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Lifespan Reviews

Updated June 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and people who truly care about our patients" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Nice hours, good benefits, nice team" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance is not respected, you are expected to stay late (while managers leave before you) and expectation is to work through lunch" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Middle and upper management are out of touch with daily concerns" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lifespan part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comfortable environment, good people, good facilities, and novel ideas.

    Cons

    Relatively low efficiency. Management may be too loose.


  2. "Rn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifespan full-time

    Pros

    Level 1 trauma center in the region

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement. Not magnet

    Advice to Management

    N/a

  3. "Lifespan"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Level 1 trauma center, cardiothoracic surgery, ECMO

    Cons

    Poor patient ratios with high acuity patients. Low pay. Penalized for using sick time.


  4. "Good company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lifespan full-time

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility in scheduling

    Cons

    Low wages compared to a similar organization
    HR moves incredibly slow even for transfers within departments.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly or they will find work elsewhere. Lifespan employees work incredibly hard, long hours and only ask for appreciation. HR


  5. Helpful (1)

    "annonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lifespan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits and retirement package a plus

    Cons

    It is a do what say not whats best for patients and staff. You can only advance if you know someone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary growth slow but eventually good

    Cons

    Political, Micro Managers, and Anti Gay and Lesbian

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of homophobia and bad workers and avoid catering to Affirmative Action.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "People complain, the grass is always greener, but we have it pretty good here. From a physician."

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    Current Employee - Md in Cranston, RI
    Current Employee - Md in Cranston, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits (I have actually found Tufts health to be superior to BCBSRI, covers more and fewer copays, providing you stay in the network).

    I think RIH and Lifespan suffer from a lack of morale. In part this is because we practice in the shadow of the Boston bubble and feel some inferiority complex to the AMCs there (we shouldn't, I think we give just as good medical care) and a dubious relationship with the medical school. Ideally we should be like Yale New Haven Hospital and merge with Brown. I.e., have the sign on the hospital read "Brown University - Rhode Island Hospital." with the lifespan logo on one end and the brown logo on the other. Brown wants this but for some reason we want to become a part of Partners -- go figure.

    As a result, most of our patients do not know we are THE major level 1 teaching hospital for an ivy league medical school. Instead we are looked at as a community hospital. Clearly an opportunity squandered. I think despite the low morale, inferiority complex, etc., the clinical care we deliver is safe and effective. The collegiality among physicians and nurses is really great, and we have a relatively "flat" culture here -- not too many stuffy types. Our attention to care is evidenced by our Leapfrog scores, we are and have for some time been grade A (compare this to Hopkins or Stanford, both grade B, or any of the academic medical centers in NYC - grade C... I' can wait while you fact check this...). Near misses or never events are taken very seriously. I'm proud of being a part of care team at the Miriam and RIH, and think the care at both hospitals are excellent -- both are Leapfrog Grade A, and both places I think nurse-physician relationships are good and collegial.

    Moreover, Providence and Rhode Island is one of the last few cities on the East Coast between Boston and D.C. that isn't either scary dangerous (e.g., Philly, Baltimore, D.C.) or scary expensive (Boston, NYC, DC). Many people live nearby and have low commute times, relatively low cost of living, can buy a house and not be a millionaire, and get to the beach/nature in a relatively short amount of time. I challenge you to find a similar place like that in the northeast or mid atlantic.

    *mic drop*

    Cons

    Parking is terrible. We desperately need a parking garage attached to RIH. That being said, we don't pay for parking so I guess you get what you pay for.

    Advice to Management

    The culture / relationship between the executives and clinical staff could be improved. Walk rounds on the floors by the suite C staff, weekly town halls with management and clinical staff, anything. I think that would be an improvement.

  8. "Under pay employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lifespan full-time

    Pros

    Big company alot of opportunity

    Cons

    Some positions need better pay


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lifespan needs to support the workers! From a bedside nurse of 8 years."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lifespan part-time

    Pros

    Great perks for overtime - as a bedside nurse if I stay 4 hours over my scheduled shift, I get DOUBLE time. Only facility I've ever worked in that offers double time.

    Cons

    Very poor base pay, low differentials, understaffed, administration really does not care about the patients or the employees - only the numbers and how things look on paper.

    Advice to Management

    Pay nurses competitively. Hire upper management that seeks to support and encourage the workers!!! For a magnet facility I've been incredibly surprised by how little the nurses matter to the hospital and the corporation as a whole.


  10. "Flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule.
    Great benefits
    Comfortable work enviroment

    Cons

    Parking
    Vacation time takes time to build up


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