Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson
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Pros
  • Some opportunity for work life balance depending on your superior (in 158 reviews)

  • Great benefits - that's about it (in 201 reviews)

Cons
  • Doesn't practice work life balance (in 45 reviews)

  • Terrible unethical upper management (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Career Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good thing about Kaiser Permanente is that they have a wide range of positions throughout the organization that allows you to expand your skill sets. You can transfer to any location across the organization.

    Cons

    The downside with seeking a promotion with Kaiser Permanente is the challenge of meeting the exact qualifications. They will not budge when it comes to meeting the qualifications. Unfortunately, The internal transfer process is just as strenuous as coming from the outside unless you know someone. It's all about who you know which is okay in some aspect, however, there are others with great potential to drive this organization to the next level.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to be open in your hiring process. There a lot of individuals with great potential that can be overlooked by not meeting your exact qualifications. I was lucky my manager at the time trusted her gut and hired me on.


  2. pharmacy technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and career opportunities

    Cons

    Fast paced sometimes long hours


  3. Cliqueish

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The orientation was a long process that got my hopes up with talk of a just culture and emphasis on professional development. The pay and benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    After getting on the floor everything changed. The high ideals claimed by senior leadership do not trickle down to the masses. The place is still run like a steel factory and employees are treated like factory workers.

    Advice to Management

    The organization is top heavy and hierarchical. Flatten the structure so senior leadership is closer to the real work performed. Get rid of middle management. Watch out for a strike.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company Lots of opportunity for promotions Really value their employees Good compensation Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Very few... but some members of the executive teams locally are rude and harsh with employees. Don't live the brand. HR doesn't help employees, just ignores the issues.

    Advice to Management

    Really pay attention to what the front line staff is saying. They are the ones doing the work!


  6. Company that provides great benefits...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Receptionist II in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Receptionist II in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company provides great benefits and pay increases. There is a yearly cost of living raise and bonuses.

    Cons

    Staffing process could be improved. It is sometimes difficult to advance in the company, seniority plays a big role.


  7. Helpful (2)

    My experience was very good at Kaiser. The pay is good and the benefits were even better. A job to retire to.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, and opportunities. Job security

    Cons

    The raises were always small and the cutlure of each facility was different.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership at Fontana Medical Center need to be fair. There are a lot of politics that makes it unfair for some at the bottom.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Former Kaiser Nurse

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay and benefits. Most facilities are modern.

    Cons

    Local leadership is a problem. They lack the skill to form and maintain good teams, provide vague direction and then complain about the results. Local leadership often provides no feedback until there is a problem. Positive advice and feedback is frequently lacking. They have adopted a strategy of splitting certain positions between facilities, which sounds good and looks good on paper, but in practice it is disruptive and inefficient. Other problems are lazy and uncooperative staff nurses who have huge entitlement issues. Local management lacks the skill to manage these difficult cases, so they drag everyone down.

    Advice to Management

    Get some leaders for the local facilities. Remember, managers are not necessarily leaders. Although we all know no one is indispensable, please don't treat people like one nurse is as good as another. Have some respect for the workers who do a good job. Stop pretending everyone is devoted to high quality when it is obvious that this isn't the case.


  9. The Best Employee Heath Insurance Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Transcriptionist II in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Medical Transcriptionist II in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Excellent Benefits and Pleasant Working Atmosphere.

    Cons

    Job security-my job was eliminated and I was laid-off


  10. Helpful (1)

    a good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LVN in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - LVN in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free medical insurance is a HUGE plus! where can you find that these days

    Cons

    If you work in the outlying clinics,access to updates and education on kaiser policy changes,can be lacking.not enough support for lvn's furthering their education,but there is a program for MA's to become lvn's that is supported

    Advice to Management

    I think that if you're going to have nurses in ANY clinic,then you should at least have an assistant manager that is a nurse.often the managers aren't aware of the nurse function or scope and this causes issues at times.It allows for exploitation to a certain degree


  11. Helpful (2)

    unfairness, nepotism, human resources working with managers to hire their friends

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Fontana, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    We get 7.5 weeks of vacation if you are a non union employee so long as you do not call off sick using your vacation hours. Union employees get 5wk of vacation with 5 days of Life Balance.

    Cons

    Managers hiring other managers daughters, sons and friends...nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your managers and see if they are qualified to do the job. Do they have a degree? Many managers at kaiser do not have degrees.



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