Geisinger Health System

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Geisinger Health System Reviews in Danville, PA

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
70 Reviews
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Geisinger Health System President and CEO Glenn D. Steele Jr.
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Pros
  • The best part of being here is simply job security, health benefits at a cheap cost and retirement (in 5 reviews)

  • Good Pay - best pay in the area (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No one feels special as they are all considered replaceable (in 3 reviews)

  • A disjoint between upper management and everyone else, despite management's efforts (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    An Unexpected Healthcare Gem

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chaplain Resident in Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Chaplain Resident in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    An organization-wide focus on using data from research and experience to provide the best possible patient care. Great support for people who want to grow in their field. Opportunities in all aspects of healthcare, with motivated colleagues from around the world.

    Cons

    There is intensifying pressure to find ways to do more with less resources, both from a culture of continuous improvement and from a marketplace heavily influenced by one consumer that is less able to pay for requested services each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep engaging the knowledge, insights, and ideas of the excellent people delivering great care at every level of the system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I love going to work every day

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    Many benefits, an excellent work environment. Geisinger provides many wellness opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Geisinger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A robust and meaningful spiritual care learning environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chaplain-Resident in Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Chaplain-Resident in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    Tradition of chaplaincy and spiritual care stretching back decades. Chaplains integrated with healthcare throughout the hospital. Opportunity to learn in classroom and in practice from experienced professionals.

    Cons

    Not much social life in North Central PA. Culturally about 20 years behind the rest of the US (though I guess that could be a pro as well in some ways)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep engaging the treasure-trove of ideas and ability of the many people who make the Geisinger System go. They are the real strength of this system that continues to evolve new ways of bringing great affordable health care to a rural area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    overview of the it department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay - best pay in the area

    Cons

    Management questionable decisions and promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Geisinger is a great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Danville, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Danville, PA

    I worked at Geisinger Health System as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everybody feels like they make an impact on the patient, not just the physician and nurses

    Cons

    Pay is low, but living in Danville is cheap so it's not terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Career choice- depending on what department you land in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danville, PA

    I worked at Geisinger Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Progressive health system-leader in health care, innovative. Truly focused on hiring bright, talented Physicians and Specialists.

    Cons

    certain departments have high turnover, in part due to the cliques that are prominent. Watched many new college grads arrive with high hopes of fitting in and starting a promising career, only to be knocked down by leadership cliques. Especially true if you are an above average looking young woman. The other women, supposed leaders, can be brutal. Not all departments, worked in several that were just bad-.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    most middle managers really have no power/guts to do what is in the best interest of the department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    There's a reason I left, and a reason I came back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Workstation Analyst in Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Workstation Analyst in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    For the Company:
    - Large medical facility, providing excellent patient care in a rural setting
    - Excellent time off plan, if you're full-time
    - Excellent benefits from day one, if you're full-time
    - Excellent health insurancem if you're full-time
    - Room to grow professionally
    - Collaborative atmosphere
    - Interested in providing excellent patient care
    - Gives back to the community
    - Selectively taking on other clinics and hospitals in the area, to prevent their dissolution, and to maintain quality care for the region
    - Physicians work for the hospital, not at/from it.
    - Geisinger was an early adopter of EMR (EPIC), and put a lot of effort into building and maintaining its IT

    For my department:
    - No micro-managing
    - Friendly coworkers and team-mates
    - Ability to work independently
    - Management has my back in most cases
    - Management is very understanding of time off needs and work/life balance
    - Management is approachable
    - Team building stuff, such as fitness challenges, picnics, etc.

    Cons

    For the company:
    - Hard to get hired. I started through the in house temp, and when a position was specifically created for me to go full-time, HR's applicant tracking system said I was unqualified.
    - If you're not full-time, you're not going to get much of anything
    - Doctor's often have god complexes and ridiculous egos
    - Nursing staff feels overworked and under-appreciated
    - A general sense of being too large
    - A disjoint between upper management and everyone else, despite management's efforts

    For IT:
    - IT is goo large, and too departmentally fractured to work effectively.
    - Collaboration is in name only

    For my department:
    - IT as a whole is so large that it often feels like teams are working against each other
    - A sense of distrust / blaming / etc between teams
    - Undercurrent of favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For starters - fix the hiring practices! Ditch the applicant tracking system that HR uses. A position opened for the exact job I had been doing for over a year as an internal temp for, and the ATS deemed me unqualified. The department leader had to track down a member of HR, get them to fish through the system to find my resume, and then put me in the running for the position - and I was most qualified.

    It's not that you're turning down good applicants, you're not even seeing that they have applied!

    Secondly - be less modest in your portrayal of the hospital system. Yeah, you have problems, but you're also doing a lot of things right for the system and for the community; start playing it up. Address the undercurrent of the system being a monopoly, and of stagnation, and the like. You don't need to address every little pip, but don't let the big stuff slide like you do.

    If you want to "Make it the best," then show your best when it's called into question.

    Moving on to IT, specifically - we're huge. We're so huge that employees are now specialized in job responsbilities and abilities to the point that if one team or point of contact is unavailable, workflow grinds to a halt. It's great to have leadership support of maintaing infrastructure, but let the work get a little more streamlined.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding Learning Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danville, PA

    I worked at Geisinger Health System as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Innovative, encourages new ideas, focused on quality outcomes,

    Cons

    Bureocracry. Several layers of management to get through before a decision can be made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Broad range of innovative modalities and technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    Average Compensation
    Time Off
    Beneftis
    Peer Decision Making Model is not appropriate. Managers should make decisons that are sensitive to individuals not peer commitees

    Cons

    Scheduling
    Infastructure (inta-department)
    Lots of responsibility
    Cafeteria
    Worl/Life Balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make scheduling more flexible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great institution. However, removed from urban amenities and poor pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physician in Danville, PA
    Former Employee - Physician in Danville, PA

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

    Pros

    - Fully integrated multispecialty medical group with mature EMR (EPIC).
    - Collaborating and communicating with colleagues is very easy.
    - Ability to provide gold standard of care to patients.
    - Capable and friendly colleagues.
    - Generous PTO and CME allowance.
    - Benefits from day 1.
    - Good retirement plan.
    - Ample opportunities for participating in committees, quality improvement projects, research and teaching.
    - Medical management is mostly receptive to ideas related to improving things around.
    - No traffic.
    - Patients are mostly respectful to healthcare workers in comparison to most cities.

    Cons

    - Low salary for some physicians (they were unable to afford to pay me the 10th percentile for my specialty)
    - Minimal raises.
    - Space is a premium for some departments. I did not have an office.
    - Removed from urban amenities (3 hours away from a real city)
    - Mediocre public schools with the exception of Lewisburg school district. No good private school alternatives.
    - Long commuting for outreach clinics for some specialties (20-90 miles)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Geisinger is buying smaller hospitals and expanding quickly. Please ensure that the "culture" is maintained in the newer institutions. Also, make an effort to retain MVP employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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