Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
1,617 Reviews
3.6
1,617 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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329 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some opportunity for work life balance depending on your superior (in 136 reviews)

  • Great benefits - while I was there there was a very flexible work schedule (in 175 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management is adept at finding new ways to run their best employees off (in 35 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Old school thinking will lead to stagnant growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    +Great health benefits
    +Stable company that has long history
    +Well known and large in size
    +Ahead of its competitors
    +Able to leverage technology
    +Able to adapt to changes

    Cons

    -Even when you're more competent, highly skilled and has great potentials, hiring managers will go with "experience and previous title on paper". Sadly, in KP it is not what you know, but who you know.

    -KP can't assess talent and won't grow its new work force (less than 5 years of services at KP). They sometimes hire from the outside for people with the "right" experience.

    -Lack of training programs and opportunities for new work force (less than 5 years of services at KP)

    -Horrible recruitment services. If you apply from the outside, you know how much of a black hole it is to apply on kp.org. It is not that much if you're a current employee applying to internal positions. Most KP recruiters are not helpful or friendly.

    -Pay raises are very little and are capped out at a certain percentage each year.

    -Each department is slow to make changes due to its large size and bureaucratic nature

    -Lazy, and incompetent employees still allow to work, causing headaches for other dedicated, hard working, and competent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to ideas from your employees when they identify problems and risks that need to be addressed. Also, change your way of assessing and recognizing your talented and skillful workforce. Provide more opportunities to train and develop your newer employees to promote loyalty. Need to get rid of leeches aka lazy, incompetent, and not dedicated employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    love the place

    • 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

    Pros

    KP is really the right model in healthcare and has such potential to solve the issues for America
    focus on people and the members
    looks of opportunity to take different roles within the company

    Cons

    really large and sometimes takes a long time to get things done
    like any large company there are political issues to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    very happy with the environment, the pay and their mission statement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician Urgent Care  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Physician Urgent Care in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of ancillary staff. Plenty of vacation time (currently 5 weeks/yr). Very friendly atmosphere. The patient is always the most important part of decision making. Nobody hovers over my shoulder to not order something or not do something to save money.

    Cons

    A very big group, sometimes it can feel a little strange because new people come and go. A lot of change occurs so one has to be able to adapt. The expectations are high, work load during the time you are there is heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure out how to to empower those who go above and beyond by recognizing them and giving them a financial incentive to stay. Preventing burn-out is very important. Burn out doesn't just mean the person quits, sometimes it's worse when the person stays but just emotionally checks out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An excellent organization for Cyber Security Professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Engagement Consultant  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Security Engagement Consultant in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Company infuses a lot of budget towards emerging technologies, tools and processes. There is innovation at its peak and there is no other health care industry like Kaiser that has such superior Cyber Security Response at its forte.

    Cons

    Same old office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to build Security Solutions that can be offered to the entire Health Care industry. There is so much talent in the company that can produce a low cost but effective Security Assurance solution to healthcare organizations worldwide.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Service Representative  in  Baldwin Park, CA
    Current Employee - Business Service Representative in Baldwin Park, CA

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

    Pros

    As an employee - we get awesome benefits

    Cons

    I currently have No Complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work but you must be patient with the bureaucracy

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, company delivers great health care.
    Good benefits and competitive pay.
    Good opportunity to move into other jobs.

    Cons

    Like any big company, it is bureaucratic and you must be patient and work in the culture.
    Long decision making process, too many stakeholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the decision making process and number of stakeholders who can decide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Representative in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Training is done at beginning as well as ongoing.

    Cons

    (no cons to be listed)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I loved it

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

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    A friendly environment with helpful nurses and ancillary staff. Management and workflow were well organized. Manager had an open door policy and was as fair as possible.

    Cons

    Surgeons and physicians can sometimes be irritated and annoyed from the get go so it's up to you not to let it affect you when they are in that mood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Project Management Feedback

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Has great vacation, health insurance, and retirement benefits. Great collaborative culture with physicians and administrative teams

    Cons

    Can be highly bureacratic; middle management and project managers can have poor work life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Kaiser pays very good for nurses

    Former Employee - Hospice Nurse
    Former Employee - Hospice Nurse

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente for more than 3 years

    Pros

    excellent pay with yearly raises and yearly bonuses.

    Cons

    Home health and hospice is very difficult and time consuming nursing work.

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