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"More good than bad"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits, great people (mostly), but old-school culture that feels very hierarchical.
Telecommuting is a big plus.
Recently they've really been trying to get up to speed on technology.

Cons

1. The right people are frequently not included in discussions & their input is often not considered during decision making
2. The wrong people keep getting promoted (partially because of item #1)
3. There is a lot of favoritism
4. There is a solid divider between management and individual performers. Not that managers don't talk to IP's, but when the rubber meets the road, they don't think of IP's as having useful input.
5. Way behind on technology - they are still using MS Office 2007 and IE8

Advice to Management

Break the "glass floor" to talk to the people under you about your decisions before making them. You forget how much knowledge and experience resides in individual performers.

Other Employee Reviews for Blue Shield Of California

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Chaos"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Shield Of California full-time

    Pros

    Some people are friendly.

    Cons

    The company is trying to do too much too fast. Conflicting priorities is a HUGE understatement. Management is very inconsistent. The morale in my area is very negative--my boss does not know how to communicate, then punishes (and fires) direct reports for not mind-reading.

    Advice to Management

    You unsuccessfully tried to cut some priorities...please try again. Morale will not improve with managers who manage by fear.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Way too many chiefs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The medical benefits and PTO are adequate. You are eligible for health benefits and vested in 401k on date of hire. The limit placed on company profits and involvement in community service is admirable.

    Cons

    The layers of management within the company seem to be endless. The organizational structure changes frequently. Dental benefits are poor. My manager provided me no negative feedback throughout the year until my annual review, then I was placed on performance plan and received no raise or bonus. The unknowns and ever changing Affordable Care Act related requirements and mandates makes project work challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an organizational consulting firm to assess the layers of management and make recommendation.

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