Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson
627 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)

    Great place to work - tough challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great relationships with team members. Clinical Pharmacists are esteemed and have great influence.

    Cons

    Time off is minimal for first few years. Patient contact is mostly by phone or email. Leadership in the organization is not great.


  2. Helpful (41)

    Better than the Blues....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Phlebotomist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits with job security. Get to help patients and their families from every walks of life.

    Cons

    Aggressive changes. Each Kaiser facility has different standards and mission that's upheld. The organization should be on the same page.


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  5. Bread and Butter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA

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

    Pros

    The employees and the members are the reason why I keep going .

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I used to have downsides, however going on twenty years you learn to keep going.


  6. ROI

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for, encourages diversity, excellent training is provided.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are staffing shortages especially during the summer months when co workers are on vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Every individual is different, every situation is different. Use Kaiser's policies more as a guidleline, not to be set in stone.


  7. Executive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    Professional, emulates mission, care of members extraordinary.

    Cons

    I have no down sides

    Advice to Management

    I have none.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great people, great culture, complex

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    KP is the undisputed global leader in high quality, affordable, accessible, and participatory health care. Every health ministry or major health system in the world wants to be like KP in its effective use of information and technology to deliver better health, wellness, and medical care. Mission-driven organization focused on quality, and a high value placed on ethics, with a strong community service culture.

    Cons

    Not a single organization but a collection of different entities each with independent goals and decision rights, KP is exceedingly complex to navigate and even harder to gain agreement on anything across the entire medical care program.


  9. Project Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive and collaborative team environment

    Cons

    Unstable research grant funding for projects


  10. Pharmacist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, strong patient centered values

    Cons

    They work you, union, some lazy folks who work the system

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility for employees. More autonomy in decision making


  11. Technical Lead

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

    Pros

    Like the life at Kaiser.

    Cons

    Nothing that I know of.



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