Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson
637 Ratings

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 (1)

    RN Case Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, PTO, and Pay

    Cons

    No one leaves because the pay is so much better than the competition. Very few internal hires for upper leadership in our area. The majority has been hired from outside the organization

    Advice to Management

    Please start a training program to groom line staff to take the upper management positions. It is so difficult to train the management staff how to think like Kaiser.


  2. Best job I've ever had

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Sharepoint Developer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, rich business challenges and always new frontiers to discover

    Cons

    lots and lots of work


  3. Best Place to Work

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    Current Employee - SharePoint Developer/Administrator in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - SharePoint Developer/Administrator in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best place to work in Kaiser. All Contractor have full freedom .

    Cons

    Some Contractor can work max 2 years.


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  5. Helpful (42)

    Better than the Blues....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    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


  6. Enterprise Technology Innovation Architect

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    Kaiser has a great goal of providing quality healthcare at an affordable price. There are a number of opportunities to work on interesting projects. You get to work with many talented people.

    Cons

    Like most large organizations some of the processes can be frustrating and not as efficient as you would like. The organization is very complex and it will take a while to learn all of the moving parts.

    Advice to Management

    When ever possible reduce the complexity of internal processes to increase efficiency.


  7. Outdated organizational model

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay. A leader in the healthcare industry- in some regards.

    Cons

    Unions and complex organizational structure make change difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly indentify your value in CO market and where you want to be in 5-10 years. Hire, fire and reward/promote based on that strategy.


  8. Compliance Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team, great training, good support. It's a place where everyone is intelligent and passionate.

    Cons

    Living in the bay area is just expensive, and even with the generous salary, it can get hard to get by at times.

    Advice to Management

    I've been getting all the support I need, and as a FTE I can't be happier to work for a company that believes in its mission.


  9. Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization draws great talent and the team centered approach nurtures respect and trust across the organization. There are opportunities for amazing collaborations that benefit patients and employees alike. The best healthcare benefits I've ever experienced in my career.

    Cons

    Incompetent employees are often retained rather which demoralize employees.


  10. Medical Assistant @ Kaiser

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely love the way Kaiser appreciates its employees.

    Cons

    Only downside is that job selection goes by seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Employee evaluations and experience should play a role in job selection.


  11. Good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, mission driven organization, positioned to make a big impact on the health of communities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, challenging to move quickly, especially in fast moving online environments



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