Sutter Health

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Layoffs coming?

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Sutter Health

Pros

If you select the employer insurance option it is no cost to the employee and their immediate family (spouse, children - unlimited number at that). Great for families.

Cons

If you are single or have no children your compensation package is actually smaller then if you had immediate family members.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instead of putting people out of work, reduce the coverage of non-employees by paying 100% for immediate family and put the share of cost on those employees

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers; IT senior leadership lead by intimidation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sutter Health

    Pros

    Great co-workers, benefits, reputation and hospitals/clinics.

    Cons

    IT department is unbelievable. Main hub in Sacremento - any production change decisions do not include affiliate sites. Whatever they decide to implement gets done - anything else is put on a list that fades to black.

    Managers/Supervisors beware! You will more than likely be hired at a salary that is 10-25% "lower" than your staff! No need to address the issue - nothing will be done.

    Regional CIO is very arragant and tempermental - speaks to employees as though they are "beneath" him; does not keep his word - not concerned about work/life balance of employees. In March of 2011, restructure occured - employee titles, and salaries were lowered or capped with minimal fair warning - multiple employees left within six months of changes; however, CIO expressed this had nothing to do with the restructure.....yeah, right.

    Opportunity for growth and the so called "Career Path" module is designed for those who live in or are willing to relocate to Sacramento - very few jobs available in the East and/or South Bay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a "good" look at the IT department. Many are overworked, underpaid or feel appreciated. Review management to employee salary ratios - compensate experienced and invested managers fairly and treat them with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sees coming changes required in health care but unable to act due to inertia and politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sutter Health

    Pros

    - Great reputation in the industry
    - Respected employer
    - Organizational mission you can be proud of
    - Work is interesting
    - Education and training levels of staff well above average
    - Many very bright and capable people at all levels in the organization
    - Best health care coverage/insurance I've EVER had

    Cons

    - Politics are rife
    - Claims to be transparent but acts differently (for instance, capping employee raises citing cost reduction while lavishing senior executives with 25% compensation increases)
    - Promotion opportunities depend on where you work and who you know
    - Job titles have very little comparability across the system depending on corporate or affiliate
    - Incentives across the system are misaligned; executives who are paid far too much to run a profitable non-profit are asked to change the future, knowing it might impact their pay (>14 execs earn more than $1M each in annual compensation...don't believe me? check Sutter's IRS form 990, public information posted right on their own website: http://www.sutterhealth.org/about/SutterHealth_Form990_2010.pdf) ...I'm guessing most of them are coasting to retirement and milking the system
    - Rewards status quo behavior while asking employees to innovate
    - Hyper-conservative board of directors making critical strategy decisions based on their experiences in health care from 40 years ago...times have changed, old man (men)...move on and let someone else have a shot
    - I worked on way too many multi-year projects that went NOWHERE! Findings, results, recommendations were passed up to leadership, never to be heard from again.
    - Gradually scaling back any semblance of employee perqs (beyond pay and benefits, which were decent)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sutter needs to decide whether to lead or follow in health care reform. Leading has proven tough; can't seem to launch any game-changing initiatives because hospitals need patients to make money and insurers (who are paying the bills) want to keep patients out of hospitals and in less expensive care channels. It is OK to follow; stop wasting money pretending you can lead. Let one of the other big systems in the US figure out how to deal with it and copy their idea. The board and senior management kill every innovative and growth idea that comes their way, all the while saying, "what else do you have?"

    While grossly over-compensated for his risk ($4M in 2009), the CEO (Pat Fry) is not the problem; his hands are tied as he is beholden to the directors.

    Disapproves of CEO
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