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Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
1,583 Reviews

3.6
1,583 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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302 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physician Urgent Care  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Physician Urgent Care in San Diego, CA

    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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Loved My Years There, But The Environment Was Changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    Pros

    I worked at KP for many years; well compensated with good benefits, learned a lot, very interesting work, and most people were great and committed to the Company mission and patient care.

    Cons

    The environment started changing several years ago. In the facility where I worked not all were held to high standards of conduct and collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a respectful workplace and assure all model high standards of conduct.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finanancial Project Manager  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Finanancial Project Manager in Bakersfield, CA

    Pros

    Opportunities to influence decision making processes of Management.

    Cons

    Politics and big ego of immediate manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great company

    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    there are very good benefits

    Cons

    in research positions, many jobs are based on external funding so not much stability

  6.  

    Wonderful !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Security
    Current Employee - Cyber Security

    Pros

    Great Work life Balance
    Good People

    Cons

    Some Salaries can be Low

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Kaiser Permanente Ohio

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager I  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Disclaimer: no two KP regions are exactly the same. This is mainly my KP Ohio experience.

    Great benefits, great team, real focus on improving the quality of healthcare and truly try to put the patient first. There was good career growth and leadership supported improving employees skills and education.

    Cons

    In Ohio we had horrible C level executives. KP in general has a certain hubris that they are the biggest and best. I saw this arrogance as playing a large part in Ohio's downfall. Leadership and marketing failed to notice the market pressures and their rebranding solution was ill advised. KP is a large institution. Because of this it's hard to institute change in a timely manner. In regions that KP is not dominant, that slow to change environment can lead to it's decline. I watched as cuts were made and as that occurred, the patient experience declined. Expect a very corporate environment with lots of meetings and policies/processes that are slow to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the mistakes of failed regions and do not reward the leaders of those regions that failed with new jobs/promotions in the remaining states KP has a presence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience at the hospital

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transporter  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Transporter in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Work environment promotes patient care and employee care.
    Pays above average compared to other hospitals in the area.
    A lot of growth potential.

    Cons

    Presenting new ideas and getting them applied can be difficult, do to an older long lasting culture.
    Your voice depends on seniority regardless of your ideas being solid or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take everyone's suggestions as valuable, sometimes systems aren't growing because old systems have not worked out as efficiently as expected. Change is necessary for growth.

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

    Great health care company to work for.

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

    Pros

    Feell like you are making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    The union seems to get in the way of a useful and positive working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really work with every level and communicate with a nondemeaning attitude to every level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was very good at Kaiser. The pay is good and the benefits were even better. A job to retire to.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, and opportunities. Job security

    Cons

    The raises were always small and the cutlure of each facility was different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Fontana Medical Center need to be fair. There are a lot of politics that makes it unfair for some at the bottom.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great start for your IT career

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

    Pros

    Always a room for growth and opportunities when working for Kaiser Permanente. Even if you're a contractor, the pay is still pretty well, and there are opportunities to be hired full time. I recently was working there as an intern, but once a spot was open, I was automatically offered an contractor position.

    Cons

    If you're the kind of person to be on your own and not work in a team, then being IT for Kaiser Permanente isn't the job for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to your manager because they are likely to listen your concern or problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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