Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated July 30, 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 (39)

    Better than the Blues....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Working for a not-for-profit that behaves as a not-for-profit that is focused on the care and health of its members - While Health Care industry is not a trend setter in general, KP within HealthCare is fairly innovative and is known in HS as a leader in electronic medical records, web self service, and data mining for health care research - Good benefits (essentially free family health care and dental, above average vacation time, decent 401k (5% of salary fully funded), decent pension and retirement health care

    Cons

    - Provide market based salaries with yearly raises that at least keep pace with inflation - Very regulatory and compliance focused work environment (the nature of the industry) - Limited promotion opportunities - Health Care salaries are below market and KP is no exception...the benefits though are above market. - IT personnel seem to work a lot of hours for below market pay - Exec Directors, VPs, etc have very high pay for a not-for-profit - Too many "stakeholders" and "cooks" which slows delivery / results


  2. Helpful (2)

    Vice President

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great customer loyalty, lots of smart people to work with. Terrific financial strength.

    Cons

    Complex, lots of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Focus on simplicity where possible.


  3. Inpatient Pharmacy Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician II in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician II in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, love my former pharmacy supervisor now director.

    Cons

    Slow professional growth; too much cliques within


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  5. A good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Oakland, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent focus on quality, genuinely concerned about patient health and wellness. Many really bright coworkers, lots of opportunities to move/grow.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, strategies can seem vague and generic. Sr leadership stays in roles for many years, experience can become stale.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on clarity of strategy and what empowers employees.


  6. Thrive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great company. Good benefits. Awesome people.

    Cons

    Complex and slow at times.

    Advice to Management

    Empower and trust in people.


  7. Senior Managerial Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Managerial Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Managerial Consultant in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Truly a collaborative culture. Colleagues are respectful, decent people.

    Cons

    Work / life balance should be better for the "Thrive" organization.


  8. Sr. Financial Analyst

    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Intensity and high pressure of the job.


  9. A wonderful place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oncology Pharmacist - Drug Use Management in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Oncology Pharmacist - Drug Use Management in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kaiser Permanente is a great place to work. Benefits are robust when compared to other healthcare organizations. Financial compensation is above average. Upward movement is diverse and opportunities for relocation to regions outside California in the Kaiser system range from Hawaii to Washington DC. Kaiser Permanente is highly rated and has numerous rewards related to patient care, innovation, and healthcare technology.

    Cons

    Kaiser Permanente is not perfect, but no healthcare organization is perfect. KP is needs to change with current economic conditions. Change is not always in the best interest for the employee, but is necessary for the overall viability for Kaiser Permanente. Expect more changes in the near future. KP is a very popular healthcare provider. Expect some wait times at doctor visits and in pharmacies. New and updated programs systems takes time to iron out kinks.


  10. Great Mission

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - California in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great mission, work life balance, great business leaders

    Cons

    Little to no recognition for good work - if you are good at what you do, you are rewarded with more work

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward staff


  11. Very good Bay Area healthcare organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Lead Business Consulting Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Business Consulting Analyst in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission, pretty good pay

    Cons

    Highly political and fragmented organization



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