Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
1,717 Reviews
3.6
1,717 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. 26 people found this helpful  

    Old school thinking will lead to stagnant growth

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    • 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company, depends on what department you work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Improvement Consultant in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, work-life balance, good salary, nice bonus at end of year, trying to reward employees, large company so many opportunities to move across if inclined

    Cons

    Management promoted within based on "relationships" so they are most likely not prepared to be in a leadership role. Lack of training, mentoring and guidance results in a miserable environment for everybody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose management carefully as they can make or break company culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Physical Therapist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Physical Therapist in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Physical Therapist in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere, work environment. Smart talented, dedicated clinicians. Lots of work space with co-workers who are eager to help.

    Cons

    Control and work management from the upper management. Challenge of providing safe and effective therapy vs upper management control for efficiency.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great Experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Being a well known HMO, Kaiser is a great place to get some healthcare experience. They hire within, so once you get your foot in the door and do the work, you will be considered for other opportunities. Potential growth opportunities, great work life-balance and compensation.

    Cons

    Older workforce, decisions are made slowly. Apart from these things, a great company to work for. Most of the office locations are located in California with a few satellite locations across the country, so if you don't intend of living in California or the other 3/4 states, there are no opportunities for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Kaiser Permanente internships

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Competitive pay
    - Good exposure for networking opportunities
    - Definitely easier to get a full-time job at KP after doing an internship

    Cons

    - Challenging at times to level with manager
    - Internships can be tedious, repetitive work
    - Difficult to stand out at times when there are 50+ interns working in the same office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Learning about how IT supports Healthcare was really fascinating.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people there in IT are very friendly, good hours and people there are always happy to help. If you want to get things done and prove leadership, people are willing to support you.

    Cons

    The commute is long and far from everywhere that is fun. Food at the IT cafeteria is not very good, however it is cheap.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Kaiser Permanente is a Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Good teamwork, excellent benefits make KP a good, long-term environment. They are also offering the ability to work from home full time. This enables KP to compete for good talent as working from home allows those with long commutes to restore normal family time.

    Cons

    Frequent change in management can change the overall direction of the group. The limited amount of training offered for attending seminars and workshops in our group is discouraging. Other groups offer training and it IT, this is a must. We are provided free online training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the hard work employees have put in before new management steps in to "clean house".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    cool place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    I like to work here

    Cons

    there is nothing bad to say

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Higher than average pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nutrition Clerk in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Nutrition Clerk in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    Most jobs are union- higher than average pay. Hiring process has many layers and takes forever!

    Cons

    Low accountability by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your union contracts and how to work with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Health Plan Senior Executives are Figure Heads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Great telecommuting policy. There are some good people at this company that try and do the right thing. There are too many Executives that really don't care until it becomes and issue and then look for a scape goat.

    Cons

    Perks-No; Personal Growth- No; Office Culture - Vacant; I believe it this were a public company this Executive Management Staff would be under a lot more pressure to succeed and take personal accountability. I really think the EVPs need to have more experience. Too bad for the good workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finally the CIO has left the building. Too many run away projects with big tickets. Not sure I can advise a management team that is self-serving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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