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Independence Blue Cross Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
101 Reviews

3.0
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Independence Blue Cross President & CEO Daniel Hilferty
Daniel Hilferty
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • IBC highly values work life balance and they are committed to creating a supportive corporate environment (in 6 reviews)

  • Right in the heart of center city (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems very disconnected (in 5 reviews)

  • Emplyee health insurance pricing is OUTRAGEOUS if you want the "good" plans (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good people but slow to move leadership. Need to refocus vision

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    People are very nice and thoughtful. The atmosphere is great - updated and downtown. There is a strong push to be innovative and IBC has invested a lot in their employees in that way.

    Cons

    A great deal of politics at the senior leadership level. WIth some of the internal projects going on, there is a lot of burnout.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Over run with consultants

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    The company is a great location and the associates are great people who are passionate about the work and the customers.

    Cons

    The company has focused more on profits and growth over serving the community which is a big cultural change from the original mission. As result layoffs during 2008 and 2009 demanded more work for less people and as economy has improved the staff levels have remained the same while the number of consultants and contractors has increased. IBC employees now serve the consultants instead of consultants serving the employees. Senior management is very close with the consultants which raises a whole host of ethical issues.

    Burnout is high among the associates. It is not uncommon to be on call seven days a week and if provided with a company phone, emails and texts are expected to be answered at night, weekends and when on vacation. There is no mental downtime.

    Once in the door pay raises are minimal. The maximum is about 2% if one gets that at all. Bonuses are decent for managers and above but not for the non-management associates. The executives make out like bandits which is evident in the executive parking area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing to India, hire locals again as full time employees and spread out the work, get out of bed with the consultants, flatten the hierarchy, reduce the number of vice presidents which is at an all-time high and focus on the core business which seems to have been ignored. Senior management also needs to get off the 45th floor and work with the people again. Saying they have an "open-door policy" and not ever being there does not motivate employees nor does it build trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Educational but stifling.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work environment was wonderful, loved my coworkers as family.

    Cons

    Pay low and a lot of nepotism going on within. Unfair tactics used to control employees moral. Not a place to grow career wise. Low pay!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    WAS a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Best reasons to work there are (some of) the people. There are good and bad employees everywhere, but the good ones really make it a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Outsourcing. A lot of the previously mentioned good people were outsourced and replaced with people who didn't know nearly as much. The more they outsourced, the worse it became. Also, unless you know someone, forget about being promoted from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who'd listen?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The honeymoon has been over

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    A gym in the building is nice. The people that I have worked with over the years make it nice. The location to shops, eateries and coffee shops makes it nice. The concept of the company and culture is good.

    Cons

    The outsourcing and the mindset of some of the management makes getting things done too difficult at times. People are most likely stressed or bitter due to layoffs and having more work dumped on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    So far it is pretty good however they have a few management issues i feel should be addressed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    The pay is good. The surrounding area offers pretty good places to eat from. Also the people appear to be friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    They dont care about their employees. They tell you one thing to get you in the door then do the exact opposite. Also apparently there is NO employee handbook so they basically make things up as they go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employee handbook needs to be made available on the Iway. Also being as though the systems are slow there should be some type of grace period when coming in. I should not have to get to work early so i can be logged in already at my start time. We are not compensated for that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I've worked in three different departments here and while each one was vastly different in how they operated i always felt that even though i was a part of a huge company, my opinion mattered. The CEO rides the elevator with employees and stops to chat with you, they offer on site gym access and nutrition counseling, and various learning experiences. There is great company culture and everyone works as a team across various departments, there's no competition against each other because everyone wants the company to succeed.

    Cons

    there are some employees and managers who do not follow the company culture and can be rude. They are also very strict during the probation period when you're first hired about missing days- they need to be more understanding on this level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    IBC Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Developer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Developer in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Very calm environment, great people

    Cons

    Can get boring at times, a little too calm for my taste

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IBC Environment

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    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Developer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Developer in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    The job positions at Independence Blue Cross are solid with. The benefits are comparable to other companies. Management is flexible with working hours

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to average salaries. Some times, advancement can be difficult especially for those with limited education. I have seen mice throughout the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider training and backing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A numbers game dominated by upper management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA

    Pros

    Orientation was detailed and lengthy; it allowed for a person to ease into the job and feel comfortable as soon as possible.
    Benefits: can buy some personal days to add to vacation time/personal time off.
    Discounts available to some businesses
    Lack of available sick days improves one's health and encourages speedy recovery.

    Cons

    Some received no bonus nor raise in the past year. However, not everyone who worked there was as unlucky as I:
    The higher the base income, the higher percentage bonus they got.,( if qualified for bonus..
    Extremely bureaucratic with little bottom- up discussion allowed. or encouraged.
    Very little room for advancement or movement in the company.
    Company ARA-run cafeteria was refurbished but still lacks enough value for the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees. Allow dissent, encourage feedback, look for innovative ideas, allow consideration of new information and novel "outside-the-box" thinking.
    Stop paying for those lame slogans that get changed a couple of times/year.
    Flatten layers so there is a higher proportion of worker bees to bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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