Western Connecticut Health Network

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Western Connecticut Health Network Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
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  1. Great place to work- great administrators

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Western Connecticut Health Network

    Pros

    Great room for growth. Promote from within.

    Cons

    Large organization. Easy to get "lost" in the mix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Job security

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    Current Employee - Medical Assistant/Secretary in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Medical Assistant/Secretary in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at Western Connecticut Health Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and attitudes. Also gives discounts on phones bills and some others services.

    Cons

    Poor raises and no overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote inner company employee growth and opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Clerical team lead.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Western Connecticut Health Network full-time

    Pros

    Good management that can are available at any time. At least in my department.

    Cons

    In recent years the change in the healthcare industry has forced many hospitals to make unfavorable decisions. Many layoffs, employee perks, employee health insurance premiums became more costly while the coverage got worst, job freezes, etc. Once considered a great place to work and to achieve personal growth, it has now become a place where most people don't even want to be there. Right before I left everyone was just miserable but hopefully in the upcoming years they will be able to go back to how they were in the past.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Reimbursement Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Connecticut Health Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    growth, forward thinking senior leadership

    Cons

    bureaucracy, lots of shuffling supervisors and management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Danbury Hospital

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Connecticut Health Network

    Pros

    Teaching hospital, opportunity to work with residents and med students, academic appointment with U. Vermont, closed ICU (no ICU coverage or procedures performed), very well equipped hospital with most essential specialties available. Compensation is fair and benefits are standard.

    Cons

    High census and number of patient encounters per day. Could use more staff physicians, PAs and APRNs. Constant change in patient assignments compromising continuity of care throughout patient stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps short staffing is not the way to go. Overworked personnel may be contributing to higher number of readmissions, length of stay, cost delivering care. Emphasize employee satisfaction. Consider quality improvement initiatives such as M&M meetings (involving house-staff as well) to optimize patient safety.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. This is an overall good place to work but it has the potential to be better.

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Western Connecticut Health Network full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits, forward-looking leadership

    Cons

    Being the only game in town has fostered some complacency. Bureaucratic paralysis, hard to get things done, multiple and rapidly changing priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees better informed, solicit their opinions more and then follow through.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I learned alot over the years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Connecticut Health Network

    Pros

    You will get good EMS experience

    Cons

    There is little if any room for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Moving ahead

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    Current Employee - Internal Medicine Resident in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Internal Medicine Resident in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at Western Connecticut Health Network full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Planning for future and good financially stable organization

    Cons

    At times ruled and regulation become cumbersome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to what employees have to say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Working for Danbury Hospital was NOT the professional environment I had expected.

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    Former Employee - Unit Coordinator in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Unit Coordinator in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Western Connecticut Health Network

    Pros

    Somewhat secure with no layoffs. Okay benefits. Pay was almost double minimum wage. Cafeteria food was very good and prices were decent. They provided a nice holiday luncheon and also gave every employee a Turkey for Thanksgiving. Very organized operation.

    Cons

    Nurses did not treat the clerical staff with respect. Nurses would bellow orders over phone in a demeaning manner. Clerical staff was micromanaged by supervisors. Clerical staff was "timed" to see how many charts could be put together over a period of time. This is not a factory operation and it is degrading to be timed. Constant renovations required parking off site and transported by shuttle bus. Hourly pay for the position was too low for the amount of patients processed per day. Nurses were excellent to the patients but extremely arrogant and rude to the clerical staff. Some doctors were also rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurses should attend training to improve their social skills to respect all employees and stop backbiting.
    Supervisors need to be trained better to manage their staff and not micromanage every aspect.
    Supervisors need to empower their staff and stop favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Moving toward the future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Connecticut Health Network

    Pros

    There is a great deal happening at WCHN and most all of it is very good. Leadership is focused and clear.

    Cons

    Accessibility of leadership could be better. They are not yet meeting with the people on the line. This could make he place great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to greet and meet the people working with you. The appreciation is great but you need to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk.

    Recommends

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