Mission: Our mission is to help people live healthier lives.
Innovative Ideas are Making a Difference At UnitedHealth Group, how we innovate changes lives. Check out a few of the ways we're implementing our ideas and making a difference in the lives of others. Link: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQRRo—30+ days ago
We have ideas...exceptionally good ideas. And the way we see it, diversity is what drives our innovation. At UnitedHealth Group, it's our duty to bring our individual perspectives to the table in order to spark the necessary changes. Arthur's military experience is one aspect of his valuable perspective. Discover how his military skills transferred into a role at UnitedHealth Group.—30+ days ago
We have modest goals: Improve the lives of others. Change the landscape of health care forever. Leave the world a better place than we found it. Such aspirations tend to attract a certain type of person. Crazy talented. Compassionate. Driven. To these select few, we offer the global reach, resources and can-do culture of a Fortune 14 company. We provide an environment where you're empowered to be your best. We encourage you to take risks. And we offer a world of rewards and benefits for performance. We believe the most important is the opportunity to do your life's best work. (sm)
A Better Place To Work
Diversity and Our Core Values
At UnitedHealth Group, we are committed to diversity and inclusion. It’s one of our five core values along with integrity, quality, innovation and social responsibility. These core values are embedded into our greater mission of helping people live healthier lives.
Diversity Drives Empowerment
Our commitment to diversity empowers our employees to contribute their best work, collaborating to be the preeminent health and well-being company and community partner of choice. By leveraging the depth of a diverse workforce, we can better meet the needs of the increasingly multi-cultural clients, communities, individuals and shareholders we serve.
Diversity Through Recruitment
From the high-performing people we hire, to the health care services we provide, we advocate the possibilities of unique thinking.
We're committed to creating an inclusive environment fueled by innovative ideas. Our employees have diverse cultural backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives, and lifestyles. But they all have one thing in common — their ability to excel.
We’re dedicated to building teams where every individual is recognized for his or her unique experience and contributions. Some examples of our recruiting efforts include:
I have been working at UnitedHealth Group (Less than a year)
I will preface this review with a statement you need to heed when reading this review as well as any reviews for this company -- "It depends on your area."
This is a GIGANTIC company and YMMV depending on your group. Keep that in mind when reading.
Anyway, I've been here only 6 months, but I think I have enough of a feel for Optum to write a review.
Great work/life balance: I never have to stay late, work on weekends, etc. I get 23 vacation days and my manager encourages me to use them AND completely unplug while away.
Beautiful office: I work at the new Optum office in Eden Prairie. Building is modern and comfortable. Full size gym and locker room, and workout classes. Great parking ramp with a skyway so you never need to go outside in the rain or snow!
Work from home: VERY progressive with WFH! I can work from wherever I want. if I want to WFH one day, I can. If I want to WFH the whole week, I can do that, too. No one questions you.
No drama: This is a very heads down place! I can't stress that enough. No one socializes with each other -- most of the time, you never even talk to your cube neighbors (because they're probably working from home). This is a positive for me though -- after working in some high drama offices, this is a refreshing change.
All meetings are over webex: Great news if you hate in-person meetings like I do -- because there are very few! In the 6 months I've been here, I've had 4 in person meetings. This is also a con because you never meet your coworkers - read the con list for more info.
30 minute "best practice" meeting times: You will not get invited to 2+ hour meetings, ever. Nearly all meetings are only 30 minutes. You might have the one-off meeting that's an hour, but it's rare.
Good, standardized PM practices. But some of the documentation requirements are too rigid and can slow progress down. Our group is trying to move to 100% agile. Slowly.... All of my projects so far have been waterfall SDLC. Although as a new person, it would help to have a PM to shadow on some of these documentation/audit practices. I've had to learn as I go.
- Great cafeteria with cheap prices. I can get a lunch here cheaper than I can bring it from home.
-Very engaging training classes!!! All training classes are over LearnSource (i.e. your computer) but the videos are well done and entertaining.
-Building seems empty because so many people WFH. It's almost kind of...sad. Such a nice building but no one is there.
-Internet explorer is the browser of choice. Yuck. You have to have special permissions to download Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer.
-If you like socializing with your coworkers, this is NOT a place for you! I can't stress that enough!! You will NOT meet your new BFF here. Everyone is very heads-down and focused on work -- no one chit chats about football or True Detective! You will not have coworkers stopping by your desk (to chat about a TV show OR to even chat about work). Most of my days, I don't talk to anyone in person. It's kind of depressing -- and I'm an introvert! There are no happy hours, social events outside of work, etc (this is a positive for me because I hate that stuff).
-Lots of contractors. Not that it's a bad thing - I've had great experiences with the PM contractors. They obviously don't last as long as the employees, and there's more contractor PMs than employee PMs.
-Difficult, as a new person, to know "who's who." There is no face-to-face meetings, so as a PM, it's tough to know who does what, since there's no face to put with the name. I struggle with this a lot, as I'm not used to this extreme of a "remote" workforce!
-No wifi for your phone. Wifi is only available for visitors and you must have a user name and password.
-Nearly all social media websites are blocked. Not really a con, but something you might want to know. You won't be browsing facebook at work!
-LOTS of meetings. Sure, the meetings aren't in person, they're over Webex, but you will have a LOT of them.
-Some "know-it-all" ego-driven coworkers, especially on the tech side. But this is typical of IT in general. I've witnessed this at every org in which I've worked.
Advice to Management
Get some org charts!
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at UnitedHealth Group.
Interview process is pretty standard. Asking behavioral based questions. These are questions about situations that include where you were employed, what the situation was, how you handlers it, what you did to get there and the outcome. Pretty standard. Then a few personality questions and a couple things off of my resume.