Seattle Children's

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Seattle Children's Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
71 Reviews
3.7
71 Reviews
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Seattle Children's CEO Thomas N. Hansen
Thomas N. Hansen
31 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, especially if you have children (in 6 reviews)

  • Good scientists and colleagues, excellent benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Below market compensation, don't trust HR with ANYTHING sensitive, unnecessary layers of upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Not a lot of opportunities for Growth (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    so far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great people who really care about what they do

    Cons

    limited opportunities for upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    actually support your teams individual goals for personal/professional growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great if you are a new grad, but they don't welcome input from previous job experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with the kids, families and physicians was a great experience. They do a great job of making kids feel like they aren't "stuck in a hospital."

    Cons

    Nursing colleagues do not work very well as a team. everyone seems to be "out to get" one another. Previous nursing experience was not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    orientation was not a great experience to me as i felt the support I received from preceptors was "forced" as though they were burnt out on precepting new hires. New grads survive very well at Children's learning the "SCH" way from the start, however Children's could grow to be an even stronger force if they welcomed small "tips and tricks" from nurses coming from outside institutions. Children's is very behind on many of their policies and equipment used, however does not welcome input that could help with improvement. Most every time I offered a slight update to the way things were being done elsewhere, I was told "well, this is the way we have always done it." Which is a very poor response in healthcare. Things should be changing, growing and improving all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Mission, execution leaves something to be desired

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Who can argue with the idea of providing topnotch healthcare to children? They do this as well or better than anyone.

    Cons

    Unfortunately this organization is driven by the principles of empire building and CYA like many others. With 200% bi-annual turnover in departmental staff it drags their commitment to excellence on the care side of the house more difficult. Vision is excellent, execution is lacking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Exceptional people focused on quality care for patients. Politics, of course, but little to no mean spirited people.

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    Current Employee - Senior IS Project Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior IS Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, excellent benefits (even a free bike!), smart people.

    Cons

    Salaries lower than at MSFT or other high tech organizations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CNA  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - CNA in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus and nice managers

    Cons

    Short handed sometimes,needs to offer more training to its employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good job

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highest mission and purpose, backwards management politics

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    Former Employee - Research Manager, Project Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Manager, Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The mission is the obvious gem - it's incredibly gratifying to help kids and families. I loved telling people I worked there. There was evident enterprise-wide interest in employee engagement. The benefits were great, especially the health coverage. There were a variety of growth paths, and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Management was focused on the appearance of rather than the substance of compliance, excellence, and transparency. Clear old boys club in upper management. Definite cultural divide and power imbalance between MDs (who can be abusive and above the rules) and other caregivers or administrators.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    CPI everywhere, yet tons of waste

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Health Insurance
    Free Bus Pass and $4/day bonus for using alternative transportation
    The company wants to be lean, but sometimes it is too lean in different departments, and too robust in others

    Cons

    Mediocre Pay
    Lack of flexibility in schedule
    Poor Leadership- Too many levels
    They don't trim the fat(non performing/poorly performing employees)
    Don't reward hard working employees appropriately (small increases in salary)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees get where they want to get in their careers. The atmosphere has become way too corporate. Children's wants to expand even further(build another large building), but they have not even come close to filling the one they just built.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work at!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Seattle Children's Hospital provide great healthcare benefits and a fun place to work at.

    Cons

    More room for employee advancement please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    We are so spoiled as employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    (non-contract) Tons of paid time off, perks throughout the community, discounts for personal cell phones, education assistance, a lot of open positions internally, programs for continuing education, employee appreciation, 401a matching

    Cons

    Drama in some departments, HR reps don't 'play fair' all the time, certain office politics you have to navigate around sometimes (such as most jobs)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have enjoed working here - when it comes to moving up in yuor role it is hard to find the support needed.

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

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company mission
    I like telling people where I work
    You know that you are a part of something bigger that is doing a lot of good for a lot of people in the community

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for Growth.
    HR is difficult and not responsive to concerns.
    Salary is not completive
    Not a lot of vacation time. PTO is calculated in a very confusing nature
    Not Many soft perks with the company – if you are not able to take a bus to work parking is very expensive.
    culture varies a lot from one department to another - it all comes back to mamagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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