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8 people found this helpful  

Conservative company in a tough industry with a steady talent drain in progress

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA

I have been working at Premera Blue Cross

Pros

• Good benefits with a focus on employee wellness and health.

• Strong charitable contribution to the community.

• Free parking and easy commute.

• Lots of Admins everywhere, mostly you won’t have to handle your own calendar.

• The company is trying to do the right thing to change how healthcare is utilized, making moves to control what costs they can.

Cons

• Stagnant company in an industry under fire. Before joining Premera ask yourself what will happen to the company when healthcare reform is completely implemented in 2014?

• Old fashioned corporate culture. Limited new technology, most outside ideas die, rigid dress code, flexible schedules and working at home are discouraged, corporate values are used as meaningless slogans.

• Heavily hierarchical and patriarchal organization with strict command and control.

• Ability of management to think strategically varies widely by group, you will be micromanaged.

• Many employees have never worked anywhere else. That should be healthy but somehow it isn’t. “Us versus them” is the name of the game with the lifers.

• Endless staff meetings, work group meetings, subgroup meetings. 6+ hours of meetings a day is normal.

• Collaborative culture run amok. Employees are not empowered to make decisions. If you like waiting for management or an entire group to decide every small point then this is the place.

• Upper management talks about promoting internal changes while line level employees meet actual change with anger, fear, and sabotage.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get out of the Executive and Senior Management Group Meetings and see what is happening on the floor, the culture of fear and distrust is driving talent out the door at a rapid rate. Talking about a shiny new idea every quarter isn’t a plan. Walk the walk on your corporate values, wordsmithing them once again isn’t real progress.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross

    Pros

    * Great people to work with
    * If you do a job well & apply yourself there are growth opportunities
    * Depending on the department there is good work/life balance
    * Cafeteria/food service on site
    * Good benefits
    * Easy commute
    * Free parking
    * Depending on the department, emplolyee & management some flexible schedules granted

    Cons

    * Senior managment mismanages projects (e.g. the quanity & volume that can be achieved with resoures & time alloted) causing chaos which spans multi departments
    * Company set's their values & vision and then goes against it when the next bright idea comes along
    * Some workers go above & beyond while others slack big time and get away with it
    * Wasteful team, department & organizational mandatory meetings
    * Not up with the times by enforcing Business Casual attire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create the vision & stick with it for longer than a few months.
    Hire the volume of staff needed to support the volume of work to be done
    Learn to say no if you can't stick to the two items above

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Premera does a lot of things right

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross

    Pros

    Colleagues
    Benefits
    Location
    Committed to community and environment
    Strive to do the right thing and make a difference
    Adapting well to healthcare reform
    Subsidized food program/great food vendor
    Health & wellness programs
    Flexibility
    Concern for employees

    Cons

    Heirarchy
    Limited career advancement opp. for some
    Patriarchy
    Conservative
    Traditional mindset (fairly formal)
    Favoritism
    Limited recognition and rewards
    In many cases, silos still exist
    Need more company-wide activities to promote interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more interaction between groups and set up opportunities. Leadership could be more visible, more forthcoming, less formal, and less controlling.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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