Swedish Medical Center

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Swedish Medical Center Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
69 Reviews
3.1
69 Reviews
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Anthony Armada
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doing well post affiliation

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

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive and benefits are exceptionally good. The new CEO is great and has demonstrated great leadership. The company is very good about controlling costs without imposing draconian cutbacks on employees.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of movement among administrative management as resources have merged post affiliation. There is not yet a clear HR strategy that embraces the different companies under Swedish Health Services. The EHR (EPIC) is very well managed and maintained centrally but there is a huge unaddressed need for optimization in individual departments that is beyond the ability of the help desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to see a much better implemented HR Strategy that embraces an integrated vision of patient first with employee care and development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Clinical Pharmacist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Clinical Pharmacist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good salaries.

    Cons

    Aweful schedule and management who control and micromanage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and allow advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NONE in New York, NY
    Current Employee - NONE in New York, NY

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Very small, close knit atmosphere. Very easy commute, good location. Low pay grade compared to other hospitals

    Cons

    The upper level leadership is not very visible to employees. There is no public transportation whatsoever to the hospital.
    Pay is low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You don't need an MA certification here?!

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

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is great. The people i work with are friendly and majority of the providers are humble and easy to talk with, when they do talk to you. Benefits are better than surrounding medical facilities.

    Cons

    Want to do everything that a certified medical assistant is supposed to but without a lic. ? Apply to be a PCC. Patient care coordinator. Whether it be taking blood pressure and vitals on a patient, telling patients about their lab work, pending medication refills to the provider and associating lab orders with diagnoses . No experience required you can do it all! No state lic. Sometimes I wonder what I am even needed for. The MA roll doesn't get a lot of respect, or aknowledge-ment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every person should like an equal part of the care team. The Pcc is really the medical assistant and are treated as such. The providers rarely talk to the ma's but rather go through the pcc's to talk to us. Have some unbiased people infiltrate the depts and review work flow with employees and medical staff that run the day to day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding non-profit organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Upper management does a great job stressing the importance of patient care. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Stressful/intense environment and low yearly raises to compensate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't show favoritism to certain employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unstable

    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great funding for some cool programs.

    Cons

    Too many layers of administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't underestimate the intelligence of front line workers.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Instability and a lack of vision

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

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Salaries, benefits, excellent care, and the people you work with.

    Cons

    5 CEOs over the last 7 years has led to lots of instability. The recent merger with Providence has been immensely distracting, and Providence pretty much calls the shots. Employee morale is extremely low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less interested in your own personal ambitions and show some leadership in the healthcare community. Take a look at employee morale and have an honest discussion about why it is so low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Dont work there

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

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center

    Pros

    nothing to say positive about the place

    Cons

    pay, working conditions, politics bad management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time

    Pros

    Evidence-based practice, strong Shared Leadership Counsel, Educated Nurses,

    Cons

    Union that can be quite challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid organization leading healthcare, good opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of variety in opportunities - many campuses, environments, departments. This is a great place to grow a career or have a job while you're raising a family or doing something else. Good benefits, good management, people trying to do their best in a complex industry.

    Cons

    Downtown commute can be a bear but that's a choice one makes to work for a great organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard to make it a great place to work, not just a great place to receive care.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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