Healthwise Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Mission, Great Organization

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

    I have been working at Healthwise full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Positive team based environment, flexible work times, opportunity to work in a changing healthcare environment.

    Cons

    Salaries are average, but good for Boise, meeting culture is a little overwhelming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ups and downs like most companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Healthwise full-time

    Pros

    I can bring my dog with me to work. Great people, great mission, focus on wellness and interesting problems to solve. Flexible schedules, health saving contributions, healthy snacks.

    Cons

    Not the best work-life balance at times. Some teams seem overloaded with few changes. Compensation isn't the best, but the company is a non-profit, which should be expected. The work planning process is nuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue employee surveys and be willing to make changes. Improve work-life balance. Just because employees stay for years doesn't mean they are happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company with a great mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I worked at Healthwise full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, people who really care about their work

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep training managers to also be good mentors. Do what you can to maintain the culture that created success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great mission, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Healthwise

    Pros

    Great people
    Dedicated to mission
    Mission to help people make better health decisions -- and its really true

    Cons

    Bad benefits. Benefits designed for the young and healthy.
    Not great salaries, but guess its to be expected at a small non-profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer clearer paths for promotions (they are published, so people know what to do, but still something magical has to happen for people to actually get a promotion)
    Offer options for benefits other than the HDHP.
    Consider more competitive salaries, particularly for technical team members.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Rough Department, Vague Job Description

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boise, ID

    I worked at Healthwise

    Pros

    Culture, environment, work-life balance, location, some of the people.

    Cons

    Management cult of personality, layoffs were blindsiding when they were promising all was roses, don't trust their direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Don't trust 'em.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Healthwise:
    Healthwise: A nonprofit company with a good ear for business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Healthwise

    Pros

    Healthwise has a great mission (to help people make better health decisions). It tries very hard to follow through on its corporate culture of respect, teamwork, and doing the right thing. It doesn't always succeed, but the fact that it cares about such things (as well as conducting 2 employee satisfaction surveys per year) puts it ahead of most other companies. The benefits are good, although unusual: Healthwise provides a high-deductible medical and pharmacy benefits plan but contributes to each employee's account annually to help them meet the deductible. While at times overly earnest and a bit too particpatory when it comes to decision making, the upside of that is that most of the business is pretty transparent. The company was named one of 10 best small workplaces by the Wall Street Journal in 2007.

    Cons

    Possibly the biggest missteps come in the way of employee managment and human resources. Or it may just seem that way because of the high standards the company sets for itself (respect, teamwork, and do the right thing). When it stumbles, it stumbles hard. The company has grown more than 30% for each of the past 3 years, and it is having a difficult time hanging onto its culture. Even still, it's a small company, with just over 200 employees. Some of the company policies reflect a Ma & Pa mentality that can be kind of maddening to anyone who has worked for a larger or more corporate organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the employee surveys, and pay attention to what they say and the trends they indicate. The fact that you continue to do these surveys and try to act on them is noted and appreciated by employees.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Culture of respect..?

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

    I worked at Healthwise full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You can bring your dog to work, thats about it...

    Cons

    I've known several people to work there for years and never receive a raise or opportunity for promotion. They are known to use people and fire or layoff without much cause. The "culture of respect" is anything but.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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