Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
1,604 Reviews

3.6
1,604 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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  1.  

    Marketing management team needs to keep up with changing dynamics in the Healthcare industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Almost everyone works from home on Fridays and you can pretty much take PTO whenever you want.

    Cons

    If you are fine with status quo and do not want to move up this is the job for you. Little to no room for promotion and decisions move at a snail's pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to move faster and recognize the player and the people who make a difference in the organization. The good ones get smart and leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    love the place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    KP is really the right model in healthcare and has such potential to solve the issues for America
    focus on people and the members
    looks of opportunity to take different roles within the company

    Cons

    really large and sometimes takes a long time to get things done
    like any large company there are political issues to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great benefits, loads of opportunity, making its way out of the Stone Age

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    Excellent healthcare benefits
    Decent benefits all around (vacation, leave, etc.)
    Large company with lots of opportunity for networking and growth
    VERY supportive of work/life balance

    Cons

    Health Care is a complex industry, loads of regulation can stifle innovation
    That said, KP is one of the most innovative Health Care companies in the US; innovation is valued and encouraged
    Very political, management hierarchy often impacts staff morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old school thinking will lead to stagnant growth

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    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
  7.  

    Leadership is old and stale.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager II  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Denver, CO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Because Kaiser has a blue chip reputation in the industry, having work experience at Kaiser on my resume has opened more doors than I can count. Tough it out while you're working at Kaiser and the payoff will be when you leave.

    Cons

    Petty and dishonest management and leadership. They say they promote from within, but I didn't find this to be true. You will not be valued unless you are a clinician (RN, MD).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate stronger values like integrity more often and more consistently. Bring in some younger, experienced talent. Enough of the "working retired".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Their benefits are good. They give a lot of vacation which is good. If you are there for 5+ years, you vest into pension which is generous.

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy within departments which makes it really hard to get anything done. Everything moves so slowly! They keep some very bad people which makes the work environment difficult at best and toxic at worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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