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Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Reviews

Updated March 15, 2019
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Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Executive Director Kim Bimestefer
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Making a Difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Developing and implementing public health policy that may have an impact on thousands. Constantly challenging and interesting work!

    Cons

    It is a state agency, so unfortunately the pay will not be the highest you can get, however, the work will be rewarding!


  2. "Not a happy place"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good job security, public sector benefits

    Cons

    a very unhappy place. most people hate their bosses, and the newest executive management immediately made everyone extremely unhappy. Glad to have moved on when I did!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good way to get into state government but not much else."

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

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time

    Pros

    -Good experience
    -Interesting work at times
    -Develo meaningful professional relationships
    -Some professional development opportunities
    -Job security
    -PERA
    -Work/life balance

    Cons

    Where to start? This place is dysfunctional in so many ways, even for a government agency. No onboarding or training, especially for managers. Management never held accountable. Nearly impossible to go forward with an idea because of endless meetings where decisions are not made. Long chain of command to get anything approved. Extremely high turnover. Near poverty wages and if you don’t go drinking with your boss and coworkers after work, don’t expect to get promoted. Cliques that extend outside of office because of all the people with no life outside of work. Previous ED gave employees a small, inexpensive gift for the holidays but current one didn’t even do that.

    If you do start working here, plan on looking for a new job within a year so you can leave before you are completely burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Train people in Medicaid and in managing staff. Punish people who leave at 4:30 to go drink. While pay will never be high, pay increase wages unless you want the revolving door that is HCPF to continue.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Budget Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work culture, great team, work is important and fulfilling

    Cons

    High turnover in other areas, workload for pay level is not always reasonable, some people do bare minimum, raises can be limited outside of promotions.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to be a little more proactive in supporting employees / ensuring fairness around workload/pay.


  5. "Purchasing Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn is high.

    Cons

    Need to be self motivated


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of "emergencies" to deal with due to lack of long range vision in leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements implemented in 2017
    Important and fulfilling work, intellectual stimulating
    Intelligent, committed staff
    Willing to implement innovative ideas
    Management try to reward and promote great staff
    Lots of great managers and people who care about the work and the people they work with
    Good place to get your start in the industry

    Cons

    Leadership seems to lack a long range vision, often distracted by the next shiny thing
    This creates a lot of "fires" for staff who scurry to work on the next thing
    Often unsure whether the work I put into new projects was even used by leadership
    Overall, can be a very stressful, reactive environment to work in
    Compensation is low

    Advice to Management

    The is a new Executive Director in 2018, so perhaps some of the cons will improve.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Government Health Care"

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    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Aide in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people of HCPF work hard and really care about their work. There are always difficult people to work with at any company, however HCPF seems to have a great community of workers.

    Cons

    It is government work. It is thankless. You will work very hard for a project just to have everything change at the last second, the work may start over or may just be shelved for the foreseeable future.

    Advice to Management

    You are amazing at handling ever changing regulations and work specs.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IT PROJECTS AT $179 Million?"

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    Current Employee - Project Grunt in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Grunt in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours, flex time flex place, PERA,

    Cons

    Flex-time-flex-Place, makes it supper difficult to get anything done. to many layer of authorization to make things happen, No Parking. parking tickets, having to move car every 2-hours is a joke. the hourly cost per months to move care is $120. over the cost of having the department buy garage parking for the employees.
    Project Contractors charge huge hourly rates(~$150/hr), management practice-figuratively and literally, super low salary levels for educational requirements, Huge disparity in income for Directors vs. those who actually do all the work. The practice of contractor work not being eligible for rehire 3 months after contract ends is simply ridiculous. Huge loss of tribal knowledge and re-training new sheepople. Over inflated egos to contend with.

    Advice to Management

    pay your talented talent the market rate do they feel inclined to. stay, perform better and afford rent in Denver Metro.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My personal experience with HCPF has been very positive. We have great workforce development team with engaging trainers, incredibly flexible schedules (I work from home 2-3 days per week), and management is great - in my division, at least. I've encountered some disgruntled employees in my time here and have noticed that the ones who complain the loudest (while accusing management of valuing bad employees) are usually terrible offended when their "wonderful" ideas aren't fawned over and implemented immediately. At the end of the day this IS a bureaucracy and you can't just do whatever you want, no matter how amazing you think you & your ideas are.

    Cons

    Some sections are incredibly difficult to work with but that's to be expected at any job. We're split up into two different buildings and the people in the crappy building always have to walk to the fancy building for meetings. That gets really annoying when it is 100 degrees outside or snowing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, never have an issue getting days off that I need at a last moment notice.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of upper movement opportunities due to the hierarchy of the department. You either need to wait until someone retires or move into a another division to move up. If you're ok with complacency, then I would recommend this. Pay is below market value.