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Blue Shield Of California Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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  • "Opportunities to advance, work life balance, great benefits and culture" (in 77 reviews)

  • "Flexibility and ability to work from home a plus" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "A company driven to make a difference!!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - A Honest and Candid Employee
    Current Employee - A Honest and Candid Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    • Culture driven by an amazing mission to “Create a healthcare system worthy of our family and friends and sustainable affordable.”
    • Ability to make a difference and contribution towards our mission every day. If you are not in the best position to do that, then you can speak to management to do so.
    • No shortage of exciting work going on. Blue Shield of California has ambitious goals. Hard to achieve? Maybe. But isn’t that the point of goals?
    • Overall great sense of pride and commitment. Everyone is directly or indirectly helping members receive healthcare. We’re not perfect at it. We are getting better at it and will continue to raise the bar.

    Cons

    • The healthcare system is complex. What seems like bureaucracy may in fact be everyone navigating through this complexity.
    • Transforming healthcare is not easy. Tough decisions and conversations are required to find the right balance. Not all decisions go your way. You need to understand that decisions support the overall mission. This is easier said than done.
    • A changing environment requires the need to be flexible and understanding. Communication is prioritized, though it can always be better and tailored to the specific situation.

    Advice to Management

    • Continue to value and reward your employees that demonstrate the ability, aspiration, and engagement each day they come to work. There are so many individuals and teams that work effortlessly towards our mission.


  2. "What a great way to start at a entry level"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities

    Cons

    The traffic & not flexible with hours

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at all

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission is clear: deliver high-quality health care, at an affordable price, worthy of our friends and family.

    Cons

    The organization is very agile, considering its size, so people who don't like change/transitions are in for a ride.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your teams in the know so they don't feel fearful about all the changes - retention at BSC is going to be a combination of transparency and trust.


  4. "BA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, location and benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy :( Ugh... 5 word minimum


  5. "Bureaucratic, terrible culture, perpetually understaffed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-based, non-profit, nice people, location in San Francisco

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, terrible culture, perpetually understaffed, constantly changing priorities

    Advice to Management

    Align as senior leaders


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    Non-profit and mission driven organization that gives back a lot to the community. Benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    Some serious bureaucratic barriers to getting work done effectively and efficiently - patience is needed to work here.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Transforming healthcare"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission and working to transform healthcare - strategy
    Pay and benefits
    Challenging work that help me learn and grow
    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    None . . . .

  8. "Great organization"

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    Current Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance, work life balance, great benefits and culture

    Cons

    Male and female pay are not equally. Although the organization is working on it


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Big company poor middle management"

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    Current Employee - Concurrent Review in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Concurrent Review in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent salary, nice office

    Cons

    Poor management, inadequate training, chaotic

    Advice to Management

    Middle management should know more than subordinates or have the ability to look it up. Poorly trained staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Career with a purpose"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Markets in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Markets 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

    Working at BSC has been a great experience for me. I love the fact that we're all working towards a common mission - and one that I really believe in. I've been here over 8 years and hope to be here for many many more!

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes longer to get things done than I would like - but we're working through this in our transformation efforts.

    Blue Shield Of California Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – HR

    We value your input and hope you will continue to work with us to improve our employee experience. We know that our industry can be frustrating at times, but we remain dedicated to our mission. We... More