Vista Health System Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Worked there for many years and they prepared me for the future. Excellent experience.

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    Former Employee - Generalist in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Generalist in Waukegan, IL

    I worked at Vista Health System

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding, opened minded, excellent technology, community focused, training, etc

    Cons

    Work-life balance could be a focus.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing because it appears you understand the future of healthcare.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Toxic environment, dangerous hospital, money-hungry CEO doesn't care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Vista Health System full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at Vista? That's a joke. I was given the opportunity on more than one occasion to practice things way outside of my approved scope. The hospital is great to learn, because they're so constantly understaffed, corners will be cut to save time. Some of my coworkers were fantastic, but it's a very back-stabbing, gossipy environment. If you aren't "in" with the right people of power, then it's not an enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Seeing the ER staffed with THREE nurses and ONE doctor on a busy overnight shift is too common, and such a liability. Patient's suffer, having to wait hours to be seen by anyone. The equipment is antiquated and outdated, most of which is broken. Morale is so low, it's just sad. That hospital works the "good" staff to the bone, and ends up chasing away the good people. Turnover is high. There have been patient-on-patient and patient-on-staff batteries in the ER that should NEVER have happened, yet it continues. The security is a joke, they hire all these young, inexperienced people who really have no place working security. All concerns and complaints are overlooked. Barb Martin, the CEO, could care less about her employees. Her only concern is her paycheck. The staff is so grossly overworked and underpaid it's ridiculous. Promising bonuses for covering extra shifts and then never paying them out is commonplace. DO NOT work here. Ever. And do not take your family here to be treated, it's not safe.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management would be to LISTEN. Actually get up off your ass and go to the units to see what the hell is really going on. That hospital is a mess, and nothing changes. Everyone is so reactive. I wish it was more of a proactive environment. It took the death of a baby to get Lurie Children's hospitalists in house 24/7. It took a psych patient battering an elderly patient to get security posted in the ER 24/7 (which still rarely happens.) It's a despicable place to work for; upper management is amazing at turning a blind eye.

  3. Called Insurance company's and fixed CPT codes

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    Current Employee - Ar Clerk in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Ar Clerk in Fayetteville, AR

    I have been working at Vista Health System full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    people that worked there were nice

    Cons

    company had no training program

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  5. Helpful (1)

    High Anxiety with Low Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vista Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You can quit and go to a decent hospital.

    Cons

    If you want to work in a understaffed and dangerous hospital, then come to Vista. They certainly put the patients last due to chronic understaffing and hiring managers who are not competent in people skills or in their respective fields. There was a constant lack of supplies and staffing at dangerous levels,yet you were warned not to complain and always up-sell the hospital. You could never tell the pts. you were busy even if while you are in the room your phone and pager are CONSTANTLY going off! When you had any issues with management and would go to H.R. after your boss refused to listen, the H.R staff was always on the side of management and you were branded a person wit a Negative attitude. Raises were non-existent unless you were your bosses pet . Tattling was encouraged and rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Move to a different field where you do not have to have people skills.

  6. Great coworkers, loved my job.

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    Former Employee - Patient Access Coordinator in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Patient Access Coordinator in Waukegan, IL

    I worked at Vista Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Location, was close to home.

    Cons

    Pay not so great after being there 21 years.

    Advice to Management

    Realize who your valuable employees are.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Admin Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Waukegan, IL

    I worked at Vista Health System full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good coworkers for the most part

    Cons

    terrible upper management money hungry

    Advice to Management

    make changes at the top

  8. Helpful (1)

    run!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Vista Health System full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    you can learn a lot

    Cons

    patient to nurse ratio is unsafe

    Advice to Management

    stop having useless meetings.

  9. Helpful (1)

    very toxic enviroment lead by ceo

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL

    I worked at Vista Health System

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There were not many beneficial things from working at Vista. If you are with the in crowd things seems to go very well. Once you are shun from the crowd you Vista experience will be bad. There is opportunity for growth because of the constant turn over in leadership.

    Cons

    You need to watch your back. There is a culture of stab your coworkers in the back and report back to the CEO for your treat. The environment is filled with miss trust from the many of the key stakeholders.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Unstable, unhealthy work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vista Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are good. Employees get virtually free health at Vista facilities since most out of pocket balances are waived.

    Cons

    Extremely unstable work environment. Constant turnover in management at all levels. Turnover throughout the hospital is alarmingly high. This hospital simply cannot keep good employees. Even still, employee morale and retention was never made a priority. The hospital is run by management who are just there temporarily until they can find something better elsewhere, and as a result there is very little engagement in the leadership in the hospital.

    The morale in the hospital and all locations is extremely poor. The employees are generally miserable. There is constant fighting and bickering at every level, which has created a toxic work environment throughout. Leadership and management are expected to work around the clock, there is no work/ life balance. You are literally expected to work all day, every day. It is very difficult to take vacation time or flex your schedule at all. The hospital is always understaffed everywhere, and working double shifts & overtime is often mandatory for the hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and make treating them well a priority! Don't allow incompetent, ineffective leadership to run the hospital. Management needs to learn to work together and actually get the work done. Get everyone on the same page and get organized.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed the work but not the gossiping, backstabbing and brown nosing. Managers should remain neutral and professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vista Health System

    Pros

    I enjoyed the work and learning new things. The wages were also good for the area.

    Cons

    The manager was too busy running outside on smoke breaks with the gossiping, ladder climbing people which also involved her being actively involved in their personal lives and activities outside of work to the extent of playing into their hands. At work they also did a lot of little things on a personal level (not work related) in their efforts to vy for perks and opportunities from her.

    Advice to Management

    This is a business that could do better financially as well as in other facets of the business (such as hiring and keeping productive and valuable employees) if you'd oversee management better. I personally saw wheras the company could have bettered itself financially but didn't do it.

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