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Kaiser Permanente Oakland Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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Oakland, CA

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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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Pros
  • Mission driven; believe in work-life balance; you can change your career many times still within the same organization (in 304 reviews)

  • Transparent about pay and benefits (in 167 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "HR Business Partner"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to see the preventative health care model take shape and inform broader health care decisions and reform. Working on a greater good, not necessarily for the bottom dollar; good partnership between management and the represented workforce

    Cons

    At times, too consensus driven and requires an enormous amount of energy and collaboration to make incremental progress. Sometimes have overly-engineered processes in HR that do not take into account managers needs


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good company to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Data Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides employess a very good benefits package.

    Cons

    I can not think of any serious positive things of the company.


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    "Fantastic Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kaiser Permanente is a very progressive organization that works to improve the healthcare of the communities in which they work. They care about their patients, and they take care of their employees. I've worked for Kaiser Permanente for 28 years in many positions and regions (No and So CA, Mid-Atlantic States). Very happy in my job and with the organization. Kaiser Permanente's culture is supportive and kind.

    Cons

    I wish there were more access to moving into management positions in my line of work. Since there is little turn over, there is little opportunity to move up. Should I move into a clinical area, there would likely be more opportunity

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job. Keep taking care of your employees. Continue to help those in the community. Keep supporting the unions and coalition of unions unique to Kaiser Permanente


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant II in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant II in Oakland, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    I can only speak in the department I work in. Promotions are rare, communication between Leadership and Admin Support can be better.


  6. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate frontline people in caring for patients
    Diverse population

    Cons

    Leadership
    Pay is low relative to other organizations
    Once employed hard to move into new positions

    Advice to Management

    Take care of frontline staff and lower level management


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    "Excelllent company overall"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "unhelpful employer to contractors"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kaiser can have a lot of community involvement. This is a nice thing for the community as it is for the company.

    Cons

    Horrible onboarding. Email not ready when I came on and then they changed my email address and forgot to let me know. Countless issues in getting access to tools I needed.

    Advice to Management

    Think and act before bringing people on. Don't just assume it will be just a few days before everything will be connected. It took IT and my manager 3 months to get it together. My assignment was for 4 months.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Data Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Data Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, stability, good health care, with increased years of service the PTO accrued per year is very substantial.

    Cons

    Not as many national holidays; very low annual incentive pay; for non health care staff, pay is low compared to industry standard; definite company preference to the health care staff not just in pay, but also in benefits;


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Yes and No"

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    Former Employee - Analysis in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Analysis in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment, currently has a pension plan and medical benefits.

    Cons

    Reduced retirement health benefits twice, once in 2013 then in 2017. Required to quit job in 2016 to retain retirement health benefits so lost employment & pension accrual. While employed <1K dental, ~1K educational(limited to job related education only, paid after completion of course. Job descriptions upgraded to next level to justify lack of promotions. Some departments "ding" employees to make it difficult to move to other departments. Promotions and pay raises mostly through moving within organization.

    Advice to Management

    Management is aware. Kaiser had one set of benefits and pension calculations for all employees. Now HR databases are designed to limit employees' knowledge of benefits to only their own group.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teamwork, constant new information, good benefits

    Cons

    Not being in the know in your own department



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