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Updated Jul 15, 2014

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3.3 63 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

MedStar Health President & CEO Kenneth A. Samet

Kenneth A. Samet

(27 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Excellent place to utilize skills, knowledge and abilities

    Medical Assistant (Current Employee) Westminister, MD

    ProsThe teaching environment that the physician embody

    ConsThe per hourly pay could increased for the amount of work that is expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeaching cultural diversity and creating growth management for all employees would boost moral.

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

     

    Great PTO

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAfter two years you get six weeks of PTO with the ability to keep eight weeks accumulated. This is the best benefit to working for MedStar Health.

    ConsNo room for advancement - or at least in Shared Services Dept. Yearly reviews are more out of routine rather than reflection or improvement. Everyone is in one pot and the annual increase is 1.25%.

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    High Turnover

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAllowed some telecommuting, opportunities to learn

    ConsTeams to small to cover the workload, Minimal pay increases, not enough support

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo green allow more telecommuting to save money and invest back in your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    NRH main hospital is has redeeming qualities, Outpatient Network poorly run

    Physical Therapist (Former Employee)

    Pros- decent PTO (lumped sick/vacation) of 15 days / 3 weeks from year 1 for outpatient network and either 7 or 9(?) holidays per year

    Cons- denied use of vacation days 80% of time I requested it
    - very poor management on every level, starting at the top
    - frequent changes of policies that are often opposite of former policies
    - management accused medical doctor of insubordination because s/he asked a very reasonable question in a staff meeting (no one else thought it was insubordinate)
    - squeeze every ounce of life out of highly trained medical professionals and coddle administrative staff that (not all, but some) literally did not do their basic job tasks
    - culture of quantity NOT quality
    - technologically backwards, not just behind.

    Advice to Senior Managementsee "Cons"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Awesome place to work

    Full Time Registered Nurse (Current Employee) Leonardtown, MD

    ProsWorking on Magnet status; good salary; excellent team; people really work together here and the managers work to improve the culture all the time

    Consthere are many different skill levels, but this is true of nursing everywhere. It takes time to achieve Magnet status and there will trials and errors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend a little more time on the floor with staff. Allow for vacations in the month of December!!!

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    NOT Spirit. NOT Care. NOT NOT NOT

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsSad..used to be a great, caring place to work. But has steadily gone downhill and future looks bleak!!

    ConsEverything in the hospitals is now a numbers game. How do you treat a patient in 15 min?
    -move them in and push them out. Dropping of medical services all around. Overworking the managers and staff. If they complain-they are let go. Fear and intimidation rule the day.
    Smile to the public but cry in your office. Absurd working conditions but hide them! Absurd
    budget analysis. Keep the Hospitals Top heavy with administration but reduce all your support workers to save money! Do phony straw polls (Employee evals) and because of fear nobody is telling the Emperor(Medstar) that he does not have any clothes on! Sorry State for Maryland as we lose major Hospitals in the Balto Metropolitan due to reduced or eliminated financial support from local,state, federal gov;t. and the worst part is nobody is hearing about this crisis!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart to REALLY listen to your support workers on ways to improve working conditions(not just lip service from your own group of yes people)

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

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    Southern Maryland's healthcare employer of choice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Leonardtown, MD

    ProsDynamic administrative team with the backing of the MedStar system.
    Transformational leadership at the administrative level.
    Award winning performance.
    Passionate care providers.
    Good benefits under MedStar.
    Educational opportunities for professional growth.
    Constant expansion of services for comprehensive care locally.
    Small community friendliness.

    ConsRural location, but that makes traffic manageable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFully support Magnet application.
    Standardize within the MedStar system but maintain autonomy as much as possible.

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

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    Proud

    Clinical Scheduling Coor (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros401k, health plan, other employee's', my work, helping others

    Consmanagement unfair, too much work for one person

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't manage on personal reasoning

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

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    Generally Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood for people who are ambitious, self motivated and know where they would like to go. They usually promote within if you express and are proactive about showing you can go beyond your duties and offer to do more for them. They are also supportive about continued education. It is helpful if you make connections with fellow employees outside of your area.

    ConsCompany will not usually not make an active effort to develop you (outside of what is required such as new software training or initiatives that they are implementing). There is a general turn around of employees from admins to nurses and physicians. While the facilities are usually nice, some areas need updates and the hospitals are losing market shares to John Hopkins and Inova. I would recommend this company as a stepping stone as you will learn that you can get stuck where you are easily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide an active clear track for all your employees and actually enforce it. While employees should be rewarded for their effort and their drive, it is also a good practice to promote and develop your employees further. In other words, it is a lot easier to train and transform your current employees rather than having your employees leave for other opportunities and starting back from square one.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work if you don't mind politics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, large organization, multiple locations,

    Consexecutive staff is too far removed from workers, employee suggestions are not always taken seriously, very limited opportunities for non-clinical workers (loss of talent is very high as a result)

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more visible and accessible, listen to people who actually do the work

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

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