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Kaiser Permanente Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
1,583 Reviews

3.6
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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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21 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant III  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant III in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Kaiser is a secure, world-class hospital which offers a various opportunities for their employees. Kaiser continues to 'thrive' and be the best in their business.

    Cons

    Not willing to help there own in career advancement, though the opportunities are there. Also, not a very forgiving company towards employees (equally) who have committed a NON-gross act or who have broken a NON-gross rule. It's "off-with-head" (without entertaining any other option)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more forgiving towards employees who commit a bad act or who have broken a rule (especially on the FIRST OFFENSE) and never deem an employee "not hireable" in the record, for that employee may have rehabilitated and if the 'sin' that was committed was not a GROSS one, then definitely one should be allowed to come back after a 'set time' has passed. Keep everyone 'thriving' :) Former employee of San Jose Kaiser

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company but needs transparency and management need to be open to new ideas

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

    Pros

    Wonderful mission with Dedicated team of people

    Cons

    Management can be narrow visioned, not open to ideas or not looking at things from company-wide perspective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coach Management to genuinely care and listen to their staff - which can be the best motivator for higher productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I'm a lifer, but only because I have to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Clerk  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Clerk in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Full benefits (paid!) medical and dental with a minimum of 24 hours worked per week. Many Kaisers in the area, so transferring is always an option if you move.

    Cons

    Poor life/work balance. Educational Leave earned is never granted due to "operational needs", thus one has a very
    hard time moving ahead. Weak union; in bed with management, allows our vacation seniority to be taken away, allows for scheduling changes w/o proper notice to employee. Poor 401k matching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your staff to learn and grow!! Some of us don't want to be clerks our whole life. We would love to be with Kaiser in other, well - paid fields such as radiology or nursing, but can never take a few hours off, or a day off with our hard earned Ed Leave to take pre-req classes because your management tells us the dept isn't fully staffed. We hear this year after year! Very unfair and doesn't give us a very high opinion of our employer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    STAFF DOES NOT THRIVE!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits

    Cons

    The Kaiser system does not care about patients only $$. Staff is shut down when they bring concerns to management so no one says anything anymore. There is no work/life balance, most staff is on overload and stressed out. No communication between management and staff. Decisions made by management and then changed the next week, no consistency or transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read any of the "cons" and take what you will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Time has pasted very fast.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistance  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistance in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits for the future.

    Cons

    Pay can be very low, unless you are in the medical field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember Administrative Assistance bring something to the table.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I loved Kaiser I worked there for 19 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SPD Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - SPD Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    the dedication to their patients

    Cons

    Management that throws a 19 year employee out the door like a criminal based on a directors decision who was in place for no more than a month. I had no one listen to my side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please bring terminations to a regional level for those employees who have been dedicated to Kaiser for many years and have had good evaluations.

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

    Unjust Termination

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Great Company and awesome benefits

    Cons

    Poor management. Was terminated just because a manager didn't like me. Went from union to non-union after promotion. Then everything changed. I worked hard and was an asset to the company, however poor management caused this unjust. This was a waste of time, money and training. All this knowledge was thrown out due to pure envy and hatred.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff, because they are affected by poor management first hand.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a good learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Operator in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Can move up in the company

    Cons

    Not so compassionate to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All people are human beings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Love working for them. Been with Kaiser since 2007.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Psychologist  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Psychologist in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Feel supported by my boss and coworkers.

    Cons

    need to know ins and outs of computers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to care about the little guys!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I had a wonderful experience working with Kaiser

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior PBX Operator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior PBX Operator in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits. Worked with some awesome people.

    Cons

    Think they should be kinder to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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