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great company

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Par in Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Par in Dallas, TX

I have been working at Children's Health full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

great company, friendly co-workers good level of respect amongst peers

Cons

no "cons" that I can think of

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Mission making work rewarding

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Children's Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission and good overall place to work. Nice work-life balance in the IT area. Most of the employees there are enjoyable to be around. The CIO is a tool but that's what you get when the VP of communications is in control. This explains why the website is such a disaster because communications controls it. IT and communications need to work together. They don't.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for growth. Very political environment. Friends get promoted instead of those with good work ethics or skills. Salaries can't compete with many other industries out there.

    Advice to Management

    Communication across the organization could be excellent is a joint IT/Marketing team could collaboratively build a nice intranet and external website. Currently the VP of communications owns it and knows nothing about it and refuses to give up control(power) to someone who could do something amazing with it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    NOT a Best Place to Work. Come here only as a last resort until you can find a better position elsewhere.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Children's Health full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission of Children's is hard to beat and is what keeps many of the dedicated employees there, in spite of the many short-comings. For a little while, making a difference in a child's life can be worth the sacrifices you make in working here. Many of the people (employees not management) that work here genuinely care about the patients and provide excellent care. Although, more and more of those people are getting burned out and leaving.

    Cons

    It is an extremely political environment and promotions are granted because of politics, not based on performance, expertise, or ability. Some people in leadership positions (Director and above) are only marginally competent. Benefits are horrible. You can find some cheap options, but the frustration level when you actually try to use those benefits is enormous. Prepare to spend hours on the phone with HR and the insurance companies just trying to get them to cover what they said they would cover or fix a mistake they made. It's almost enough aggravation to drive you mad!! Benefits have been cut over the past year and more cuts are coming. Management puts a "spin" on everything. They have hired more communications people to help with marketing to different audiences, including internal. However, if you read a story they wrote about your department or how great the organization is to employees, you would be shocked and not even recognize the place they are describing! It is amazing how selective they are in listening. They only hear what they want to hear, and you'd better only speak up if you agree. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut and you might just be able to keep your job for a littel while longer. Asking for honest feedback is a ploy, and they will retaliate if you speak up. Management is not consistent in how they treat employees or problems, and speaking up can cost you. There are pockets of good management, and if you are fortunate enough to work in those areas, you will really enjoy your work and benefit from the leadership and mentoring you will receive. However, the environment created and tolerated by the senior leadership usually drives those good managers away eventually, which is disheartening to those hoping for positive change. Unless you are a nurse, expect your pay to be less than competitive. Perhaps they are counting on the mission to attract and keep you there. If you ask for a raise, you may be lumped into a category of someone who is "driven by money" and that is seen as negative and will hamper any advancement you were hoping for. Even HR leaders speak negatively of those who try to negotiate, provide a counter offer, or otherwise don't accept what you are given or told to do. Processes are bureacratic and cumbersome. You have to jump through too many hoops to get things done. Too many approvals are required, don't expect to be able to think for yourself or make your own decisions. You will be stripped of any professional judgment that you bring to the job. If you are not in management, communication is poor regarding changes. We are VERY title-conscious, so if you don't RANK, you will not receive much respect or communication.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market-competive wages to employees other than nurses, or prepare to lose many good employees when the economy recovers. Do not talk about how good the financials are in one meeting to look good, then in another meeting tell employees they will have limited pay increases because of finances. If you pride yourself on accountability, then hold EVERYONE accountable, including management, not just the employees. Pay attention to what employees tell you, don't just conduct surveys because it looks good or everyone else is doing it. You lose credibility the more you ask for feedback but then discount it or refuse to act on it.


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