UCI Medical Affiliates Reviews
Pros – Most of past "pros" had to do with benefits company afforded employees. However, benefits (like sugar) don't provide long-term value or satisfaction. Easily provided . . . easily removed.
Cons – UCI Medical Affiliates (home of state-wide Doctors Care network) grew out of a "mom-and-pop" organizational structure. Some of that outdated mindset remains. Much of the company's policies and procedures are not standardized (i.e. mom-and-pop). The company's operation is highly decentralized. Regional management sets much of its own policy and standards. Some of those regional managers and administrators are neither trained nor fully competent in their critical positions (many are; many are not). Consequently, you can't assign an across-the-board "pro" or "con" to the company. You'd have to judge each region as a separate entity.
Advice to Senior Management – Standardize your operations (hiring, firing, training, policies, procedures) company-wide. That applies equally to your handling of physician and mid-level employees. In many instances, you've been too quick to hire and too slow to fire. Driven to staff your regional administrators from within the company, you've allowed a couple of those incompetent promotions to remain as fixtures. The result: some centers are manged (not by the most highly qualified, but) by employees who have successfully endeared themselves to certain administrators.
Mike Stout, specifically, needs to spend most of his professional life traveling among his many centers -- not in his office. He needs to have regular confidential meetings with rank-and-file staff (not so much managers or even his administrators); he needs to spend more than 30 minutes visiting any one office (i.e. drive-bys); he needs to make clear to physicians that they either commit to their scheduled hours -- or they're gone; and (finally) he needs to spend much of his time marketing Doctors Care to the many state-wide (and out-of-state) resident training programs. As CEO, he should (non-stop) recruit wave after wave of new providers into his company. Instead, he spends far too much time wading thru his e/m and auditing paperwork from his providers. That's what he has staff there for.
Pros – Slightly more than minimum wage, managers are pretty cool if you do your work and don't say anything. Free food is always a plus.
Cons – Hours aren't an issue since you set your own but closing always sucks. The job is tedious, boring, exhausting and you sometimes work in very warm environments.
Advice to Senior Management – They need to be more clear about what they want their employees to focus on. If they emphasize getting familiar with a certain aspect of the job, they need to make sure they leave you in that position instead of always moving you around.
Pros – wonderful community with coworkers that have the same goal in mind...to promote growth in their residents and develop them into diverse and caring members of UCI!
Cons – sometimes it may have been difficult to operate with the limited members of upper management and their illogical forms of governing
Advice to Senior Management – hopefully once the issue of the hiring freeze is over, it will be easier to actually hire some good help
Pros – Benefits, Health care. Southern California with the Ocean up front.
Possibility to mingle with Nobel Laureates and aspiring brilliant scientists.
Space. So many new buildings, but so little people.
Cons – Administrative Chaos. Hiring of bright minds but not so bright administrators. Since and otherwise.
Bureaucracy is mind boggling. Can be very isolated place with little collaborative ventures.
Advice to Senior Management – Get your health science administration together and make a plan that goes beyond fancy buildings and empty promises to people you recruit. Support them and do not forget. They pay some of your bills.
“Very easy student job. While the pay is very marginal, you are not doing much at all so it is justified.”
Pros – Barely had to do anything, it was a very low key job and it gave you the opportunity to meet other students.
Cons – Not much at all. During finals week the Study center is open for 24 hrs, and you are expected to take some late night / early morning shifts which can be annoying. However you can just bring a text book and study for your own finals there.
Advice to Senior Management – Nothing
Pros – UCI cares about their corporate employees, and shows it through some of their benefit programs. They offer free healthcare to employees and their family. The 401-K is matched at a 150% rate up to 4%. There are also other perks like the company gym.
Cons – There are some issues in management of the company. There has been a tremendous amount of growth, but policies/procedures have not adapted to the size of the company. Many of the supervisors and managers do not have a background in managing people, and unfortunately, it shows.
Advice to Senior Management – Focus on getting management up to par.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Good Physicians, flexible schedules, 401K with company match dollar for dollar.
Cons – Low pay, many responsibilities for the pay including housekeeping and taking out trash, high deductible health insurance, almost no training, hard work with no appreciation from management.
High turnover rate do to the above.
Advice to Senior Management – Start listening to your staff and helping them out. Everyone is suppose to be a team player, but employees follow what they see. Reward the good and get rid of the bad.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend