Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
1,752 Reviews
3.6
1,752 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Allowed me to telecommute once a week so promoted a healthy work-life balance (in 153 reviews)

  • Great benefits - while I was there there was a very flexible work schedule (in 194 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management is adept at finding new ways to run their best employees off (in 39 reviews)

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  1. 31 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 (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Kaiser Permanente

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, company treats you as a valued employee and not just a number.

    Cons

    Certain policies and procedures could be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Colleagues!

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

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues; great doctors; great nurses; great admin staff!

    Cons

    Upper leadership not diverse enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper leadership should listen more to staff and hirer more from within.

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

    They are a wonderful company to work for.

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

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The structure and they take care of their employees. It's a great company that not only cares for their employees but also the patients.

    Cons

    Needs more communication from management to lower levels. Office politics are always going but where is it not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    intern

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome company. Lots of opportunity to learn and grow. Great group of people to work with. Took the time to teach me

    Cons

    No cons were identified during my experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    RN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best of everything

        Manage costs.
        Invest in health.
        Build the future.

    Every day, in organizations across the country, choices are made that alter the course of business, drive profits, and define tomorrow’s marketplace—and your choice of a health care partner is no different. Now is the time to choose a partner that helps you and your business thrive.

    Cons

    No cons in this place......nothing negative to say. It is a very nice place to work Kaiser Permanente is committed to keeping our members and staff safe and healthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you like

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Organization With A Great Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Benefits Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Benefits Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Training, Advancement Opportunities and Range Of Talented People

    Cons

    Need For Sense Of Urgency In Order To Maintain Competitiveness - Do Not Rest On Your Laurels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good employer, lots of room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Healthcare Systems Specialist in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Healthcare Systems Specialist in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    many opportunities for growth
    your ideas are heard
    great benefits
    flexibility with work schedule--some teams are eligible to work remotely

    Cons

    pay is not always the best
    due to its size some work progresses very slowly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when promoting from within, provide your best employees with better pay incentives. your usual, standard increase is not good enough and discourages your talented employees and tend to leave the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to volunteer at

    Former Employee - Junior Volunteer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Junior Volunteer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was a junior volunteer here all throughout my high school years and it was a great way to meet people from other high schools in the area. We did a lot of busy work like handing paperwork to nurses, but this also gave us a lot of face time with the nurses, which allowed us to get familiar with what they had to do. We interacted a lot with the patients through discharging them, giving labor and delivery tours, and going to their room with a complimentary gift cart filled with all sorts of goodies to cheer them up. It was quite a rewarding experience. I volunteered there when Debbie Smith and Terri Brown were the coordinators and they were fantastic!

    Cons

    There are some really busy days and some veeeeerrrryyy slow days, so bringing in homework is always a plus!

    Recommends
  11.  

    Excellent place to work

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente part-time

    Pros

    - competitive compensation
    - admirable mission
    - excellent quality care

    Cons

    - the fact that it is a huge organization is both a challenge as well as a blessing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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