Palmetto GBA

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Palmetto GBA Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
26 Reviews

2.5
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Low stress, low pay, nice atmosphere, but subject to ups & downs of Federal government funding

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    Former Employee - QA Testing Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - QA Testing Analyst in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    Very positive, human centered atmosphere. Lots of training. Nice building. Lots of encouragement and rewards for improving healthy behaviours - gym, classes, online health web site.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. A lot of low level customer service jobs in Palmetto GBA. So many people have worked in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC family of companies, that you can't get a job, because there's always a former contractor or employee out there with the exact experience they're looking for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you're trying to diversify, but government funding is going to continue to decrease if the "small government" mindset is the overriding theme of the powerful people who control the US, ie, the conservative rich old white male job-cutting greedy selfish Republicans. The Democrats aren't much better, but they do tend to believe in grass roots vs. trickle down economics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of pitfalls-Lots of Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Medicare Service Representative  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Medicare Service Representative in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Local Ohio management was good. Work was challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    South Carolina management treated us as if all errors were the fault of the Ohio office. Constantly reminded by SC management that Ohio was too expensive. Had to watch coworkers be laid off frequently. Always held over our heads that we were expendable. Dealing with SC management was like taking a step back into time. They failed to keep up with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to realize their office is not perfect and quit placing blame on the workers they don't have to look at each day. Until management starts taking ownership of their errors contracts are going to continue to be lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company for the long haul

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    This company is a place to begin your career, because they are always hiring. It'll be the first line on your resume.

    Cons

    The reason for continual hiring is high turnover from dissatisfied/exploited employees. Be skeptical of a company where the only "long timers" have family ties to the city, and everyone else has been there for only a year or two. It's a miserable place to work. Lots of overtime for the unlucky employees who aren't friends with management. Poor work/life balance. Inept management throughout the company. Corrupt HR. Rampant cryonyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent and merit, rather than protecting the status quo for its own sake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Programmer-unfriendly Environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    Generally nice coworkers.
    Moderate push in some technical areas to stay current.
    Moderate share of smart people to learn from.
    Being a large corporation, there are opportunities to move around to other projects and positions.
    Flexible work time.

    Cons

    If you are from a military background and are used to lists of rules and restrictions, the renowned military "efficiency", and being treated as a disposable number, then this might be the job for you.

    If it is important to you to be able to access what you need on the internet to research issues, install tools on your development machine, have larger than 15 inch monitors, or otherwise request anything more than the minimum in regard to resources and to receive said resources in a timely manner, you might want to think twice before taking a job here. The bureaucracy here is thick and filters down to the small details of the job. It is not uncommon for developers to have to wait extended periods of time (think weeks or even months) to get necessary resources.

    I am a senior java web developer who has worked in the industry (not Palmetto GBA) for almost 10 years. I have a pretty good feel for what is needed to do my job well and for what makes a good development shop. I feel sorry for the many good people who work for Palmetto GBA because the cards are stacked against them to succeed in their job.

    Some of the managers are pleasant and helpful but some employ a detached, bullying approach.

    Lastly, you may be able to negotiate for somewhat reasonable pay up-front, but be aware that at the time of this review, annual raises are no more than 2%.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    stressful

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    Current Employee - Medical Review Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Medical Review Analyst in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    flexibility, great trainers, health benefits, gym, and good co workers

    Cons

    lay off because majority of the contracts are not renewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management turn over is high

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good.

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    Current Employee - PM/BSA  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - PM/BSA in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    The GPC is a fantastic facility with a cafe, dry cleaning, gym, massage therapy. Company offers good benefits and 401k match.

    Cons

    The pay ranges could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard work is not rewarded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the health benefits are decent, many of the people working the lower-level positions are quality.

    Cons

    Management does not reward hard work in any way, shape, or form. Many people I know have worked overtime for the past 2 years, only to get a raise that is less than 50 cents per hour. Management has put forth unreasonable standards for government contracts, causing issues that the people actually doing the work have to deal with. There is a huge disconnect between offices, leading to conflict. Compensation is extremely low for the type of work being done. No advancement opportunities are given

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rewarding employees who excel in their positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Regular Job, PTO, and chances to earn additional time off through healthy initiatives

    Cons

    Pay is low and not competitive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Government Contract Work

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    Current Employee - Lead Applications Deveolper
    Current Employee - Lead Applications Deveolper

    Pros

    New development is available if you work in the right department. There is also an opportunity to work with different groups and technology.

    Cons

    Outdated systems and software. There is also a lot of "dead weight" associates that work here and management is too laid back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your direct reports and correct inappropriate behavior,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, less-than-exciting work

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    Former Employee - Statistical Analyst I  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Statistical Analyst I in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    1. People are generally kind.
    2. Benefits are great
    3. Flexibility in working hours
    4. Chance for promotions every year.
    5. On-site gym

    Cons

    1. In my opinion, the pay is low.
    2. Upper management is kind of stuck in place.
    3. The work is extremely... extremely dull.
    4. Work environment doesn't help with the dull work. Plain walls, disconnected feeling with the separate office spaces and need to have a key card to access different parts of the building. Just a cold environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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