Palmetto GBA

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Palmetto GBA Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Decent place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Palmetto GBA

    Pros

    Moderate flow for call volume

    Cons

    Always losing contracts causing a lot of downsizing

  2.  

    I love the job that they offer to their employees. You can grow in the company.

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    Current Employee - Data Prep Technician in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Data Prep Technician in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love their flexible hours.

    Cons

    You have some people who are in authority who abuses their position and mistreat their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they should take more advice from their employees to better their business because as we all know that they employees do the job on an every day basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I loved working at Palmetto GBA, it was a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palmetto GBA

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are that you get a chance to help others in every way that you can.

    Cons

    I never found any challenges when working for Palmetto GBA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always listen to both sides of the story. Always appreciate your employees, make sure your employees know that you are there for them in every way can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company with rewarding work

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    Current Employee - Java Programmer in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Java Programmer in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Palmetto GBA is a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of SC, so you get the benefits of a huge company, like HR, Training, Well-run facilities, etc. Salaries and benefits are competitive and there are ample opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    As a government contractor, much of the work is based on contract periods, which have to be re-competed periodically. This can be stressful if you're not used to the RFP & Contract award process. However, Palmetto GBA is really good at this and keeps lots of contracts in the pipeline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  7. 2 people 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

    I worked at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than an year)

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  9.  

    Programmer-unfriendly Environment

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

    I worked at Palmetto GBA full-time (less than an year)

    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
  10. 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

    I have been working at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    Very good.

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

    I have been working at Palmetto GBA full-time (more than 10 years)

    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

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