Harborview Medical Center

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Harborview Medical Center Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
11 Reviews
3.6
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    Volunteer experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harborview Medical Center as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    There where many opportunitys to work with patients

    Cons

    the hours where erratic and long

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Assistant

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    Current Employee - Medical Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work environment and schedule, team comes together when traumas arrive

    Cons

    too many personalities and old timers that get away with too much, leadership depends on budget needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees, make them feel important

    Recommends
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    Experience at Harborview

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    Former Employee - RN House Supervisor  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - RN House Supervisor in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Harborview Medical Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work if you enjoy working with troubled teens.

    Cons

    Culture of restraint/seclusion as a form of punishment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the practice of the use of mechanical restraints and seclusion and be aware that you have a culture of the use of restraints as punishment among the technical staff and some nurses.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Educational, safe, edgy.

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Harborivew is known for it's academic and progressive character. Not one physician, nurse, PA, or what-have-you is not also a teacher and instructor.

    Cons

    It's a large organization and despite their best efforts, find a difficult time taking care of their employees to the utmost degree. It isn't that they treat their employees poorly, but because it is a public hospital, there isnt much room to treat their employees gratuitously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in the trenches, i.e. the clinics, departments, ER, etc. and try to figure out a few small things that could foster more employee happiness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Sr. Computer Specialist

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    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A fantastic mission that will make you feel proud of your work no matter what you are doing. Coworkers in every department were a pleasure to work with. Good hours, not a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    Pay is almost competitive, but because it is a state run facility the benefits are lacking (no bonus potential, no profit sharing, medical is decent). This means you can easily earn quite a bit more in a private sector position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Harborview seems to have forgotten about it's mission

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    DIverse patient population, excellent learning opportunities

    Cons

    Very few opportunities for career advancement, rampant nepotism.
    Bullying and gossip is the norm, and an accepted practice by staff and management
    Poor staffing and high turnover, especially of management positions lately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit your mission statement. The changes that have taken place over the last few years don't seem to value the patients that the mission claims to make a priority.
    Stop spending money on expensive consulting firms.
    Nurture new managers. They deserve better training and mentorship to be able to support their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    A place with a great mission.

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    Current Employee - Senior Computer Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The care providers at Harborview are committed to helping patients, and the sense of mission is great. If you're interested in contributing to the greater good of society, this is an awesome place.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive. If you're not involved in patient care, it's a little less rewarding. Promotions are essentially all based on tenure rather than merit. Conformity is more rewarded than innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is still lacking. It's hard to get a sense of where the organization is headed because it still feels like decisions are made in a vacuum. Would I recommend Harborview as an employer? It really depends on what someone is looking for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Satisfactory research laboratory experience.

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    Former Employee - Research Technician  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The laboratory had flexible hours that allowed me to work whenever I wanted.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there was very little interaction between different labs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A true mission-driven organization that successfully blends compassion with expertise.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harborview Medical Center

    Pros

    Working at Harborview is enriching - both personally and professionally. The medical challenges are as diverse as the population. Patients are treated with respect regardless of their circumstances. The physicians are tops in their field and the nurses are skilled, warm and attentive. As an employee, I learned something everyday that I worked there.

    Cons

    As a trauma facility and regional burn center, the stress level is high. The enormous amount of charity care creates financial challenges that must be met, often resulting in disagreements about the best way to do that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make good hires and then listen to and trust your employees. Their perspective is valuable. Micro- managing kills creativity and motivation.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Medical Assistant

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    Current Employee - Medical Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Harborview Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits,Retirement, Great Co-workers, Tuition Assistance Program,

    Cons

    Micromanagements, No room for growth, Low Pay, Expensive Parking, Unstable work schedule, Management don't care, Hard to get Vacation approve even though you have vacation hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employee right!!! Know how to care for them and don't be self centered.

    Doesn't Recommend

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