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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Behind the times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great engineers and good people in general. Liked their mission and ideals

    Cons

    Middle management, CEO pushes his war on sugar to employees . Unwillingness to upgrade technologies to stay up to date with industry standards in technology and equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Technology in the healthcare industry has always been a bit behind the times but HL was reluctant to even embrace the opportunity when it arose. 7+ year old Dell desktops aren't the best work stations for development and was a major gripe throughout the engineering dept. Their 'architect' seems more like a mid level web developer over a software engineer and would be surprised if he knew anything more than what he's been working on for the last 5+ years at HL. Seems like it was his first job and he hasn't grown at all since.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Just okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture was good. Everyone was open to help. Dog friendly. Free snacks. Free lunch Fridays

    Cons

    It seems anyone can become a "manager", especially on the media side. Processes are really old and outdated, making assignments and projects super manual. Even with this management is hesitant for automation.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade your processes. Stop wasting employee's time on redundant and unnecessary tasks.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Really depends on which side of the business you work on"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance - best I've ever seen
    Cute dogs in the office (but 1 or 2 of them can get too loud)
    Fun parties and gatherings by the culture committee
    Great people with a passion for health
    CEO who's committed to growth and fostering a good work environment

    The HIT side of the business -- this is where the growth and potential lies, what the board members are excited about. If you're offered a job on this side, take it.

    Cons

    So then why the 2 star rating? I wish I could give 2.5 stars. The Media side of the business is anachronistic and muddled by old, convoluted processes. It's hard for anyone to learn the ropes much less innovate in that kind of system. Health advertising and sales is not where you want to be if you're in sales/adops/account management and want to advance in your career due to the many restrictions. Or if you are in these fields and want to work in health, work for a leader like WebMD.

    Revenue recognition was a nightmare and the entire process was largely misunderstood by upper management. Lots of pressure to perform with inadequate tools. Took a long time to revamp because many of the processes had been institutionalized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with office culture. I know the Media side has come a long way but it has a lot farther to go. Tear down the structure, get new management, and get people in there that actually understand digital sales in this era.

    Healthline Networks Response

    May 22, 2015 – Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for your feedback. We agree that there is tremendous potential in our HIT business and are sorry you didn’t feel the same way about our Media business. We have had such rapid growth in our ... More


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "Make your friends and then abandon ship."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My years at Healthline had both good and bad. I think the experience heavily relies on your direct management. Overall, the people are wonderful and I made lasting friendships with coworkers, but when it comes to your tasks and how the company handles you, your direct manager is in charge. A tip to interviewees, remember that you should be interviewing the company as well. Make sure that you can see yourself getting along with everyone you meet in this process. I say this because in the past year, the faces of Healthline have changed dramatically.

    Pros:
    Snacks (healthy), 2 water machines, refrigerators
    Great people (lower levels)
    Good location
    Flexible hours
    Unlimited breaks
    Dogs in the office
    Good amount of PTO

    Cons

    Yearly MBOs / Reviews (always delayed)
    Company politics
    No career growth
    No (fair) raises
    Low salaries (other companies laughed when they heard what Healthline pays)
    Opinions aren't heard by management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and make meaningful changes to help them. If you help your employees, they will help the company grow in value. Don’t turn a blind eye and ignore negative feedback. Ask all employees to give a candid review of the company, not just the executives and upper management.

