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"No growth opportunities unless you're in the IN club"

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Former Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
Former Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Premera has a nice physical workspace, cafeteria. There are some very good people there. Good integrity with regard to their products (despite what people think of insurance companies).

Cons

There is a culture of not sharing knowledge so that one can feel like they are "needed". Salaries are low, and as is typical with health insurance companies, they are slow to embrace technology. Remote working is discouraged, and a general sense of distrust with employees is felt. (I am not talking about employees at an entry level position.) The CEO and executive level salary discrepancy is outrageous and disheartening when bonus time rolls around and you see how wide the gap is between the haves and have nots.

Advice to Management

Recognize the work of the people who are making your company tick. Stop promoting uneducated, smokers above their level of competency; this is not the type of person you want to lead your company. Remember, just because someone was good at one job does not make them a good leader.

Other Employee Reviews for Premera Blue Cross

  1. Helpful (5)

    "If you enjoy being a sardine in a cubicle this is your company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cafeteria. Not subsidized by Premera!!. If you are under 40 you will be promoted at less money than the regime currently in power. Go Premera.

    Cons

    A typical work day is focused around useless meetings, multi-leveled management that provides no added value, and cliques of ill equipped executive level managers. The company made $320 Billion in 2008 but requires employees to use vacation time when the office is intentionally closed for the days prior to long holidays. The guise is that that it costs too much money to pay employees for unused paid time off. Be prepared to take your portable lap top with you even to your lunch and home. It is now your new parasite.

    Advice to Management

    Oh, if you want to work out at the health conglomerate's state of the art exercise facility you can forget that. They don't have one. But you can walk on the trails at your own risk. Put your money where your mouth is and promote employees' health with more than a free trail. So shameful.

    Don't promote mid level managers just because they have worked there for decades. Review your human capital's PROVEN abilities-- not tenure.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "If you are in it for the cash and the commute, go for it... just dont expect much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Campus is within walking distance of 65% of its employees.
    Generous benefits / Healthcare coverage / HSA / Pension plan
    Annual Incentive Bonus plan

    Cons

    Pension plan creates an atmosphere of in-place retirement and long timers generally dont treat newcomers favorably.
    An incredibly risk-averse environment and the right decision is always the hardest way possible if you ask someone in management a question of any kind at all.
    Leadership among the management is nearly nonexistent and communication skills are severely lacking.
    Annual performance reviews are based on calendar year, but your actual rating and bonus will be most heavily determined by the new calendar year first quarter as the reviews and bonuses are not awarded until April. In effect employees are held hostage in Q1 and many people leave the company in April / May each year. Most people last 3 years of this.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate your vision and strategy to your employees and relate for them the work they are doing with the company goals. Tear down your office walls. Quit demanding 8 hours of worthless meetings a day for mid level managers that renders them useless to their staff.

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