Summa Health System

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Summa Health System Reviews in Akron, OH

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
53 Reviews
2.9
53 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable pay, good benefits, felt like a safe environment, patients communicated that they felt they were getting good medical care (in 4 reviews)

  • Casual work environment, pleasant coworkers (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay well below market, no raises or bonuses in 4 yrs (except for management) (in 5 reviews)

  • I don't have any downsides besides I need part time employment at this moment (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A lot of lay-offs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ultrasound in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Ultrasound in Akron, OH

    I have been working at Summa Health System part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible shifts. Multiple locations.

    Cons

    I have worked there 2.5 years and so far there has been 5 rounds of lay-offs. Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are moving in the area. Summa is preparing for more lay-offs in 2014/2015.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs better training. Too many mangers with health care degrees and no actual business education.

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

    Started off great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Akron, OH

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, pleasant coworkers

    Cons

    Company is going under. Specifically SummaCare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees so they can be honest with you.

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

    We need a change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pt Access Representative in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Pt Access Representative in Akron, OH

    I have been working at Summa Health System full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    co workers are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    not very understanding when it comes to family emergencies. Expected to do more and more all the time and get punished when you cant complete your work.. no perks like paid holidays. I feel like the boss just wants a butt in the seat. Too many restrictions. The insurance isn't all that either, too many restrictions on that too. Should've done my homework before applying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees want. Happy employees makes for a better working environment. Take care of your employees. make them not want to leave like having better insurance. When I worked at another hospital, I barely had to pay for anything. honestly if it wasn't so far from me now I would consider going back. I know of 3 people in my department that will be leaving soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Akron, OH

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Truly live their mission, makes it easy to do the right thing!

    Cons

    Challenging financials, not unique in healthcare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Really enjoyed my time here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Aide in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Environmental Aide in Akron, OH

    I have been working at Summa Health System part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got along well with coworkers and boss
    Decent hourly wage for the work I was doing (college student)
    Time and a half pay when you worked holidays
    Paid time off and paid vacation time
    Steady, consistent hours, MUCH better than my previous job!
    Excellent benefits for even the lowest paid employees
    Partial tuition reimbursement depending on your major

    Cons

    Working 2 holidays a year and one weekend a month
    Hard to take classes if you're a working student like I am
    I was hired as part time but more often than not worked full time hours due to high turnover rates in my department and short staffing (janitorial staff)
    Working around sick people
    VERY strict rules about calling off sick, being late, nitpicky staff. Can be quick to reprimand even if circumstances are unavoidable.
    Some nights busier than others depending on how many patients are discharged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up on late/sick policy and don't be so quick to discipline
    Benefits are great, but for hourly workers it can sometime cost half a paycheck each month
    Revise the health exam so employees who do take benefits don't get charged extra for being considered unhealthy due to a very skewed rating system

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

    Employees aren't valued

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Akron, OH

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive co-workers; organized volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    Where to begin? I loved being here the first three years; it was a more positive environment than the hospital system I'd come from. Gradually they wore us down. No raises for three years - based on patient ratings, not finances, which isn't fair to administrative employees. Consistently told by management we were lucky to have jobs. In the lowest pay bracket for my job with ten years experience. Very underhanded way of dealing with employees; top management very secretive, with middle managers practically flaunting their "inside" knowledge as to who was next on the chopping block. Poor compensation for employees, and an overpaid administration. One example: Nursing Administrator makes $600,000 a year. No one at Summa contributes enough to the system to earn that much money. How many jobs could be saved by taking back $500K of that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't call yourself a "health system" when all you do is make people sick.

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

    It was a learning experience, good and not so good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unit Secretary in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Unit Secretary in Akron, OH

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A few good reason s to work for Summa are 1) ability to work in different jobs and learn new things. 2) ability to grow, during education and job transfer. 3) the multiple shifts/ hours that can be worked.

    Cons

    The fact that they have no leniency on the Flu Vaccination Policy. The fact that they cut the lower wage employees hours, to assist with the budget cuts. How easily they will terminate, over the smallest things. Lastly, their issue with offering unemployment benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your staff to keep them compliant with all policies, procedures, changes and updates. Listen to your staff. Never just listen to one staff member, listen to the majority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Started out great ended wrong

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

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great and neighboring departments great to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management has is ideas and heads in the wrong places. HR is not supportive unless they are pushed. No pay increase in 4 years, always promised and never delivered. Reason, unexpected expenditures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together, or you will lose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human resources is terrible and don't inform employees of resources

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours were great for a family

    Cons

    Close minded , little training , and no help from human resources when facing challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees not the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    RN, BSN

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN, BSN Med/Surg in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - RN, BSN Med/Surg in Akron, OH

    I worked at Summa Health System full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Close to home. Got to wear whatever color scrubs you wanted.

    Cons

    Extremely stressful, Patient to RN ratio was 10/1. No teamwork. Co-workers clicky and gossipy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more qualified nurses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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