Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
1,603 Reviews

3.6
1,603 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great!

    Cons

    Very hard to get in

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Old school thinking will lead to stagnant growth

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Best place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst

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

    Pros

    They really encourage the theme to Thrive to their employees as well and allows for a great growing community

    Cons

    It has a much different business model than most corporations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good , esp for families with young kids. Flexible.
    But no stock options and salaries are not as high .
    very good for long term

    Cons

    commute takes long time for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Member Enroller  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Member Enroller in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good service culture. Does a good job finding invested employees. Not a lot of turnover.

    Cons

    Can be difficult for part-time employees to find a solid position. It can be a challenge to cross over into a different branch of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in those that really want to grow. Have a more stream-lined approach when it comes to career paths.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Excellent employer to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant  in  Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Stockton, CA

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

    Pros

    This company has great benefits.

    Cons

    They are always working on things to improve customer service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Data Analyst at Kaiser Permanente

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    Kaiser offers good benefits, good working environment. Very friendly atmosphere. The patient is always the most important part of decision making.

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, wtih great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked as a salaried Consultant for six years. Benefits are good, pay was decent. PTO is awesome. Allowed me to telecommute once a week so promoted a healthy work-life balance.

    Cons

    Doctors get to enjoy all the big bonuses and pay increases. Not much help in career opportunities. Can be poliitcal at times when you work with senior management. Worked hard but never got promoted so not sure if they valued my contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to hire from within, maybe show what skills you need in order to advance your career in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    KP the best

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmacist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Unbeatable pay. Competitive benefit. Becoming KP family is a pride.

    Cons

    Hard to find one. Hard to find one. Hard to find one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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