Sentara Healthcare

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Sentara Healthcare Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
72 Reviews

3.4
72 Reviews
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Sentara Healthcare CEO David L. Bernd
David L. Bernd
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and salaries; still offer a PENSION; never have layoffs -- very impressive (in 5 reviews)

  • good benifits, good pay, excelent service, flexable good place to work long term employees 15 plus years service (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Nurses don't have a ton of work to give volunteers so it was pretty boring (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Supervisors are not supportive

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    Former Employee - Info Tech  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Info Tech in Williamsburg, VA

    Pros

    I enjoyed most of the people I worked with. It was just the supervisors and "corporate" level employees did not care for their employees

    Cons

    It was just the supervisors and "corporate" level employees did not care for their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out on the floor and do the jobs the people you believe to be below you do on a daily basis

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

    Excellent benefits, good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Great benefits -- Sentara has a has a pension plan, tuition assistance, and 403B. Not too many companies nowadays have a pension plan. There are many opportunities for growth. In my department, the leadership is very supportive and caring. Sentara has great training and education. Employee discount at the cafeteria. Many opportunities for volunteering and community involvement.

    Cons

    The hospitals are grossly understaffed. The pay is quite low compared to cost of living in Hampton Roads, but it is higher than other hospital systems in the area. Sentara does not compensate for the cost of certification exams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shell out some money to hire more staff. More staff means better care for patients, which in turn will lead to higher customer service scores and better patient outcomes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    i have worked in several positions, most the people were caring and honest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    excellent benefits , you should work towards advancement . there is alot of opportunity to improve

    Cons

    THE Starting income is low, but you can improve that as you stay longer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Sentara Healthcare Response

    Aug 1, 2014Team Coordinator, Recruitment

    Thank you for taking the time to share a review. We are happy to hear you had a enriching experience at Sentara Healthcare

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  5.  

    Just Bought out

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    Current Employee - MRI Tech  in  Kill Devil Hills, NC
    Current Employee - MRI Tech in Kill Devil Hills, NC

    Pros

    Hoping for better working conditions

    Cons

    no experience yet not sure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    kept communication open and stay connected with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Registered Nurse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Woodbridge, VA
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Woodbridge, VA

    Pros

    Co-workers were great, but that's about it.

    Cons

    Administration is clueless and greed driven. The nurse:patient ratios are DANGEROUS! Nurses and NCPs get reprimanded for voicing concerns. Management only looks out for themselves and as long as their units look good on paper, that's all they care about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time on the units with your floor nurses before making your dangerous decisions to 'flex up'. Invest in your nurses and NCPs, we are the ones who make this hospital have any positive remarks. Ask yourselves why you cannot retain nurses and why you're always short staffed. It's because you burn out your staff, treat them poorly, punish them for silly things and put their licenses in jeopardy every single day they work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Sentara Healthcare Response

    Aug 1, 2014Team Coordinator, Recruitment

    Thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. Although we are unable to comment on your specific experience at Sentara Healthcare, we value ... More

  7.  

    Poorly planned

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hospital Registration  in  Lorton, VA
    Current Employee - Hospital Registration in Lorton, VA

    Pros

    The company is a great place for patients. The care I have seen at this hospital is much better than other area hospitals. Customer service and patient care go hand in hand here.

    Cons

    The company has very expensive insurance. The company has little follow through when opening up a new facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management is over worked. On many occasion my director has forgot to schedule someone to come in to relieve me for my shift. The management also blatantly ignores staff that sleeps on the job or is often late to work. The management has also turned a blind eye to dangerous situations that may hinder the health of a patient.

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

    Great job for EMTs, recently discharged military medics and corpsmen, and nursing students.

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    Current Employee - Emergency Department Technician  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Emergency Department Technician in Virginia Beach, VA

    Pros

    They work with your schedule to an extent for school. The leadership has daily huddles to pass info and receive feedback from employees. New staffing angel online system is working well. Leadership does have an open door policy.

    Cons

    Favoritism can be bad, and I've seen some nurses leave because of it. Some habitually late employees still have jobs. When your coworkers have a problem with you, they tell everyone else except you, and then it shows up on your annual evaluation. Turnover rate for Clin II nurses is high so there are voids in management. A few charge nurses allow their friends to loiter, and smoke outside while others are told to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put into place a conflict resolution system for employees. Make it part of the work culture where employees meet face to face over problems instead of gossiping and complaining about each other to other employees. Show enthusiasm and empathy for everyone at work. Have charge nurses set the example, and do not be part of the gossip. Apply the rules to everyone equally and do not play favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Systems Analyst

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Harrisonburg, VA

    Pros

    Very flexible with time, people are very friendly

    Cons

    As expected from a hospital, environment can be "heavy" sometimes and people are usually on a rush

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sentara Healthcare Response

    Aug 1, 2014Team Coordinator, Recruitment

    Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you are enjoying your employment with Sentara Healthcare.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I've been with Sentara for seven years. Overall, it's a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic. Excellent vacation and bonus programs. Senior leadership is very approachable. Innovation and hard work are recognized throughout the organization. Sentara has never laid off employees due to economic changes.

    Cons

    Depending on the department, opportunities for advancement are somewhat limited. When things don't go right, senior leadership tends to react in a manner that doesn't efficiently address the problems, opting instead on having unproductive meetings and conference calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the experts you have working for you do what they do best instead of micromanaging them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great company that may be growing a little too fast...

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    Current Employee - Reimbursement Consultant  in  Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Reimbursement Consultant in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Great benefits and salaries; still offer a PENSION; never have layoffs -- very impressive.

    Cons

    Foresight may be too aggressive for current staff; No mentor program or apparent desire to develop leaders; active rumor-mill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down. Focus on quality of life at the corporate office. Invest in your staff and SOFTWARE - archaic software may be the largest complaint company-wide. DEVELOP LEADERS. Kill the rumor-mill -- this will destroy a building if not confronted.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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