Stanford Health Care Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Marketing Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Professional in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Professional in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits New computer (either Apple or PC), iPhone & iPad Lots of free breakfasts or lunches

    Cons

    • No transparency within marketing or with any other departments • Employee has to pay upfront to go to a summit and get reimbursed at a later date • Individual contributors don’t get paid bonuses • No opportunities for professional growth or rare promotions for individual contributors • Upper management don’t show respect, trust or appreciation to their reports • They don’t have proper expectations for every program, project and campaign

    Advice to Management

    • Create marketing strategies with market needs in mind not attempt to please egos in c-levels management • Train managers to become great leaders and communicators and promote within • Listen, trust & respect individual contributors • Be more transparent • Lead by permission, not authority • Educate your management on emotional intelligence • Separate IT restrictions with marketing activities


  2. Helpful (6)

    Nepotism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but it is nearly impossible to advance to better job opportunities.

    Cons

    The employees with multiple high ranking outstanding educational degrees have a different experience from the regular workers, who have difficulty in getting promotions. Unless you are in the late X-Generation, and are very close friends with someone who is in a position to hire, you will never get promoted or move to a better opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone has value and add benefit. Stop being so myopic in your cookie-cutter candidate selections and appreciate the dedication and loyalty you have in your current employees who can contribute and will be steadfast in giving high accelerated performance toward your goals.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Not nurse friendly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice area, great to have Stanford on you resume (even though it's just a name), ethnic diversity, adequate support staff

    Cons

    If you like: A toxic and hostile cut-throat work environment Vicious, backstabbing coworkers Being micromanaged Managers with personality disorders or lack thereof, using intimidation and fear to manage, talking to staff like they're children Commuting in heavy traffic between 4-5 pm. Traffic most of the time starts getting bad around 3 pm and it doesn't matter which route you take High cost of living Paying for parking, paid $29/month. Some pay up to $900/year to park in closer structures Working in a 1950's retro dump Then this place is for you.

    Advice to Management

    Work on fixing the cons


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  5. EMERGENCY NURSE REVIEW

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ER RN in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - ER RN in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management genuinely tries to make hospital wide changes affecting our department like holding patients, sepsis/mi/stroke protocols. Management is understanding and supportive. Not too many cliques, lots of travel nurse to take crummy assignments! Opportunity for edu Awesome Union!

    Cons

    A lot of travel nurses that need orienting and don't know the flow of the ER. It's a teaching hospital full of arrogant residents. It's a pro doc hospital not pro nurses. Customer service is a huge priority. Changing policies every week.

    Advice to Management

    honestly...keep up the good work


  6. Helpful (3)

    Blood Collections Dept only: dysfunctional organization despite glossy facade

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Blood Bank Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Blood Bank Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great employees to work with - Stanford University benefits - Free refreshments (cookies, pretzels, juices, coffee) - Every other month employee appreciation little event (usually cookies or cupcakes delivered to 3 fixed sites, which unfortunately doesn't undo all the "damage" done with poor scheduling and micromanagement) - Guaranteed breaks throughout the work day (broken down to 15min, 30min, 15min for >6hrs days)

    Cons

    - I was hired full-time, every single week have to figure out how to get those 40 hours due to short-hour mobiles. I have to trade my shifts with other employees to make up for poor schedule. - Pay for Registered Nurses 50-60% less than in a hospital (even as a new grad). And this is while living in the most expensive area in the country. - Because of poor pay need the 2nd job but unable to hold one because the schedule is EXTREMELY unpredictable and changes all the time (example of week 1: Monday 7:30a-2:45p, Tuesday 12p-8:30p, Wednesday 5:45a-3p, Thursday/Friday - off, Saturday 10a-5p, Sunday 8:15a-2:30p; the next week days off are on Monday and Sunday, the week after off on Tuesday and Sunday and so on). - Schedule is given 4 weeks in advance but subject to change and changes often to cover sick calls and busy operations. - Hard to schedule doctor's appointments, kids' activities because of schedule. One time I rescheduled my doctor's appointment 5 times to accommodate my ever-changing schedule. - Most employees work >75% of weekend days. - Very high turnover rate. Out of 50-55 collections department employees (phlebotomists and RNs who draw blood from donors) >15 left in the last 14 months. - Management doesn't focus on retention of employees but on how to hire more. They hire 3 times a year 4 or more people each time. - Training department had to expand (hired 2 full-time trainers in the last 12 months to a total of 5 trainers) to keep up with training of new employees because they cannot train fast enough due to employees leaving too soon - Vacation request has to be done by December 15 of previous year for summer months of next year. If not requested so early ahead, there is no guarantee that even one vacation day off will be granted in the summer. Even for other months it's tedious to request vacation and is still not guaranteed. Management says that "we're open to work with you" but the outcome often doesn't reflect the statement. - Many accrued sick hours available but it's frowned upon when one calls in sick. If it's done on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, then management can reprimand for sick calls creating "a pattern", which can be reflected in performance review. - Being on-call on weekends pays ZERO to be ready at 6-7am on a day off. If they call, then the pay is the same as on weekdays unless one already worked 40hrs this week. In this case pay is 50% for being overtime, no other additional pay for being on-call. If they don't call, then one gets paid nothing, hence not many employees want to be on-call and weekend work days become that much more hectic to work due to understaffing. - No differential for late and weekend shifts. - Chronic understaffing. Example: a 3-staff small bus was sent to a company that scheduled 27 donor appointments in 4 hours. When asked SBC mobile coordinator why not a bigger bus was sent to such a busy mobile, one received an answer "Because there's not enough staff to work". - Big emphasis on great customer service delivered to employees while employees have to explain donors why wait is so long because they are understaffed - 2 full-time and 1 part-time schedulers have a hard time figuring out the schedule of 50-55 employees, which results in many errors such as one scheduled to clock in at one time while the rest of the team 45min earlier.

    Advice to Management

    - Fix scheduling. This is the culprit of high turnover rate. - Reconsider pay raises to account for living in the SF Bay Area. Last time I asked why we are paid what we are paid I received an answer that the pay is comparable to blood centers in the country. The SF Bay Area is much MORE expensive than the rest of the country. - Look at cons listed above


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good To Have Stanford In Your Resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Nursing Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Certified Nursing Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stanford Health Care full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stanford Health Care is a great place to work for to gain experience and acquire learning in the healthcare industry.

    Cons

    Average compensation. Average benefits. Arrogance is a way of life (Majority of the patients and employees) I worked for a unit that has a manager who prejudiced towards Asians and treated them unfairly. One has to pay for parking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  8. Unit Secretary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Secretary in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Unit Secretary in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Emergency Department is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Parking fees are more than I like.

    Advice to Management

    The managers in the ED are very approachable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company because of the name but pay is too low

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learning new techniques and meeting different people. Always a chance to take a class and update your skills within the company

    Cons

    Favoritism and racism. You have to kiss a alother of butt if you will ever move up in the company.


  10. Administrative Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to move up and advance in career.

    Cons

    Better to come in as a new employee vs getting promoted


  11. They take good care of you

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford Health Care part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very accommodating to schedule, benefits are even better, and everyone is very helpful. The environment is perfect for anyone who can work here whether its in the kitchen, on the floor, or in the office

    Cons

    i do not have much to say about negativity. If anything parking is horrible. If you work during the day you have to pay for parking.

    Advice to Management

    None really. just continue to praise and correct workers so that they may know how to improve their performance.



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