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Fairview Health Services Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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Pros
  • There is the opportunity for a flexible work schedule, decent pay and benefits and employees are generally friendly (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent benefits, great people to work with, they really care about their employees/patients (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The upper management need to leave the office more and see just how hard there team is working (in 8 reviews)

  • No one to go to if you have a concern which can be challenging and potentially dangerous (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Poor Work appreciation and Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairview Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Hard to find many positives - working there was a very hard thing to do

    Cons

    Bad hours
    Bad Management
    Bad Support

    Advice to Management

    Start over from the ground up - listen to your employees


  2. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairview Health Services (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Operations managers are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Poor leadership with way too much turnover at the top.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership Void"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fairview Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Many genuinely good, if misguided, people. Expensive quarterly off-site social activities for corporate communications employees.

    Cons

    Senior managers have spent their life in this organization. There's no outside perspective at all. Technology infrastructure was seriously outdated. The IT department was bloated and had no accountability. Glaring lack of tolerance for diversity in rural hospitals and those who knew better laughed it off and looked the other way. Infighting between Fairview and the U of M.

    Advice to Management

    You can do better. Invest in training for your corporate support staff. Stop rewarding the worst managers with promotions based on cronyism.


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  5. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Vacation Time off, many long-term employees who really knew the very complex IT environment.

    Cons

    New management. In 2009, Fairview implemented a 'ROWE' work environment (Results Only Work Environment). In 2016, this was taken away and all IT people were required in the office 5 days a week. Terrible work/life balance decision and many really good, talented people left FV. It's such a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the VPs that were hired in IT. Completely a waste of money for a 425 person IT department to have 10 or more VPs.


  6. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Fairview Health Services full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy the individuals that I work with.

    Cons

    The senior leadership and administration do not give the necessary time to the front line staff. The demands and requirements of the job continue to increase but the compensation and job title remain the same.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good... for some"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fairview Health Services part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of scope at Fairview to move around, but in order to tap into all the opportunities, you need to know the right people. If you don't have someone advocating for you, then prepare to stay in the same position for the foreseeable future. Pay and benefits is fair compared to other similar positions.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there is a lack of morale for a lot of employees. This is a widespread issue spanning many departments. It's largely due to poor middle management, people who likely did not earn the positions they have. They in turn continue to hire or promote people based on favoritism, not talent.

    Advice to Management

    To executive leadership, the cure to all your problems is to do a thorough sweep of each and every department (at least administrative departments - can't speak for clinical departments) and get rid of managers that don't know what they are doing nor do they understand the work that their employees are doing. Good employees working under such managers leave because they don't get the opportunity to get promoted nor the appreciation they deserve.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "medical personnel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great ideas. Medical providers are very caring. U of M is involved. Many locations. Generally, really nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No money- working on a very "lean" model. Too much change and turnover. Poor communication throughout organization. Mid-levels are not well represented, and every medical provider is a "doctor". They are too soft on problem employees- bad apples ruin the work atmosphere. Wait times for specialists are far too long.

    Advice to Management

    Quit re-inventing the wheel. Start cutting salaries at the top to allow for more people at the grassroots. Improve wages and change your salary model for medical providers. Is there a PR department? Stop all these meetings everywhere- start using technology and have video conferencing for every meeting. Town Hall should be videotaped and but on the Intranet for everyone to see. The amount of money wasted on people going here and there is ridiculous!


  9. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    People at clinic and hospital level

    Cons

    Long range planning and strategic planning and goal setting at the executive level.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Very Inconsistent Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairview Health Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay & benefits were good, co-workers were wonderful however that doesn't make up for the poor leadership and the negative energy that surrounds you.

    Cons

    Work loads are not evenly distributed! A lot of favoritism is played. You shouldn't work where you fear your manager. There's a lot of issues with the leadership. The business structure continually changes. LACK OF TRUST is a given! HR is there to support and protect management and never the employees. Managers/Directors talk poorly about employees to other employees - it's really unprofessional. The constant restructuring of departments leads to completely different leadership styles, personality differences, dramatic differences in goals & expectations, the turn over rate, and ultimately it affects the dynamics of a great team. Your yearly expectations will change with the wind so reviews are not accurate to say the least.

    Advice to Management

    Establish trust and consistency by establishing a long term achievable plan so it is not changed every time there is a new Manager/Director. Again, & again, & again, & again in less than 2 years is really unacceptable. Remove a certain leader(s) that have a high turn over rate. They are easy to spot and should be removed, not promoted.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great colleagues, lack of leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairview Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Loved working in hospital environment. Most colleagues are really nice and great to work with. Lots of change taking place - exciting environment.

    Cons

    Lack of upper level leadership. Awkward relationship with U, which muddled the waters. Lack of direction and tools to get the work done. Lots of lip service without any action. No possibility to advance your career.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees - happy employees = happy patients. Pay attention to Employee satisfaction surveys, don't just do them because you have to. Take action!



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