The Palo Alto Medical Foundation

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Updated May 22, 2015
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Pros
  • It's a great place to work within the healthcare field (in 5 reviews)

  • tuition reimbursement, great doctors, great co workers (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • We can't work as a team when there is a lack of communication (in 2 reviews)

  • good work-life balance, personal growth is not much (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Physician in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Physician in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    supportive, competitive pay, great benefits

    Cons

    hard to advance internally, jobs not readily visible

  2. Great benefits and committed leadership team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Above average compensation, great benefits and significant resources in infrastructure. Leadership is committed to creating a system and culture of engaging and enabling front line staff and physicians and investing in developing leaders.

    Cons

    Still compensation is a bit lower than other competitors. Still has many different cultures and not 1 unified one.

  3. average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation

    Pros

    you will be able to work full time although you were hired as part time.

    Cons

    uncontrollable working hours and unhappy employees

    Advice to Management

    Control employees who call out every monday.

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  5. Great learning experience, management lacks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Patients are usually fabulous to work with and employee health insurance is outstanding.

    Cons

    Learned a lot while working at PAMF, especially how ineffective management is. Employees are supposed to receive semi and annual reviews. I did not receive either. Was given extra projects, overtime, additional duties outside of my role etc., however was told out of the blue my customer service skills were lacking, which the job is entirely based off. There was no plan in place or mentorship to improve these so called "lacking" skills so I left.

    Advice to Management

    See cons above.

  6. Worst experience of my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Endoscopy Tech in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Endoscopy Tech in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Their cafeteria food is amazing, albeit a bit on the pricey side for some people. Good benefits and the pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    We+You? What a joke. It's WE and only WE. They don't care about their employees. They only care about themselves. I was employed by mistake and instead of manning up to their mistake they instead tried to find any fault or mistake of mine. They promised to train me but never tried nor gave me a chance. The doctors wanted someone different and instead of saying "you're actually not qualified, we have to let you go," they instead constantly harassed me about policies while turning a blind eye to the same faults done by other staff. They made up customer complaints to put me on probation and then sent me home after numerous "complaints from staff." I can't believe how scummy they are. I was a patient all my life but this has switched me to Kaiser. Lesson to learn: TRUST NO ONE. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR OWN BACK AND DO YOUR JOB. NO ONE IS YOUR FRIEND AND THEY WILL STAB YOU IN THE BACK AND THROW YOU UNDER THE BUS AT ANY MOMENT.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Stop playing favorites with other managers and giving them the benefit of any argument. Man up to your mistakes.

  7. PAMF is a good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Supervisor in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Felt close to all the employees. Positive experience.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for promotion. Undermining by management.

    Advice to Management

    If you have no plans to progress then give way to those who do.

  8. Great company to work for because they care about the community as well as their employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Management in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Going through a lot of changes due to company re-org

  9. Good experience, supportive staff and good doctors

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Physician
    Former Employee - Physician

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They were very fair with a flexible schedule, nice environment, good benefits and pay. Excellent work-life balance. Very good colleagues and long time friendships from working at PAMF.

    Cons

    Big organization and difficult to initiate change. Some level of bureaucracy and politics and a long time before being vested.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your great employees.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Not a place for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Once a great place under Camino Medical Group until the merger with Palo Alto and Santa Cruz.
    Good benefits package, great medical reputation, fair compensation, normal working hours, annual bonuses.

    Cons

    Management does not promote within, compensation is below industry standards, no COLA adjustment for employees that been working 5+ years. Constant micromanagement and overload of work, overworked by the on-going LEAN process. Difficulty getting vacation time off, no promotions offered by long termed employees. Favored employees get promoted regardless of their lack of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within, give your employees the opportunities they deserve.

  11. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LVN in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - LVN in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to grow and to go back to school if desired

    Cons

    Working per diem will have you face a lot of challenges especially with management. You may not get good reviews


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