Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

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Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
55 Reviews
3.3
55 Reviews
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Ronald W. Swinfard
21 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • I learned A LOT in my profession while during my years there and was provided a lot of opportunity (in 2 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.  

    I work as a Secretary in the hospital. Very well run network.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

    Pros

    Very compassionate people in the Network. Great place to be a part of.

    Cons

    Parking is the only con. It is hard for employees to find parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Network is exceptional to employees only downside is parking.

  2. 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 for 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Good place to work for your first year out of nursing school.

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

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Caring floor staff. Good first year experience.

    Cons

    Low pay, bad management, staff is spread very thin with lots of expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff burnout is high and threatening a persons job for every little thing is no way to effectively lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    LVHN is a massive network which enables students from any background to obtain a ton of exposure during training.

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

    I worked at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

    Pros

    It's a huge network and therefore lateral movement to any division you're interested in is always possible.

    Cons

    Not every department shares a teamwork approach and not all departments have amazing managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote teamwork, safety, equality, and respect between all departments.

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great first job!

    • 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

    Pros

    Very friendly people and organization. Good pay and opportunities to improve as an employee

    Cons

    More communication between departments and leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth. Management not bad.

    Cons

    They seem to be bad at budgeting. They have had several lay-offs in the five years I've been here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a very big Hospital

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Guard  in  Lehigh Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Lehigh Valley, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They constantly need employees. They manage by exception, often making rash changes after incidents, rather than thoroughly researching issues and standing by their course of action

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With a business as large as this, upper level management is judged more by its actions, and less by what they say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Would like it to be the great place to work that it was a few years ago.

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the coworkers are excellent and desire to work together to get the job done. In my years here, I've had some outstanding managers and great coworkers who truly care. The pay and benefits are also very good. Excellent care by doctors and nurses.

    Cons

    Until a few years ago, the culture of the organization had valued quality people as the asset. Even non-clinical staff felt motivated to learn more to benefit LVHN/LVPG and for career advancement. This created a "win-win" situation and sense of loyalty by staff.
    Sadly, this culture seems to be changing. In the last 2-3 years changes in administrators, directors, etc. have brought a new management style. This new trend does not appreciate efforts by employees or address concerns. It appears that employee furloughs, out-sourcing of jobs is the new culture. Employee morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Look back to what made LVHN/LVPG a great place top work: Loyal, excellent employees that care.
    2. The "R" in "PRIDE" stands for respect. It would be nice for employees to see that again.
    3. Consider the responses to the employee survey, don't punish if you don't like the honest answers.
    4. The poor economy and changes in healthcare will challenge all health organizations. Appreciate employees and they get through the hard times ahead. Can you get passion and loyalty by outsourcing?

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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