Swedish Medical Center Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Anthony Armada
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Pros
  • Professional Environment, Customer Service Oriented, Excellent Salary, Great Benefits, (in 6 reviews)

  • great coworkers, caring management, good pay (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is also a huge lack of communication between managers and departments, which is why a lot of things get missed or dropped (in 3 reviews)

  • The focus has turned to the bottom line rather than effective and safe patient care (in 4 reviews)

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  1. SMG

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center

    Pros

    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Pay increases and no room for growth

  2. Great coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good team environment, doctors and nurses respect each other, many different oppourtinities to further your education

    Cons

    Staffing, difficulty getting approval for vacation, upper management budget, upper management cutting staff and equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work a day at the bedside to see how busy a work day is

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great coworkers, but definite lack of support from managers.

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    Former Employee - Medical Assistant
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are OK, training was very good and worked with great coworkers. Employees all have a very good mindset of it all being about patient care.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high, understaffed, lack of support and communication from managers. Never was able to fit in any breaks and was barely able to squeeze in the lunch break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't force providers to fit so many patients in a day and let patient care be number 1. Hire some more employees for support to try to lower turnover rate. Make employees feel more valuable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Loved working at Swedish. They kinda screwed me on retirement by changing retirement plans though.

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    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center

    Pros

    Good atmosphere. Good employees. Love the work we do.

    Cons

    Hospital hours are always iffy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center

    Pros

    Team.
    .benefits..
    mission.
    .quality of care
    Large system with career opportunities

    Cons

    Merge with prov
    Closing of home care

  7. Swedish

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    Former Employee - Nurse Auditor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Nurse Auditor in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center

    Pros

    i enjoyed this very good job

    Cons

    i do not like the parking rates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use a coder to manage coders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Drama, instability, and ANGRY doctors leaving

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    Former Employee - Patient Care Coordinator
    Former Employee - Patient Care Coordinator

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is slightly above others
    EPIC systems are top notch
    Benefits are just OK

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Unprofessional staff
    Poor and outdated training materials
    Angry doctors who storm out in the middle of the day and never come back
    Frustrated patients dissatisfied with company processes
    Talented people leaving in packs as fast as they can
    6-7 day work weeks - 40 hours spread across 7 days in many positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone I met at orientation had little to no medical management background experience...enough said.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Many strengths, many negatives

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Swedish attracts a lot of smart people. I met a lot of people who really challenged me to be the best clinician I could be. I also met friends for life. The relationships are rewarding at the personal and professional level. It was also a good training ground.

    Cons

    Swedish has a culture in which lots of people are rude and they are able to get away with it. I have friends in different areas of the hospital, and all of them state the same thing. Managers are not supportive of helping their staff. It feels futile to go to them with your concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's clear that Swedish hires managers who are selfish and are not interested in helping staff lead fulfilling professional and personal lives. Year after year Swedish demands more and more and gives less and less. But if I could give advice to management, I would suggest hiring from within (which they clearly do not) because it is a huge morale boost to people who have been loyal for a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Needs Help in the HR Department

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    Former Employee - Patient Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Patient Service Representative in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Swedish does have a Great Orientation Program. Very organized and thorough.

    Cons

    The human resources department (especially through Providence) does not follow through or help its employees lower level employees. Especially when it comes to dealing with problems caused by management. There is a severe lack of support for employees when it comes to these issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reflect and change how Human Sources works and deals with internal issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Security Officer

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    Former Employee - Security Officer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, get to walk around

    Cons

    Monotonous, hazardous, no real room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your people a little better and offer more opportunities to grow inside the department or company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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