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Friendly place to work, but don't expect any career development in EIS

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

I have been working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Pros

Cedars-Sinai as a whole treats employees with respect.
Most of the employees are very friendly.
There are no problems with getting resources (computers, educational materials) like there are at other places.
Great retirement plan after 5 years.
Lots of time off, good maternity/paternity leave policy.
Stable job - no layoffs.
Good flexibility on work hours.
Good pay for healthcare IT.

Cons

The management in EIS is particularly poisonous. Most directors/managers are relatively competent, but don't know the first thing about leadership or rewarding the best employees. The employee/management divide is generally obvious and can sometimes reflect an "us" vs. "them" attitude. The department does a poor job of promoting from within and the few times it has, it's made poor choices.

There are some questionable behind-the-scenes deals between management and a few favorites - and those deals aren't necessarily rewarding the most valuable employees. In addition, favoritism based on gender is not uncommon and is noticed by employees.

The Medical Center as a whole is very political and it shows. Often times, it's the department head with the biggest ego and not the one who has the biggest impact that gets dollars and time to implement and improve IT systems. Those politics bleed into EIS and cause project prioritization to be chaotic. The culture is very conservative as well, which conflicts with the desire to have cutting-edge systems and technologies available.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To keep the IT systems running, the department doesn't necessarily need to hire and retain the best workers, but it's missing out on opportunities to bring the clinical, research, and business systems to the next level by not concentrating on career development. To keep your best people, promote them early and often. Hire the best people you can and don't just hire PhDs because they have the most education. They make great senior technical leads but poor managers.

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    Too much work for too little pay

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    Former Employee - Management Assistant II in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Management Assistant II in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Pros

    - good amounts of vacation time given
    - better pay than other hospitals in the area
    - certain departments are cutting edge and excellent to work for
    - employee enrichment programs are awesome

    Cons

    - every position is overloaded with responsibilities. One person is easily doing the work of 2-3 people
    - because of the previous con, you are underpaid for the work you are doing
    - people tend to burnout very quickly
    - management tends to be just as over burdened as employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop loading FTEs on existing employees. Just because an MA leaves, doesn't mean another employee should pick up the slack. Please continue to hire and minimize burnout. The toyota model cannot always be applied to an industry where humans (not robots) do the actual work.

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  2. Some nice/competent people, but little/no professional development/advancement opps in EIS/IT, biased HR practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Pros

    Competitive salary/benefits, go-live bonuses, some very nice and extremely hard-working and bright people, public perception of med center is very high

    Cons

    Lack of professional developement, lack of career advancement, human capital is not valued--interesting jobs go to consultants instead of FTEs, people are recognized based on politics and friendships rather than merit, unfair practices (such as reverse discrimination) are ignored, some managers/leaders are not a good fit for their positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your biggest asset--promote from within, develop your people. Turnover is very expensive, so do not be short-sighted by focusing only on the immediate project or bottom line and--in the meantime--losing good people. People do not usually leave EIS for more money--they leave for more opportunities and a more supportive, kinder culture. Consider 360 degree evaluations, and really heed the results of employee satisfaction surveys. Make telecommuting an option for part of the workweek--this is an industry standard in IT. People leave because they do not have this option.

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