    Healthline Networks Response

    Oct 7, 2014 – Director of People and Culture

    Thank you very much for the feedback. We strive not only to be open to constructive criticism, but to take action when given the opportunity. The past 18 months has surely been an exciting time – we ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Healthline Lacks a Moral Core and Tends to Reward Incompetence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - There are some great people working here in the lower and mid management levels
    - Pretty fun work environment - decent office, great location, they try to make it fun with food and parties, etc.
    - Pay is acceptable for the most part

    Cons

    - Nobody is really committed to the cause. It's almost all profit motive, and you can tell.
    - Even so, they treat their employees terribly, by playing favorites and rewarding ineptitude as long as the inept ones are toeing the company line
    - Anyone who speaks up is either "laid off" to supposedly cut costs or ostracized to the point where they leave on their own
    - Senior management never fully commits to anything, and then blames those underneath when their half-baked plans don't work out
    - Many unkept promises

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to cultivate talent and not ineptitude. Don't make promises you can't keep and don't start projects/plans without being willing and able to follow through.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Lack of leadership and focus."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Healthline has a young, fun and energetic staff. The location couldn't be beat and there are some perks (plenty of snacks, on-site workout facility/trainer/RMT, monthly company breakfasts).

    Cons

    Energy and creativity gets stifled by lack of guidance and constant shifts in direction from upper management. The company is very short sited and doesn't invest in the professional growth of its staff. This is dependent on what team you work for, but the general culture of the company plays fast and loose. As with any small company, gossip rules.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the positive contributions of employees. Actually encourage employees to voice opinions instead of stifling them if there isn't consensus. Most of all, give employees the freedom to control their work instead of monitoring them at every step or redoing work without communicating it to team members. Be more forthcoming with long term company goals.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great at first then turned for the worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits (not compensation), and values. The company (upper management) wants its employees to do well in their careers which is great. Healthline, however, has no "career" opportunities, depending on the department.

    Cons

    I don't write reviews often, so consider this one to be true and genuine. The upper management should pay closer attention to who they allow to become managers of teams. The number one reason most employees leave a company is due to their manager. The team I was a part of had the worst manager I've ever experienced, hence why they had a high turnover. Opportunities to grow at the company were unavailable due to my manager insisting things be done their way. There was no opportunity to have a voice on the team. In terms of compensation, it was decent but low compared to industry standards. There are a ton of useless perks that should have gone towards compensation. If you don't like the start up culture then don't work for this company. Let's just say this company has a lot to work on. Consider working there if you are a risk taker on your career.

    Advice to Management

    Read the cons section of this review.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "transforming, morphing or clueless?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Healthline Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the positives are a very strong engineering team.

    Cons

    they don't know how to build, market or sell products...only rehashes and professional services of what has come before. mgmt team is weak and in need of an overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    since i got here the company has literally changed focus 2-3 times, planned, started work on and then killed several products. good people have left at all levels and current management does not provide leadership. the folks that have stayed remain worried about the future.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Remember that boyfriend/girlfriend in college that was meh?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - within the content team
    Current Employee - within the content team
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Healthline Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent work-life balance, relatively small so nimble and leaves the opportunity to jump in and make changes without the bureaucracy often found in larger corporations, generally folks are nice to work with though don't get too attached as the turnover rate is crazy, snacks in the kitchen.

    Cons

    senior management is pretty awful when it comes to innovative and forward thinking, often shoot first, aim second. weak management often giving subpar or inadequate direction. most lower level employees see healthline as a starting point or as a paycheck, creates severe complacency. this company is still stuck in the 90's in terms of innovation although they'll tell you otherwise. pretty sad health benefits for a "health" company, and pay is generally on the lower level of scale per position.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees, many great ideas out there. do a better job of fostering communication. pay just a little more competitively to keep good talent. offer benefits such as outside workshops, classes, etc. to keep your staff motivated in such a dry field (healthspace).


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great company if you don't want to be challenged or actually enjoy your job!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Healthline Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location is easy to get to from most of the bay area
    Nice coworkers. (Developers, Finance, SEO, etc)
    Laid back work environment

    Cons

    People only follow management out of shear curiosity.
    Low salaries.
    Hires LOTS of H1B Visas at a LOW income just to fill up the engineering team. CTO feels that he is successful based on number of underlings, not quality of work.
    VP of engineering is just a coder who manages a few people. Knows VERY little of how to manage people.

    Advice to Management

    Leave! Hire a new management team who know the industry.


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