I have been working at CalOptima full-time (Less than a year)
Great benefits. Company culture is ok, if not a little disorganized. The company has a great on-boarding process; and it's apparent that employees do matter here, to a certain extent. But depending on your specific department, middle management can tend to be extremely unprofessional.
Middle management is a glorified version of a babysitter. If you're expecting a career path, you'd better not rely on middle management, as they tend to oppress innovation and stifle your growth. Exempt (salary) employees are held accountable to a strict 8 hour schedule, despite the company wide weigh/grade scale between NonExempt vs Exempt employees for yearly reviews. Exempts are weighed 0% on "Reliability", per company standards, but if you're unfortunate enough to land yourself a babysitter of a manager, you'll be reprimanded (publicly) just the same.
Because you're dealing with healthcare laws and regulations (i.e., HIPA, PHI, etc.), expect to be hindered by lots of bureaucratic red tape.
Advice to Management
Treat the employees like the adults we are. Especially exempt employees. Train your middle management on people skills. This should go without saying. Employees should not be stressing over "loosing their jobs"; and managers should not be saying phrases like "find another job, if you don't like it".
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CalOptima (Orange, CA) in September 2015.
At hiring event, a recruiter reviewed my resume and asked questions about my background in the healthcare industry. Within a few days, the recruiter called me and completed a phone interview. Next, had a phone interview with the hiring manager. Both interviews lasted about twenty minutes.
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