MedStar Health Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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MedStar Health President & CEO Kenneth A. Samet
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Pros
  • Really nice people to work with and good benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Offers Great Benefits to employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • there are many different skill levels, but this is true of nursing everywhere (in 5 reviews)

  • Everything in the hospitals is now a numbers game (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Management

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

    I have been working at MedStar Health (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Educated staff and MDs. They have the intention of being a High Reliability Organization (HRO), the leader in the region for healthcare, take regular associate surveys to judge the culture and perception, but they rarely, rarely take action. They are experts at signing themselves up to 'Do the Right Thing' but are very, very slow on implementing or the 'Doing' of what they say. They have a lot of potential but very poor execution. When the hospital is experiencing steady growth every year the employees have experienced a whooping 2.5% increase. That's ok at best and should be increased when we are experiencing record growth in patient visits and charges and collections.

    Cons

    Over confident Staff and MDs. Leadership does not believe in the growth for internal candidates. Only external candidates are seen as the next best thing. Leadership does invest in their work force. They have training programs but they are more or less for the organization to be able to check the box "Staff Engagement/Training Conducted". Culture is lacking, besides the facade of culture that HR/Marketing attempts to create.

    Unless you have the unlimited skill of inflating your direct boss's ego, you do not really have a chance to grow in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Engage and increase the utilization of young, educated and engaged professionals. 40+ year olds are not the only individuals with solid business ideas or ability to run clinical departments.


  2. They will kill you

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

    I have been working at MedStar Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people in some roles. Flexibility to work from home when needed

    Cons

    Egos abound. Sr management get last he bonuses. Does not trickle down 1.5% raise. They will keep piling the work till you crash and burn.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what staff are telling you and asking for. I am a Director and get treated with little respect. Say thank you. If you ask for input use it from time to time.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Medstar

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Insurance Specialist II in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Insurance Specialist II in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at MedStar Health full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Overtime is a plus. Flexibility in the work schedule is a plus.

    Cons

    No opportunity because when you are good employee the management will block your endeavors

    Advice to Management

    Promote because of ability not because you like them or they are either friends or family


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company with Lots of Opportunities

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

    I have been working at MedStar Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work in patient financial services in White Marsh, MD. There is a lot of opportunity to grow and develop your career. MedStar offers tuition reimbursement for pretty much any field of study as long as you can transfer to that particular position within the company. They also offer a flex schedule which is great for work and personal life balance. Lastly, the paid time off is great compared to other companies that I have worked for.

    Cons

    The compensation could be better, but the other benefits offset the low monetary compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    If you are looking to a professional company to work for, then this is not the place for you.

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

    I have been working at MedStar Health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    MedStar provides great PTO time to all of their employees. You can almost get one day earned every two weeks, plus personal days and holidays.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a company where you can excel and grow, this is not the company for you. The management prefers to hire employees that will not make waves and will follow orders mindlessly, even if they waste time. Many times associates are given directives that make no sense and will only "pass the buck" onto the next department so that the same problem rolls around through the many departments, unsolved for weeks or months. The big push is employee productivity, not efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    The company is too large to change the culture there. If you want to just go for the ride and not make waves, then you are a perfect fit for them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Challenging and a lot of opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Informatics in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Informatics in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at MedStar Health full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many professional growth and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Conservative politics and leadership within the corporate and hospital settings. Not very family friendly work-life atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Most people work to live rather than live to work.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A good company if you can keep your mouth shut.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Billing in White Marsh, MD
    Former Employee - Billing in White Marsh, MD

    I worked at MedStar Health full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full Time opportunities, good money if you move up. Education Assistance, benefits.

    Cons

    Tons of politics, there's the people who have been in the door and out the door and then the ones you have to deal with are the ones who have been there "20 years, 25 years, 15 years" that have their seniority (which is looked upon highly). You have to kiss rear to get anywhere and if you don't you will be blacklisted within the company. There's also favoritism when it comes to salary ranges. One person may be making $15 sitting next to you with less experience because they "know the manager" while someone else is making $12 because they didn't know anyone. It's definitely not based on merit. Also--get better training for specific jobs, universal training (with one trainer) doesn't work for everyone, try to find a way that benefits all learning types so people aren't fired or quitting all the time (high turn over rate).

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites. Hold more people accountable when they're repeat offenders. Accept the fact that you aren't perfect and make mistakes as well.


  9. Progressive company with straightforward approach

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at MedStar Health as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I love their core values
    People are great to work with
    Growth just comes naturally

    Cons

    Leadership is a bit weak
    Their coordination efforts are not good
    Try to do too many implementations at once


  10. Helpful (1)

    MedStar is a nonprofit organization that strives to take care of the individual as well as the community

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at MedStar Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The staff are professionals who care

    Cons

    As with all healthcare their have been cutbacks due to regulatory and finance issues

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving to be the best and don't get complacent


  11. Overall I am happy with Medstar Health

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

    I have been working at MedStar Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers Great Benefits to employees

    Cons

    Hospital Bonuses and perks werereduced

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your nurses.



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