Premera Blue Cross

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Premera Blue Cross Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
148 Reviews
2.9
148 Reviews
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Premera Blue Cross President, CEO, and Director Gubby Barlow
Gubby Barlow
93 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • Work/life balance does not exist in some parts of IT (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper Management does not pay attention when issues are brought to their attention (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptionally Stressful Position, Horrible Low Pay for the amount of work you have to complete & Listening to Complaints

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Operations in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free Food on Occasion, Advancement (if you are on your supervisor's good side)

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Rules Changing on Daily Basis, Anything Said To Management Will Be Used Against You (reviews, coaching opportunities, etc.), No Bonuses Just a Cheap Christmas Gift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop Changing Company Policy When It Suits You! Gubby, Instead of collecting all those thousands and thousands of dollars, Why Don't You Share With Your Hard Working Employees??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross

    Pros

    People, challenging, lots to do and learn

    Cons

    Meetings, seems to be a very management heavy company... easy to get lost

  3.  

    SDET

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross as a contractor

    Pros

    good environment and co workers to work

    Cons

    cons nothing to tell about

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change-averse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Peers in marketing are smart, supportive
    * Industry leader with stability
    * No hassle accommodation for disabilities
    * Health insurance coverage is good, as you might expect

    Cons

    * Middle and upper management frequently at war with each other, casualties mount quickly; which makes it difficult to understand direction or maintain motivation.
    * Like many other places, stated goal is to innovate and be creative, but truth is that anything new or creative is quickly squelched.
    * Silos are thick and impermeable.
    * If you live anywhere but northern suburbs, commute is going to get tiresome. Metro buses stop 2 miles south, Sounder stops 2 miles west, no shuttles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workforce. We might have some ideas you need to hear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Steady work; conservative culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Communications in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Communications in Mountlake Terrace, WA

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

    Pros

    steady work, good work-life balance, really good people, Christmas gift was always a little weird but I appreciated them, smart/ambitious people can move ahead quickly with efforts to increase visibility

    Cons

    mercurial atmosphere in some depts., slow pace, high-turnover in some areas, regulatory, environment can make things complicated/confusing, so many meetings, parking was a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee communications in order to help quell stresses about changes in healthcare marketplace.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainer in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Trainer in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good company and professional envirornment. Decent benefits, and culture is good but very stiff, not a lot of flexibility but that can be good. People in other departments really enjoy their jobs at Premera, however, there are issues within the department that I work in.

    Cons

    Leadership on my team (not all teams) is very poor. The coordinator is running the department, not the manager. No direction and no support to do my job properly. A lack of understanding and experience in management to control the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Little sense of direction

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

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross

    Pros

    Most people in the company are very nice. Campus is beautiful, their culture and values seem to be in line with what you would expect from a health insurance company.

    Cons

    Management is very poor and unorganized. It is making the shift in U.S. healthcare very hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with each other and associates beneath you.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall decent place to work but frustrating

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross

    Pros

    Benefits - health insurance, pension, 401k
    Telecommuting is encouraged due to lack of space.
    Onsite cafeteria is nice as you don't have to leave campus.

    Cons

    IT using stone age tools in some areas, very slow to upgrade tools and hardware,
    Some management is very frustrating to deal with as they are never present and do not pay attention to what their own staff is doing on an operational basis.
    Everything is about getting the annual bonus. If it's not on someone's annual plan, it probably won't happen.
    Work/life balance does not exist in some parts of IT. Poor annual planning of initiatives followed by employees giving up vacation time, evenings and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get input from staff when planning project pipelines. Upgrade servers and tools in a more timely fashion. Choose projects more wisely.

  10.  

    It's insurence, not IT remember that...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance seriously valued, agile transformation in progress across IT, great people almost no jerks, lean working has taken hold, app development in house

    Cons

    Committee think heavy, process heavy, bureaucracy heavy, not cutting edge in IT, sales and market still forgets there is a website rather than using it as a tool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some non-doctors on the board, they aren't who are buying your services. Understand that on-line is your future not some afterthought. Think about the business you want to have an not just go after every large account. Buy best of breed tools, not who wines & dines you the most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Average

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

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

    Pros

    Great at execution, market focused, good benefits

    Cons

    Consensus driven, slow moving, siloed

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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