Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
121 Reviews
3.7
121 Reviews
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey CEO Bob Marino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • HBCBSNJ offers a great work-life balance for it's employees along with great benefits (in 12 reviews)

  • particularly with the company's activity in the Health Care Reform process (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • want to get rid of long-term employees for new talent for less pay (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management uses Project Managers as scapegoats (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Multiple locations, great people to work with, great perks

    Cons

    I got laid off, otherwise, no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider providing more training to employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to make a difference

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

    I have been working at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Pros

    Leading edge in strategy for health care. Very we'll respected in the local community with premier brand recognition

    Cons

    Newark is not the nicest location, though the work area is very safe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A company that may care for others, but doesn't care much about it's employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Pros

    Fairly good pay over what's being offered by other companies.

    Cons

    Horrible, unknowledgeable supervisors, very low moral, uncaring to employee concerns and suggestions for a better work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term and short term employees are leaving the company for positions elsewhere. My advice is to give the same effort and care to your employees that you attempt to give to your customers. Eventually the misery of the employees will spred to the care of the customers and the customers will be miserable too! Where would Horizon be then?? Employees are customers too!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Former Business Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst II in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst II in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good benefits. Good pay. Nice people.

    Cons

    Far too many changes. People work in silos. Lack of mentorship. Too many consultants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to stop relying on 1 individual to control a process. Start making people share the knowledge. There should never be a case where all the Leads and Seniors aren't mentoring junior associates but it is a sad truth that is very much a huge part of how things operate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Project Management at Horizon

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Pros

    Generally a good environment to work in; Many are able to work at home, and even if you are not officially a work at home employee, you can work at home on occasion. Hours are reasonable, and I rarely had to work outside of the core hours, except for when there was an IT deployment

    Cons

    There are lots of contractors in IT, and much of the project managers are outsourced to a major consulting firm.
    There is a huge focus on project management artifact checking, and managing IT expense, and it is sometimes challenging to meet all of the expectations... makes you wonder sometimes if it is all helpful in getting the project done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on activities that actually add value, and prioritize things that make the most difference to the firm and customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I found Horizon BCBSNJ to be very innovative and committed to enhancing care through collaborating with providers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Pros

    The culture was very good. People worked well together and were genuinely interested in the well being of their colleagues. The company was also fairly nimble when it came to implementing initiatives.

    Cons

    As with most organizations, there were some times when certain individuals took credit for the efforts of others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Too structured and unfriendly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation are good, company has just remodeled so everything is new, parking garage at a price, and casual dress on Fridays. Somewhat flexible hours.

    Cons

    Very unfriendly and stuffy atmosphere. Closed door policy, don't talk unless spoken to. You feel as if you are being watched and judged at all times. No personal space...managers and staff sit back to back with about 3 feet in between. Training was canceled due to departmental budget cuts and layoffs happen every January like clock work. Salary below average for my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management training on dealing with direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Senior Network Archutect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Pros

    great company good benefits, nice facilities

    Cons

    work load high, project deadlines selected before project plans created

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    permit work at home from out of state

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Family Oriented

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits, friendly and professional atmosphere/environment, growth opportunities, well organized/structured, good training available

    Cons

    Working under pressure, needy people, too many changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value long-term experienced employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    HBCBSNJ = great company with great work life balance.

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

    I have been working at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

    Pros

    HBCBSNJ offers a great work-life balance for it's employees along with great benefits. There are also several convenient locations located throughout the state.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for HBCBSNJ.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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