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Updated April 28, 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 306 reviews)

  • Transparent about pay and benefits (in 172 reviews)

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  1. "Kasier Permanete is a great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Education Coordinator in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Education Coordinator in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits such as full medical, dental and generous vacation package. KPbelieves in doing the right thing for the patient. Ethical. I like how the organization supports is "Thrive" campain by not only having healty oriented classes for patients, but works to support employees toward better health. There's a weekly Farmers Market onsite, online tools to help with fitness and diet goals. They have health fairs so employees can get their health questions answered. Great education opportunities. Strong company growing--not stagnant. Feel like I have job security.

    Cons

    Being too big can be tough when you want to make changes "across the board"

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking advice from the front line employees. Otherwise, doing great.


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    "Good place to thrive"

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    Current Employee - Physician in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Physician in Pasadena, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    To be able to practice medicine without worrying about the overhead costs ...
    The job is very stable, with built-in intermittent raises and guaranteed salaries (salaries are not at risk or dependent on external forces).
    Good predictable hours. Relatively rare on-call hours @ nights and weekends.
    Excellent colleagues and team work.
    Plenty of educational time and opportunity to enhance yourself on personal and professional levels. Nice nurses and staff to work with. Good lunches if attending meetings.
    Top of the line technology, including electronic medical records at your fingertips - - never need to worry about not finding the patient's lab or radiology reports ...

    Cons

    Sometimes there are the necessary big company politics ... you just need to know how to work around it. Just need to be flexible and avoid certain personalities...

    Advice to Management

    Good job in creating job stability ...


  3. "cost effective high quality medicine"

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    Current Employee - Physician in Clovis, CA
    Current Employee - Physician in Clovis, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    corporate mission, integrated system, efficient

    Cons

    large corporation, large workload, workload

    Advice to Management

    maximize communication


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  5. "A Dream Company"

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    Current Employee - Radiation Therapy in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Radiation Therapy in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary, benfit, and state of the art tech.

    Cons

    The profit sharing is not good enough

    Advice to Management

    Work hard on min. the number malpractice


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    "A great place to work, especially if you like challenges and opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting company, good people. Work / Life balance encouraged.

    Cons

    Someone backward as far as technology for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the technology for employees.


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    "Good place if you want to work in good environment"

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    Former Employee - Web Architect in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Web Architect in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment and good people. another good thing is that there are not so many IT people . so people treat you well if they need some help with computers. I was the developer for their website.

    Cons

    - salary was kinds low for what I did.
    - not too smart people around. I have seen some people do dumb things
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    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. it


  8. "KP provides opportunities for a career with great people who do work that matters."

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great social mission.
    Important work.
    Great people.
    Low risk environment and fairly recession proof.
    Politics exists but it is less fierce than in many other environments.
    Potentially our nation's best shot at fixing healthcare.
    The organization is willing to make large investments in IT, capital, and other areas to succeed and lead the industry.

    Cons

    There are pockets of exceptional people and fantastic working environments, but there are also very challenging places to work with less than ideal opportunity for advancement.

    Very complex organization that can take some time to learn how to navigate.
    Very consensus driven making decision making somewhat more slow and more complicated than in other organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Expect more of union employees.
    Demand accountability on IT and other key initiatives.
    Deal aggressively with those who fail to perform and or execute.


  9. "Many opportunities available"

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    Current Employee - Senior Physiican in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Physiican in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, and a chance to make a difference and to help people.

    Cons

    Fossilized administration, we really need a change in higher level administration.

    Advice to Management

    it is time to retire.


  10. "I plan to retire from Kaiser in about 20 years"

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    Current Employee - Nurse Consultant in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Nurse Consultant in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability & great benefits. I appreciate the opportunity to be involved in higher level projects and learning about the company. For the most part there is a good focus on work/life balance; but it varies according to department managment and how membership is currently trending. Still, the organization is more proactive and ethical than anywhere I've ever worked before.

    Cons

    Lack of adequate resources to do an effective job, but most likely no different from anywhere else. Somtimes we go out of our way and make things far more difficult and complicated then they need to be in our attempts to do eveything correctly.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate the focus on the quality of care that members receive.


  11. "The Good , Bad and Ugly"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Partner in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Partner in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most people work at Kaiser for the money. If you really look harder alot of us are there for the patients and the right to good fair medical care. I have been in the business for many years and feel that kaiser trys it's best to see to the medical needs of all its members. I do not have Kaiser insurance for my self or my family due to not being able to see your own doctor when needed. Most of the time you will see who ever is free, that is not good. I think they offer what they say they offer " A HEALTH PLAN" not a sick plan

    Cons

    It being a union is i think one of the downfalls of KP. I know being at the bottom of the pole sucks, you are always the one to work every holiday. On the flip side it is the union that has made us the highest paying hospital in the valley .

    Advice to Management

    more feedback would be nice. I know sometimes their hands are tied by union leaders but it would be great if they could come up with some way to let us know what is going on while still following the union guidelines


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