San Francisco General Hospital

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San Francisco General Hospital Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    At the General I have seen a lot of new situations and have been put to the test with all my abilities.

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    Current Employee - MEA and Phlebotomist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - MEA and Phlebotomist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pros to the job is it offers very good experience

    Cons

    Cons to this job is some of the patients that we need to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open more permenate jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Wonderful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital

    Pros

    SFGH has a great staff and nurturing environment.

    Cons

    However, SFGH is also a very old

  3.  

    The top brass don't think intensive psychiatric care is important but the staff who provide the care do.

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    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to provide care to people who really need it. Public hospitals are the safety net for people with mental illnesses who would otherwise go without care. The patients are often truly grateful for your services - even though they are involuntary patients.The salary and benefits are excellent. I've worked with some really great people who I've learned a lot from. There are Grand Rounds Weekly and they have excellent presentations.

    Cons

    Because the salary and benefits are good, some of my colleagues are working here pretty much just for those and not particularly because they want to help the patients. They do the bare minimum and are a pain in the you know what to work with. Top management treat staff like cattle - like you should be happy to have a g-d job. The direct supervisor I had wasn't like this but she was fighting her bosses and the bureaucracy's attitude toward us 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider spending some time (even if it's one day a year) on each unit. Attend rounds, sit in on groups, look at some charts, etc. Don't just rely on the reports of middle managers. Also, it might give you an interest in the field of psychiatry and the staff who work there - something it seems you don't currently have.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Good hospital

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get the sick of the sick!

    Cons

    Paper charting in some departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more resources for staff nurses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a pretty good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Pharmacist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Teaching hospital, lots of opportunity to interact and provide input on patient care.
    2. Progressive-minded clinical staff, responsive supervisory staff.
    3. Salary and benefits package are about the best in the city.
    4. Very liberal and progressive attitude overall in institution.
    5. Great opportunity to work with the poor and underserved community.

    Cons

    1. Technology is behind the times. Multiple software packages that don't always interface well.
    2. Almost ZERO chance of getting a daytime position. Unionized, seniority based.
    3. Notable rivalry between middle management and senior staff.
    4. Lots of animosity between middle management and staff, some between staff and clinical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operate with more transparency so that it doesn't appear that you are trying to hide everything from the staff. Take a bit more egalitarian tone with communications. Have a more organized orientation for new employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific opportunity to work with underserved populations.

    Cons

    limited resources, the environment is not very appealing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on treating your employee's well and the patient satisfaction will follow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Enjoy working with the population. Great colleagues, for the most part

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable and varied work that is challenging. Manageable work load and census, for the most part. They seem to always need staff to cover for no-shows, and sick calls, and vacations.

    Cons

    There is no incentive for performing at the minimally acceptable level. In fact, the culture promotes performance at this level. There is little incentive for substantive training or self-improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go for magnet status - I think it is time!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    This is a teaching hospital, great place to learn!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn and there are lots of opportunities for it. The patient population is quite diverse, as one would learn simply by taking a walking tour of the area. Parking is tough for employees and the parking patrol is even more tough when it comes to giving you a ticket. Benefits for working for the city? Health benefits, retirement and pension plans all apply. You can work couple of a jobs within the city dept, all under one payroll.

    Cons

    Parking, but there are shuttles offered by UCSF and many Muni lines. Safety - there are employee escort services available for those who work the late shift. Cons for working for the city? Lower pay rates compared to private hospitals and subject to city budget.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    SFGH, get ready for a wild ride

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    Current Employee - Staff Physical Therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Physical Therapist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco General Hospital

    Pros

    The patients are the best thing about this facility. We specialize in providing healthcare to severely underserved populations, so it is very rewarding to work here

    Cons

    Being under direct control of elected officials, makes working here very difficult. Every new budget that is written by a beurocrat who has no idea how to run a hospital offers the staff that is trying to provide quality care new and interesting challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the bottom of the food chain

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