Fairview Health

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Fairview Health Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
59 Reviews
2.7
59 Reviews
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Fairview Health Chairman and Interim CEO Charles Mooty
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special (in 3 reviews)

  • Good Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Sewage back up in patient care area without evacuation of patients (in 3 reviews)

  • Many long-term employees have left under unpleasant circumstances (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Providers working under a great deal of pressure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Fairview Health full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Health System and great pay/benefits, surrounded by many wonderful people, education is valued

    Cons

    Often feel like part of a herd or a cog in the wheel, difficult for work/family balance, difficult to give excellent care when so much time pressure, confusing compensation models

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to treat employees as people and not commodities

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor leadership destroying a good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Fairview Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Bright and capable new hires, lots of room for positive change, coworkers genuinely care about improving our community health

    Cons

    Leadership or lack there of. Every department is doing something different, every hospital and clinic is operating on their own and not working together to provide synchronized service to our patients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need someone to step up and start hiring real directors and management. No more interim after interim making temporary decisions. With weak leaders, no one trusts in what few decisions are being made. Start operating fairview as one system rather than branding everything separately to make different groups of doctors or administration happy. Make your patients happy, simplify!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its like working for a government agency that doesn't know what it wants to do

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Workspace Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Workspace Services in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment
    There are some talented people who work there.
    Job security

    Cons

    No training.

    Nothing changes unless the board of directors ask for it or an existing product breaks.

    Departments have no interest in working with each other. So they're not able to fix simple workflow issues that have existed for years.

    All tier 2 teams are made up of non technical people (former nurses).

    Products are usually poorly implemented in a very short time frame.

    Everyone seems complacent with doing the bare minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay at fairview because you wont last at other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Focused on budget even though positive revenue

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Fairview Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Staff that work at Fairview. Many clinics and hospitals in the Twin Cities for variety of places to work.

    Cons

    doesn't encourage longevity of staff, always focused on budget even if conflicts with patient care of staffing concerns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Webpage values don't extend to treatment of staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Educated, competent workforce; many talented professionals; decent salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Top-down, punitive leadership; talented people feel limited or stay because of golden handcuffs; cynicism among employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making decisions that will hurt employees and then pretending to ask for input or feedback damages credibility and teamwork. Support the gifts of the front line worker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Intransient, Entrenched, Recalcitrant employees and management not open to new ideas.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Department Secretary in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Department Secretary in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits.

    Cons

    Many long-term employees who are obsolete and ineffective but are retained simply due to years of service. Refusal by management to be honest and objective in their staff appraisals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "no terminations after 5 years". Solicit honest opinions from your staff and not just those that conform to outdated company policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Flexibility with your schedule was the greatest benefit as well as overall friendly coworkers. Enjoyable and comfortable work environment. Overall mission is heartfelt and a place to be proud to be associated with.

    Cons

    Personal growth very subjective and tied to how well your manager liked you. Not metrics driven in any way. People are in positions not always due to competence but for political reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to move to various areas within the company or at least within their area of expertise every handful of years (HR, Finance, Operations, etc). Managers staying in the exact same role for multiple years isn't always a great thing for themselves, the department, or the company. Bring in fresh faces, fresh ideas, and rotate managers to new roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Supply Chain and Sterile Processing Management.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Caring people that are focused on providing the best and quality care to our patients.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership making poor decisions. Always being asked to reduce workforce. Lack of standardization across the organization. Lack of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can only cut so much muscle out of your organization before you feel, and see a negative impact to patient care.

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Became too hard to remain optimistic in this IT dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Opportunities to work remotely.
    Flexible scheduling.
    Convenient location.
    Really knowledgeable and caring business users.
    Told by a colleague the child care program is expensive but fantastic.
    Lots of very experienced IT staff.
    I met someone who would later become a good friend.

    Cons

    Reactionary, break/fix culture.
    Issues are often escalated to mgmt, few people seem to speak to each other directly about them, and management did not discourage this practice.
    Too many tools/inefficient use of IT incident management and project management tools.
    Too little accessible documentation on past projects and/or staff roles and responsibilities.
    Chronic re-orgs on both the business and IT sides of the house that made people worry about job security.
    People clearly wanted improvements, but the risk taking that drives innovation seemed discouraged because it was too time consuming.
    "Interim" employees and contractors were in leadership roles that need long term, stable direction from a permanent, vested employee.
    Dissatisfied and repeatedly disappointed users, it was hard to earn their trust.
    Lack of transparency on how IT projects are prioritized, and no way of knowing what's all in the works.
    Unwritten policy that if an employee gives less than the required notice for their position they are not eligible to work at the company again and written policy the employee only gets partial PTO payout. For most IT roles this is 4 weeks notice.
    Takes 5+ minutes to navigate the HR phone tree for an HR question.
    HR benefits enrollment system is cumbersome.
    Long-standing employee salaries were not competitive with new hire salaries or market standards.
    Immediate mgmt was usually too busy to respond to concerns and questions, which contributed to the escalation cycle.
    Six months is too long for a probationary period, particularly depending on when the employee receives their annual review. Realistically this should be 90 days or less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When things clearly aren't working, and an employee is told, "That's just how we do things around here," that isn't an acceptable answer. In a large, siloed, highly political environment like Fairview, new employee training, employee mentorship, strong documentation surrounding their role (drafted before they start the position), ensuring they are aware of active and historically sensitive topics in the organization, and promptly addressing their concerns is the only way they're going to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work, could value employees better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good benefits
    Challenging and changing work environment
    Large healthcare org, so lots of different opportunities

    Cons

    Not good work/life balance
    Little employee recognition
    Lots of office politics
    A lot of drama with senior leadership and decisions made

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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