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Universal Hospital Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
51 Reviews
2.3
51 Reviews
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Gary D. Blackford
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Ole Boys Club!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Operations Supervisor  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - District Operations Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Universal Hospital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Seemed to have concern for employees well-being. Many long term employees.

    Cons

    Blind eye to what was really important to make business and employees grow. Poor training...tribal knowledge. Individuals who were there for years could get away with doing nothing. BioMed side was good at doing this...did not share in operations efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management really had no clue what was going on. Anyone that suggested there was an issue there issue was dismissed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    good for 8 years

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    Former Employee - BMET  in  Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - BMET in Arlington, TX

    I worked at Universal Hospital full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    most of the people were good to work with

    Cons

    company letting the employee they retained from cardinal run the company down like they did cardinall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the cardinal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, going through a tough time right now.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Universal Hospital full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work / life balance, broad, expanding product / solution portfolio, strong market share, good reputation in the industry

    Cons

    Culture on the Operations side is becoming very toxic, and losing focus on the customer. Core rental business is eroding at a rapid pace, and value-added solutions are stuggling to fill the hole. Owners looking to cash out, forcing management to make short-term decisions at the expense of customers and front line employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the customer, and less on (unrealistic) margins. Return to the 'yes we can!' culture that made the company successful in the past, instead of turning down every order that on paper does not appear to be profitable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Non supportive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to help the company succeed.

    Cons

    Some veterans of the company sabotage the newbie succee level. Also some veterans in high position has no degree and work to keep the newbie with degrees out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of appointing leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Operations lack of accountability destroys sales

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Universal Hospital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Stable company with good portfolio of products

    Cons

    -Leadership is not held accountable on operations side making it very difficult for the sales side to get things accomplished
    -Too many managers that have no clue about business or industry
    -Not much promotion from within or leader training
    -Below average comp plan very unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise commissions and/or base salaries; Audit your managers to test their knowledge and skills; Training is horrid and not effective at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Universal Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Established business
    -A lot of overtime available

    Cons

    -Overworked and underpaid employees
    -Opportunities for promotion are available based on who you know
    -No training
    -No accountability
    -Poor management
    -Resistant to change
    -Too many managers and supervisors who don't know what they are supposed to do or have good employee management skills.
    -No collaboration between departments
    -No diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review and evaluate supervisors and managers and weed them out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but no opportunity for advancement.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Universal Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits. Company car, gas card, insurance, laptop, iPad, iphone, company credit card.

    Cons

    Raises dont exist. They blow up your bugdet so high you can't ever make bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so top heavy. Pay your employees and give fair raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always wondering when someone is going to get it

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    Current Employee - District Operations Supervisor
    Current Employee - District Operations Supervisor

    I have been working at Universal Hospital full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Medical Benefits if they don't continue to raise the cost but not much more

    Cons

    Senior management wants to turn a blind eye to the extreme differences in salaries. Bonus structure is terrible. They have a governor on the plan just to make sure they can keep all they can for themselves. Then again all of us all the time. Not a true statement its only some of use and then that is only some of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and see what is happening in your own company- your employees see it. If you cant change this then you should drop the all of use all the time, REALLY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Focus is strictly on Director level, and sales employees

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    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Edina, MN
    Current Employee - Specialist in Edina, MN

    I have been working at Universal Hospital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some extremely intelligent people in certain areas of the corporate functions. Very good Executive managers in KEY areas (not in others). Depends where you are

    Cons

    Those people are leaving after watching Director level people that are not competent to do their jobs sitting there without anyone addressing the issues. Many decisions made based upon who you know, not on the business itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit focusing on your strategy level employees and remember the ones who have to implement those strategies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment with poor upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Universal Hospital full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Since the company has a diverse product offering most jobs at UHS seems to be pretty dynamic. They offer a good learning experience with potential of advancement if you make the right friends. I realized after I left how much I had learned from all the great people I worked with.

    Cons

    Upper management is very out of touch, rude and has little or no regard to 99% of the staff. Most managers are only concerned with their success rather than helping their direct reports.
    One VP seems to run the most hostile department in the company. He has been hit with a few lawsuits for creating a threatening or hostile work environment. All the directors under him use the same behavioral methods. Treating people just as unfair or poorly as their superior treats them.

    Another VP has a very backwards way of dealing with everything. For a few poor performing employees it seemed like she was trying to "drive them out" rather than coaching or simply firing them. She has told employees how dumb or unfeasible their ideas where then implemented them as her own six months later.

    Most departments are overworked. Some working 10 – 12 hour days with no empathy or flexibility from their manager.

    Upper management has an obvious favorite list. There is very little teamwork among teams, no cohesion between departments, and no help from upper management. Most meetings were about calling out mistakes rather than coming up with actionable ways to avoid them in the future. It's a fend-for-yourself type of environment. If you are not on the "hot" list you are on a fast track of going nowhere. The company is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to fully understand why people keep leaving. I don’t mean have a third party person give a 5 minute exit interview. I mean fully explore the reasons then take all those reasons seriously and act on the source of the problem. Even if it means making those hard and unexpected decisions.

    Take time to really invest in your new and up and coming managers. There are smart people that get well deserved promotions but fail because they have no good mentors to teach them how to effectively manage.

    Take more stock in the good people. They are leaving everyday with the knowledge you will never get back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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