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Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

it has a good benefit

Cons

too big, difficult to control complex systems

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
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    Frustrating and exhausting working for this organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good starting salary.

    Cons

    Working for Kaiser is like working for the government: It pays the bills but is less than rewarding. Financial rewards are not based upon personal performance. If you are a non-union Health Plan employee annual salary increases do not keep pace with inflation and everyone receives the same 1.5% regardless of contribution. There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude. Management is definitely top down and results in many inefficiencies due to a lack of rank and file participation in process decisions. Kaiser is the typical large corporation that cannot foster anything entrepreneurial without ultimately crushing it in bureaucratic red tape and a desire to force every productive square peg into an inappropriate round hole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In today's challenging financial environment, management needs a new appreciation for individual employee productivity. They need to develop a personal performance reward system that distinguishes top performers throughout the organization. Stop advertising work life balance until there is truly an opportunity for employees to experience this. If a sector of the organization exhibits entrepreneurial behavior and success, STOP TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK EXACTLY LIKE OTHER DISSIMILAR BUSINESS UNITS. LET IT THRIVE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Micro Managing Out of a Crisis -- creates more problems

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked for this company (Georgia Region) for sixteen years. Great place to work in that the office culture between employees were great -- has the potential to be a leader in the healthcare industry for Georgia --

    Cons

    Recent attempts to grow the brand in Georgia has caused the company (Georgia Region) to move away from some of the key values that once made it a great company to work for. Seems to be moving towards a strategy of managing and not necessary leading in a crisis -- employees seems to be looked at more as a liability that an asset for the company -- managers are picked based on who you know and not necessarily on what you know -- many veterans are leaving to escape the finger pointing when least experienced managers feel insecure of more knowledgeable and more deserving employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should not overlook those folks who got you to where you are (in the years where the bottom line was in the black) as you attempt to move forward and grow your brand in Georgia -- your employees can be your greatest sales force if you put your trust in your entire team and not just your management team -- Don't look at folks with constructive criticism as if they are not team players, especially if they have been with you for almost two decades and had not been a problem -- The corporate office need to review HRs policy concerning age discrimination and the use of negative and biased evaluations when team unity is problematic should be stressed with management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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