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Great leadership, great workers, but soft in the middle....

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Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Antonio, TX
Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Antonio, TX

I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Big company, lots of opportunity and room to move around. Leadership is strong and there are good programs in place to change the culture into one of accountability. Lots of telecommuting roles.

Cons

Grew fast through acquisition without fully maturing their internal processes or systems. This makes it a target rich environment, but a frustrating one. Change is resisted till they are in pain, and then it is resisted some more.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There are middle managers who are awful and need to be eliminated. I've seen them in several areas of the company, where they fly under the radar because they have fewer than 5 direct reports and are not reviewed by their employees. There is a total lack of skip level meetings, so no opportunity to discuss any issues you may have with a manager when talking directly with THEIR manager.

The business is not supported by IT, but held hostage by it. They are condescending and outrageous in how they interact with the business. It would be a far more economical business to run if IT were outsourced. At least then, it would be clear who the customer is and contracts could be terminated for nonperformance. You need to invest in the next generation of systems because you are behind the times severely. Get out of the software development business. You are terrible at it. India wasn't the answer, they only made it worse. So now you can toss away failed projects that cost less, but failures none the less.

I'll never comprehend how a company this size can manage their money so poorly that they are in an annual third quarter bloodletting mode year after year after year. If the only answer to a balanced budget is to cut head count, then you are hiring badly and planning poorly. send your financial guys out to pasture and hire women who know how to keep a family of 6 afloat.

If you want to get really radical, take the company private. Save all the money you would invest in shareholder management and financial regulation and put it into the infrastructure that you so desperately need.

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    All the space to grow, just need patience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that work there are amazing. The support you get to be good at your job is wonderful. You can go as far as you can push yourself at this company. A great place to do things right, just need to put in the hours. Great place to have a family and not be married to your job.

    Cons

    They dont pay as well as contracting, but they do pay well for the hours you put in. There is a lot of politics you need to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The push does not make sense sometime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A Nightmare of Incompetence and Confusion

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Care Professional in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Care Professional in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being able to work from home

    Cons

    Low or no raises even though dept makes billions per year in profits, managers with no experience or training, constant nitpicking, terrible job aids, information sometimes impossible to find, rules change daily, terrible insurance--just like Medicare; 80/20 with high deductibles. Outsources jobs to India using taxpayer dollars. If you're a drone and don't mind being forced to do things you know are incorrect, this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with appropriate experience and training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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