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Great Place to Work? Hmmmmmmmmmmm

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
Current Employee - Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA

I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

-Very inexpensive HMO health care plan
-Telecommuting option for some jobs
-Competitive salary (but slightly low), good bonus structure
-Company embraces social media and encourages employees to coalesce

Cons

-Letter culture. Too much emphasis on degrees and academic accomplishments and not enough on expertise and experience. Everyone puts letters after their names (John Doe, MBA). Greatly divisive elitist culture, Stifles relationship building.
-Shortage of inspiring leaders; surplus of managers and whip-crackers.
-HR essentially non-existent. Virtual only and run by skeleton crew of admins
-Hiring/recruiting process one of the worst in America. They should give "I survived the BSC hiring process" to those who get hired. Seriously.
-Internal training opportunities in areas of leadership, communication, etc non -existent
-Self serving culture where insecure managers do not recognize, share, or shine light on great ideas
-Many departments crippled by legacy software and systems. Some still using DOS apps

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get real. Get down in the trenches and instead of doing data deep dives, try doing some culture deep dives to see how dept. managers are treating their people. There is a huge disconnect between what companys says are its values and how many leaders actually act.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    One of the worse IT department in the California

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead
    Current Employee - IT Technical Lead

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, office location, flexible work from home schedule.

    Cons

    Every body for himself/team attitude.
    Extreme silo
    Lots of talker, very few doer.
    A lot more mangers than the people who actually does anything.
    Lack of any company wide standard
    Fully depend on outside vendor for all IT functions.
    IT managers and leads doesn't know any technology its actually using.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT manager and leads needs to know how its own product works.
    IT leads should know how to fix issues on the products instead of relying 100% on CTS.
    Need a second vendor to provide support instead of 100% relied on CTS,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company, Small Scope

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

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California

    Pros

    Blue Shield is family friendly.

    Cons

    This is a company where you will not be rewarded for being proactive, going above and beyond or thinking outside the box. It is very siloed and the teams do not know how to work together. Very little direction, if any, is given and you are supposed just figure out on your own which is very difficult since it is a tough place to navigate. If you are a person used to working in a start-up or smaller company, this is not the place for you. The bureaucracy will drive you crazy.

    Doesn't Recommend
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