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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great company, but an enormous company with some branches that need pruning.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technology Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Technology Manager

    I have been working at WellPoint full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The feeling that I made a difference in the lives of people inside and outside the company.
    - Under former CEO / CIO great progress in healthcare insurance technology innovation. These ladies rocked.
    - Virtual company, could work anywhere or chime in for important meetings even on vacation
    - Loved my work as an IT Manager, and plenty to do

    Cons

    - I worked in the early morning, broke around dinner, worked at night, sometimes in the night
    - Politics got flakey with the pressure to compete and deliver during implementation of Healthcare Reform (posturing, positioning, scapegoating, cutting corners, excessive demands on overworked employees that sort of thing)
    - Healthcare Reform competing with shareholder greed - sometimes to grow you have to invest and play the long game
    - Limited training budget with high demand for continuous improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - WellPoint's policy of offering senior associates a life insurance policy with WellPoint as the beneficiary if not illegal, is highly suspect. What will WellPoint do if an associate is denied a medical service through Anthem BC and then dies? Deduct the cost of the flowers for the family from your million dollar policy payout?
    - Stop looking for scapegoats, lead. 48 Laws of power may be effective, but they are not leadership.
    - Make the shareholders partners in the long game, if you don't you are only the next statistic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No longer working

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    Current Employee - Development
    Current Employee - Development

    I have been working at WellPoint

    Pros

    good company, good people to work with

    Cons

    bade decision in development lead to cost reduction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    research before investing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyable place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer Advisor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Developer Advisor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at WellPoint full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    While this may vary team to team:
    Realistic deadlines
    Very flexible for schedule
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Gets busy towards the end of year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    WellPoint... take a closer look and be very careful...!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WellPoint

    Pros

    I thought long and hard but could not come up with any Pros; well they allow some work from home, but that's on the decline...

    Cons

    Not very diverse. For a company of its size and national breadth, you could count the leaders of color at the VP level (approx. 200 people at these levels) and higher on ONE HAND. the current diversity numbers are achieved in the contact centers, lower wage areas.

    The Business Operations (Service Operations) is not very progressive. Over the past decade the business has used every excuse to not make progress, usually blaming IT, and as a result the IT Org has flipped multiple times over the past decade.

    The spent much of the past 3 years fight health care reform and the President (instead of focusing on winning in the new environment)

    You will be low-balled on pay; the bonus program was recently ‘adjusted’.

    I don’t know how we were able to fool accounts like Google and FedEx to join us.
    The running joke internally was that WellPoint was a shiny Mercedes on the outside, but underneath not more than a Chevy Vega.

    If you join, get the top base salary that you can and set your expectations accordingly. Perhaps Joe Swedish can effect some change going forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop focusing on being the low cost provider; truly invest in IT AND FORCE your business operations to live in the new world. Add formal language in the performance objectives to diversify at the Director and above levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Initiation into for profit enterprise

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WellPoint

    Pros

    Excellent interfacing of nursing experience with computer databases; Learning experience of integrating Milliman criteria with nursing skills; good benefits for single employee

    Cons

    Job description during interview did not correlate with reality; emphasis placed on productivity, not on patient advocacy; Exempt but required to be on phones from 8:30 to 5:00, except for hour lunch; mandated to remain until cases completed without compensation; unreliable computer system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in updated electronics and services; initiate education and training prior to mandating changes in systems and procedures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Constant changes, restructuring, culture of pointing fingers and blaming others!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WellPoint full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work schedule flexibilities.

    Cons

    Poor health benefits particularly from a health-insurance provider. Ok PTO benefits and holidays. Average 401K match for this size company. Upper management provide no support to lower level employees. Meetings to resolve issues were consumed by finger pointings and accusations against each other. Some people were hired as full time employees only to be let go within months due to reorgs. Do not expect to have job security here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate long term strategies and stop acting reactively. Give time for changes to settle before implementing yet another change. Support your employees at all levels.

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

    This was a great company to work for and advanced my career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WellPoint

    Pros

    The people were amazing. They were dynamic and creative. The company grew from 1400 employees to over 40,000 during my tenure.

    Cons

    The changes made in person ell at the highest levels was done very poorly and ultimately created a very poor environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    okay

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Infrastructure in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at WellPoint

    Pros

    great group of people and fun exciting place to work. allot of potential to learn and at some sites the networking opportunities are endless

    Cons

    contractors are not treated equally and regardless of how hard you work it doesn't seem like they hire internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Limited Pros, Several Cons...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WellPoint full-time

    Pros

    Pros included, good pay and bonus program, flexibility with working remotely, and decent equipment to work with.

    Cons

    Culture is an issue, it is one of fear due to the constant re-orgs in IT, they are so constant that is a distraction no matter how hard you tried to stay focused. Senior leadership was not on the same page, they would fight openly, and the vision was not clearly laid out. Quite a bit of dead weight exists there and the good people kept getting more work and then would get laid off and the dead weight would continue to stick around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean your own house before cleaning others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits but sweat shop environment

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Service Representative in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Service Representative in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at WellPoint full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Health benefits(watch out for high deductibles though) PTO days, adoption days off, health club reimbursements, tuition reimbursements, EEP services,good company for those just entering in the workforce, support groups, lots and lots of services to help employees

    Cons

    Strong disconnect between management and workers, fake open door policy, fake ethics and compliance department(1-800-be-a-snitch), they do not promote with in(so many subsidiaries if you want to be technical they actually do but not from any department you or your co-workers are familiar with), they do not seek to retain employees turn over rate extremely high, they burn you out at all costs as long as the job gets done, this company likes to place to people in management positions where they have no real experience in their department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your workers like minions and more like people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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