Sanford Health Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Sanford Health President & CEO Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
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Pros
  • Great people that want to create a better organization to improve care (in 5 reviews)

  • Great place to see many different things to start out a career (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, could have some better benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management does not give two shits about employees who make the place function (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Staff RN review

    Current Employee - Staff RN in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at Sanford Health

    Pros

    I prefer not to comment at this time. Great company to work for due to several reasons I will not disclose. Stable job if you need one. Very good management.

    Cons

    No labor unions in North Dakota which means very low pay. Not much room for advancement either. Training very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training. Give raises to remain competitive with the market. Buy equipment and make sure existing equipment works. Great company!

    Recommends
  2. Highly successful and diversified health care organization.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford Health

    Pros

    Fast-paced, growing organization with exciting initiatives and cutting edge medical services. Strong commitment to providing health care in rural populations. Investment in communities through philanthropy.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a challenge particularly in management roles. At times, the pace is so fast that you don't feel you are able to do your best as a leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to create a work environment that attracts the best talent and retains the best employees. Invest in their development and provide career development.

  3. Come here if you are a new grad RN eager to learn quickly, then run (don't walk) away before you burn out

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    Current Employee - Staff RN in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at Sanford Health

    Pros

    Willing to train and provide experience to new nurses. Within a year as a new Grad, the average nurse has the opportunity to train as a charge nurse, be appointed to various hospital committees, gain experience in various specialty units. Youthful and energetic staff who try to stay positive.

    Cons

    Very poor pay. Skills and work ethic in employees is not valued or compensated. Very high turnover causing constant staffing issues and high nurse to patient ratios. RN's are over worked. Poor middle management who ignore issues. Nursing support staff are poorly trained with poor pay, at best useless and at worst dangerous.

    Bottom line, come here if you are a new grad RN eager to learn quickly and be literally thrown in over your head. Once you gain the experience and skill, pad your resume and get out before Sanford burns you out of the entire profession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to follow through on positive initiatives from both the top down and bottom up, they consistently drop the ball on positive change in progress from both ends. Encourage/reward good employees with incentive based wage scales, hello management, there is not a union here, use the lack of contract to retain good employees and get rid of the bad! Unbelievable waste, but this seems to be the norm in health care.

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  5. I loved working here! The people were so wonderful and helpful, and I learned so much as its a teaching hospital!

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    Former Employee - NICU RN in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - NICU RN in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Sanford Health full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The teamwork is so great (I worked in the NICU) and everyone was so helpful. The doctors and NNPs were great to work with, also, and I learned a lot from them.

    Cons

    It's hard, as a full time nurse, to get out of the every other weekend and holiday rotation as there are many other nurses who want that as well. Nurses who had been there 5+years were still every other, despite being told otherwise in an interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open and honest with them and you will have a great relationship with them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Sanford doesn't get it.

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    Current Employee - CNA in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - CNA in Fargo, ND

    I have been working at Sanford Health

    Pros

    The majority of my coworkers are great!

    Cons

    The pay is awful. Lots of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Healthcare

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    Current Employee - CNA
    Current Employee - CNA

    I have been working at Sanford Health

    Pros

    nice people on team grateful patients

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other markets with equal cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at turn over vs compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Healthcare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in East Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Anonymous in East Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Sanford Health part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits for part time employees.

    Cons

    Low pay for non medical employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees based on performance not time on job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Nice people in state-of-the-art medical facilities that truly care about patients

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at Sanford Health full-time

    Pros

    Most people were there for life, and had lots of extended family working there. Admin hours were 8-5, and the place was empty by 5:30. Generous vacation policy for all employees - 4 weeks of vacation a year, although paid holidays were limited. Staff truly cared about patient care.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, lots of big organizational changes that surprised everyone, although it was no surprise that there were lots of reorganizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know employees personally. Set up opportunities for cross-functional conversations. Don't promote people to positions where they have no experience and give them titles that don't match their skill set; bring in seasoned experts or provide employee training in new areas where they will be working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. They could value their employees more

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    always hours available to pick-up if you're a work-aholic

    Cons

    usually worked short-staffed, and pay was not cream of the crops. especially for being over-worked and under-staffed quite often.
    had 13 years experience, and starting wage was 10.52.

  11. 1

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanford Health full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    patient care and co workers

    Cons

    morale is at all time low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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