MedStar Health
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www.medstarhealth.org Columbia, MD 5000+ Employees

MedStar Health Reviews in Columbia, MD

Updated Jun 16, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

MedStar Health President & CEO Kenneth A. Samet

Kenneth A. Samet

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    MedStar Health is a good organization.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    ProsEmployment opportunities within the company span many areas.

    ConsTrying to overcome the many changes in American healthcare.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good position in this economic climate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementAsk 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid Healthcare System focused on going from Good to Great

    Assistant Vice President, Planning and Market Analytics (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease diversity in leadership positions at the entity level and develop career paths for high potential employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    ProsVacation but cannot use do to workload

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerform a market analysis of pay for positons within MedStar

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

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

    ConsCareer 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    Prosmanagement cares about employees, good communication, team feeling

    ConsColumbia office location is not near major city

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    No Longer Employeed, Hard Working, 10 Year Employeed At MedStar. (Current Employee)
    Columbia, MD

    ProsThe line staff are great and work well together.

    ConsManagement has absolutely no clue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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