Premera Blue Cross

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5 people found this helpful  

No growth opportunities unless you're in the IN club

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Former Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
Former Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA

I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Premera has a nice physical workspace, cafeteria. There are some very good people there. Good integrity with regard to their products (despite what people think of insurance companies).

Cons

There is a culture of not sharing knowledge so that one can feel like they are "needed". Salaries are low, and as is typical with health insurance companies, they are slow to embrace technology. Remote working is discouraged, and a general sense of distrust with employees is felt. (I am not talking about employees at an entry level position.) The CEO and executive level salary discrepancy is outrageous and disheartening when bonus time rolls around and you see how wide the gap is between the haves and have nots.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize the work of the people who are making your company tick. Stop promoting uneducated, smokers above their level of competency; this is not the type of person you want to lead your company. Remember, just because someone was good at one job does not make them a good leader.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you enjoy being a sardine in a cubicle this is your company.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cafeteria. Not subsidized by Premera!!. If you are under 40 you will be promoted at less money than the regime currently in power. Go Premera.

    Cons

    A typical work day is focused around useless meetings, multi-leveled management that provides no added value, and cliques of ill equipped executive level managers. The company made $320 Billion in 2008 but requires employees to use vacation time when the office is intentionally closed for the days prior to long holidays. The guise is that that it costs too much money to pay employees for unused paid time off. Be prepared to take your portable lap top with you even to your lunch and home. It is now your new parasite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oh, if you want to work out at the health conglomerate's state of the art exercise facility you can forget that. They don't have one. But you can walk on the trails at your own risk. Put your money where your mouth is and promote employees' health with more than a free trail. So shameful.

    Don't promote mid level managers just because they have worked there for decades. Review your human capital's PROVEN abilities-- not tenure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Peers, Team Leads, Holidays Paid Off

    Cons

    Corporate Standards on Average Handle Time, Adherence, and Quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less pressure on performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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