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Updated August 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (95)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Training Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Care about employees, job opportunities

    Cons

    Need to stabilize processes and procedures if they are to continue to grow rapidly

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Fast paced, Opportunities, Fair Pay"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive pay, a lot of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Work life balance - not able to work from home very often

    Advice to Management

    Update employee policies regarding dress code, work from home, work/life balance type of policies


  4. "Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good connections, post-internship employment, and location.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive and employees do not feel valued.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  5. "It's great to be an intern"

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    Current Intern - Data Analyst Intern in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Intern - Data Analyst Intern in Chesterfield, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot.
    Pay is really fair for interns
    Have a bunch of different events to go to.
    You get experience in the field.
    You can show up anytime between 7am-9am each morning.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to understand the corporate language.
    Sometimes hard to grasp concepts.
    It takes a time for software to be approved.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Growth is a challenge and an opportunity"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chesterfield, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I have seen career growth in 4 years at Centene that would have taken me 15 to 20 years anywhere else. Centene is very fast paced and rapidly growing. There are fires that need fighting and lots of growing pains, but this brings as much opportunity as challenge. Make yourself useful in the right area and you will go far.
    - I have been blessed with some incredible leaders, although not all areas of the company seem to be as lucky.
    - Good benefits, good pay.
    - Acceptable hours. This may not be true for all of IT, but in my area it's not common to work more than 45 hours a week unless someone just likes to do that.

    Cons

    - Changing culture since the Healthnet merger. The values of the company overall have declined in the aftermath.
    - Some internal teams are very difficult to work with and take up to 6 weeks to respond to very simple requests or inquiries.
    - Competing direction given from upper management in IT. While some are embracing Agile and even DevOps, others are being pushed to enforce restrictive, regimented processes and things that oppose the very nature of Agile and DevOps.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up on the values of Centene that made this a great place to work for many. Empower employees, trust them, equip them, reward them. Free them to accomplish great things and help them push back against some of the unnecessary bureaucracy taking root in IT. Demonstrate servant leadership. Share in your team's joy AND suffering in real time.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Centene full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay for the job

    Cons

    They do not care about you as a person

    Advice to Management

    get new management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Application Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Applications Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Easy environment.
    2. Long Term Career Growth for employees.

    Cons

    1. Poor IT infrastructure.
    2. No proper Training provided for IT skills. If training was for provided to the employees on IT skills which the company requires, it would make Centene a top place for IT and would save the company millions of dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Centene needs to catch up on IT. Train your IT employees to expert levels. This would make them extraordinary resources.


  9. "Pretty Cool Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Intern - IT Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Centene as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work for a really good Project Manager in IT. She is very transparent and helps me along. There are a lot of intern activities and the pay is good

    Cons

    Some people don't have much respect for you because of your intern status. You have to get in their face to get what you need.


  10. "Internal assessment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Growth, industry, a lot of hiring, size

    Cons

    Communication , sr leadership, defined career path

    Advice to Management

    More time on employee relations. Should make this the best place to work


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