The Palo Alto Medical Foundation

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Updated June 22, 2015
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The Palo Alto Medical Foundation CEO Richard Slavin
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Pros
  • It's a great place to work within the healthcare field (in 5 reviews)

  • Good Pay and Benefit, workload is reasonable (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. Medical Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The company is rule driven and has a professionally administered environment. Of course your experience will be tempered by the team or department you work in. But in general people I have gotten to know over the years are happy with those they work with.

    Cons

    There is a flip side to the rule driven environment. Sometimes the bureaucracy feels so think you could cut it with a knife when it comes to the implementation of organization wide policies and procedures that are not tailored to each individual department's workflows.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so heavy handed in the implementation of system wide policies as one size rarely fits all.


  2. START OF MY CAREER

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation

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

    Pros

    The doctors are always at their best in fulfilling patient needs, education was acknowledged, training was provided if needed

    Cons

    When I started with the company, it was still under Camino Medical Group. A few years later merged with Sutter Health which was great however it would have been nice to keep some of the work flow the same and not so much a huge change in a short amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    As a previous employee, I found that it was great how MA, LVN, or RN were able to work within better reach, it was able to have better communication. :)


  3. Certified Medical Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Medical Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Certified Medical Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The corporate part of the organization is continually changing and created a lot of stress for the "little people."


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Great benefits and committed leadership team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. average

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


  8. Great learning experience, management lacks

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. PAMF is a good company to work for.

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    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.


  10. Worst experience of my life

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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