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"Lacking strategic direction"

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Former Contractor - Program Manager in Portland, OR
Former Contractor - Program Manager in Portland, OR
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Kaiser Permanente as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Not long hours. Good benefits. Generally friendly people. Centrally located to downtown.

Cons

Departmentalized. Leadership lacks strategic direction. Too many failed projects. High turnover.

Advice to Management

Figure out your priorities. Focus on the essential few projects and think more strategically rather than reactionary.

Other Employee Reviews for Kaiser Permanente

  1. "Great company but needs to modernize and lean up"

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and bonus program, great health and dental benefits, awesome vacation accrual, and flexible work schedules.

    Prior to Kaiser I was a consultant and was able to have a look into many different companies. Management at Kaiser is mostly very nice, logical and understanding. There will always be bad apples in the bunch, but the good definitely outweigh the bad.

    Kaiser is really starting to think seriously about streamlining its operations and modernizing how it does things. This is much needed because so much of Kaiser is stuck in the 70s and 80s. I'm optimistic about Kaiser's future if it's willing to make the tough decisions to innovate and optimize.

    Cons

    There are a lot of old-timers at this company who are stuck in its antiquated culture. There are also a lot of mediocre workers who avoid being productive and just sit in meetings all day and play politics to preserve what they have. The poor performers need to be more quickly terminated to lean the company up.

    Unions have a stranglehold on this company with their generous pay and benefits, but they're also big customers of Kaiser; this makes it difficult for management to make the difficult decisions about cutting unions loose and running a leaner ship.

    Advice to Management

    This sounds terrible, but have more layoffs so that it forces management to cut the mediocrity and political BS while retaining the best talent.

    Innovate with modern technology and automate processes that are performed manually by armies of people.

    Reduce the burdensome policies and processes.


  2. "Good Work Life Balance"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule is a big plus

    Cons

    Pay can be a lot better

    Advice to Management

    Interview the right people and throw slackers out

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