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Sanford Health Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
72 Reviews

3.0
72 Reviews
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Sanford Health President & CEO Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It was a really great place to gain valuable work experience (in 4 reviews)

  • Very friendly work-place, great co-workers (in 2 reviews)


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

  • Large company and some accomplishments might get overlooked at times due to the large number of employees (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and management, fulfilling work. Many different schedules to fit your needs. Three day work week in many areas.

    Cons

    Physically and mentally demanding work. Mediocre insurance benefits. Difficult to change departments in some cases. Work many weekends and holidays.

  2.  

    "Under paid & under appreciated"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health Unit Assistant  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Health Unit Assistant in Sioux Falls, SD

    Pros

    Sanford perks - company discounts in the community
    Benefits for part time employees
    Family atmosphere among coworkers
    On site caffeterias and coffee shops
    More secular values compared to others in the industry.

    Cons

    PAY PAY PAY!!! Lousy 1% annual increases! What's the point?? Oh sure "some" qualify for 2-3% increases, but not your average employee. Sanford has tons of money for construction projects but not for employees.
    Parking at the medical center in Sioux Falls.
    Scheduling flexability
    No show of appreciation, taken advantage of by managers, no one cares what you think, just show up and do your job.
    Little or no room for advancement in many job roles
    Cafeteria hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more; do you have to pay at or below the industry standards? How about paying above industry standards?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Laboratory Technical Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technical Assistant  in  Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technical Assistant in Fargo, ND

    Pros

    Co-workers
    Experience in the medical field
    Patient interaction
    You get a pay check

    Cons

    Bad hours
    Low pay
    Grossly Under appreciated
    Not everyone is held to the same standard of work and or amount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your laboratory technical assistants, and hold everyone to an accountability of not only a quality of work but a quantity as well. It would also help to begin a culture of a "can do" attitude instead of a "I guess I can go do it if no one else will" attituce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Personal Trainer at the Wellness Center on Oxbow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The employees are all great people! It's a great place to meet people and network within the Sanford community. Great starting job for anyone breaking into the Personal training world.

    Cons

    Updates! - The facility needs updating which is the main complaint of the members. This is a great starting job... There really isn't much room for personal/professional growth. It would be nice to have some sort of commission based compensation tool in order to compete with other gyms in the area and keep employees happier. Scheduling needs to be considered and changed - Everyone's schedule is all over the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more ways for compensation for your employees so they have a reason to grow and retain clients. If you can't do that, then maybe advertise more and update your equipment in order to draw more people in the door. Make productive changes please.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nutrition Technician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nutrition Technician  in  Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Nutrition Technician in Fargo, ND

    Pros

    Great work environment. It was a really great place to gain valuable work experience.

    Cons

    The pay. I didn't get paid nearly as much as other hospitals in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Big Hospital Small Support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist  in  Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Respiratory Therapist in Fargo, ND

    Pros

    Biggest hospital in town with a variety of patient experiences.

    Cons

    Old building with no parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff wages equatable to those in town at other hospitals as well as to the other Sanford hospitals in other states.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great salary and benefits, Lack of empathy of understanding in management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Department
    Former Employee - IT Department

    Pros

    Salary was excellent, as was organization. Great mentorship and training program for new employees.

    Cons

    I experienced a lack of understanding for health issues that arouse during my first year of work, before I was covered with FMLA. Also had inconsistencies over supervision of work hours between various employees. Example, certain employees got away with being consistently late or working odd hours, and other employees were treated more harshly for the same issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having clearer expectations for work hours for those in salary positions, and enforce a consistent approach to each employee. Look into leave of absence programs for those who haven't earned FMLA yet, for when health emergencies arise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pay not competitive especially with cost of living increasing.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse  in  Bismarck, ND
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Bismarck, ND

    Pros

    Coworkers are awesome! Physician I work for is great! Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay..pay...pay! When a gallon of milk costs almost $5.00 a gallon and rent almost 1800.00 per month for most families moving to the Bismarck area its really hard to live on what we are being paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees! You keep gloating about dumping millions on new hospitals and research facilities. We are already short on nursing staff as it is mainly due to wages. When McDonald's is hiring for staff at $12.00 with no experience needed its pretty hard to encourage those wanting to go into the health field. How are you going to fill positions in these facilities? North Dakota has the Lowest paid nurses in the country and most money coming in due to the oil boom. How does that make sense?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    36 years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly to work for so

    Cons

    Wages were not competitive so

  11.  

    Could be better, could be worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist  in  Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Fargo, ND

    Pros

    Patient care is always placed first. Clinical management is pretty understanding and fair. "Flex" employees are given full benefits and a 5% base salary increase in exchange for non-standard or inconsistent working hours.

    Cons

    Lots of unhappy employees (for various reasons, mostly due to low pay or inadequate health insurance benefits compared to other companies) - can be an unpleasant work environment on a day to day basis. Overtime hours can be near impossible to get, even when working weekends. You will be told to clock out early during the week and sent home so you don't go over 40 hours/week when you have to work a weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a class or presentation on the Sanford compensation policy and how Sanford actually comes up with compensation plans. The employees are always told that the wages are competitive with similar jobs and the overall economic outlook of the region, but figures are never shown to the employees. There is distrust between the employees and management, and employees feel they are really not being paid a competitive wage. I don't know how many times I've heard, "Well, in so-and-so place just so-and-so far away, they get paid so much more than we are!" Whether that is true or not, I don't know, but more transparency would be appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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