Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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  1. SharePoint Developer

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    Current Intern - Sharepoint Developer in Portland, OR
    Current Intern - Sharepoint Developer in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    One of the best place to work , nice team , value your suggestions

    Cons

    They don't sponsor for H1's

    Advice to Management

    Encourage International students by sposnoring His which will expose Kaiser to all Universities in US as they are 10000+ of students every year , KP will get free publicity like other sponsoring companies are getting.

  2. Pharmacy Technician

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    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kaiser has the highest pharmacy technician pay in the field. Employer paid benefits are also a huge plus.

    Cons

    I did not enjoy working for a large company that did not care that I too had a family at home.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on performance not favoritism.

  3. Extremely large organization operating in a highly visible arena focused on being the leader in affordable healthcare

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mission and vision, commitment to affordability

    Cons

    The larger the organization sometimes the slower decisions to action occur

    Advice to Management

    Consistency in care delivery is a cornerstone. Diversity by labor union adds complexity and increases costs.

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  5. Management does not hold people accountable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inpatient Care Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Inpatient Care Coordinator in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Kaiser is a leader in healthcare, and a model for Universal healthcare in this country. They offer excellent pay and benefits. There are lots of clinics and types of jobs, from bedside nursing to research.

    Cons

    Strong unions protect the under performers. Management can be short-sighted and often changes to a new plan before the current plan has been fully implemented. Organizational change is exceedingly slow.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable for performance and encourage high achievement and professionalism.

  6. Kaiser Permanente review

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits and great career opportunity

    Cons

    very bureaucratic and tough to accomplish goals

  7. Helpful (2)

    great salary/benefits, bad bureaucracy and management

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to believe in the mission and work; great salary and the benefits are hard to beat (union-negotiated to the benefit of all)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy reigns supreme; some unreasonable managers

    Advice to Management

    Micromanaging is for small minds. You hire some of the best, why not let your people shine?

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work Excellent salary and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Information Technician II in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Health Information Technician II in Portland, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Compassionate people to work for and with Excellent on the job training.

    Cons

    Sometimes the demands of the work flow exceeds the staff's ability to meet deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Management is fine. Keep listening to your team and stay abreast of department needs.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Training issues and poorly trained management

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    Former Employee - Advice Nurse in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Advice Nurse in Portland, OR

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great insurance (just stay healthy). Great pay. Needed a lot of help from staff to cover shifts and little support for family leave. Union membership was a plus. Most coworkers were lovely. Potlucks all the time were very enjoyable.

    Cons

    Management did not address hostile work environment and are aware of certain employee who harass but do nothing about them. Protocol is supposed to be used but many instances where there was no protocol to cover and nurses were reprimanded if suggesting anything Kaiser didn't agree with such as suggesting to see a Naturopath. Be careful advocating for patients as there a fine line between sending the doctor a message and advising patients to seek an advocate. Hard to get approved for time off including vacations.

    Advice to Management

    If staff put in extra time to help, then need time off for family, illness, treat them humane when they come back to work. When they work overtime to catch up as well as help out, try not to throw them under the bus to make yourself look better. Realize everyone is human and under stress and exhaustion do make slight errors. Scent the good rather than the occsionl mistake. Don't make employees feel threatened if their call times go down when they are quitting smoking or dealing with family emergencies. Ask yourself how you would like to be treated. Should you be given a second chance? Should you only have your down days judged? Would you treat kids this wy when you were five years old on the playground and if not, why are you doing it now?

  10. Case management

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    Current Employee - Case Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Portland, OR

    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

    Excellent pay and benefits. innovative company, that needs to offer more integrative medicine to staff and patients.

    Cons

    Work life balance not always available. Many part time positions have gone Full time and many positions are not flex. rare telecommuting options

    Advice to Management

    Keep things simple. Monitor for overlap of tasks such as too many employees doing same thing which is not effective.

  11. Strong Patient Focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    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

    I love the mission of this company!

    Cons

    Dichotomy in reporting structure can make decision making difficult and time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Address the management structure to improve morale of front-line managers and supervisors.

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