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Catholic Health Initiatives Reviews

Updated October 18, 2018
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Catholic Health Initiatives CEO Kevin E. Lofton
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Pros
  • "I am able to telecommute, which has allowed a wonderful work life balance" (in 34 reviews)

  • "Not many vacation days but they allow certain employees to work from home" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Leadership and senior management do not live up to the organization's core values" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Upper management had no idea what we were doing" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Bring your whole self here!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A faith based, patient and community focused employer that lives the mission. Your faith is allowed to be woven into the fabric of the culture.

    Cons

    More people need to know about how wonderful this place really is!

    Advice to Management

    The specialness of CHI is the adherence to its CORE values. Stay on that path with the unknowns ahead.


  2. "Application Analyst III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, Pays Well and Good Benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management, Inexperienced Supervisor and minimal to no opportunity to grow

  3. "Dysfunctional"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect
    Former Employee - Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. If you're religious, some aspects of the culture may resonate with you.

    Cons

    If you're in IT and considering CHI, RUN.

    The most dysfunctional and stressful IT environment I've ever seen. No leadership from the top and few standards. Multiple failures at starting an Enterprise Architecture practice have left the organization with no technical direction. There is no accountability for people who violate the few standards that are in place.

    CHI is not a true operating company. The organization is basically a confederation of hospital systems under the CHI name. Each market based system does what's in their own best interest with no regard for the health of the national organization. Massive redundancy in functions and applications across the organization. Market systems routinely purchase technology independent of IT.

    CHI cannot hold onto high performing talent as high performers are frustrated by inability to enact the needed changes that are painfully obvious. This is compounded by the fact that compensation is well below market rates. CHI routinely follows a cycle of layoffs to improve financial numbers, then hiring when they realize they're short staffed.

    Core IT functions have been outsourced to Indian companies such as Wipro and HCL. Their incompetence, combined with an environment that has no standards, results in daily outages and fire drills. 55+ hour work weeks are the norm for support staff. Clinical and operations staff have given up on IT providing true service.

    IT management does not have the knowledge or conviction to lead. This is reflected in the senior leadership levels through middle management. Leadership positions are revolving doors, and projects essential to CHI's success are abandoned before they have a chance to succeed. The organization has not had a dedicated CIO in over a year.

    CHI is the most political environment I have ever worked in. You are admonished not to use "violent" language such as "bullet points", and "target". Countless hours are wasted on starting every meeting with "reflections" where the meeting organizer virtue signals their piousness through a prayer or quote. Think 1984 newspeak. Political maneuvering is the preferred mechanism for advancement. The organization demonstrates hypocrisy when it comes to practicing organizational and Catholic core values.

    If you're not in Denver, advancement above low level manager/supervisor will be difficult. CHI is presently in the process of merging with Dignity Health and many aspects of the organization are in limbo awaiting completion of the past due merger.


  4. "HR Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time

    Pros

    very competitive Benefits and flexibility in work schedule

    Cons

    lack of compassion as the company grows and belief in our core values continues to decrease

    Advice to Management

    we are all human and we all make mistakes. positive feedback cannot be held until an annual evaluation while negative feedback comes in waves and people are losing self-confidence with the constant destructive criticism


  5. "Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, wonderful experience

    Cons

    Technology lags behind most other companies

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and technology


  6. "Radiology"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None none none none none

    Cons

    Poor poor and Horrible Management

    Advice to Management

    Worst company to work for ...EVER. upper management sides with their directors and managers over employees, despite at fault upper managers. Pay is the worst in the area as they never compare themselves with other hospitals' pay such as Methodist. policy is never helpful, a drag to order anything for department like its a government agency. Abuse of employees as they never care for their well beings, yearly raises are ridiculous ...and soooo much more

    Lay off favoritism and discrimination, listen to what employees tell you, they know better in department.


  7. "Patient Access Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time

    Pros

    Everyone was incredible supportive and kind. Great team emphasis.

    Cons

    Incredibly fast paced work environment, usually understaffed.

  8. "clinical laboratory scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time

    Pros

    Good pay scale. Good benefits. Sign on bonus, tuition forgiveness.

    Cons

    Staff are overworked. PTO denied due to staffing shortage. Poor hired due to bad reputation in community. Extra bonuses to new hires. No recognition of loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing the brand. People are choking on it! Take care of your employees and they will take care of you. We are in the profession for the patients. Are you?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Procurement Buyer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Buyer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Procurement Buyer in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I honestly cannot think of any, other than talented employees whose potential aren’t being utilized due to fear of middle management.

    Cons

    Middle management is highly incompetent. Plays favoritism and uses fear mentality; and if you voice your concern, well, you might as well place a target on your forehead. Middle management does pretty much what it wants. The (acting) Director is useless in his role. He is a puppet and whichever the wind blows he follows. Who is going to hold middle management accountable???!!!

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be an outside personnel auditor to come in and physically interview employees without fear of retaliation. There are a lot of qualified, caring employees who are afraid of losing their jobs, that dread coming to work at CHI due to middle management bullying style. CHI employees should be able to enjoy their job, not fear it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "RN"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Catholic Health Initiatives full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    met my max out of pocket for the year

    Cons

    love my coworkers. Safety is questionable and have witnessed many staff assaults where pts were held unaccountable for their behavior.

    Advice to Management

    nursing ratios are unsafe and pay is terrible


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