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It is all about the bottom line for Vanguard Health Systems

Former Employee - Director Level  in  Berwyn, IL
Former Employee - Director Level in Berwyn, IL

I worked at Vanguard Health Systems as a contractor for more than 10 years

Pros

Company attempts to develop talent from within, deep company pockets help to support capital projects other health systems cannot afford. Competitive benefits/compensation for higher level employees. Takes feedback from employees seriously.

Cons

No loyalty - will end employment for the long-term employees without a second thought if saves money. To work there a management level employee needs to find a way to live with management behavior patterns that are troubling to one's conscience - an example is telling an employee their job was secure while at the same time planning to end their employment. Standard operating procedure is to make an employee so uncomfortable in their job they leave on their own, rather than respectfully sitting down to say this is not working out and offering severance. To avoid unemployment or accountability for their actions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be upfront - the mission is quality healthcare and profit. Where medical education and residency training fits into this mission is highly questionable.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporatocracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Many of the hospitals have patient programs and services which are distinguished or accredited.
    - The company offers many additional employee benefits programs besides health and dental insurance to full time and part time employees. This includes, but is not limited to tobacco-cessation programs, employee assistance programs, and tuition assistance programs.
    - Multiple nation-wide locations allow for employees to transfer positions across geographies.

    Cons

    - Since late 2011, there have been several waves of job cuts, geographical job shifting along with organizational restructuring and department outsourcing across many Vanguard hospitals. This includes, but is not limited to: accounting, payroll, information systems, middle management and directors, hospital transporters, hospital interpreters, patient advocates, and chaplains. This was cited as being because of decreases in patient volume and in government reimbursement funding.
    - During the 2012 fiscal year for the Chicago Market hospitals, no employee merit raises nor matches to employee retirement were made. But, during the following fiscal year (2013) the Chicago Market President was awarded 28,559 shares of stock in the company.
    - Inconsistency across market hospitals. Depending on the market you hired in, there may be no standardized training program for your position. Many employees must "hit the ground running".
    - A non-exempt person hired as per diem (registry) without benefits who then transfers into a part-time or full-time position with benefits is offered a lower hourly rate than what they were hired with. Additionally, unless you are hired as an exempt salaried employee, negotiating with Vanguard recruiters is often difficult and lengthy.
    - Depending on the market, Vanguard serves its employees as it's own health insurance firm by using their own staff physicians as plan providers. However, many physicians physically located across the hospitals are not Vanguard employees, but are part of their own medical group or are independent contractors. Additionally, some of the health insurance coverages are minimal to non-existent.

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

    Rapidly developing system in Chicago.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Berwyn, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berwyn, IL

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems

    Pros

    There is a lot of growth and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Vanguard is a conservative organization and that can sometimes hinder progress.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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