CHOC Children's

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Senior Administrative Assistan

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Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Orange, CA
Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Orange, CA

I worked at CHOC Children's full-time

Pros

Helping children is the best cause anyone could work for.

Cons

Extremely disfunctional. The company is run by cronies of Kim Cripe, the CEO. Discover her tactics or her surrogates and you're out. Overworked and underpaid is the norm. There is no personal satisfaction when you hear how much money goes to the CEO per year while overall company salaries average 1-2% increase per year if you're lucky. This year the CEO's salary was $1,800,000, up from $1,500,000 last year! That's an 8% increase or enough money to hire 4-5 more nurses! What does she do for all that money? She simply caresses the doners, accepts their donations, and plays politics with the Boards to keep her job. I don't begrudge anyone for being successful but the CHOC employees don't even make industry wages and everyone in executive managment makes far more than industry standards! The question must be asked; Why is CHOC looking for new workers while paying a consulting company a fee for three years advising them where to make personnel cuts? This is for appearances only. They are only replacing managment and technical personnel who have left or have been pushed out . Don't think of working for this company unless you want your life to turn upside down. The other negative comments on this site are truthful. READ THEM CLOSELY! The short positive comments are plants by the company; I know one of them and she is in management working closely with the CEO. If I had researched the company's reputation in the community beforehand, I would never have gone to work for them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Advice to the Board; Open your eyes. The company is being stolen blind while all of you sit around and fail to manage. Get rid of the glad-handers and keep or bring on real Board members who have their own success history which would help the company. Advice to management: Leave while you still have any positive reputation at all! Your time is at hand and the community knows it.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cutting staff while senior leaders fiddle

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    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Orange, CA

    I have been working at CHOC Children's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to be an exciting and progressive organization

    Cons

    CHOC has hundreds of jobs posted but has had a company (PRISM) here for three months to identify all the positions that 'need' to be cut. So many rumors and lots of fear. Why does senior leadership keep hiring more VPs? Figure out why the census is so low so you don't have to lay off staff. The budget process is ineffective and designed to make the board think CHOC is making money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find leaders who can actually make decisions and create a health care system that works for children. How do think it feels having a firm like PRISM here for three months and not knowing if you are going to have a job tomorrow? Find a new senior leadership team that has the expertise to lead through health care reform. Figure out how to get the census back up or merge with another provider.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunction at its best

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Orange, CA

    I have been working at CHOC Children's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some pros to working at CHOC. The doctors are very knowledgeable and working with SOME of the patients and families is enjoyable (the ones that really appreciate what you do for them and do not use and abuse the system). A few of my co-workers have made the enviornment a nice place to work. Had it not been for them and the dept. that I work for, I would have been long gone. It would def. be a pro if I were a patient in this hospital, we do everything for these people. I guess another pro would be that the entire time I have worked in this hospital, my office area has not been vacuumed once! Sometimes the trash even gets left for days and you start having a wonderful aroma fill the air.

    Cons

    Well, the first key to me that this place was dysfunctional would be the lack of training that I received when I was first hired. First, you have the big hospital general orientation for the first week, then after that you are basically thrown to the wolves and it is do it yourself training (or DIY as some of us like to call it). I know people that have been here for years and are still not doing processes correctly. Secondly, these are the most back stabbing people I have ever worked with. Definitely be careful of who you can trust, seriously, people will be running to your boss over any stupid little thing you say or do. Thirdly, my manager is horrible. I do not even know how this person has not gotten the boot yet--oh wait, yes I do, she kisses tail up the chain of command. Meanwhile, she treats her direct reports like crap by belittling them in the staff meetings among misc. other things. My best advice is, if you have a compaint about anything DO NOT be honest. Just walk around nodding your head pretending like everything is all hunky dory with a smile on your face. If you complain, it will backfire. As I stated above, it is a joy getting to know SOME of the patients and families. Others can take a hike! We do everything for these people (literally just about anything) and a large majority of them are not grateful. CHOC tolerates a lot of behavior that other children's hospitals in the southern CA area do not put up with (that's why they come here--all roads lead to CHOC)! Lastly, my favorite thing is when other employyes of CHOC (normally the bigs wigs or 'CHOC cheerleaders') as I like to call them come to your staff meetings talking about how wonderful everything is and it is great to be a CHOC because of BIG changes occuring. What they fail to mention is those BIG changes are layoffs, more backstabbing, and more grunt work for the peons!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, it is not like they would listen anyway, but why don't you stop hiring directors of directors. This place is too top heavy. And quit having meetings about meetings. It is the same stuff over and over again and frankly, the peons are sick of listening to all of the BS. And it is really unfortunate because it is the little people/peons that are suffering. Now that a consulting firm has come in to restructure, nurses are fretting about their jobs. I am sure it will be the little people that are laid off instead of the big wigs. I get the attitude that it is not 'Thank you for working for us, we are so grateful to have you' but more of 'You are lucky you work here.' They want us to do everything for these patients. The next thing that I am sure they will have us do is directly deliver food to the patient's homes--hey, it would make for good customer service. My advice---open your eyes and look at the REAL issues people, listen to your employees/the people below you, they really do have good insight and valuable opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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