Blue Shield Of California - Good non-profit health plan with attractive pay, talented people, but ironically, expensive benefits | Glassdoor
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"Good non-profit health plan with attractive pay, talented people, but ironically, expensive benefits"

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Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

The pay at Blue Shield of California is moderately high. If you stay at least 3 years with the company as a full time employee you are eligible for a pension based on age and years of service. This is a rare benefit these days.

Cons

In my experience, hiring managers tend to favor cadidates with big-3 consulting company history. As a result, there are a lot of smart people, but also a lack of accountability.

For being a health plan, the employees share of the health benefits are pretty expensive.

Advice to Management

Instill accountability from the top down and honestly take into consideration rank and file thoughts and opinions.

Other Employee Reviews for Blue Shield Of California

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work? Hmmmmmmmmmmm"

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    Current Employee - Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Very inexpensive HMO health care plan
    -Telecommuting option for some jobs
    -Competitive salary (but slightly low), good bonus structure
    -Company embraces social media and encourages employees to coalesce

    Cons

    -Letter culture. Too much emphasis on degrees and academic accomplishments and not enough on expertise and experience. Everyone puts letters after their names (John Doe, MBA). Greatly divisive elitist culture, Stifles relationship building.
    -Shortage of inspiring leaders; surplus of managers and whip-crackers.
    -HR essentially non-existent. Virtual only and run by skeleton crew of admins
    -Hiring/recruiting process one of the worst in America. They should give "I survived the BSC hiring process" to those who get hired. Seriously.
    -Internal training opportunities in areas of leadership, communication, etc non -existent
    -Self serving culture where insecure managers do not recognize, share, or shine light on great ideas
    -Many departments crippled by legacy software and systems. Some still using DOS apps

    Advice to Management

    Get real. Get down in the trenches and instead of doing data deep dives, try doing some culture deep dives to see how dept. managers are treating their people. There is a huge disconnect between what companys says are its values and how many leaders actually act.


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    "Big Company, Small Scope"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Blue Shield is family friendly.

    Cons

    This is a company where you will not be rewarded for being proactive, going above and beyond or thinking outside the box. It is very siloed and the teams do not know how to work together. Very little direction, if any, is given and you are supposed just figure out on your own which is very difficult since it is a tough place to navigate. If you are a person used to working in a start-up or smaller company, this is not the place for you. The bureaucracy will drive you crazy.

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