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Helpful (2)

Interesting, challenging work, but watch out for burn out

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - IT Manager in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - IT Manager in Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Work is interesting and challenging and there are opportunities for advancement. The group I work is bringing "cutting edge" technologies and methodologies to Kaiser...ironically outside of Kaiser they are mainstream.

Cons

Work life balance doesn't exist. Management will suck you dry if you let them. Hard to get management to recognize that you need additional resources and prioritize your work. Other downside is that you need to get consensus from a lot of different groups before you can make any changes.

Advice to Management

Don't try to solve every single problem at once, instead, select a handful of strategic initiatives and focus on them. Also stop with the constant re-orgs - I've had 4 managers in the course of a year.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    two steps forward one step backwards

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Contract Manager in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job benefits (medical) and mission (health care) of the company. This is a non-profit company where corporate profits (greed) dominates the agenda.

    Cons

    The fact that the company is not profit oriented results in the company not making managerial changes which would result in a better operating company. The deadwood is slow to be cleaned out in contrast to a for profit environment. Also, the senior members of the company appear to be in their "last" jobs and just waiting till retirement. The company needs to have Sr. Managers that have a forward looking orientation that are in the "growth" mode w/ respect to their careers

    Advice to Management

    Do more to understand the grass roots of what is going on within my area of the company (National Facility Services).


  2. Helpful (9)

    Great benefits, totally backwards company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are unlike anything you may find anywhere else. Health plan and dental benefits for employee and family are pretty much paid for with only a $5 or $10 copay for most plans. Paid time off builds very quickly and can build to up to 500 hours in Northern California, and no maximum in Southern CA. Considering all time off benefits available, most employees have at least 20 days off available during the first year. If an employee loses their job through restructuring, they are given between 90 days and a year notice to find another job and generous severance benefits if they don't find a job. There are a lot of company resources available at anytime. Kaiser is one of the last employers to offer a pension plan, so if you work there for five years, you have guaranteed retirement compensation. If you work for fifteen years, you have guaranteed retirement health plan coverage. So, it's really the benefits that keep most people there. Also, most hourly jobs are union jobs, so there is a lot of job security for most hourly staff. There is a social mission at Kaiser that doesn't often exist at other health care providers that motivates a lot of people who work there.

    Cons

    It is impossible to get much of anything done, and can be incredibly frustrating for anyone who wants to feel accomplishment from their work. What might take a week in another company may take six months at Kaiser. This is the rate of progress at KP. Things that most companies were doing in the 1980s are seen as revolutionary at KP today. It's decentralized into a bunch of separate fiefdoms, most of which rarely talk to one another, so you may find that there are twenty people with the same job title all doing the same work, none of whom know that they are all duplicating efforts. Systems and work processes are so antiquated that it's laughable. The executive employees are set off from the rest of the organization and often have no sense (or often interest) in what is happening below the executive level. There is a lot of jargon and happytalk all the time, but very little action. This leads to a general lack of trust in management, and a general sense that employee concerns will not be addressed. As a result, there is a lot of underlying anxiety and fear in the employee base which is not openly expressed. There is also a strong impression that poor performance by employees is overlooked, and that managers don't like conflict, so do not address performance issues. This hurts good employees and drags everyone down. Kaiser also tends to throw people at problems. More people end up involved in what should be simple tasks. Hiring someone else is often the solution to whatever the problem might be, when the real problem is often that the people on staff aren't doing what needs to be done. Kaiser is known as a "B"or "C" company. It's a place people go to retire, rather than to grow in their careers. This is sad, because it could be a great place to work. Some of the stuff that happens day to day is enough to make one pull one's hair out. I mean, some of it is straight out of a Dilbert comic or The Office.

    Advice to Management

    Start confronting the truth with candor about what is wrong with the organization. Start making the difficult decisions that need to be made to transform Kaiser Permanente into what it could actually be. Stop accepting mediocrity as the norm. Implement 10% staff reductions of the poorest performers every year to send the right message to the good employees.


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