Swedish Medical Center

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Swedish Medical Center Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
74 Reviews
3.1
74 Reviews
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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.  

    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

  2.  

    Swedish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Drama, instability, and ANGRY doctors leaving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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    Poor and outdated training materials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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Security Officer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs Help in the HR Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Many strengths, many negatives

    • 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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  10. 3 people 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
  11. 2 people 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 a 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

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