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Community Health Systems Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • It's hard to achieve proper work/life balance because you don't accumulate but so few hours a month (in 18 reviews)

  • Lots of changes in the companies upper management have cause re-organizations and have ultimately slowed our processes down (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "People are great, culture and thinking - not so great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employees are amazing. They work really hard to make CHS a better place.

    The opportunities are limitless - you can truly grow your career here by just getting a bunch done really well. You might not move up the ladder here or make the money you are worth, but you will leave with a great resume.

    Cons

    Men move up, women don't. This is a good ole boys network - suits, and men make it. Sometimes the men moving up really earned it, other times it was just a given. Women in higher positions either hired in this way with no movement since, or it is a traditionally female field that most men do not lead.

    As you prove your loyalty and execute and deliver amazingly well, you may get promoted with a 4% increase even though you are already well underpaid for your current position. It does not pay to be loyal.

    Advice to Management

    Assess the women who are making your company great and treat them fairly. Pay for loyalty - too many people are suffering financially that work really hard for you.


  2. "Cash Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cash Research Analyst in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Cash Research Analyst in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    horrible compensation and work life balance

    Advice to Management

    pay employees more

  3. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is decent. Holidays off are great. Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate provided to you if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Benefits are not the best. It's hard to achieve proper work/life balance because you don't accumulate but so few hours a month.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Community Health Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Laid back atmosphere
    - Good mobility
    - Hands-off management (for the most part)
    - Company is willing to pay you to train for your next job

    Cons

    - Pay is far below market value, especially if you get promoted. You will get, at max, a 6% increase, regardless of what the position would pay if you were hired from outside.
    - Pay is low
    - Did I mention the pay?
    - Because pay is low, it is hard to get quality employees
    - Because it is hard to get quality employees, there is more work than people to do it.
    - A few managers read too many "How to be a leader" books

    Advice to Management

    Get with the market on pay. When you promote someone, pay them what the position pays, even if it's just the minimum. Paying people and training them, then having them go elsewhere is counterproductive.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good corporate culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Community Health Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and small company environment for large company.

    Cons

    Does not encourage working remotely.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ethical but Poorly Managed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong focus on compliance and ethical conduct. Not being asked to do illegal or unethical things at work is huge and appreciated.

    Cons

    Management focuses on cuts that put employees in difficult situations like exhausting vacation time and being furloughed.

    Advice to Management

    The stock price has been dropping for 18 months. Cutting costs is not working and a new strategy is needed. Stop allowing the CFO's to run the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Community Health Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the medical staff in the field and patients that truly appreciate people.

    Cons

    Working with office medical staff who assume only people with medical background can handle work in an office that deals with people.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate support staff. Pay people for their experience, not what you assume they know. Grow up, medical people do not always make the best administrative people. Administrative people are resourceful, learn quickly and adapt, do not belittle them!

  8. "Good Company to Work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bonus structure for just about every department. Benefits are about average. Lots of company activities. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Some people should not have been hired. Other than that not very many just the rules can be strict but what company isn't.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "allied health"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deming, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deming, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Community Health Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. And easy to transfer to another CHS facility

    Cons

    Management does not treat hourly staff with respect and frequently belittles them.

    Very hostile environment and frequent threats of job loss.

    Not able to report unsafe and patient care concerns due to fear of retribution.

    Advice to Management

    Stop living in a bubble in the c suite.

    Talk to patients and staff.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Catalyst To Dysfunction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Ancillary Services in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director Ancillary Services in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The CHS corporation provides the basis for Directors to gain some advantage by networking and purchasing. But this is driven by the individual and what they can do with these limited resources.

    Cons

    CHS in their style of management over the hospital brought out the worst features of corporate culture and administrators that resulted in a toxic workplace along with a migration of employees and physicians. The community of physicians have all come to understand the business model of CHS is not really about healthcare or patient outcomes. It is putting profit before patients and enforces this at each facility through the C-level folks that have been vetted for their compliance with the corporate dictates. CHS has brought out the very worst in managerial behavior in the administrators it controls. Through the salary bonuses or the threat of unemployment these hospital leaders will do whatever they are told and given free reign to use their positions of power to execute petty jealousy, or dispatch those who might know more or be more astute at running the organization. It doesn't matter the reason, the insecure leaders lash out at anyone they brand as a low performer, instigator, agitator--or the worst of all, a leader amongst the staff that instills real loyalty and teamwork. Real loyalty and staff support are things these corporate inflated egotistical administrators will never know. More importantly, those things are really not highly valued because the CHS system thinks it can buy them. Fear and power are the key words. It is sad to see the corruption of potentially good leaders take a hospital down to some factory mindset where staff become commodities and employee engagement is mandated under duress. Of course hospitals need to make money to stay in the business of healthcare--but CHS operates openly in the communities where they are located as a healthcare dollar extraction machine. Designed to get the most money it can from the community it "serves".

    Advice to Management

    There much to learn from your example. However, there is no use in providing advice to management as this is specifically one of the CHS cultural features--they could not accept it no matter how helpful it might be.


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