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Health Management Associates Reviews

Updated September 7, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "High-stress environment with poor management"

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    Former Employee - Cash Research Analyst in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Cash Research Analyst in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits were pricey, but, most services were waived if done at Bayfront hospital. Offered everything from dental to 401k.
    Friday's were Jean days at Shared Services Center in Sarasota.
    Employee celebration days, cubicle contests during holidays.

    Cons

    Little to no formal training offered. Only 3-4 day HR orientation but that is not job specific.
    Management is a joke. There is none. They hide in their office. Allow people to do what they want and others who work hard get written up for silly reasons.
    Starting pay is $1 more than what a Teacher's aide gets in Sarasota . Severely underpaid. Overtime was unwatched and many abused it gaining 20 hours every paycheck- until the new company stepped in and stopped all overtime.
    Oh- yes they were acquired by Community Health Systems, a horrible stressful backwards company.
    Commute is too long for most through terrible highway system and construction.
    Building is full of mold. Used to be the old Arthur Anderson building from Enron.
    Stress-Stress-STRESS! If you would like to develop an ulcer, please work here.
    Emails are endless and ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Create formal training programs that last 1-2 weeks with a mentor that specifically train to job description. HR needs to be more aware of what is happening- need monthly meetings or updates from each department. Pay more!


  2. "ED RN"

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

    Pros

    Plenty of hours, small town so the nurses all knew each other who had worked together when the hospital opened.

    Cons

    Always short staffed, management not supportive, sat in office, ignored staff's repeated requests for needed equipment from other floors or to make calls to ask for staff to come in. Sr management took away 401k match and then emailed staff he was busy getting his brand new jaguar fixed. Sr. Management in sex scandal w secretary, these things in and on. Directors hired and fired. I was there 2 years and the ED had 5 Directors in that time and we had 7 mins without any director. Add that up. Crazy company

    Advice to Management

    Regroup and look at the good devoted educated staff you have. Treat them with respect and dignity and they will
    Help the company to grow.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible..Treat Candidates with no respect"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Center Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Data Center Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None whatsoever. Company needs to close.

    Cons

    Treat job candidates eith no respect. Dont know answers to common questions asked by job candidates they contact. Lazy and totally inexperienced while trying yo match up professionals to high tech jobs. Possibly the worst agency ever. No wonder jobs are hard to land when one has to deal with idiots.

    Advice to Management

    Close your doors. You are a disgrace to professionals seeking work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poor leadership and never ending change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast growing, give back to employees through small activities. Nice office, nice people, smart employees, nice equipment.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lack of policies, poor management, no expectations, no formal processes, change occurs too often, uncertain financial stability. Too many times management never follows through.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and take their suggestions seriously. Plan better before acting. Communicate more with staff. Mentor staff and train firsthand instead of just delegating.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "don't work for this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Management
    Former Employee - Mid Management
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time

    Pros

    good if you are corporate employee, stock options were good when company was doing well. Good discounts on healthcare at organization owned hospitals and doctors

    Cons

    Terrible corporate leadership
    poor vacation time
    low salary

    Advice to Management

    Sell


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Radiology Technologist"

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    Former Employee - Radiology in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Radiology in Fort Smith, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff was awesome to work with.

    Cons

    Constant change in Administration made it difficult to build community confidence.


  8. "Patient Care comes second to drama"

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    Former Employee - Surgical Services in Winder, GA
    Former Employee - Surgical Services in Winder, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck... that's about the only pro there is to this place. Not much else to say there.

    Cons

    The hospital is so small that everyone gossips about everyone. No one has anything better to do than stir up the pot. It's sad because patient care comes second to drama. There is nothing nice about the place. There are so many problems and its something new everyday. They by no means have it together. They need a total revamp and its hard to say where to even start with that place. During the time I was there no one communicated with me about anything that was happening in the department. During the time that I was there I learned that they have had 45 nurses in a matter of 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more staff. In all departments. If you pay people a comparable rate maybe they will be more willing to stay and not go to another facility.


  9. "Don't expect competent management or staff"

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively easy if you don't want to work.

    Cons

    Poor Management, Poor Project Management, Implements systems that have not been tested.

    Advice to Management

    Pay is less than average for area, office culture is very political, and incompetent management and staff with no repercussions for those you don't know how or cannot complete their job.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The worst place I have ever worked."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get paid instead of living on the streets. You get a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. The office is nicely decorated.

    Cons

    It seems that poor management is a part of the culture at HMA, from the home office, the hospitals to the billing office. When you have poor managers mentoring others, what do you expect? The few good people have left. We worked long hours under a tremendous amount of pressure where your only point of evaluation is how much money you collect. No one considers whether you know the rules or regulations, whether you treat people kindly, whether you care about your customers. There are no opportunities for growth unless you are a young, white man with a college degree.

    Advice to Management

    Please please consider evaluating how you treat people. Treat people as if God is watching.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "All in all, stay away!"

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    Former Employee - No Comment No Repercussions in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - No Comment No Repercussions in Naples, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Health Management Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice geographical location.
    Local regular lower ranking folks (including most managers) are "good-people" just trying to work and make a living.

    Cons

    Upper management is more concerned about cutting corners and saving a buck to line their pockets with (prior or Community Health's acquisition). Don't know how it is now.
    Last CEO while I was there, Gary Newsom, was a dismal person. No personality. Very grim, glum. Left country when he left HMA. Not sure what that was all about. Nothing great happened with his hiring.
    The CFO, while I was there, reminded me of the classic caricature of the slimy, greedy, untrustworthy used car salesman. You just wanted to wash your hands if you shook it.
    The biggest problem I saw? Nepotism. The rise of people in the company because of who they knew or were related to. Nothing to do with their value or skill. This is at corporate office. I overheard many times the popularity contest between the hospital CEOs and higher-ups (or whatever they're called) with the home office 'executives'. Very worrisome situation in my mind. The company was supposed to be about how to help those who need help, not how to get-rich-quick or how to become someones pet at home office.
    Pay was not comparable with the rest of the industry, or country, depending on your specialty. My pay was severely depressed come to find out. Yet no pay raise for the last 2 or 3 years due to company wide policy of no raises due to budget concerns. However, the upper management flauted their high dollar cars and mansions for all to see. Usually the high dollar cars would show up in the garage after their bonuses arrived. Very bad morale issues came from this. Crass. Foul. Just plain bad manners and bad taste. I mean, driving your brand new Ferrari and parking it in your reserved spot in the company garage after telling everyone there is no money for raises or bonuses!? Driving a different high dollar car to work each week/month. Really!?!?!?!? Tacky.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.
    If you truly are a christian company, act like it! The whole 'god wants you to have money' thing is just....I don't know. The whole idea of making money off other people for your own personal gain is just, icky.
    Take care of those that make you successful. Express gratitude in salary, bonus, but as important as that, in acknowledgement of accomplishments.
    Don't treat those in the hospitals/facilities as 2nd rate citizens to be used as pawns in your 'master plan to conquer the world'. I know it sounds dramatic, but that's how you make people feel.



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