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Kaiser Permanente Overview

Headquarters Oakland, CA
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1945
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Health Care
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Joining our team means contributing to a legacy of quality, affordability, innovation, and service that spans six decades. Here, integrated care teams empower our more than nine million members to live up to their health potential. Working beside them, business experts drive our ... More

Company Updates

  • We want to express how grateful we are for the hard-work, dedication, and friendship of our fellow employees. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • We are honored to have been named a Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer this year, and this Veteran’s Day we want to take a moment to honor all of the men and women who continue to serve us. Thank you for all of your sacrifices. Learn more about some of the things we’re doing to help connect veterans to career opportunities at KP: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1p5


    Are you a veteran? Active duty service member exploring civilian career options? Whatever your rank or background, chances are we have opportunities for you to build a meaningful career with us! Join the Military Talent Network We have a long history of supporting those who serve our nation.

Kaiser Permanente – Why Work For Us?

At Kaiser Permanente, all of us, from accounting, sales and IT, to our care delivery teams on the front lines, stand for Total Health. Yours. Ours. Everyone’s. That means we advocate the well-being of people and their parts—like hips and hearts, for instance. And to better serve those parts, we study them. In fact, it’s not unusual for us to be involved in thousands of research projects at a time. These efforts inform our practice—and our mission. We are committed to spreading health at all levels of our organization—in our facilities, in our communities, and across our planet. We discuss, debate, and shape public policy—and have built a forum in which to do so. We pursue advancements—in technology and in care—and have a unique facility that enables us to test new ideas in a mock clinical environment. We also push the boundaries of technology. Our electronic medical record system is the largest of its kind in the nation, and is one of the many reasons why we’ve been named a top place to work by Computerworld magazine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At Kaiser Permanente, we are changing the way the world looks at health. It’s inspiring, invigorating, and rewarding work—and we approach it every day with passion and perseverance. Are you ready to take a stand for health? Join us. jobs.kp.org

At Kaiser Permanente, we understand that to be a Total Health advocate for our members, colleagues, communities, and planet, we must first advocate the health of the people who power our organization. That’s why we offer exceptional benefits to support each and every one of our employees as well as their families, spouses and domestic partners. Along with a strong support of a healthy work/life balance, our comprehensive benefits packages are intended to enhance the physical, financial, spiritual, and professional health of our employees. 


In support of the Total Health of our employees, we offer comprehensive benefits to help them do and be their best. These benefits are intended to enhance their physical, financial, spiritual, and professional health. These may include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave
  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care 
  • disability and life insurance coverage 
  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement
  • employee assistance programs
  • dependent care, and transit spending account options
  • retirement plans

We also recognize stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs to reward our most skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

Work/life balance 

Also true to our Total Health philosophy, we offer our employees a vast variety of exemplary tools and resources to help them lead healthy, balanced lives. In fact, as recently as May 2013, Kaiser Permanente was named a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles by the National Business Group on Health—and with good reason. We empower our employees to eat healthy, live actively, and do anything and everything that nourishes the mind, body, and soul. Some of these tools include: 

  • a website that provides information about an abundance of employee wellness programs and resources
  • free and confidential employee assistance programs 
  • smoke-free campuses
  • healthy food in our cafeterias and vending machines
  • a variety of healthy living classes, handouts, and videos at many of our medical centers and offices
  • kp.org - a vast resource with wellness tips and information, most of which is also available to the general public
  • Recreation Connection—discount ticket offers and other recreational activities 
  • on campus farmers’ markets
  • wellness coaching

By encouraging and celebrating the small strides we take every day, we drive positive change from the inside out. 


At Kaiser Permanente, we are approximately 190,000 individual employees and physicians, but we share a common goal: we make lives better. From our nurses and physicians on the front line of care to our customer service experts enhancing members’ experience to our IT professionals who turn data cables into lifelines, at Kaiser Permanente, the work we do saves lives. This universal commitment makes our culture one that embraces inclusion, collaboration, and mutual success.This is a place where your ideas are acknowledged and your opinions matter—and where you’ll be challenged to excel every day.


Another vital layer of our culture is our diversity. We champion the cause of inclusive care—care that is respectful of and sensitive to the unique values, ideals, and traditions of the 140 cultures currently represented in our population. And we know that to meet the care needs of our patient population, it is vital that our employees reflect the communities we serve.


At Kaiser Permanente, we are proud that our labor force reflects no racial majority. Additionally, three-quarters of our employees—including half of our executive team and more than one-third of our physicians—are women. Maintaining industry-leading levels of diversity through deliberate planning, development, and outreach is critical to fulfilling our mission, sustaining our business objectives, and providing the best level of care to our members and patients.


