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To big for the little employee

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

I worked at Kaiser Permanente

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The network in place to make lateral career moves as well as advancement is excellent because postings are vigilantly updated. The options for nurses are extremely diverse and nurses have an enormous potential for career growth and skill development.

Cons

The stress on personnel can be high due to patient demand. This seems to be a chronic problem. In my experience, the management does not have a positive effect on the work environment, and the affection of nurses for exceptional supervisors doesn't seem to be shared by the administration. The nationwide organization is so big that change in policy or procedure is more difficult than changing the course of the Queen Mary.

Advice to Management

The organization could counter the suppressive effect of is corporate girth by encouraging out-of-the-box solutions and more individual discretion of the immediate supervisors. Instead of encouraging homogeneity with the "employee of the month", how about posting the "idea of the month".

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  1. Rad Tech

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    Current Employee - Rad Tech in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Rad Tech in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the Benefits package is the best you can receive anywhere, the flexible work week is also great, I like the time off.

    Cons

    There are really no cons, just there is a lot of people who need to retire. there is a lot of burn out there

    Advice to Management

    To give employees time to express their self. We need to work together, it's the only way we can survive

  2. Helpful (1)

    Pretty good, secure place to work in healthcare

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Process Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kaiser Permanente is a rather large organization in CA with satellite offices in several regions throughout the US. California is the largest region and therefore the largest employer. There are many opportunities within KP to work, but finding out a career path is entirely up to you once you're in the door. There's lots to learn, management really depends on who you work for, and upper management is going through a changing of the guard. Bad performers used to stay on forever, but management is starting to weed them out with the first re-org in years (2009). Non-profit organization so no stock options but benefits are heavily subsidized.

    Cons

    Experience with management varies greatly. Very difficult to get your foot in the door. Once you're in though, there are many other departments and areas to transition to. Moving around is harder than you think, though. Opportunities are limited in San Diego but greatest in Oakland and Burbank. Lots of IT opportunities but also a recent re-org and takeover by a vendor eliminated a good number of positions as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger, clearer vision and leadership. Fairer rewarding system (there's a forced curve on performance -- so only 10% of us can get high high marks). Improve on employee recognition, give flexible working schedules in lieu of monetary compensation when asked.

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