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Essential Access Health Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "Mid level management is awesome!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essential Access Health full-time

    Pros

    Mid level managers are great. They support their staff, and do a great job at support employee morale and professional development. Organization is doing great work for reproductive health, and they did a great job at making organization relevant in the changing times. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Senior leadership sometimes feels out of touch with staff on the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, they know much more than you think they do. Develop better positive connections with your staff, and you'll see less turnover.


  2. "Great mentorship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tight-knit and hardworking team, but they were never too busy to provide mentorship or career advice.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. I had a very positive experience

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic and demoralizing work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice team at the Director level and below. People are committed and care about the work. Flexible work schedules and generous salaries for senior staff - though they are not shared across the board.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has no faith in their staff and leads through fear and intimidation. There is no transparency about decision-making and a general sense of distrust for staff and external partners. There is talk about giving staff autonomy and wanting their input and contributions, but absolutely every decision - from consequential to minor - is made by the CEO. Even the Senior VP and other VPs are not empowered to make decisions. Everyone is basically scared of the CEO. This creates a very negative organizational culture and work environment and morale is VERY LOW. In the last year, 5-6 Director-level staff have left - some without other opportunities lined up - because it was so unpleasant.

    There is no mechanism in place for staff to provide feedback or seek support. HR is a consultant who is completely ineffective. The Board should be aware of these challenges and institute a thorough and confidential 360 review of both the CEO and the Senior Vice President.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Pretentious + Unappreciative Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essential Access Health full-time

    Pros

    Staff are experienced, skilled and passionate. Organization places high value on innovation and growth. Large health center network.

    Cons

    CEO is judgmental and difficult to work with often assuming the worst in staff. Leaders are inappropriate and rude to each other. Staff work in a culture of constant fear and intimidation. Leaders cultivate a "cut throat" environment and are unforgiving and irrationally judging of staff and external partners. Essential Access is a wolf in sheep's clothing; revenue hungry with little emphasis on staff satisfaction or appreciation. If you value working in a positive, people-friendly, collaborative environment this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize staff feedback and evaluate the preposterously high turn over rate. Board should be involved and seriously consider a CEO/ Sr VP change.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Uncaring VPs and mentally abusive CEO"

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    Former Employee - STD Prevention in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - STD Prevention in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essential Access Health full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Staff at CFHC are loyal to the organization's mission to provide reproductive heath care for women and providing family planning and STD prevention..

    Cons

    Many layoff of some very important and key individuals. What was once a great place to work has now become a place with an ever growing and expanding high priced micro-managing leaders with no direction or vision and less working staff to support the mission. My sympathies go towards the staff still giving their blood and sweat towards doing the best job they can while management turns their nose to the sky.

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors should remove the CEO.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Leadership needs to stop pushing staff out of organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I follow what other staff have posted. I work with a great group of people who do a good job and support the mission of the organization to provide quality sexual and reproductive health. The different departments bring in a ton of money and there is a lot offered through research, training, policy, family planning and STD prevention. Staff are dedicated and loyal - but there need to be an assessment of the organization.

    Cons

    Over the past 4 years, there has be tremendous amount of staff turnover, fires, lay offs. We once had 100 staff and it now been cut in half. This has created a ton of chaos and fear. Workloads continue to increase and no increases in pay. The leadership make very uninformed and inconsistent decisions that affect the workplace. Many inside and outside partnerships have been damaged. Staff are disrespected, not asked to give input and otherwise are made afraid to say anything. They are bullied by CEO and leadership. The last CEO engaged board of directors and they were active in the organization where this board don't seem to do or hear anything about the staff. Does the board know how much turnover there has been? I am fearful of writing this review because I could be targeted but the atmosphere at this organization is toxic. I write hoping it will bring about change. Is there a way to assess the organization and do a staff evaluation? With staff recommendations we could make this a better place to work.

    Advice to Management

    I agree with other posts from employees. The Board of Directors should institute an in-depth evaluation with feedback from employees where it is confidential and the CEO and leaders cannot exercised control of the process. Everyone should be able to give input without fearing they too will get fired or lose their job. Please help!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Dysfunctional Senior Leadership Creates a Tough Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essential Access Health full-time

    Pros

    The mission of providing quality sexual and reproductive health care is a worthwhile one. Many long-time employees and middle managers are great at what they do, work hard, and are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is ineffective and kowtows to the CEO’s every whim. Tremendous time can be wasted on minor projects focused on pleasing the Board of Directors. This has a trickle down effect as senior leadership delegates much of their actual work to their staff, who have their own jobs to do. The effects can be seen in the very high turnover rate in middle management positions. Some departments have such high turnover, its quite rare for someone to stay for more than six months, despite the hit that kind of short tenure takes on one’s resume.

    Strategic decisions are often based on passing fads. The organization has become increasingly top-heavy over time. Some jobs have been moved to consultant positions.

    Unfortunately the Board sees none of this, and only sees what is presented to them at their quarterly meetings. They have shown no interest in conducting any sort of 360 appraisal... it’s easier to take the CEO’s word that everything is “super” than have to deal with the actual facts that the organization is very sick. Unless this changes, senior leadership will remain dysfunctional to the point that all staff are effected, and to the point that it is impossible to recommend CFHC as a place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider this advice to the Board: Conduct some sort of performance appraisal of the CEOs leadership that goes beyond senior leadership, ensure that feedback can be kept anonymous, and do it fast.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Essential Access Health full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    The executives have no real strategic plans or initiatives. HR is a consultant and is intolerable & incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Your name says family health. Perhaps you should focus on expanding your services.


  9. "Health Education Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Health Educator/Health Education Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Health Educator/Health Education Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    CFHC provides many valuable services to women and families in California. I enjoyed working alongside very passionate health educators, writers, managers an support staff.

    Cons

    Type of work and the amount of work was dependent on funding. We moved to a smaller location after lease expired. Eventually, CFHC closed the health education and publications division in Los Gatos.

    Advice to Management

    Continue offering the array of services to women and families in California. Reopen the Los Gatos location if you get more funding in the future.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great staff hampered by very poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essential Access Health full-time

    Pros

    The "old guard" is exceedingly knowledgeable and has a lot to give. If you're interested in reproductive health policy, this is an important organization.

    Cons

    Toxic, angry senior leadership that is unfocused and unallied with staff. Things get done through fear motivation rather than inspiration. Lots of needless gossip, drama and backstabbing, even to the point of sabotaging people. Poor competency with general operations.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it and let your people work. People work best when they are motivated, not in fear of losing their job or displeasing their manager.


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