Seattle Children's

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1 person found this helpful  

Great work environment, helpful and knowledgeable co-workers.

Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA

I worked at Seattle Children's as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Able to be a team member right from the start.

Cons

Super busy and lots of Outlook calendaring during the day, not a con, just the way it is working for the VPs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A lot of capable experienced temps were brought on board that would continue to be a valuable asset if offered a fulltime position with SCH.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't trust Human Resources for anything

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ambulatory Clinics in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Ambulatory Clinics in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, child care, ok salaries.

    Cons

    Good salaries = lazy apathetic employees. Good people seem to leave and lazy minimal effort employees seem to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management herd needs to be thinned. It's great that other local hospitals had layoffs and Children's didn't, but how many middle aged, middle management employees does a hospital need. There seems to be a lot of six figure income managers who do nothing all day, but have meetings with each other figuring out ways to look busy. There is an intrinsic culture of "review yourself" and "tell us how we can be better" that permeates Seattle Children's ethos. The reality is, it's all busy work. It's non-revenue employees, making additional work for the hard working revenue employees while patting themselves on the back for teamwork. A culture of "give me your opinion so you feel good", but we will just ignore it. In the ten years I have worked here there have been numerous programs and silly ideas from management to improve the hospital. This included employee treasure chests similar to the treasure chests we keep toys in for the kids excepts they contained stale candy bars, poisonous plastic water bottles, and ID lanyards. We went through Japanese organizational training where you outlined the telephone, stapler, tape dispenser, and monitor at your desk with colorful tape and labeled each item what it obviously was. Then there were Waste Trees, Caught You at Your Best forms, ARTist of the month awards, and now GEMBA worksheets. All of these ideas hyped to death for months on end and then quickly abandoned and left to sit, dusty in front of the hard working employees like monuments to the previous managers promotion.

    So remember, you will do well at Seattle Children's if you don't mind working twice as hard as the person next to you, buy into the next greatest management fad that comes down the pipe with little thought to its efficacy, and realize that Children's will drop you faster than you can imagine if you are unfortunate enough to make a mistake that embarrasses them while you work at maximum capacity.

    Most of the Children's HR team comes from Starbucks and they are horrible. If you have an issue expect them to tell you up front that they are there to protect the hospital and reinforce management. The only way you will seamy action, event with rampant departmental dysfunction is if they sense liability to the hospital in any form. If you want to see an example of Children's employee relations, look up the nurse who was fired for making a decimal error mistake in 2011. An unfortunate story that ends badly with Children's turning their back on a 24 year employee and it's unfortunate conclusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Nursing Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Certified Nursing Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    competitive pay, good managers,helpful co-workers,beautiful cumpus

    Cons

    short handed at times,parking is expensive, difficult to get your way around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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