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Blue Shield Of California Project Manager Reviews

Updated March 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Company values work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • probationary period we can work from home 2 days out of the week (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance requires improvement (in 34 reviews)

  • Upper management struggles with making solid decisions (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Blue Shield of California"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead IT Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    BSC provides good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Senior management team needs improvement.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, 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

    Flexibility, remote/telecommuting opportunity when it makes semse

    Cons

    Middle management tier (Manager to Senior Director) weak across the company. Promotions into those position appear to be based nearly solely on loyalty vs. competence

    Micro-management is rampant, so many time wasters and box checkers for no meaningful ROI

    Fear-based culture, employees are not empowered, not valued, not trusted

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.


  3. Helpful (21)

    "Our company is headed into dark waters"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project 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

    This company is a great place to grow your career if you are ambitious and goal oriented. The remote work benefit here is progressive and the company treats their employees with trust and like adults, and they can retain some good employees.

    Cons

    There is so much noise and chatter around lay-offs and reorgs. We are losing a tremendous amount of business, we are losing money in the market segments where we are gaining business and the entire company is off balance. The relatively newly appointed CEO seems to be floundering and making rash decisions without proper legal authority and I see many potential lawsuits and fines in our future. We are losing our best human capital at a rate faster than we can train new talent.

    The culture is highly toxic and I often feel like I will be let go. I'm going on almost 6 years of faithful employment with multiple promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees. Focus more on strategy for keeping money in the company, bulk up your legal department to reduce fraud. Check in with individual contributors doing the work to see if your management layers are being truthful. Executive leaders need to quit acting like movies stars and start acting like management of a company in crisis. Roadshows? Really? How about regular operational check-ins monthly. More beefed up GPTW(great place to work) accountability for poor scores.

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Oct 17, 2016 – Strategic Recruiting Program Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback. We’re happy to hear that you like how you’re treated as an employee and that we’re progressive in our views of remote work. We’re lucky that ... More


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  5. "Sr. IT Project Manager"

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    Current Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation for contractors.
    Good corporate environment.

    Cons

    Strange limitations for contractor positions in using resources.
    IT business processes look out of order.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "Not a Great Place to Work - Right now"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary OK for the industry. Some very hopeful new management, who are trying to regain momentum on being a Great Place to Work.

    Cons

    BSC is a Healthcare Insurance company trying to become IT company that also does Healthcare Insurance. It is not working. The 8+ year Facets roll out is a good example. Stay focused on what you do best and outsource the rest. Remember when you do outsource to actually trust your consultants. Too much turn over in Sr., Director, VP and C-Level Management, ill thought-out reorgs, and layoffs depleted moral and made working relationships difficult. The leftovers are mostly “just happy to have a job" and that attitude has led to fear based decision making. Not healthy. Not a Great Place to Work -- right now.


  7. "Good place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place.nice people. Good pay

    Cons

    It's insurance and can get boring


  8. Helpful (12)

    "A mess"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in West Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in West Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Shield Of California (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Just like any other company, BSC has good spots to work in as well as bad spots. Some of the folks are awesome people and great to work with

    Cons

    Overall it's a mess and not recommended


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good, not great, place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, can work part of time remotely, pay levels are good

    Cons

    A lot of change and uncertainty over last year or so. Doesn't look like it will settle any time soon.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great vision, poor impementation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior management has a very innovative vision that makes sense,

    Cons

    Culture and resistance to change is the most significant challenge to implement the vision

    Advice to Management

    If you want to attract the best, reorganization and cutting people are not the way to build an attractive work environment. It seems like too many good people are being let go and the replacements are not the superstars you hoped for.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Struggling Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to make things better; salaries/contracting rates are above average; flexibility in terms of working remotely. Like any big company, there are people there who are very good at what they do.

    Cons

    They are being criticized constantly in the press, which doesn't help morale. It doesn't feel like the Exec Team knows what the problems are, and their solutions seem to be more related to letting people go - and not always the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the operational aspects of how work is done. Integration across areas is almost non-existent. The sense is that the leaders are more worried about their individual successes than the company's success.