Premera Blue Cross Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • It's a good place to work if work / life balance is important to you (in 25 reviews)

  • Some good benefits, nothing exceptional though (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management can be very political (in 8 reviews)

  • lower salary than expected; too many meetings (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    I love my employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Membership Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Membership Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They train you throughly. They care. They want you to grow within the company. They pay well. They let You work from home. Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Parking if you get there after 9am. If You are hired as a csr it is a hard job, but you have a lot of support.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  2. Helpful (1)

    They need a bit of help

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest Park, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest Park, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, smart people who work hard and are willing to help new employees succeed Generous benefits

    Cons

    STUBBORN people who are unwilling to accept that change is inevitable.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who are looking to the future, not those who are buried in the past. The average tenure of a Premera employee is pretty high - are those individuals helping to move the company forward or are they more concerned with keeping what they've got?


  3. An Amazing Company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Recruiting Partner in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Strategic Recruiting Partner in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An amazing company with a true work/life balance, awesome benefits and great colleagues!

    Cons

    If going back into Seattle on a game day, traffic can be less than ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for continuing to respect your employees.


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  5. IT is getting better, but a long way to go.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    New Management - Premera recently hired a new CIO. He is trying to reorganize the department for the better. Improving Technology - Premera did a major lifecycle management project this year to upgrade technology.

    Cons

    Poor Leadership - With the exception of the CIO, all senior management in IT seem to be more about protecting their positions than doing what is right for the company. Project Management - The worst set of Project Managers I have seen in my career. Every project is managed by escalation, not by project plans. Resistance To Change - Many of the IT employees have been with the company for years and are unwilling to grow their skills or adjust to the changing needs of the business. Communication - Communication from management down to the associates is poor and inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    You need leaders among your management team, and need to be willing to eliminate the dead wood among the associates. Reward your top performers and manage out those who won't adjust to the changing business and technology needs.


  6. IT Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The commute was great - and free parking. People are very friendly. There is truly an attitude and focus on wellness.

    Cons

    It is a small company - and rather difficult to make change. Initiatives are slow to implement. It isn't necessarily an avoidance to change - but painful to get buy in, support and resources. Processes and tools aren't optimal.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your best. Be forward thinking and take risk. Have a team looking at new tools and processes that are competitive. Encourage your employees to speak up if what they are working on doesn't bring value.


  7. Software Test engineer III

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer III in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer III in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good To have rich healthcare knowledge. Self management team. Happy working environment with no pressure.

    Cons

    The company policy of green card changes as the new HR manager changed. It was OK to sponsor TN holder to apply Green card. but recently stopped.

    Advice to Management

    It will be great if keep the policy consistent. It will be great if sponsor TN holder to apply for the Green card.


  8. PBC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is pretty good

    Cons

    Salary ranges are lower compared to other companies in the region


  9. Premera

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Planner in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strategy, both consumer and employee focused

    Cons

    Less aggressive than necessary in such a competitive industry

    Advice to Management

    Overcome mindset in some departments that Premera is a pre-retirement job


  10. Great people, bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great. Benefits are really good except pay is a little low.

    Cons

    No overarching identity between the leaders of the organization. As a matrix structure, often people do little across departments to help each other out. Lots of blame gets thrown around and in the end, I think there is more drama in upper management about who is going to get credit rather than on making good choices. Look out for managers who delay inevitable decision making. More than likely they've been there for a while and are trying to maintain the status quo to not get skinned if something goes wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Your leadership and culture values describe something different than your actions. Be decisive, get on with decision making, do the best with what you have and be okay revealing problems.


  11. corporate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative, good benefits, quality product

    Cons

    atmosphere a little too nicey nice

    Advice to Management

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