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Kaiser Permanente Director Reviews

Updated August 28, 2017
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  • Mission driven; believe in work-life balance; you can change your career many times still within the same organization (in 330 reviews)

  • Transparent about pay and benefits (in 188 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good secure job, with good benefits including medical, DB, DC plans. Good team environment, caring people, lots of volunteer projects

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth, no raises, low salaries, upper management usually pale and stale, rare opportunity for women leaders in higher positions

    Advice to Management

    Offer opportunity for growth, raises, higher salaries, diverse upper management with opportunity for women leaders in higher positions not just males


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Focused on Mission"

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    Current Employee - IT Director in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very strong culture in support of mission and members. Good pay, benefits and flexible work location/schedule.

    Cons

    Very challenging culture of bureaucracy in getting things done and selling "new" ideas to "old" thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Increase rate of review and adoption of new ideas and ways of thinking to drive positive change.

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    "Mission driven a lot of overpaid underperforming non-medical Executives with a cutthroat internal culture"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission drive and was the blue print for the Federal ACA Program. Clinical side very impressive with the massive treasure-stove of Population Data.

    Cons

    Bloated in spite of their mission statement "Make Healthcare Affordable". Corporate Technologies spends in excess of $6 billion under a not-for-profit status umbrella (Like Red Cross which is too heavy and bloated).

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat, cycle out the tenured and bring in outside blood.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "KP Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of opportunities for training and career development, lots of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Dealing with the bureaucracy can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people to do their jobs.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excelllent company overall"

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    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very patient centered, great benefits, opportunity for advancement via networking, ability to transfer to different locations.

    Cons

    Matrixed organization. Sometimes it is a challenge for new employees to understand how the organization works and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure your senior executive leadership is held to the same standard as the directors/managers they are leading. The ability to speak up comes with a price of retaliation.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "I Love this place"

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    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I first worked for KP for 5 years from 2009-2014 as a consultant and then recently came back as a director. The people who work at KP are incredibly kind, the benefits are amazing, workload is good, the opportunity to move around (given plenty of departments) is great... I love this place, if you can get a job here, would HIGHLY recommend it. After leaving Kaiser for a few years, I've learned to really appreciate the company, it is a gem compared to some other companies out there.

    Cons

    Moves slow and can be political -- but you can learn to work around this, everything else about KP makes up for this.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for investing in your people, keep doing that. Try to make things more fluid in the organization so positive change can be made quicker.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great infrastructure to support your needs.
    - Allow to telework.
    - Opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    - So large, it's hard to navigate.
    - Don't live in CA, so hard to find new career opportunities.

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    "Great colleagues and amazing benefits"

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The mission is amazing and everyone who works here really believes in it. The benefits are beyond compare. Ethics are outstanding. It's a wonderful thing to come to work, even on the hard days, and feel fulfilled by the work I do.

    Cons

    This is a big, old ship and people have worked here for a long time. It's hard to drive change at times, but it's getting better. Lots of bureaucracy like other companies, but no worse.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to be innovative and move more quickly. Trust each other and your staff to make the right decisions for our members and the business.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "You can make a difference but it takes time"

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    Former Employee - Executive Director in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Kaiser employees are super mission-driven and focused on doing the right things for members and the communities the organization serves. The IT organization, where I worked, has a really tough job trying to drive innovation through a change resistant culture; they hire top notch talent who are rock stars in their prior industries. Compensation and retirement packages won't make you rich, but they are fair and will provide some security. Health care benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Driving change at KP is like trying to ride a bike through molasses. It takes an extraordinary amount of effort to change the way things are done and adopt modern innovations, partly because within health care, half baked processes can cause people great harm. However, KP's culture extends this conservatism and "analysis paralysis" into all of its business practices, not just clinical ones. To work here and make a difference, you have to be very patient, and figure out which execs have the organizational power to move your ideas forward, and then work through them. Some employees have been defeated by the inability to make progress, and there is somewhat of a free-rider problem in which a few employees take on most of the work while others do the minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Move faster when you're considering an innovation that doesn't put patient care at risk.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Director"

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    Current Employee - Finance Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefit, Excellent place to excel as a leader, strong focus on continuing education and development as an employee

    Cons

    Healthcare Reform has really made it a turbulent market