Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson
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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. Medical Assistant @ Kaiser

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely love the way Kaiser appreciates its employees.

    Cons

    Only downside is that job selection goes by seniority.

    Advice to Management

    Employee evaluations and experience should play a role in job selection.


  2. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, mission driven organization, positioned to make a big impact on the health of communities

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, challenging to move quickly, especially in fast moving online environments


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work - tough challenges

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    • 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.


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  5. Social work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Woker in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Social Woker in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The place has Great Pay

    Cons

    The management is slow to change

    Advice to Management

    More engagement from all staff


  6. RN Case Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, PTO, and Pay

    Cons

    No one leaves because the pay is so much better than the competition. Very few internal hires for upper leadership in our area. The majority has been hired from outside the organization

    Advice to Management

    Please start a training program to groom line staff to take the upper management positions. It is so difficult to train the management staff how to think like Kaiser.


  7. Helpful (41)

    Better than the Blues....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Phlebotomist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  9. Lead Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Analyst in Lake Oswego, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Give you the resources you need to work. Professional atmosphere Pretty good teamwork

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy Management Communication not great Lots of change of direction


  10. Overall, it's a great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist II in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits at Kaiser are pretty good, with the exception of the dental benefits they offer. Overall, it is a great company.

    Cons

    The con, wouldn't be reflective upon the company itself, rather some of the individuals they employ.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out those who show a true passion for what they are doing. Often times information gets misconstrued.


  11. A good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most common way that people voluntarily leave Kaiser is through retirement. Many people stay with the company for 20 or 30 years. This is because Kaiser is overall a good place to work that offers stability, reasonable work-life balance and great benefits. The company is huge and offers many different options for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    The budgeting process at Kaiser can be convoluted and stressful. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an unstoppable force was staring down an immovable object. That's the feel of Kaiser budgeting. The budgeting process results in lay-offs every few years which is stressful for both staff and managers. Kaiser is not solely responsible for this. The company is under tremendous pressure from competitors and from the numerous unions that represent much of the labor force.

    Advice to Management

    Work to scale back the influence of unions within the company. The Kaiser unions drive up operating costs and reduce efficiency.



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