is more important than production (good and bad)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to potential, and promote

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Treated like a second-class citizen because I was a contractor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Community Health Systems as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people in the department I worked in were very knowledgeable, flexible people. The department leadership team was very good at identifying employee strengths and tailoring job responsibilities to maximize the use of those strengths. I got a great education in IT management from the relationships I cultivated.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, you might as well be invisible, like domestic help in 19th century aristocratic homes. All of the little benefits, such as flu shots and company holiday parties, were exclusively reserved for full-time employees only - which meant that entire departments would be excluded if the only full-time employees were the management. The business model is ineffective, and change is impossible when the hospitals tell the Corporate office what to do instead of the other way around. The C-suite also keeps a "head in the sand" approach when it comes to Information Security, Risk Management, and Project Management - when the PM has not only told you, but very obviously demonstrated that a company-wide initiative is failing because of lack of resources and the refusal to change based on this information, that demonstrates a failure of leadership at the highest levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to use contractors as 80% or more of your workforce, treat them the same as your full-time employees unconditionally and make them feel included. Because of the way you treat your contractors, you now have a reputation throughout the area as one of the worst companies to work for, which in turn forces you to turn to contractors to get your work done, and perpetuates the cycle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Greedy, Dishonest executive team. Constant infighting.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Brentwood, TN
    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Brentwood, TN

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get access to a poor, cheap, and pitiful health care plan.

    Cons

    Unprofessional and dishonest management which promotes fraud under the guise of a suite and team.
    Obscene levels of executive compensation when the rank and file can barely get a 1% raise.
    Company Culture that rewards blaming other people and departments.
    Nepotism.

    Office environment is toxic, unhappy, and reminds me of study hall. No talk, no smiling, just sit down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a company culture where people know each other.
    You guys are downright greedy (CEO especially) when you expect the employees to be happy for MAYBE a 1% raise.
    Stupid dress code. You just paid a $100m fine for fraud and a tie means you're professional? Criminal maybe.

    Loosen up, the corporate office resembles a prison just worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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