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CalOptima Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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".


  2. "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"

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission focused. The staff are truly dedicated to helping low income Orange County residents access quality health care and to making a difference for them and the community as a whole.

    Cons

    A lot of bright people doing good work. Cross departmental collaboration and communication needs to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate support to staff and leadership: resources, training and professional development activities.


  6. "Horrible company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Food brought in for purchase everyday

    Cons

    Doesn't take action on harassment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Mission Critical; Procedure Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time

    Pros

    Company truly has it's mission at heart
    Plenty of opportunity to innovate

    Cons

    So many procedures and policies that it can be frustrating to take action
    It's health care and there's a lot of aversion to risk

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunity for departments to be more agile
    Higher accountability of managers would make it more obvious who is and who is not team-oriented (let's practice the idea of care coordination by coordinating inter-departmentally)
    Create a space for people to experiment and fail small so that we can refine and adapt

  8. "Sr Auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CalOptima full-time

    Pros

    Company has a good purpose

    Cons

    A bit on the govt worker side


  9. "Executive Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CalOptima full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful employees with a compassion for the company mission statement.

    Cons

    There were no cons from my point of view.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Great place and people"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Brea, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at CalOptima (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People were very helpful and friendly. I wish I could have stayed longer.

    Cons

    I had no cons during the time I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the same track.


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