Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

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Great mission, Great people, good benefits, but management needs to motivate staff better

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA

I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland (more than 8 years)

Pros

The doctors, nurses, and all other staff here are excellent and take pride in their job. Everyone really tries their best to provide the best care for kids. People are friendly and most departments are fun to work in. People believe in team work and function cohesively together. Work life balance is good as long you make it a priority. It's easy to spend too much time here and many people do. The salary is somewhat competitive but cannot match the big name competitors for high achievers, therefore aggressive employees tend to leave for greener pastures after several years. Benefits were awesome 7-9 years ago but have been steadily reduced the last 5 years to match the economy.

Cons

Staff cafeteria discount has been reduced from 20% to 15% and then to 10%, while prices have increased 20% over the years. Cost of food has gotten pretty expensive. Salaries for non union employees were frozen for several years. There is not much motivation to work hard for people at the top of their pay scale as salary increases are nominal but you need to be exceptional at your job. Therefore top performers tend to look elsewhere once they top out. This is no way to reward long term employees and top talent. It's very hard to get promoted as there is not much job growth. Most managers do not seem interested in caring about your career goals. If you do not care about money and advancement, it would be fine to work here long term...and many people do. Many departments operate on a skeleton crew so many people are over worked. There are no performance bonuses or any other incentives for talented staff to strive for. Many people are making the same amount of money as they were making 10 years ago as a result management reducing the benefits so most people are not ahead of inflation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees should get more perks such as larger cafeteria discounts or free soda. Reducing healthcare benefits and freezing salaries while asking staff to donate to the hospital leaves many staff bitter towards management. If management offered more perks such as a free lunch every month or something else it might encourage more staff to donate. Listen to staff more regarding the need for more staffing levels. Productivity reports do not always tell the whole picture as caring for children is very unpredictable.

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Disapproves of CEO

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    Friendly research environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

    Pros

    - Great summer program
    - Really nice staff
    - Tight security

    Cons

    - Not a lot of opportunities to meet with people from other labs
    - Administration can be incompetent at times
    - Not the safest neighborhood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The gap between administration and scientists needs to be bridge. Often times, there is a lack of communication or worse, miscommunication.

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    Neutral Outlook
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    Good place to start learning molecular techniques

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer Student Researcher in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Volunteer Student Researcher in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    occasional social events such as BBQ, Ice-cream, and television shows screening (when I was there, they played Sherlock Holmes); research seminars where the company researchers present findings; facilities including a beautiful patio, ping pong table; people are nice

    Cons

    work can get feel repetitive as a volunteer researcher after a year doing the same procedures and techniques if you do not keep up with the research literature; not enough discussion and enthusiasm between peers over research progress.

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