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Fairview Health Services Reviews

Updated September 6, 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 9 reviews)

  • Great co-workers, excellent benefits through MNA (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • No face to face contact with upper management (in 12 reviews)

  • Overworked staff that are susceptible to burnout due to high turnover of CLSs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources"

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

    I worked at Fairview Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Medical side of organization is good.

    Cons

    Leadership and lack of innovation on business side of organization.

    Advice to Management

    Improve leadership skills among leaders and stop hiring leaders who are not ready to lead.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Absence Management Case Manager"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Case Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Case Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fairview Health Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are awesome - the Nurses are excellent, Psychiatric Associate are absolutely the best, and security personnel are by far the best at what they do.

    Cons

    Work load is UN-manageable, expectations are unrealistic, quick to judge-reprimand - no support from Directors, Management, or Supervisors - no incentives not even as much as a, "good job" - poor PTO/Vacation/Holiday pay... for Holidays you have to use your PTO/Vacation time or no pay. Work and family initiative is awful, absolutely the worse employee engagement. Micro manage - spy on and micro manage employees but way of monitoring computer use, parking passes, employee badges, phone records

    Advice to Management

    Better incentives and recognition, have employees back and support, let employees work from home, trust your employees.

  3. "Fairview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fairview Health Services full-time

    Pros

    Great medical and dental insurance

    Cons

    It's the work load and lack of training.


  4. "Poor Work appreciation and Support"

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    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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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    "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good... for some"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Weird culture"

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    Former Employee - Health Unit Coordinator in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Health Unit Coordinator in Richfield, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There was plenty of PTO and parties for self agrandizement.

    Cons

    Supervisors tend to be examples of the "Peter Principle".
    Employees dinged on reviews for performing too well.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


  10. 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!


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