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Blue Shield Of California El Dorado Hills Reviews

Updated June 28, 2017
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El Dorado Hills, CA

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Blue Shield Of California President & CEO Paul Markovich
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Pros
  • Company values work-life balance (in 64 reviews)

  • probationary period we can work from home 2 days out of the week (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance and constant company-wide reorgs contributing to so much chaos (in 36 reviews)

  • Absolutely NO work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "A great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Communications, Writer in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Communications, Writer in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair wages; decent benefits, retirement plans for most, flexible schedules, work from home (for certain job types)

    Cons

    Leadership has undergone many changes which puts employees on edge (or at least those uncomfortable with change)

    Advice to Management

    Continue your proactive approach with employees - focus on keeping it real - they already know what's happening they just want confirmation from the top on the facts.

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Jul 7, 2017 – Senior Mananager - Talent & Performance

    Thanks for sharing your experience as an employee and we’re glad you enjoyed your time with the company. Senior Manager


  2. "Senior Quality Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Quality Assurance in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - Quality Assurance in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive, Teamwork, Benefits, Work and Life Balance, Nice Facilities

    Cons

    Challenges with other job opportunities

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Jul 7, 2017 – Senior Mananager - Talent & Performance

    Thanks for your feedback. This year we launched Taleo, and it’s recommended for all employees to update their profile, which allows recruiters to match candidates to open roles based on... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Business analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to learn and grow. There is advancement opportunities. You can learn a lot in the health insurance world. Loved the people i work with and the projects I have worked on.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance. Salary jobs and you work more than 8 hours a day on a regular basis with no compensation. Benefits are pricy when you consider you work for a insurance company. New leadership and they don't care about their employees anymore. They got rid of the retirement package far anyone under 40 regardless of how long they had been with the company. No longer a company to have a long term career at.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your people for their strengths, hard work and dedication. Get in the trenches and do some of the work and see first hand the difficulties. Help the employees get their voices heard to the higher up executives.

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Jul 10, 2017 – Senior Mananager - Talent & Performance

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Most recently we launched a two-week employee challenge to get ideas to help bust bureaucracy, and continue to make Blue Shield of California a great place to... More


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Roll the Dice..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are average (except for the pension, which they no longer offer to new employees). The company mission, vision, and values that the top leadership sends out sound great and are followed by many employees in the company.

    Cons

    You will be rolling the dice when considering this employer. You might get lucky or you might spend a few years in a very toxic environment. Recommend you find an employer that has a higher bar for their middle management.

    While most of the top leadership seem to be aligned in pointing the company in a good direction, the gulf between the VPs and the Directors/Managers allows the latter to effectively run the company. This results in some groups having great experiences and others having very toxic and detrimental experiences. Blue Shield Values are not practiced by many Directors/Managers, and since the HR department is the weakest I have ever seen, no one is held accountable for their negative actions, forcing good talent to find a better company.

    Advice to Management

    VPs - Hold skip level meetings with your managers... and REALLY listen. Hold skip level meetings with your troops and REALLY listen so you can get a clear picture of what your middle management is doing and then clean house at hose ranks to remove 'leaders' that don't reflect the stated BSC values.

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Jul 7, 2017 – Senior Mananager - Talent & Performance

    We’re sorry you feel that this has been a negative work experience. We encourage you to speak with your manager, or an HR representative, about this as soon as possible. Senior Manager


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are high but if they weren't there would be a mass exodus

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, leaders who don't know how to lead, competing priorities, budgets that aren't focused on the most meaningful work

    Advice to Management

    people are looking to you to set our direction and too many competing priorities get in the way

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Jul 7, 2017 – Senior Mananager - Talent & Performance

    We’re sorry you feel that this has been a negative work experience. We encourage you to speak with your manager, or an HR representative, about this as soon as possible. Senior Manager


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Process Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Decline to State in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Decline to State in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For the most part, employees are truly engaged and committed to the mission. There are great managers, great teams, projects and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Frequent turnovers in senior leadership has resulted in a culture of frequent and repeated reorganizations and an atmosphere of instability in some areas. Employee benefits continue to erode with mandatory PTO use during periodic shutdowns, downsizing of employees with high PTO balances or pension vesting, and downgrading salaries are primary tools for cost reduction.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize value in experience. Treat employees as thought they actually matter.


  7. "Batch / NOC Operations, Infrastructure Support"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation given

    Cons

    Lots of "silos" within the IT infrastructure

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Sourcing Specialist in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Sourcing Specialist in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay, easy commute, management strives to be transparent, aspires to be best place to work, frequent team engagement off-sites , team work is encouraged

    Cons

    lack of clear accountability a lot of hands in vendor management, contracts ownership very fragmented. Very wordy processes with a lot of non-value, could use some serious streamlining

    Advice to Management

    keep moving forward, I see good things around the corner, appreciate your transparency, continue to welcome and hire outside of healthcare to give healthcare a new fresh perspective on how to run more efficiently.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "There are pros and cons everywhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some good people here
    Pay is set at market level when starting, if you negotiate well
    Your experience will depend in large part on your supervisor, manager and director. The business makes a lot of decisions and IT is left holding the bag without the necessary partnership and support. Health coverage is decent, 401k contributions are matched at 4% and the company adds another 2% to all non-pension employees. There is also a possible 1% match if the company meets certain goals. Annual bonus, but last two years, bonus payout has been low, 65-75% of target. PTO is 18 days to start in IT.

    Cons

    Disorganized, decentralized and silo'ed. The way this company is structured makes it very hard to work effectively. There are tons of seperate teams and everytime something comes up, you need to get multiple teams involved to get something solved. People are protective of their turf and don't care about helping others. Tons of bureaucracy and HR won't make difficult decisions to jettison low performing employees. Last year, I got a 3% raise when I had a "Average" rating. This year, I got an above average rating and another 3% raise. What was the reward for the higher rating?

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the organization. I don't see the current structure working. The same problems I saw 2 years ago are still in place.

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    May 8, 2017 – Strategic Recruiting Program Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We’re sorry that you feel teams are decentralized. We’d love to hear your thoughts on solutions to improve productivity. Please reach out to me at... More


  10. "Customer Experience Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience for summer internship. Had multiple opportunities to travel to San Francisco for intern activities. CEO had a short sit-down meeting with the interns.

    Cons

    Didn't seem like there was much of a pipeline to full-time employment through the internship program.


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