Spectrum Health

www.spectrum-health.org

Spectrum Health Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
94 Reviews
3.3
94 Reviews
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Spectrum Health President and CEO Rick Breon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits including 403B match and good PTO accrual (in 6 reviews)

  • Work life balance is great with flexible schedule (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • However, it's hard to have all teams and departments be perfect at such a large organization (in 4 reviews)

  • Conflicting messages from upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great IT Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Spectrum Health as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, pretty good technology for a healthcare company, great location in Grand Rapids, good opportunities to advance in IT, good purpose (healthcare)

    Cons

    Typical big company politics, some mis-communication between business side and technical side of the company, each team uses different technology (especially the separation between Priority Health side to Spectrum Health side) causing messy integration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rely less on contractors and more on the FTE's, make concrete decisions on technology being used, continue to merge Priority Health technology with Spectrum Health Technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic, High Turnover, Incompetent Leadership, Favoritism is Very Noticeable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Consultant in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Consultant in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Providing healthcare services and having a job are the only pros that I can think of, unfortunately and candidly.

    Cons

    Many individuals are overlooked or flat out ignored when opportunities for development present themselves. Instead many leaders' favorites are chosen for positions that they have not earned and in many cases are not qualified. Take a look at its diversity stats in professional and leadership roles . . . very telling. Turnover is concerning. Unfortunately it is as if most of leadership walks around, knowing they and the Emperor have no clothes on, yet just looks above the shoulder and collect their pay and bonuses while HOPING no one says anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior execs need to Get it together and start serving as effective leaders. Strategic objectives, the collection of objective data to analyze and make sustainable changes, etc.

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

    Good Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries & benefits, decent work-life balance as a whole.

    Cons

    With the change in Healthcare, the big picture outlook and security is a little fuzzy. A LOT of upper management turnover recently has employees nervous. Additionally it is extremely bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you speak up about anything, you are "negative"

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

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co workers get you through the day, and when it comes down to it we are there for the patients.

    Cons

    it becomes more and more clear everyday from the manager level up, they only see our patents as dollar signs, all employees are expendable garbage who can easily be replaced and this is exactly why Spectrum will not meet the 2020 vision. Wake up Spectrum and smell the coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees instead of paying all this money to hire "experts" to come in and tell us how to do our jobs (people who have no idea what we do, and have absolutely no experience in the departments they are "fixing")

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Exceptional experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Intern in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - IS Intern in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Spectrum Health as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent intern programs, very inclusive and welcoming organization, great pay for an hourly intern, many events and bonus activities, get to meet lots of new people.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, messy IS senior leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid work environment with great benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Applications Systems Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Great benefits. Many opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Huge organization, 3,000+ employees. Of course, office politics are an occasional pain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dangerous, Micromanaged

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

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers and benefits
    Not much else

    Cons

    Consistently understaffed. Nursing staff mandated weekly for the past year.. Plenty of micromanagement "auditing" and pointing out nitpicky issues, while having time to chit chat. Floor staff in tears due to consistent understaffing and management refusing to address floor staff's concerns and needs. This, unfortunately trickles down onto the residents. Complaints from family are heard daily. Patients and residents frequently say, "You need more HELP. My loved one has been waiting for 30 minutes to use the bathroom." This pains us; we WANT to give the BEST care, but we are not provided resources. Additionally, the UPPERS continue to round on the floors, writing on huge, postable sheets of paper, all of the things they see wrong. This process continues; yet, it has done nothing for improving the situation. It HAS lowered staff morale. It HAS reinforced mistrust of ancillary staff. It has NOT changed: There are no additional benefits to the staff nor the residents. Staff frequently break down and cry due to lack of support and feeling, as one coworker stated, "like a modern day slave". The State of Michigan is in regularly due to complaints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of opportunity, lots of structure.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nutritional Supply Chain in Reed City, MI
    Current Employee - Nutritional Supply Chain in Reed City, MI

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow and set forth a path to grow is a huge advantage. The system is structured so that it functions in smooth and predictable manner. Definitely a leader in the industry.

    Cons

    The system is slow to recognize the need for change or to make meaningful change when needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement change and employee advancement plans as per annual review within a realistic and set timeframe.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfied

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

    I have been working at Spectrum Health full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, family oriented, people oriented

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of turnover

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work; competitive salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spectrum Health

    Pros

    Great place to work; competitive salary

    Cons

    Large company; things can take a while to get done.

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