Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

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Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
62 Reviews
3.5
62 Reviews
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Ronald W. Swinfard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits that kick in on the first day of work (in 3 reviews)

  • Lehigh Valley Health Network is a Great place to work (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Many units and levels of personnel operate in silos and not as team players (in 3 reviews)

  • Could easily eliminate 10% of positions and have no adverse effect on patient care (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid employer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Mental Health Technician in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment. Opportunity for diversity, growth, and advancement.

    Cons

    Low starting salary. Swing scheduling, mandated double shifts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience working here

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

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time

    Pros

    Lots of pathologies, emphasis on quality of care and great patients

    Cons

    Stickler to the rules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify the quality employees for special incentives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work with Great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits that kick in on the first day of work. free parking. Many programs that support employees. innovative, clean, family friendly, accredited. Many nursing councils within the unit, voluntary participation in any of them. Nurses are involved in decision making and policy changes in the units. Opportunities for Nurses to conduct research and further education. Performance review is tied to your pay. Evaluation done by peers not just management.

    Cons

    very few minorities in management positions. Low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for minorities to take leadership positions within nursing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great in the beginning, but company is losing their reputation as a great employer!

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

    I worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In the beginning, it was the best place I have ever worked. I never had a bad day, employees genuinely seemed to love their jobs and it was an overall fun place to work with a great culture. Gained a lot of great experience working there.

    Cons

    Over time, Senior Management seemed to lose sight of their great culture and staff doesn't seem as important to them as it once was. Some employees get treated much better than others, especially those who seem to take advantage of the company and their Manager. The employees who truly put in more time than required, are dedicated and top performers are never recognized or acknowledged. The poor performers tend to rise to the top somehow. They continue to let their great employees walk out the door and are left with people who stay because they have nowhere else to go. It seems acceptable for some employees who are exempt to work 4-5 hours a day while others are putting in 10+ yet the workload is never balanced out. Poor opportunities for advancing within the company, let alone your own department. Positions are often posted, but internal candidates are overlooked. In some cases, employees are good enough to fill in for a position, but only until they find an external candidate to fill the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to what is going on around you. You have some great employees and they will continue to leave if the culture continues to go downhill as it has been for the past 1-2 years. Taking care of the patient is top priority, but that can't be done without the employees who genuinely care and are there for that reason, versus the ones who are there because they can work when they want, go to personal appointments all the time during the day and are only concerned with the flexibility of their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - None/Nonexistent Due to Outsourcing in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - None/Nonexistent Due to Outsourcing in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally great hospital (for patients and clients) with caring doctors, nurses, staff. Most peers and coworkers were friendly and considerate, worked well together and individually, and were generous in helping each other to ensure extremely high quality output from our department.

    Cons

    Poor pay and benefits. No chance for advancement or meaningful raises. Deceitful and sometimes under-qualified managers and team leaders. No severance benefits, job placement assistance or retraining for employees who are laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of your employees' current and future health and welfare, not just income and profit. Show genuine appreciation for devoted staff who contribute so much to the excellence of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Internship!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Organizational Development Research Scholar in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Organizational Development Research Scholar in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best possible internship! LVHN is full of friendly, smart people, especially in their Organizational Development Dept. As an intern they allowed me to get as involved as I wanted to and were always encouraging. I always felt that I was part of the team, even as an intern, which is often not the case with most companies. They gave me a great work and development experience, which helped me take the next step and move on to grad school. I could not be happier with this experience, I only wish I could have stayed on longer!

    Cons

    Needed to get Masters to be hired

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits if full time

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

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network part-time

    Pros

    continuing ed, room to advance, supportive environment

    Cons

    part time benefits not good

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

    Lacks common business sense

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potential for personal growth within network, great weekend rate, working with great time, hire graduate nurses, Magnet hospital, excellent education opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficulty getting off night shift, constant disorganization and restructuring, poor raises, low base rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is difficult to see the loss of shared incentive bonuses when staff can see many mismanaged areas. Pulling high paid nursing staff in to cover units as a tech because they are unable to safely act as a nurse is poor management of resources. Policy needs to be established hospital wide not at the whim of a director. There needs to be better accountability of unit managers and a safe environment to vocalize concerns. Additionally, when restructuring, firing or misplacing nurses for a single lab label error is vindictive and goes against your safe incident reporting environment. Many people were displaced or let go because they reported their own lab error and where punished for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for nurses just starting in the field.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent training program for new (graduate) nurses. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Management is not consistent and changes their mind according to what suits them at that time. Certain units are run as though all of their employees are expandable. Hard to get off of night shift.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Major changes in last year

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

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance costs, can find good employees/colleagues

    Cons

    High turnover in last year, people are constantly leaving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put greater effort in retention good employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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