Geisinger Health System

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Geisinger Health System Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
64 Reviews
3.1
64 Reviews
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Geisinger Health System President and CEO Glenn D. Steele Jr.
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Review Highlights

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

  • The best part of being here is simply job security, health benefits at a cheap cost and retirement (in 4 reviews)


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

  • The current hiring freeze has hit myself and fellow graduate nurses hard (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    An Unexpected Healthcare Gem

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    Current Employee - Chaplain Resident  in  Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Chaplain Resident in Danville, PA

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System full-time for less than a 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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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Danville, PA

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System full-time for less than a 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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    Current Employee - Chaplain-Resident  in  Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Chaplain-Resident in Danville, PA

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System full-time for less than a 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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    overview of the it department

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Danville, PA

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System full-time for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay.
    Working environment depends a lot on your department.
    Job security.
    Nice people with some exceptions.

    Cons

    Elitism and arrogance at the higher levels.
    Understaffed for the growth ambition.
    The insurance/hospital relationship is shady. How can the insurer and the provider technically be one and the same?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if I had advice I doubt they'd listen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Geisinger is a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Danville, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Danville, PA

    I worked at Geisinger Health System as an intern for less than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Workstation Analyst  in  Danville, PA
    Current Employee - Workstation Analyst in Danville, PA

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System full-time for more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I am currently working as a tech here, it is an excellent learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Emergency Room Tech  in  Wilkes-Barre, PA
    Current Employee - Emergency Room Tech in Wilkes-Barre, PA

    I have been working at Geisinger Health System part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly.
    If you ever need anything all the staff, doctors included, would love to go out of their way to help.
    They do a lot of community service as groups that makes it a very good experience if you are interested.
    Work hours are very flexible around school schedules if needed.

    Cons

    I work in the emergency room so you see some things not all people can stomach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding Learning Experience

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    • 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 for less than a 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

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