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Fraser Health Reviews in Surrey, BC

Updated Feb 13, 2014

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    Overall- positive. Great people with good intentions.

    Excluded Management (Former Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    ProsHealth benefits, work experience- you will never be bored. Opportunities are there if you are willing to reach for them. I had a great Director, who stood tall during many challenges that were foisted upon them and beyond their control (i.e. from MoH/Exec). Good work life balance.

    ConsSalaries/wages are capped and have been frozen for a few years, due to BC Ministry of Health (MoH) budgets. Performance is not always rewarded and if rewarded, not through compensation. The HR dept is behind the times re: recruitment methods and criteria. IT support is underwhelming, the IS services are 10 years behind the times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you bring people on board to be an expert, let them be an expert vs. outsourcing to a consulting firm which will cost you 3x the amount and give you the same opinion. Walk the talk and reward positive performance and address negative performance. Dont put people in leadership positions who are not competent but are friends with the higher ups. Follow your values of respect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IT is a lot of process over quality

    Analyst (Current Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    ProsAll comments are related to IT jobs:
    - Defined benefits pensions.
    - Good salary since you can live outside the downtown core.
    - Good networking for later contracting jobs (where the real money is)
    - This place has a real love affair with the Health Informatics program at UVic.
    - Good place for women to work as most staff and customers are women.
    - Low/random pressure, so it's easy to take long lunches, second jobs, do personal work at work, schoolwork and certifications, etc.

    ConsAll comments are related to IT jobs:
    - Any of the statements about FHA being a great place to work pertain to nurses, not IT.

    - FHA likes to over-hire. They have people with masters degrees doing clerical work. Also, very little actually gets done. Thus, working here will likely put your career on hold.
    - Appearing to follow processes is far more important than quality.
    - The culture places a lot of value of loyalty, seniority, and towing the party line over actual talent or effectiveness, etc.

    - FHA prefers that most leadership positions (including IT leadership) to be filled with elderly women with clinical backgrounds. This means that many managers are completely inept at even basic IT management concepts and haven't learned anything in decades. This also means that if you do not have a clinical background, you have much less value to the organization.

    - There was an IT outsourcing initiative that hasn't gone too well but in many ways has been officially declared a success. This means that lots of what FHA IT staff need to do is work that you're officially not supposed to be doing. As a consequence, the job descriptions are fiction and inflated hype.

    Most IT staff don't have the authority to say no to bad ideas, so complex parts of the job involve dirty tricks drummed up to kill bad projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut the greyhair dinosaurs with early onset alzheimers out to pasture.

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    Stable Environment with Great Benefits

    Associate, Recruitment Services (Former Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    Pros- Stable Environment
    - Great health benefits
    - Great time-off benefits

    Cons- It's difficult to have a cohesive organizational culture because FH is very dispersed. Each hospital, facility, office, department, has their own unique culture. Some are good and others, not so much.
    - Advancement is difficult in the arena of office work. Many people do not retire, and when they do, they still come back as casual employees, making it difficult for the "youngons" to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a chance on your younger employees. They have more to offer than you think.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friendly and knowledgeable staff and RNs that support ESNs and work as a team unit

    Employed Student Nurse On III South Surgical General Surgery (Current Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    ProsGreat experience for ESN`s to solidify their skills and hands on experience to practice new skills. RN`s are great to work with and value ESN`s and their presence. Student nurses can book their own schedules based on their availability, very flexible unlike other ESN position that require you to 4 days on and 5 off throughout summertime. I am able to work part of my hours in the summer and then finish them off in the winter during my holiday break. Working as an ESN also allows better job opportunities for after graduation to apply to internal postings and the unit will be more likely to hire you if they already know how you work. Overall working as an ESN here at Fraser Health has really solidified my skills and helped me build confidence in my RN practice.

    ConsNot many downsides from an ESN`s point of view. Perhaps as a RN the cons of working for Fraser Health will be more apparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people; Endless workload

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    ProsHard-working teams of dedicated health professionals providing important services to many communities.
    Opportunities to advance and try new things due to new facilities and growth of services.
    Decent to good benefit packages. Wage rates standardized across the province.
    Housing cheaper in suburban communities compared to downtown Vancouver.

    ConsRecent wage freezes for all non-union staff.
    Frequently under-staffed or under-resourced compared to peer organizations. Leads to expectations that non-union staff work or be available often after-hours, weekends, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep advocating for more funding as your communities really need and value your services. Focus on what is most important rather than pursuing every opportunity. Provide better support and working environments for your managers and front-line staff and physicians.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's been a good place to start

    Registered Nurse (Current Employee) Surrey, BC (Canada)

    ProsFraser Health covers a large geographical site and thus a large portion of those that live in the lower mainland. There is lots of growth (especially at the Surrey campus) and lots of scope for learning.

    ConsIt's still catching up to meet the needs of the area and staff are being asked to provide the best they can...often working to provide care in hallways.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdding more frontline workers versus managers/administrators would help provide better patient care.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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