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"Great for IT career path"

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Former Employee - IT Manager
Former Employee - IT Manager
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Endless possibilities for technical growth and career progression

Cons

The usual politics, male-oriented power trips and who-you-know road blocks.

Advice to Management

Check up on your managers and promote professionalism at all levels. Be fair and empower the worker bees. Keep HR under control.

Other Employee Reviews for Kaiser Permanente

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great physicians, Average management."

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    Former Employee - Clerical Supervisor in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical Supervisor in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits...best on the clinic side (TPMG, SCPMG, PMG), not so great on the hospital (KFH) side.

    Pay is decent for union workers and average for non-union, non-exempt workers (admins, coordinators, etc.).

    You have the ability to transfer between departments, facilities, and regions. There are approx. 8 regions at Kaiser serving more than 8 million members (patients). If you transfer between unions or regions, you lose seniority, but you don't lose retirement longevity (as long as there isn't an extended break in service).

    There is tuition reimbursement and a very small amount of forgivable loans (available to nurses). Some of the unions offer classes outside of work and there is paid educational leave for those employees.

    You could learn a lot about the health care field if you work here. The electronic medical record (EMR) is a really big thing right now and Kaiser is the forerunner on a lot of new practices relating to how data from the EMR is used and analyzed.

    People who are comfortable using technology, being open to constant change, enjoy compromise, are flexible, and willing to learn new things will thrive in the Kaiser environment.

    Cons

    The management is always arguing with the physicians. They try to tell the physicians what to do, when the physicians are the ones who own the medical groups. If the staff and the physicians were left to run the clinic themselves, everything would go a lot smoother.

    Basically, Kaiser has too many managers. Many are overpaid and don't do much work. They are in meetings all the time and always running reports. Reports, by the way, that many of the managers don't understand and don't use to improve their business.

    Additionally, there are a lot of "bad seeds" amongst the union employees. These are people who hide behind the protection of the union. They know that management is very scared of disciplining union employees because they don't want to deal with a grievance and/or don't understand the grievance process and how to properly discipline employees. If the management team would be more active in disciplining and terminating bad employees, then the good employees could actually do more positive things in their departments and wouldn't have so much pushback from the bad employees. Then, there are the bad union employees who decide to become union reps and shop stewards. They hide behind the protection of the union and spout off all this complicated union contract language that they themselves don't even understand most of the time. Management won't even touch these employees who are union reps and shop stewards, so once again, the bad employees get rewarded, while the good employees don't get recognized for their good works.

    FYI, I was an employee for over twenty years before retiring. I liked my job and the doctors I worked with, but the managers came and went frequently. I miss the doctors, but am glad I don't have to deal with the managers anymore.

    Work here if you'd like, but be prepared to deal with the union issues and bad management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the overpaid, underperforming managers. Decrease the number of meetings and managers by at least half and you'll greatly increase your chances of being successful in the years to come.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Miss-guided IT management"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    IT feeds on Kaiser Permanente's progressive image of leadership in Health Care and sees themselves as enablers.

    Cons

    IT fails to realize a strategy that delivers, they remain decades behind in internal processes, red tape's abound.
    Describes their IT staff as “commodity” workers doing “commodity” work.
    Their staff is demoralized, any strategy is accidental; the ship's captain has no clue.
    Largest implementation of ERP run by people with zero knowledge of what they manage.

    Advice to Management

    Your fat layers of management and lack of knowledge is driving cost of healthcare up.

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