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"Great company, but lots of red tape"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Advocate Health Care full-time (More than a year)

Pros

-Great medical, retirement, PTO, and education benefits
-Good people to work with
-Salary is average for the industry
-Good opportunity for promotions from within

Cons

-Middle managers not always the best people for their position. Promoted because of area knowledge and tenure, not necessarily management ability.
-There can be a lot of down time.
-People sleep at their desks; managers know and do nothing about it. Kills morale for those who actually come to work to be productive.
-No work from home policy for positions where it would be logical to do so.

Advice to Management

-Focus on process improvement and look for areas where positive adjustments can be made.
-If people are not doing their jobs or cannot do their job, get rid of them or find something else for them to do. This is only a poison to others in the department.
-It's 2013. Consider work from home policy for positions where it makes sense.

Other Employee Reviews for Advocate Health Care

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Advocate could do better if they had the courage to take the lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Advocate Health Care full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Average medical benefits lately the cost to the employee is rising and the coverage is decreasing. A small pension benefit. Educational support to progress in your career. Highly dedicated clinical staff with excellent health outcome results. Strong hospital values and mission. Impressive knowledgable clinical staff that treat patients with kindness and professionalism. Hard working team atmosphere, staff knows the names of everyone in the hospital.

    Cons

    Managers are pushing for a culture of work quantity over quality with increasing case loads and decreasing opportunities for advancement and limited raises. Managers are out of touch with clinician realities of the job. Managers have lost clinical skills and spend too much time in back room meetings away from staff. Health outcomes and profit margins are up, salaries and incentives are down. Managers are manipulating staff with financial figures that show the hospital as over budget in various departments even though individual productivity is up and the hospital census is increasing. Growth is the true reason for being over budget. No outlets exist to communicate with administration without punitive career consequences. CEO presentations are informative but true concerns are not addressed with any validity. Caring for an increasing census means some departments are over budget working harder and longer hours staff morale is intermittently low. Salaried employees are treated in many ways like hourly employees except no FLSA benefits. Hospital profits are shared between administration and Doctors with a bonus program. Corporate behavior is taking over and middle managers are everywhere with an army of new care managers micro managing everyone else's jobs with limited apparent benefit to the patients or the hospital. Staff is beginning to feel resentment with unreasonable caseloads. Employees have no seat at the table RN's are protected by patient to staff ratios but no other clinical staff has this protection. Some staff have discussed union related options if things do not change for the greater good of the staff and the patients they serve.

    Advice to Management

    Quite beating up your hard working staff with budget numbers that only tell part of the story. Hospital census growth is causing increasing staffing costs in some units but the hospital is still increasing profits. Start budgeting for growth and include salary incentives into these budgets and adequate staffing of allied service departments not just nurses. The pension benefit should be increased for staff with Advocate for greater than 10 years. Improving clinical staff pensions is the most equitable way to value seniority of clinical staff with experience who give a full time commitment to the organization. Competition has higher employee satisfaction scores and better benefits; CDH, Edwards, Elmhurst. Our employees are valuable and they have options. Years of service, educational level and skills must have a baring on salary increases. Some employees have already moved on to competitors in the area. The new mantra of do more for less is a corporate fantasy and staff is at times overextended and this contributes to injuries. Care should be taken to account for the cost of work related injuries when asking staff to double their case loads or work full time plus a weekend shift. These are not reasonable requests. Profit sharing for the Doctors and salary freezes and hiring freezes for the staff, really? We can do better, this is the largest hospital employer in IL lets take the lead and remember not to leave the staff and patient satisfaction behind. Expand preventive care programs for obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and use the hospitals net work of wellness centers to offer affordable programs to improve healthy lifestyles similar to the HeatheYou program for employees. Preventing these diseases is more affective than treating them.


  2. "Good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registred Nurse in Park Ridge, IL
    Former Employee - Registred Nurse in Park Ridge, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advocate Health Care full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is very good. Financialy strong company.

    Cons

    Working hours are very long.

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