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I loved working for Kaiser and the benefits were unbeatable.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

I worked at Kaiser Permanente

Pros

There are lots of different career paths available to employees. The compensation packages are excellent, if you stay there long enough you are rewarded with lots of paid time off.

Cons

You are required to be a part of the union. There are times when it seems unfair that others are being paid as much as you for doing much less work. You also bid on vacation time and that can be problematic because some people have worked there for more than 20 years.

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    Decent work life balance, limited opportunities for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Depending on your department, there is a strong emphasis on work life balance. It may not always manifest itself into the 21st century, but you'll typically find managers that are supportive of time off, relatively flexible schedules, etc.
    Benefits are very generous, ample coverage for medical, PTO, etc
    There's a lot of work to be done in the organization and if you happen to fall in the right place, there's an opportunity to "own the work".

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't understand how to manage. It's imperative to develop managers who like to manage people. Part of management includes identifying opportunities for staff to grow and wanting staff to grow. A culture of "work needs to get done, there's too much work and not enough staff" permeates the organization, leading to an environment where despite the best of intentions, there is a culture of keeping staff in the same spot.
    Work is siloed - often appears to be a lot of duplication as information exchange isn't free flowing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be accountable to manage and lead people. It's not enough to have great visionaries, but if can't inspire staff to "believe" in the mission, you'll continue to suffer the consequences of attrition.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    All work and no play

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Good benefits and variety of projects

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, besides Electronic Health records all other systems are outdated and frustrating to work with. Too much friciton between departments and Senior Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let departmental heads handle their our work and show results instead of trying to control everything for the sake of organizational politics

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