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Good Changes Happening

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

- good pay, time-off and wellness programs
- financially successful company with very good bonus payouts in recent years
- not-for-profit that is committed to its mission to make health care affordable
- new senior leadership has strong vision and strategy
- leaders are committed to positive change, valuing employees and listening
- friendly colleagues make it easy to meet people and network

Cons

- the amount of change and "the unknown" can be unsettling
- open management positions mean some teams don't have enough direction
- it's taking time for teams to move away from previous culture (hierarchical, siloed and risk-averse) to new culture (more open dialogue, cross-functional collaboration and ok to make mistakes).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Keep getting out to meet employees, listen and get to know your front-line
- Improve and scale the company's technology, e.g. more mobile computing and all-employee forums to interact with senior leaders
- Focus on retaining key employees during heavy periods of change. Amidst recent reorganizations, Blue Shield has lost not just laid off employees but also employees with critical skills who are hard to replace.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good non-profit health plan with attractive pay, talented people, but ironically, expensive benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay at Blue Shield of California is moderately high. If you stay at least 3 years with the company as a full time employee you are eligible for a pension based on age and years of service. This is a rare benefit these days.

    Cons

    In my experience, hiring managers tend to favor cadidates with big-3 consulting company history. As a result, there are a lot of smart people, but also a lack of accountability.

    For being a health plan, the employees share of the health benefits are pretty expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill accountability from the top down and honestly take into consideration rank and file thoughts and opinions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Place to Work? Hmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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