Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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Pros
  • Allowed me to telecommute once a week so promoted a healthy work-life balance (in 158 reviews)

  • Great benefits - while I was there there was a very flexible work schedule (in 201 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance available to doctors; not the same for administrative staff (in 45 reviews)

  • Upper management is adept at finding new ways to run their best employees off (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Better than the Blues....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (1)

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Associate Programmer Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, Great benefits package, Work directly impacts how we deliver patient care, Rewarding career with opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Feels like a very big company

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. Helpful (1)

    awesome

    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Current Employee - Staff RN

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

    Pros

    I'm on maternity leave now and it's awesome. They have pay integration for employees working over 20 hours/week; sdi will pay 55% of your income and kaiser covers the other 45. Thus I'm getting paid 100% of my paycheck. I took leave my 36th week of pregnancy, plus the 6 weeks off with normal delivery, plus 6 weeks of bonding for a total of 16 weeks off and fully paid. Love Kaiser.

    Cons

    The disability dept tells you to file your claim online and email them, then you're done. DON'T. You also need to call the disability dept to follow up to get your paperwork sent to edd, otherwise they'll lag.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    good for benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

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

    Pros

    benefits, benefits, benefits. nice coworkers.

    Cons

    poor work culture, poor managers,

    Advice to Management

    stop being so focused on the numbers

  6. Helpful (1)

    VP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    mission driven organization
    leader in health care

    Cons

    large organization that can be challenging to be agile
    consensus decision making

    Advice to Management

    become more agile with focused decision makers

  7. Helpful (1)

    sterile processing

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefit, stable job and good pay

    Cons

    management are clueless. Needs a manager with background in material management. It is difficult to switch careers from union employee to non union job

  8. Helpful (4)

    Love my job

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I love the interesting data that I get to work with, the great work/life balance, telecommuting, and competitive salary. This job does not pay as much as a tech start-up, but the job security is pretty good, and I only work 40hr/week

    Cons

    I think that the pay could be a little higher, or at least representative of accomplishments. Promotions are almost standard processes.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much of advice for management. I personally LOVE the mentoring I get, and have moved up pretty quickly. But my experience is not indicative of everyone elses

  9. Helpful (2)

    appointment clerk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - APPOINTMENT CLERK in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - APPOINTMENT CLERK in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

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

    Pros

    Amazing experience they make sure you are highly trained in all areas to provide the best customer service.

    Cons

    Micro managed environment very strict with the probation period

    Advice to Management

    Management was amazing loved them

  10. Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity! Wonderful environment and company culture.

    Cons

    Healthcare work can be mundane in my opinion.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Project Manager Lead

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stability, knowledge of our health care system, great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, management support is lacking


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