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Updated July 17, 2017
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Steven P. Johnson
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Pros
  • Pay was decent and good benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • micromanagement from upper management who have no clinical experience (in 8 reviews)

  • Long time to change policies, demanding seasonal workload, short staffed in winter season (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Registered Medical Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Medical Assistant in Rockledge, FL
    Current Employee - Registered Medical Assistant in Rockledge, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Health First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great company to work for.

    Cons

    I have yet to find any.

    Health First Response

    Jul 20, 2017 – Content Specialist

    Thank you for your input – we appreciate your feedback and engagement.


  2. "Cardiac Monitor Tech"

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    Current Employee - Cardiac Monitor Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Cardiac Monitor Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Health First full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health insurance and benefits. A lot of current job openings. Covered parking garage at my facility.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for cardiac monitoring of patients, a position that requires advanced knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias. The MT is on the front lines of alerting the RN and can and does save lives, yet my hourly rate is $11.00 with 3 years experience. Health First CEO should be required to pay a living wage to all employees as one of his job duties and to receive his very high compensation of millions of dollars annually. High nurse to patient ratio. Lots of job outsourcing over the past 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Increase every employees pay to a living wage. Study how the CEO of Aetna can do the right thing, while still running a successful business. Meet this communities expectations to do better for everyone.

  3. "It's a living..."

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    Current Employee - Emergency Department Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Emergency Department Technician in Melbourne, FL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Health First full-time

    Pros

    Fellow employees are pretty good. Departments generally tend to work well with one another. Ability to move to different departments once you're in the system.

    Cons

    Seems to have a hard time keeping staff due to morale, chronic under-staffing, and personality conflicts, among other reasons. Health insurance only covers within the its own area and Florida Hospital system - don't get sick outside of Brevard/Orlando area!

    Advice to Management

    Every single associate has something valuable to teach you about what works and doesn't. Every member of management from unit managers on up to CEO should spend a required shift a month on the ground with the people serving the patients. There are reasons we ask for things and contribute feedback.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Short staffed, under paid medical staff and managers who promote gossip among staff and doctors ."

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

    I worked at Health First (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a free gym membership. Besides that my in my opinion there isn't anything else

    Cons

    Your yearly raise isn't based on individual but office group performance. Our office didn't even get a penny raise last year.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to giving back to your employees instead of taking from them. Raises. Sick time. Core values at a all time low. Money first, patient and employees last.


  5. "RN"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Health First full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, competitive benefits. Caring environment for employees.

    Cons

    Inexperienced, under-educated management. Many upper level managers with only an AA degree. Lacking professional training.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage education for management


  6. "Best option in Brevard"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Competitive Wages
    Market Adjustments
    Great people
    Always looking to improve

    Cons

    Needs more staff - there always seems to be a shortage somewhere
    Required to work 6 weekend shifts per 6 week schedule with no weekend differential

    Advice to Management

    Bring back weekend differential and there will be no issues having proper coverage for weekend shifts.


  7. "Health First Health Plans sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockledge, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockledge, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Health First full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most open and transparent company I've ever worked for. We are growing and making a difference in the community. Allows associates to be passionate, even with that involves some "heat". I feel more engaged here than I have with any past employer.

    Cons

    The only "con" that I can think of is that the weather stinks in the summer. And sometimes the lagoon does, too. Maybe Health First can do something about that.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent with associates, even when it hurts a little bit.

    Health First Response

    Jul 12, 2017 – Content Specialist

    Thank you for your input – we appreciate your feedback and engagement!

  8. "Associate Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pro: Great people and community

    Cons

    Con: constantly changing operating procedures


  9. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Health First full-time

    Pros

    Holmes was great back in the '80s. Ned Wilford took care of us. He started the PL system.

    Cons

    In my opinion, Things started going down hill in the early '90s. They tried a cross training program that caused more harm than good. It was called Patient Focused Care, or Priority One. But the change to the PL program as well as departmental management forced me into early retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Put things back as they were in the 1980s. The PL system in particular.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Use to be a great place to work. Not so much anymore"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most units work well together, love my co-workers can make a rough day a little better
    pay is in line with most in surrounding area but is low
    free gym membership if you have their insurance
    because of size many opportunities available within organization

    Cons

    morale is low. most nursing staff are not happy with current position.
    patient ratio has increased to unsafe levels on most units
    incentive pay for certifications has gone away.
    PL is ok but hard to get time off approved due to nursing shortage
    always seem to work short staffed
    management is always turning over so much that employees joke about it being the fastest way to get fired is by going in to management.
    micromanagement from upper management who have no clinical experience
    management makes promises it will get better but nothing changes or gets worse
    they like to hire new grads which is great but you need to keep experience also or it becomes dangerous to patients you have new nurses teaching new nurses.
    patients are just dollar signs and employees are numbers
    not many other options for hospital based employees or patients in the area

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees that are in the trenches shadow your nurses, CNAs, managers on every unit for more then 15 min.learn what we do and how we do it care about keeping loyal employees invest in them. your nursing staff keeps your hospital running value us and let us know we are valued and not just nursing but all your staff. when you walk by in the halls speak to us we are human too not just a number


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