Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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  1. it was a cool entry level job to start

    Former Employee - Senior Case Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Case Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the pay and people and the benefits and the paid time off. promotions came once a year if you got a good review.

    Cons

    there is a lot of work that you have to do in order to stay in compliance. sometimes there is too much overtime

  2. Helpful (1)

    Lower Pay, Extra Work. No work Life Balance

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits. if you can survive the demand from work

    Cons

    Incompetence is rewarded. People are treated as headcount. Asked to work unrealistic long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Do not keep doing the same thing by the same people and expect different results. If someone fails a large program, change them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Good intentions, but some issues with execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When it comes to benefits KP is generous, great health plan coverage for employees and families, generous PTO, bonuses, tuition reimbursement, work arrangements. KP encourages training and expansion of skills and lots of opportunities in that area are provided.

    Cons

    The company structure is a matrix which causes issues when committing resources for project work. Lots of political red tape between the three entities (Kaiser Foundation, Health Plan and TPMG). Some days it feels more like working an active mine field. If you can tolerate that and see beyond Kaiser's mission, there is great work under way.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Not the best experience

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Project Coordinator in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Intern - Project Coordinator in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some people are really nice and are willing to help you out, also it is a big company and it has room to relocate and move to other departments.

    Cons

    As an intern I was given very little to do, pretty much what nobody wanted to do. I didn't use all my potential because I was constantly being put down by people who abused their position. I rarely had any contact with my manager because she was always busy, so I was managed by her assistant, who clearly had no people management skills whatsoever. I tried being optimistic about interning at Kaiser, but after interacting with different people in my department, I noticed that most were very unhappy working there. There is no energy in the building and everyone tends to keep to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    I suggest that they incorporate more team building exercises and events, as well as, people management training.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Wild Ride that was demanding and at times required much blood, sweat and tears. Overall burned me out but was rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Consultant Specialist in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was cool to be a major individual contributor to a critical MEGA project spanning from conception to multiple implementations across the US & HI.
    Health Benefits/401k/Pension after 5 yrs service (woohoo!)
    Compensation/bonus was excellent. You will work your butt off, but you will be taken care of for it. The key is to come in at the highest salary possible and watch it climb 2.5 - 3% yr after yr. The ~25k yearly bonus is also a welcome reward. I was lucky to negotiate that at hire. I believe they have changed the bonus structure a bit just this year to now include all IT staff (thus lowering everyone's payout).
    Very cool and intelligent coworkers.
    Managers were generally sharp Individuals who were easy to approach. (in my experience). They know your a pro and let you do what you need to do your way.
    Ability to work remote. Some teams were remote 50-75% of the time.

    Cons

    Poor organization and communication was constantly an issue on most all major endeavors.
    Many times things were done by seat of the pants, last minute, off the cuff, firefighting mode single person putting the task on their backs and perform heroics to accomplish the task. This is because they sorely need more IT staff.-
    Extremely political - just ludicrous.
    Extremely overburdened by processes, rules, procedures.
    You need to spend six months at least to get the lay of the land and figure out how to accomplish things in this IT bureaucracy.
    It's a huge enterprise with 165k+ employees and ~10 million members.
    Getting anything done is extremely difficult for a legion of reasons.

    Advice to Management

    I've seen accurate info in plenty of other post that MGMT should heed.
    All in all I am very glad I spent years in KPIT. What I have learned and earned
    has and will help me get where I need to go.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Re-Organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The salaries are good. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company has a re-org annually. The employees are not empowered. There is no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Operations Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Intern - Operations Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    staff was very friendly, office culture was inviting and the food was great
    the pay was also very good for student interns. As someone new, they made you feel welcome.

    Cons

    For someone looking for a fast paced work environemt, this could be a little boring, but regardless was a good experience

  9. Kaiser Permanente is a Great Place to Work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good teamwork, excellent benefits make KP a good, long-term environment. They are also offering the ability to work from home full time. This enables KP to compete for good talent as working from home allows those with long commutes to restore normal family time.

    Cons

    Frequent change in management can change the overall direction of the group. The limited amount of training offered for attending seminars and workshops in our group is discouraging. Other groups offer training and it IT, this is a must. We are provided free online training.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the hard work employees have put in before new management steps in to "clean house".

  10. Learning about how IT supports Healthcare was really fascinating.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Data Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Intern - Data Scientist in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people there in IT are very friendly, good hours and people there are always happy to help. If you want to get things done and prove leadership, people are willing to support you.

    Cons

    The commute is long and far from everywhere that is fun. Food at the IT cafeteria is not very good, however it is cheap.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Solution Consultant Specialst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant Specialist in Pleasanton, 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

    Benefits is great, can work anywhere it can balance between work and life.

    Cons

    Not many interesting work to do.
    compensation is average.

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