From our earliest beginnings, the underlying drive to innovate has coursed through the veins of our organization. From green design and materials to expansive research projects and groundbreaking technologies like KP HealthConnect®, Kaiser Permanente is on the leading edge of innovation—and not just in the health care industry. Everything we do at Kaiser Permanente is influenced by our determination to be more efficient, accurate, and effective. Because when you’re in the business of saving lives, every detail—every moment—counts. This understanding motivates us to push the boundaries—of health, care, business, and technology. Our resources, scope, and reputation allow us to partner with experts across the country and around the world so that we can share our knowledge, learn from each other, set new directions, and continue to inspire new growth.


At Kaiser Permanente, our goal is to become the best care system in the world. Likewise, you are setting your professional course to become the best you can be. It’s a future we’re excited to face together—and getting there is what makes being here so exciting. 

We’re looking for the next generation of leaders to help shape the future of care. Are you ready to contribute your ideas to a place where advanced treatments, powerful technology, and business expertise come together to support lives? There’s no limit to what you can do—and the mark you can make—at Kaiser Permanente.

Gain Experience

In an internship or new career with us, you’ll grow your experience and hone your expertise on projects that have real impact. Working on everything from analyzing financial software and developing new marketing strategies to designing mobile apps and helping clinicians improve care delivery, you’ll have the opportunity to think freely, question thoroughly, and explore deeply.

Experience Support

While you are an intern, we’ll give you the guidance, training, and support you need now, and ultimately, to become a leader in health down the line, through the following:  

  • mentorships
  • job shadowing opportunities
  • leadership exposure 
  • lunch-and-learns with executives and mangers
  • guest lectures 
  • field trips 
  • hospital and research tours

Join our University Talent Network

Learn more about internships and new careers at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente Reviews

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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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  • Helpful (37)

    Great benefits, job security, but the usual bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
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    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 3 years)


    Kaiser is a great place to work and build a career over time. In my experience salaries are above market for most positions, and the benefits are so good that many people become "lifers". The health coverage is extremely generous, and time off starts off adequate and gets better over time (18 days when you start, moving up to 33 after 15+ years - this does not include sick time). Employees truly believe in the mission of KP (at least, I do) and it's clear that this is a place where employees' contributions are valued. Although my role is not part of any of the unions, the fact that our workforce is predominantly unionized also places a positive role in KP's reputation as a good place for workers (although having unionized staff also presents many challenges). Overall, I enjoy working at KP and would recommend it to others, but understand that you are entering a big bureaucracy. A friendly, mission-driven bureaucracy, but still.


    Cons: having lots of "lifers" means that innovative ideas and workflows are not always adopted without a fight. People have their roles deeply embedded here, and any threat to the status quo is seen as negative, even though we need to make some pretty radical changes given the new health care environment post-ACA. There's a lot of "not my job" attitudes here. It's hard to navigate the layers of bureaucracy, both in terms of personnel/HR/benefits, and in getting work done (there are often 4-5 departments at the regional and national KP levels working on similar areas, and no guidance on who does what.) Be aware that KP is not immune to reorganizations and layoffs -- they do make a good attempt to ensure workers are hired elsewhere in the organization, but there are no guarantees, and there can be a lot of turnover in certain departments. Benefits are currently generous but are always subject to downgrades in the future, so just be aware of that. Some changes to the pension and retiree medical benefits are about to hit, and with them a wave of Baby Boomers will be taking retirement, which should hopefully open up many new management opportunities for Millennials. Oh, and the biggest con of all: we still - STILL - use Lotus Notes for email. Shocking, I know, but true.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology, trust your employees, improve senior leadership communication with front-line staff.

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    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Kaiser Permanente (San Jose, CA) in May 2015.


    I applied online and received an email asking me to complete two online typing tests. After a week and a half they called and we set up an interview. I interviewed with two office managers. The questions were pretty typical. Make sure you know the company and the meaning behind "Thrive". They asked some situational questions, but not many. Make sure to ask what you are interviewing for. I applied and was interviewed for what I thought was a full-time position. They had actually hired the full-time position from within and hired me for the part-time position. This should have been clearer, but I am happy with the outcome and am excited to be working with this company. Hopefully I can be transitioned into full-time!

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Kaiser Permanente Awards & Accolades

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  • 50 Happiest Companies in America - 2013, CareerBliss, 2012
  • 4-Star Rating on California's Annual Clinical Quality Report Card, California Office of the Patient Advocate, 2012
  • Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States, LATINA Style, 2012
  • Healthiest Employer, San Francisco Business Times, 2012
  • 100 Best Places to Work in IT (Top 20), ComputerWorld, 2012
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