Premera Blue Cross - Conservative company in a tough industry with a steady talent drain in progress | Glassdoor
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"Conservative company in a tough industry with a steady talent drain in progress"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

• Good benefits with a focus on employee wellness and health.

• Strong charitable contribution to the community.

• Free parking and easy commute.

• Lots of Admins everywhere, mostly you won’t have to handle your own calendar.

• The company is trying to do the right thing to change how healthcare is utilized, making moves to control what costs they can.

Cons

• Stagnant company in an industry under fire. Before joining Premera ask yourself what will happen to the company when healthcare reform is completely implemented in 2014?

• Old fashioned corporate culture. Limited new technology, most outside ideas die, rigid dress code, flexible schedules and working at home are discouraged, corporate values are used as meaningless slogans.

• Heavily hierarchical and patriarchal organization with strict command and control.

• Ability of management to think strategically varies widely by group, you will be micromanaged.

• Many employees have never worked anywhere else. That should be healthy but somehow it isn’t. “Us versus them” is the name of the game with the lifers.

• Endless staff meetings, work group meetings, subgroup meetings. 6+ hours of meetings a day is normal.

• Collaborative culture run amok. Employees are not empowered to make decisions. If you like waiting for management or an entire group to decide every small point then this is the place.

• Upper management talks about promoting internal changes while line level employees meet actual change with anger, fear, and sabotage.

Advice to Management

Get out of the Executive and Senior Management Group Meetings and see what is happening on the floor, the culture of fear and distrust is driving talent out the door at a rapid rate. Talking about a shiny new idea every quarter isn’t a plan. Walk the walk on your corporate values, wordsmithing them once again isn’t real progress.

Other Employee Reviews for Premera Blue Cross

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, ok place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Great people to work with
    * If you do a job well & apply yourself there are growth opportunities
    * Depending on the department there is good work/life balance
    * Cafeteria/food service on site
    * Good benefits
    * Easy commute
    * Free parking
    * Depending on the department, emplolyee & management some flexible schedules granted

    Cons

    * Senior managment mismanages projects (e.g. the quanity & volume that can be achieved with resoures & time alloted) causing chaos which spans multi departments
    * Company set's their values & vision and then goes against it when the next bright idea comes along
    * Some workers go above & beyond while others slack big time and get away with it
    * Wasteful team, department & organizational mandatory meetings
    * Not up with the times by enforcing Business Casual attire

    Advice to Management

    Create the vision & stick with it for longer than a few months.
    Hire the volume of staff needed to support the volume of work to be done
    Learn to say no if you can't stick to the two items above


  2. "A Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Customer Service Representative for State of Alaska Account in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Insurance Customer Service Representative for State of Alaska Account in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helpful supervisors, great benefits (a wide range of options to choose from for medical/dental/vision insurance), great company morale, lots of freebies. They have an awesome lunch area with all types of food serviced by Sodexho.

    Cons

    I don't have anything really bad to say about them. Sometimes the call center could get hectic, but that is normal. I would work their again in a heartbeat if they were hiring!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management at Premera Blue Cross is to keep up the good work! Continue to treat each employee as an important member of the team and this company will go even farther than it already has!

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