Sharp HealthCare Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
81 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent pay and benefits for full time employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Large organization and numerous facilities throughout San Diego (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is the LOWEST in San Diego even though the Sharp Hospital system is one of the LARGEST in (in 4 reviews)

  • I did the right thing and called the " Sharp ethics line and reported the incident to upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Volunteer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Professional and ability for personal growth.Teamwork skills.

    Cons

    Some people in different departments can be rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Superb for patients but sub par for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In IT in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - In IT in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall benefits and pay. Great healthcare system. Doctors and nurses are very warm and welcoming. Almost impossible to get fired. This can be a pro and a con. Besides IT most of the employees care about what they are doing. Hope we can turn it around.

    Cons

    Leadership in IT is horrible. Just got a new CIO so I have to opinion on him yet. But most of the leadership are former nurses with no actual IT or management experience. There are 2 different IT groups at Sharp. First group are the employees at Site 1. Most managers are former clinical staff or nurses that have no business being in IT. Most the analysts over there have no right working in IT. They have no technical abilities. I previously worked in England and worked with a more competent workforce.
    Second group are the employees at Site 2. I work in this group. While most of us have greater technical ability the management tends to promote friends instead of who is competent. For example in one of the desktop groups most of the leadership are former friends. My husband wants me to quit but I want to stick it out because it feels good to help patients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do a review of your current management staff and stop hiring managers with 0 former experience. Why does Sharp Healthcare IT have to be every managers first management job? Experience matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Large Healthcare Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Trainer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Size of company offers employee perks, discounts, etc. Many opportunites for employees to move within the company and learn new positions.

    Cons

    Lots of movement between positions - employees don't stay in one position for long. Offices spread accross the city - obviuos hospital jobs, but also corporate positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to be more involved in day to day operations. Identification of positions and requires for such position should be upheld.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for patients not employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent medical provider and customer service. This is the place to go to for treatment but not to make a career out of, so only apply as a last resort or in desperate need of a job.

    Cons

    If you plan on building a career with Sharp you must be related to upper management and the pay is not the best for such a prestigious company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow personal feelings interfere with professionalism. Base pay on education and experience not on who your friends and family members are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leaves something to be desired...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    On the whole, Sharp HealthCare is considered the top employer in San Diego county. In terms of quality of care, hands-down this is the best you can receive, both as a patient and as an employee. The benefits are second to none, and while the pay is below natl. avg. for IT work, it's competitive for the region. The clinical staff tend towards professionalism, yet remains a very personable group, though it pays to know when not to interrupt them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the IT division within the company suffers from lack of talent and vision. Far too many of the IT staff are trained clinicians or float pool employees whose previous professional exp. includes restocking crash carts in hospitals or bed repair in clinics, or even security. Very few of my peers hold CS degrees,if they hold any degree at all, and with apologies to UofPhoenix alums, that institute is over-represented here. There is occasionally gross nepotism on display, and a general lack of interest in investing in the IT staff, such as certification training. To make matters worse, no real Enterprise Architecture has ever occurred - the AD structure is flat and our superiors flat-out refuse to recognize this as a problem. We rely on outmoded or obsolete methods and tools, and we seem to have a fetish for bucking the industry standards that most every other business depends on - and this fetish is bragged about as if somehow it makes us unique and special. If healthcare wasn't a zero-competition field, this IT department would collapse under the weight of it's own hubris.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the BS and recognize that in order to be better a better employer, SHCSD must recognize that they are doing pretty much everything wrong in IT. This environment is held together with bubblegum, wishes and dreams. I am actually looking forward for this IT department to implode. Mgmt. needs to dump Gartner's advice, bring in consultants with for-profit experience, maybe even actually listen to MS' recommendations and scrap our current AD environment and start. The. Eff. Over. Encourage and expect industry-level certifications and training for staff, and be willing to recognize the staff we don't actually need, which is a good third of the department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Encountered Problems With Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    When it comes to training provisions and instructional certifications, SHARP Healthcare is one of the best places to receive such training. It does not matter whether you hold a CEO position or if you hold position in subordination; everyone works as a team player and puts in the extra effort with the job they do. This also means taking pride in any work one is specifically assigned to do.

    Cons

    Since this was about 10 years back when I first came to work for SH, I encountered no problems with their benefits and incentives, but I did encounter very limited job growth, not unless one is willing to apply for an open position that may require a transfer to the next department over. However, one can encounter a minor bias with the salary structure. One needs to remember that individuals who are at the bottom of the totem pole are likely to work three times as hard with lesser pay, and that is the sad truth about SH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Another relative of mine used to work for SH, and she claimed to have experienced some form of discrimination during her tenure as a nurse. I did what I could not to take her personal claims to extreme, but I have encountered unfair management practices and being written up a few times along with a co-worker, and was forced to sign a letter preventing me from filing a complaint to higher management about the incident(s) occurring at the facility. I was not even offered any kind statement explaining what my employee rights were, and I also remembered feeling manipulated and threatened by my supervisor. What my supervisor did, i personally thought, was unprofessional at the time and I'm surprised that she was even allowed to get away with it. Well, every employee at SH needs to remember the basis for working as a team and believe that every individual deserves to work in a conducive, non-threatening, professional environment. Providing excellence to patient coordination of care is always the first priority, so I don't see how co-workers being scathy and nasty to each other will benefit to that kind of excellence and productivity in a healthcare setting or any kind of work setting for that matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Career opportunity..just being honest.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    If you work per Diem no benefits, no stable hours, employees always stub each other to the back, too many whissle blowers..jealousy and drama if you work with woman..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees, respect and appreciate your per Diem employees. Be sincere. Stop picking on other good looking smart and in great physical shape employee, who below your title. Just get your...to the gym and start work out. Stop bugging us and give us a hard time..let be a good team work, not a bunch of a whistle blowers and boring and focus on how to become a better fun..and a good team work place...uggghh..:(

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very positive and affirming place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Behavioral Health Therapist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Behavioral Health Therapist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive, great staff, concerned about continuing education, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    schedule varied more than I wanted, lack of office space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider space planning and the effects on staff moral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best Healthcare system to work for in San Diego.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Technician in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sharp makes sure to put a great emphasis on patient car, teaching their employees to treat eacho patient as if they were family. Working in the lab, we do not get much patient interaction, however, we are taught to treat each specimen as if it was a patient. Also, managemet is open to take in new people with no experience, but with proper credentials, in order to let them grow as professionals.

    Cons

    I can only speak for the lab department since it is the department that I work for. Communication between leads is not the best, but I can say that there is a great effort to resolve this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only thing I would suggest is to create a better communication system between leads and employees. There are leads who already have weekly huddles with their respective teams, which is great, but, in my opinion, it would be awesome if all leads had this kinds of weekly meetings. Other than that, I would say to keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Good Organization Overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sharp HealthCare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sharp HealthCare is a very good organization overall. The Sharp Experience advertised on radio and television is a true reflection of a culture focused on providing excellent patient care and customer experience. Pay and benefits are generally competitive with the San Diego market. There are opportunities to participate on initiatives and projects that provide professional growth for employees who are interested and willing.

    Cons

    Job security is a concern at Sharp HealthCare's managed services organization, Sharp Community Medical Group, due to recent changes in leadership, restructuring, and elimination of positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budget adequate human resources and timelines for projects and initiatives rather than always expecting exempt staff to"just get it done".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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