Fairview Health

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Fairview Health Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
65 Reviews
2.5
65 Reviews
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Fairview Health Chairman and Interim CEO Charles Mooty
Charles Mooty
13 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special (in 4 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
  • Change comes slowly to a large organization like this (in 3 reviews)

  • doesn't encourage longevity of staff, always focused on budget even if conflicts with patient care of staffing concerns (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The pay checks usually clear, but don't expect them to ever get larger.

    Cons

    The outlook for this company is grim; there is no money to do anything unless it is putting out a fire. In fact, that is the only way anything gets done is if there a breach, a failure, an emergency.
    The most unqualified people are watching the most critical systems. The most overqualified people are doing mundane tasks. There is no room to move, no chance to advance, no plan for improvement or training unless you are hired in far below your market value (then enjoy the training while you can get it).
    Things move slow where there are no fires. Vendors are brought in to do the serious, fun, resume-building work because noone wants to be set up for the blame game if something goes wrong.
    The best employees just disappear. No explanation and the ones left behind are often the ones that got fired somewhere else.
    This is simply the most toxic environment I have ever witness and I am ashamed to tell people I worked here as long as I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of management, at least in the IT department, needs to be reevaluated. There is a lot of unprofessional vendor favoritism going on and most decisions are not being made with Fairview's long-term best interest in mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fairview is a great environment to help people in our community.

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

    I have been working at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Great staff. Fun working with patients and helping those in need.

    Cons

    Stressful environment to work in sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Customer Service Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patient Service Representative in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Patient Service Representative in Edina, MN

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

    Pros

    The staff members are wonderful to work with. Other staff in the hospital are also great to work with. Working in any emergency room setting is very interesting and you never know what to expect from day to day.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to advance. Had to work every weekend. I think it would have been better to rotate weekend shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate weekend shifts among staff or hire people that only want to work weekends. Increase opotunities to advance through training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    No sense of direction in the upper echelon

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Up until the restructuring in 2008, everyone in IT did what they had to to provide the customer, and each other, with excellent service

    Cons

    After the 2008 restructuring, the atmosphere is one of "CYA" and nobody in IT does anything to help others without a formal request being entered into the system. They implemented ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) in 2009 which didn't work so well as mgmt. did not determine how results were going to be measured. Salaries for staff are kept on the low side of mid-range. Sr. Leadership withholds information to the worker bees so we are kept in the dark about the future of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the program. Many of the managers in IT should be relieved of their duties and new blood brought in, but new eyes won't survive if the "old timers" are still there; they are a brick wall to growth opportunities, change and advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fairview Health has been a great place to work. Very flexible with schedule changes due to having schedulers 24/7.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nursing Station Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Nursing Station Technician in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with (both management and co-workers), resources are pretty amazing compared to other locations I have worked at. There are many different ways to be involved in how the workplace runs (various groups that are nursing unit specific).

    Cons

    Most paraprofessional positions require that the person works day/eve, day/night, or straight nights, so the schedule is never really consistent. It takes a long time to put any changes into effect, but once implemented, the workers help improve processes on the nursing floor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dead end job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant

    I have been working at Fairview Health part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers.
    Good choice of locations.

    Cons

    No raise in over a year. The review process is arbitrary and doesn't reflect actual performance other than which boxes were checked on the EMR when caring for a patient.

    Nurses are forced to hurry patient care, sacrificing quality.
    No chance for advancement.
    Increased workloads regularly without incentive to perform.
    Poor communication throughout the organization.
    Poor training for new employees.
    Low morale.
    Mediocre benefits.
    Constant staffing problems. Top heavy. Management and administration outnumber patient care staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fairview doesn't appear to care about its employees. Perhaps the cost to recruit and train new employees would go down if you were able to retain more? Patient satisfaction will rise when the people that care for them are satisfied as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great coworkers..horrible management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse Urgent Care in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse Urgent Care in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, utilization of skills, working with patients and coworkers.

    Cons

    Manangers produced an atomsphere of fear. Work environment very threatening. No support from management. Sewage back up in patient care area without evacuation of patients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Filter out the poor managers and replace with ones that can actually treat employees like human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but don't expect things to happen fast.

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

    I have been working at Fairview Health full-time

    Pros

    There is the opportunity for a flexible work schedule, decent pay and benefits and employees are generally friendly. I have some wonderful friends that I met through working at Fairview

    Cons

    Things move at a snail's pace and I think leadership has been there too long to see the big picture. It is a great place to work, but lately it's been a little stale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of talented people that work for you and most are burned out. Instead of taking a wait and see approach, ask them what they think.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Just like many other corporate 'not for profit' businesses

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Some job flexibility- in my office

    Cons

    No paid holidays or vacation- PTO only

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Organized chaos with no clear chain of command

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Fairview Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    3.5 years ago it was very innovative but now it is just production.

    Cons

    1. LIttle emphasis on quality care, just numbers
    2. Very low morale
    3. Management by atrition
    4. Poor staff retention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to keep your good people. All decision come from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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