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Kaiser Permanente Director Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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  • Mission driven; believe in work-life balance; you can change your career many times still within the same organization (in 301 reviews)

  • Transparent about pay and benefits (in 162 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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    "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.


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    "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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Employer Health & Wellness"

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong mission driven organization working to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves.

    Cons

    Must know how to navigate the politics and bureaucracy the higher up you move in the organization.


  8. "director innovation and design"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    mission driven, great people, potential to have tremendous impact in health care

    Cons

    large organization that can be hard to change


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Kaiser Permanente Review"

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

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated professionals supporting a public service mission. Excellent growth opportunities in a multi-faceted national insurance / healthcare delivery company. Kaiser Permanente is the leading National HMO in the US - good to be a part of that team.

    Cons

    Matrix organization does not lend itself to quick decision making and execution. Many constituents involved to accomplish even simple objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more flexible in considering alternative methods and processes to accomplish growth, affordability and scalability. Leadership needs to be more planful and decisive regarding execution and delivery.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "good experience"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people that I worked with!

    Cons

    lots of red tape; unions run the place

    Advice to Management

    have a strong back bone against the unions


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Director, KP International"

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

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning organization, opportunities for growth , provider of major health care nationally.

    Cons

    Managing change and growth that accommodates the necessary resources to provide high quality care that is affordable.

    Advice to Management

    engage staff and provide opportunities for advancement.