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CalOptima Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bleh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time

    Pros

    I work for the CalOptima PACE program. It's an amazing program and fun place to work. Management on the other hand?

    Cons

    Silos, Morale is very low due to management nit picking at dress code.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, worry more about the care we provide our participants and not what shade of pink we are wearing!


  2. "Looks aren't all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, PTO, retirement plan and location are nice. Close to places to take a walk and grab Lunch. A few nice people

    Cons

    Politics run rampant, poor managerial communication, silo environment and lack of collaboration. Things take a great deal of time to approve or change

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Morale building and team building to ensure employees feel value

  3. "Getting pay alot for doing very little"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are someone who doesn't care about the quality of your work, do as little as possible to get by than CalOptima is a place for you.

    Cons

    All the negative perception you hear about public sector workers are all true for the majority of the employees: do as little as possible to get by, overpay and under produce, lack of leadership.

    - Lacks of real leadership with vision. Manager, Directors, and Executive Directors are promoted based on longevity and favoritism and not qualification.
    - Executives lack the strategical vision and leadership
    -Too many layers and turn over at the top to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    The fundamental vision is to provide affordable health care for those who need the service the most. How about focus on that! Worry less about the office politics, the territorial power grab and wasting tax dollars on busy work.


  4. "Great people, great mission, constant change."

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    Current Employee - Management in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and mission are what attracts job seekers and keeps employees content. Pay is decent. Location is convenient. Behind the times in technology.

    Cons

    Too much change and turnover creates challenges to lasting improvements or direction. Direction changes frequently. Hard to get a sense of accomplishment.


  5. "Program Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CalOptima full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of communication, unorganized, takes a long time to get anything approved

    Advice to Management

    Respond to your employees when they email you


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoy working for CalOptima and the growth opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Occupational Therapy Assistant in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Occupational Therapy Assistant in Garden Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits such as pension and for long term is a company you would like to work for. Providing services to the Elderly in an all inclusive environment, makes work easy thing to go to every day. Great environment.

    Cons

    It might take a while to get into the company as full time , the process is long but is worth while


  7. "No Experienced CFO - Headed for Big Trouble"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In a good position to drive down unit cost and utilization due to strong market share. Show good management judgement by filling the Chief Financial Officer role with an experienced managed care executive. One wonders why the CEO is reluctant to hire a string experienced executive.

    Cons

    The person currently filling the CFO role can run reports but cannot steer a large managed care company through challenging business environment. They are setting her up to fail. Mgt Choosing Easy Path Trying To Have Internal Candidate Step Up to a CFO Role - She has No CFO experience. Will End Badly - MediCal in Turmoil. It's Vital to have Experienced CFO to Navigate the Coming Issues but Mgt Too Lazy to Hire Experienced CFO. They Will Wait for a Full Scale Financial Crisis to Force Their Hand in Hiring an Experience CFO. By Then It May Be Too Late. Where is the Board? There has been an "active CFO search" for almost a year and Mgt hasn't interviewed outside candidates? Typical lack of proactivity and strategic planning. This company is purely reactionary. Do nothing while the crisis approaches, take action after the crisis causes damage. Where is the Board oversight? How about holding the CEO accountable for at least hiring an experienced managed care CFO?

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait for the coming financial crisis to act. Do the right thing and at least interview experience managed care CFO candidates. You serve the most vulnerable of the population (predominantly women and children). You owe it to them to keep the company strong. Everyone knows the Medicaid model will be under attack for the foreseeable future on the federal level. Therefore, why would you move forward with an inexperienced Chief Financial Officer? Incompetence at best. Act now don't wait for the "I told you so"

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Rigorous Background Check"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Company culture is ok, if not a little disorganized. The company has a great on-boarding process; and it's apparent that employees do matter here, to a certain extent. But depending on your specific department, middle management can tend to be extremely unprofessional.

    Cons

    Middle management is a glorified version of a babysitter. If you're expecting a career path, you'd better not rely on middle management, as they tend to oppress innovation and stifle your growth. Exempt (salary) employees are held accountable to a strict 8 hour schedule, despite the company wide weigh/grade scale between NonExempt vs Exempt employees for yearly reviews. Exempts are weighed 0% on "Reliability", per company standards, but if you're unfortunate enough to land yourself a babysitter of a manager, you'll be reprimanded (publicly) just the same.
    Because you're dealing with healthcare laws and regulations (i.e., HIPA, PHI, etc.), expect to be hindered by lots of bureaucratic red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees like the adults we are. Especially exempt employees. Train your middle management on people skills. This should go without saying. Employees should not be stressing over "loosing their jobs"; and managers should not be saying phrases like "find another job, if you don't like it".


  9. "slow hiring practice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CalOptima part-time

    Pros

    The company is a non profit organization that offers good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is low
    hiring takes FOREVER
    lack of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    revamp the hiring process it should not take months to review applications for employment. Also where is the diversity!!! Dont just post it on the website practice what you preach.


  10. "Only if you need a job...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CalOptima (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic Benefits package including 2 retirement plans

    Cons

    management, goals and training lacks integrity and practical experience.


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