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Kaiser Permanente Portland Reviews

Updated October 25, 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 334 reviews)

  • Transparent about pay and benefits (in 196 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PFS in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - PFS in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Competitive salaries
    Supportive Union-Management partnerships
    Caters to individual's work place comfort
    Opportunities for community service, additional training beyond job description, education, advancement, etc.

    Cons

    work experience is a must, sometimes education does not fully suffice consideration for employment

    Advice to Management

    Use your management position to inspire employees to flourish and reach maximum potential NOT micromanage and bully as a tactic to reach quotas.
    Ask "why?" questions to improve workplace efficiency.
    Utilize the entire team's expertise, knowledge and skills to better team's performance.


  2. "Distribution Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, able to transfer in the company,

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Kaiser only is concerned with the Union Staff and upper Management. Frontline Supervisors often only make a couple dollars over their staff but are tasked with much more responsibility. The Directors do not fight for their Supervisors and often have a deaf ear to their concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the job descriptions and pay accordingly.

  3. "Pricing & Underwriting Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Pricing & Underwriting in Portland, OR
    Former Intern - Pricing & Underwriting in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Valued input, meaningful tasks, excellent training, great pay

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Physician Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Physician Assistant in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Very good pay/salary with additional pay for on-call.

    Cons

    In Oregon, PA's are managed by nursing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pharmacy Project Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent job security, and flexible hours

    Cons

    Large company, so communication between departments and regions is difficult


  6. "registered nurse"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regitered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Regitered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    professional friendly and courteous staff, great company to work for!

    Cons

    scheduling conflicts, in office gossip

    Advice to Management

    more acknowledgement on a job well done


  7. Helpful (253)

    "Great benefits, job security, but the usual bureaucracy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Kaiser is a great place to work and build a career over time. In my experience salaries are above market for most positions, and the benefits are so good that many people become "lifers". The health coverage is extremely generous, and time off starts off adequate and gets better over time (18 days when you start, moving up to 33 after 15+ years - this does not include sick time). Employees truly believe in the mission of KP (at least, I do) and it's clear that this is a place where employees' contributions are valued. Although my role is not part of any of the unions, the fact that our workforce is predominantly unionized also places a positive role in KP's reputation as a good place for workers (although having unionized staff also presents many challenges). Overall, I enjoy working at KP and would recommend it to others, but understand that you are entering a big bureaucracy. A friendly, mission-driven bureaucracy, but still.

    Cons

    Cons: having lots of "lifers" means that innovative ideas and workflows are not always adopted without a fight. People have their roles deeply embedded here, and any threat to the status quo is seen as negative, even though we need to make some pretty radical changes given the new health care environment post-ACA. There's a lot of "not my job" attitudes here. It's hard to navigate the layers of bureaucracy, both in terms of personnel/HR/benefits, and in getting work done (there are often 4-5 departments at the regional and national KP levels working on similar areas, and no guidance on who does what.) Be aware that KP is not immune to reorganizations and layoffs -- they do make a good attempt to ensure workers are hired elsewhere in the organization, but there are no guarantees, and there can be a lot of turnover in certain departments.

    Benefits are currently generous but are always subject to downgrades in the future, so just be aware of that. Some changes to the pension and retiree medical benefits are about to hit, and with them a wave of Baby Boomers will be taking retirement, which should hopefully open up many new management opportunities for Millennials.

    Oh, and the biggest con of all: we still - STILL - use Lotus Notes for email. Shocking, I know, but true.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace technology, trust your employees, improve senior leadership communication with front-line staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work brings personal rewards which strengthens the organization and our communities, so that we all may benefit."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Assistant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Find mentors to guide you with their experience, access training/learning from the many offerings within, gain life benefits for better health, apply yourself to work balance, family, and community.

    Cons

    There is a work fit for pretty much anyone. Search the Careers section to see the skills you can bring to KP and experience personal improvement in the process. Everyone thrives!

    Advice to Management

    Make a little more time balance for leadership skills and mentorship.


  9. "Good people, incredibly awful and invasive application process for non-union staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, many challenges to tackle, opportunities for other work

    Cons

    Hiring process, HR, invasive application process (requiring you "tell us every salary you've ever had", for example), outdated technology and processes, many layers of bureaucracy and obstruction, poor technology support, overcrowded building and offices, more

    Advice to Management

    Modernize technology. Ditch the "All Microsoft, all the time" mindset. Make support more local and helpful. Remake HR and recruiting from the ground up--it's beyond awful.


  10. "Clinical Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN Clinical Coordinator/Case Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - RN Clinical Coordinator/Case Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Autonomy
    Ability to flex schedule/Remote work

    Cons

    Big system
    Difficult to navigate at time

    Advice to Management

    RN involvement is key to change
    Empower nurses to be nursing leaders


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