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MedStar Health Reviews in Columbia, MD

Updated June 16, 2014
Updated June 16, 2014
66 Reviews

3.8
66 Reviews
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MedStar Health President & CEO Kenneth A. Samet
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Review Highlights

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.  

    MedStar Health is a good organization.

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

    Pros

    Employment opportunities within the company span many areas.

    Cons

    Trying to overcome the many changes in American healthcare.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good position in this economic climate

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

    Pros

    Company is growing, Pay is good. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    They will work you to the bone and get every last bit of you....Very much top down, layered management who pushes much down to the front line staff. Bonuses and incentive packages to the top....1.5 % raises if you are doing a good job. Avg work week 50-55 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for input from front line. Sr. leaders should get to know staff. I am in a dept. of 15 and very rarely does the Sr. Leader talk to me...or seem interested in what I am doing. Invite a larger range of staff to get involved in committees. It's the same people all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Healthcare System focused on going from Good to Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President, Planning and Market Analytics  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President, Planning and Market Analytics in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities of going from Good to Great. Competitive and dynamic marketplace (Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area). Executive Management highly competent.

    Cons

    Culture on the conservative side. Opportunities for promotions are limited. Telecommuting options are limited. Videoconferencing/skyping for meetings non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase diversity in leadership positions at the entity level and develop career paths for high potential employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Who voted MedStar Best Place to work the Executive to get Bonuses, Incentive and Trips

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

    Pros

    Vacation but cannot use do to workload

    Cons

    Lousy raises .32 cent raise 2 years in a row
    No advancement opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform a market analysis of pay for positons within MedStar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    There have been very busy and exhausting moments, yet, not every associate can say the same.

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

    Pros

    Benefits (Health Care & Education Tuition)
    Large Health Care System
    Sustainable career opportunities

    Cons

    Career Advancement takes too long unless extreme circumstances arise.
    Salary inequity and large income gaps between top leadership and lower-level associates.
    Untrained and unseasoned managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off high horse and get your hands dirty sometimes. Take opportunity to work side by side with all level associates, taking time to learn about the full spectrum of the company. Regularly listen to and communicate with associates. Recognize and reward all associates, not just top level. Promote healthier associates by offering workout programs, building gyms at all larger size locations, promote work life balance and flexible hours.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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

    Pros

    management cares about employees, good communication, team feeling

    Cons

    Columbia office location is not near major city

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Despite previous awards, this is NOT a "Best Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    The health benefits are excellent and heavily discounted. They own some of the largest hospitals in the area so there is opportunity to move around if you are hospital-based.

    Cons

    This place looks really good on paper--9 hospitals, diversified businesses, and knows how to stay in the black. However, peel back the covers and you will find that the primary concern of all senior management is getting their bonus. For a non-profit, I have never heard so much focus on revenue by senior management! We all are aware that cash is needed in order to fund the mission, but somewhere along the line money became the unwritten mission here. There are bi-annual surveys of employees, but what the employees say and the resulting "solutions" do not correlate. If senior management is criticized, they brush it off as employees not understanding them or their jobs.

    I could deal with the problems if it didn't seem as if there are constant contradictory messages, and practices, depending on who you are. For example, we are given measly raises (the last one was 1.25%) and told to be happy because we have a job. However, published reports state that the CEO makes $3 million per year just in SALARY. This does not include other perks and benefits that exceed $1 million. Also, doctors are kings here so they are used to having temper tantrums if anyone tells them they are wrong (especially if they are high revenue generators).

    Also, the party line from senior management is that there is no money for needed additional personnel or software. However, there is money for consultants and outsourcing of essential jobs. Stay away unless you really like to be under-resourced then scape-goated if everything falls apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management that they haven't already received from the employee surveys. They can start by reading those. Also, stop pretending that all performance problems originate with the employee and instead realize that you have no clue on how to identify managers that can motivate employees to want to do their best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    MedStar Health outsources IT in a poor economy, while cutting 70 jobs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - No Longer Employeed, Hard Working, 10 Year Employeed At MedStar.  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - No Longer Employeed, Hard Working, 10 Year Employeed At MedStar. in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    The line staff are great and work well together.

    Cons

    Management has absolutely no clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your backbone. IT outsourcing is going to severely kill your customer service. You will quickly go from a top 100 employer to a bottom of the barrel employer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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