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BJC HealthCare Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • There really are no cons that I am aware of to working here (in 7 reviews)

  • Lack of communication makes it difficult to stay up to date with changes within the area you work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Passive Aggressive Organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Distribution Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Supply Distribution Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can get away with anything if you play the political game correctly, because no one is accountable for anything.

    Cons

    No one is accountable for anything. So if you care about doing your job well then you don't fit in here.

    Advice to Management

    Serious cultural issues and political dynamics up and down the ranks in all corners of the company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't think about supply, they talk a good game"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Saint Louis, MI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Saint Louis, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time

    Pros

    Seeing smiling patients. Relationships/friendships made at work place

    Cons

    Directors and managers do not support their supervisors. All they want are yes men/women. If you say anything or even try to people manage you will be harassed retaliated against and the terminated for little to no reason at all. If you do come on board remember one thing! Print out all emails and make sure you get specific detailed instructions in writing or they will tell you face to face one thing then tell you they never told you to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized and ensure your supervisors feel supported. Let people speak that is the only way to fix problems. Don't retaliate against those that speak up.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Project manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Charter is focused on patient healthcare throughout the system.

    Cons

    Hospital Sr. Leadership is intent on being independent from other hospitals in the system. Corporate Sr. Leadership is marginally aligned. No focus on strategic planning. Significant politics in middle-management and above. Adheres to "Bs hire Cs" portion of the philosophy that "As hire As, and Bs hire Cs".

    Advice to Management

    Acquire top talent and allow that talent to deliver. Set corporate strategy and direction, get organizational commitment, stick to the plan, and eliminate barriers. DO NOT change direction at the first twitch. Identify and correct passive-aggressive behavior. Build teams instead of cliques. Eliminate micro-management and enable competent staff management.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Rough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff RN in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Staff RN in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were competitive. High profile company.

    Cons

    Pay not all that great. Poor work/life management. Nurses eat their young. High turnover and high nurse/patient ratios . Middle management showed favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Stop showing favoritism. Decrease nurse/patient ratios to 4 or 5 to 1. Nurture new nurses more. Allow more autonomy for seasoned nurses. Get rid of night charge nurse. It's not necessary.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Succeeds in spite of itself"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You really are not challenged if you are reasonably intelligent and a self starter. The work itself is easy from an intellectual standpoint. Hours can be long if you serve on call rotations, but for the most part the overall environment is not demanding. That is a 'pro' if you are looking to just tool along and get your paycheck.

    Cons

    If you are ambitious and are used to working in dynamic environments that challenge you then this environment will be quite distasteful. The organizational culture is heavily siloed and cannot collaborate across work groups. Senior managers have 'turf' they protect to the detriment of the organization's greater good and in so doing they are barriers to improving service to clinicians and patients. The organization also has a very poor understanding of business value and quality which impair its ability to invest wisely to improve troubled sectors of its operations.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a governance process that helps you be better stewards of BJC's capital, human and otherwise. Understand the cost of doing nothing in quantifiable terms and use that to make intelligent decisions regarding corporate expenditures. Understand BJC's real value proposition and do everything to serve it within the bounds of sound business practice.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Corporate Compliance in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director, Corporate Compliance in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent rigor around financial goals and objectives. Wonderful environment to learn the business of healthcare. Lean/Six Sigma based thinking. BJC Learning Institute great concept.

    Cons

    Lip service on diversity. Huge disparity between the compensation of the VPs versus the directors and managers. Questionable ethics.

    Advice to Management

    When you look around and see faces that only look like yours (with the exception of two yes women) consider making the really tough choice and acting on diversity rather than just talking about it.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Manager IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a never ending supply of projects to work on. Job security is very strong.

    Cons

    Priorities and planning can be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate project timelines and the quality of deliverables.


  9. "A great place if you like counting time and keeping your head down"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance for some, multiple employer sponsored social events, a true pension which is all but unheard of these days

    Cons

    very poor talent management, lack of initiative and drive, no compensation growth, no advancement opportunities, deep resistance to change

    Advice to Management

    Hand the reins over to someone with the energy and charisma to truly lead the organization. Advance those who truly make a difference and coach those who do not to either improve or find a role that better suits their outlook. Do not let your book keeping practices undercut operational capabilities, which is happening now.


  10. "Registration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registrar in Florissant, MO
    Former Employee - Registrar in Florissant, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BJC HealthCare part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really liked the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Management seemed only interested in the numbers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Everyone is replaceable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Radiation Therapist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Radiation Therapist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to have exposure to a variety of cutting-edge technology, work with great people and patients.

    Cons

    Poor staffing & retention rate, employees feel unappreciated, employees feel that their voices and opinions are not heard by management,


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