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Updated January 22, 2018
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Centene Chairman and CEO Michael F. Neidorff
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Nurse"

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

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

    Pros

    Close co-workers, management keeps you in the loop, management is good, love that our group works as a team. Best job I have ever had. Good pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    None to speak of. Good hours. Good pay. Good benefits. There is nothing bad to say about this company in this review.


  2. "Company that appreciates their employees!"

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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 Centene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth
    Great stock

    Cons

    Some management issues, which were slow being resolved, but are being resolved

  3. Helpful (219)

    "It was great! And then HealthNet came along."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Clayton, MO
    Former Employee - Manager in Clayton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the work and for 6 years was happy with what I did. I knew I made a difference and did my job well. Not many has the same skill set I did and there was always work to do.

    Cons

    1. It's an old white boys club. I say that as a white individual. It sucks that's how MFN rolls. They say they value diversity but they don't. They will have a token diverse person in an exec role but they're there to be a face, not make any changes or impact.
    2. They pay really well but that hurts when you leave.
    3. They layoff the good people and keep the undereducated white males. Why? See #1 above.
    4. They don't want you if you are female and over 40. Think I'm lying? See the number of females 40+ who got hit in the January "reorganization."
    5. HR is a joke. Talent acquisition couldn't find their rear ends with both hands and a map. So many excuses on why they didn't do their jobs.
    6. MFN said the HealthNet employees needed to learn the Centene way and the Centene way would prevail. He lied.
    7. They never entertained the idea of working from home. At all. Even a 25% WFH option would cut costs and improve morale.

    Advice to Management

    Read the list of cons and actually take action to make this more than a joke of a company. And think twice before you get rid of the good people.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "What an odd place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager/Scrum Master in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager/Scrum Master in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paychecks don’t bounce. Pay scale is set to LA which is great in Rancho Cordova. There are some really fine people working here. Dedicated, diligent, honorable folks.

    Cons

    As is often the case, technical managers full of unwarranted confidence in their abilities. My current manager is an absolute buffoon who has a very high opinion of his competencies. It’s killing the team’s morale and making us look bad. Given that his greatest skill is taking credit for the work of others and doing exactly what his VP demands, his tenure is assured.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe low team performance is as much a reflection of your (lack of) managerial skills as it is the team’s ability to deliver.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Member Services"

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    Former Employee - Member Services in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Member Services in Saint Louis, MO
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits along with other perks.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management, processes, systems, and policies prevent people from feeling like they belong, and reduces engagement. Way too many leaders and not enough front line workers in many areas.

    Advice to Management

    We understand that change is necessary to keep growing and evolving. However, too much of it makes people feel less stable in their job role. Also, please evaluate how many Directors and VP ratio there are to number of workers, especially at corporate.


  6. "Talent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Centene full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment and working life

    Cons

    On-going training, and compensation with additional feedback.


  7. "Case Manager"

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    Current Employee - RN Case Manager in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - RN Case Manager in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No micromanaging, allows flexibility in schedules

    Cons

    Inconsistency in carrying out policies

    Advice to Management

    Obtain up to date P& P prior to giving directive to employees

  8. "Fast-growing Company that values Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company highly values work/life balance, great benefits, compensated based on performance with annual reviews and opportunity for raises, teamwork environment, strong ethical values, etc.

    Cons

    No work-from-home options, constant change can result in inconsistencies in processes and policies, poor communication of policy changes also results, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to cascade big changes in each department down to the ground-level employees. Also, take the time to involve those that these changes will most affect on a daily basis before implementing huge initiatives or process changes. It's easy to forget the daily in's and out's and how these changes will effect those on the ground-level if you don't ask first.


  9. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great benefits- health insurance coverage is excellent and very reasonably priced.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover, lack of training on responsibilities of different business areas, too many e-mails, huge workload with no supporting back up, no work from home opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management varies by business area/department.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Going Backwards - Not Recommended"

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

    I have been working at Centene full-time

    Pros

    Expansion and market growth
    Available positions

    Cons

    Non-competitive wages
    Working from home not allowed, even for illness or family needs
    Lack of clarity and cohesion in communication and direction
    Insular, suspicious environment
    Disruptive internal conflict, particularly among management
    General sense of insecurity and instability among staff
    Increasingly strict dress codes for all departments

    Advice to Management

    Evolve with the times and technology. Trust your employees. Micromanagement and increasing restrictions will drive away quality people who have other employment options.


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