Kaiser Permanente
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Kaiser Permanente Reviews in Portland, OR

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.4 37 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson

Bernard J. Tyson

(4 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Data Entry (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    Prosvery flexible with personal issues. there values are good

    ConsManagement need more training. Also stop moving management to one department to another when they are an problem to other departments

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement need more training on Diversity and handling situation when needing to be corrected.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was in Computerworld's 2012 top 20 Best places to work in IT.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsA chance to be a part of what healthcare should be in America. Great benefits, good work environment and with its size, there are opportunities for career development and growth.

    ConsWeak IT executive leadership is allowing decisions to be based upon politics instead of driving towards best practices and solutions. Difficult relationships between some of the departments and business units.

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    Good pay and benefits--generally bad management and twisted priorities

    Confidential (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGreat pay and benefits.

    ConsMoney comes first, patients last
    A whole lot of favoritism
    Following their "direction" for reporting will result in retaliation
    Their new "anti-bullying" module is a joke-- if you follow it you will suffer
    Promotions based on who you know, not skill

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more professional and put patients first. Profits are nice but should be secondary to the health of the patients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating and exhausting working for this organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGood benefits and good starting salary.

    ConsWorking for Kaiser is like working for the government: It pays the bills but is less than rewarding. Financial rewards are not based upon personal performance. If you are a non-union Health Plan employee annual salary increases do not keep pace with inflation and everyone receives the same 1.5% regardless of contribution. There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude. Management is definitely top down and results in many inefficiencies due to a lack of rank and file participation in process decisions. Kaiser is the typical large corporation that cannot foster anything entrepreneurial without ultimately crushing it in bureaucratic red tape and a desire to force every productive square peg into an inappropriate round hole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn today's challenging financial environment, management needs a new appreciation for individual employee productivity. They need to develop a personal performance reward system that distinguishes top performers throughout the organization. Stop advertising work life balance until there is truly an opportunity for employees to experience this. If a sector of the organization exhibits entrepreneurial behavior and success, STOP TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK EXACTLY LIKE OTHER DISSIMILAR BUSINESS UNITS. LET IT THRIVE.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dentist (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    Prosgood salary. Able to fully control decisions related to patient care

    Conshard work. Large corporate politics

    Advice to Senior Managementconsult with your providers before big decisions are made

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great company

    Pharmacy (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    Prosbenefits, culture, service, salary, long term

    Consupward mobility, many rules, complex business role model.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture and an innovative company

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsWonderful people that truly enjoy their jobs. From the IT departments to the clinical staff most of them are friendly and follow the values and mission of KP.

    Conslower salaries and remote work isn't something that is encouraged.

    Advice to Senior Managementhigher industry standard salaries would help encourage and retain employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacking strategic direction

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsNot long hours. Good benefits. Generally friendly people. Centrally located to downtown.

    ConsDepartmentalized. Leadership lacks strategic direction. Too many failed projects. High turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out your priorities. Focus on the essential few projects and think more strategically rather than reactionary.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A place that cares for you and focuses on everyday well-being.

    Administrative Resident (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsKaiser takes care of you and your lifestyle. They focus on providing you with opportunities to make you happy outside of work so that you're passionate about what you do at work.

    ConsI really had no complaints about working here. I was challenged at just the right level to ensure that I would be successful and given responsibility and accountability.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Feel disappointed and increasingly frustrated

    ---- (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGood pay and benefits. Some really dedicated and thoughtful people.

    ConsBroken HR department, overworked and understaffed workforce---do more with less only goes so far and then backfires. (what was that about work/life balance?) Very tight, top-down management. Choose your departments carefully. Lots of talk-the-talk but not walk-the-walk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProduce talent, don't consume talent. (Invest in your people; don't chew them up and spit them out!) Don't fear sharing information, your people can understand more than you may think! Encourage communication--repeat: Encourage communication! Be accessible. Fewer and more productive meetings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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