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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • I learned a lot here; good pay, good benefits; cafeteria serves good food; very diverse staff (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits for those who have become full-time (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Special Police Officer"

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    Current Employee - Special Police Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Police Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sergeants and Management are very supportive of our role protecting the hospital from the inner and outer threats that may occurre through out the day. Department Provides quarterly firearm training for level III officers and annual DC criminal code and nonviolent crisis intervention training across the board as well with defensive tactics. Salary could be a little better but we are highest paid hospital spo agency in the district, so no complaints there. Benefits are great and leave a rarely get denied unless we are short of staff.

    Cons

    All staff needs to make the realization that security are not here to bully or intimidate people into submission. 90 % of disorderly calls are patients and visitors that are dissatisfied with the patient care they are receiving and just need somebody to hear there complaints and not to be ignored.

    Advice to Management

    No complaint to management.


  2. "RN"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time

    Pros

    Benefits
    PTO
    Good tuition reimbursement
    Awesome interdisciplinary staff!

    Cons

    Staffing ratios
    Management
    Salary not inflated for cost of living

  3. "Rad Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time

    Pros

    having great co workers allows you to do your job effectively

    Cons

    no ability for growth opportunites at this company


  4. "Critical care"

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    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Physician Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training environment, lots to learn to make a better clinician
    Good pay

    Cons

    Stressful environment
    clique-y personalities
    Bad work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Make clinical skills and competencies more apparent
    Be less critical and more supportive


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Takes 3 years to get vested in fidelity retirement

    Cons

    No real retention benefits so lots of agency staff

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention of staff


  6. "RN"

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    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Current Employee - Staff RN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's got a union so that helps to keep working conditions better than at some other hospitals (that I've heard about)

    Cons

    The work that you have to do can be very challenging (compared to work I've seen/heard been done at other hospitals with different pt populations)


  7. "Great Learning Experience for Nurse Extern!!"

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    Current Employee - Nurse Extern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Nurse Extern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Felt very educational and the people were very friendly and took me under their wing while I was employed there.

    Cons

    None that I could think of besides parking at times

  8. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great experience for new nurses. Trauma center. Opportunities for advancement. Union.

    Cons

    Pay increases are minimal. the electronic charting system we use is a headache to say the least. I prefer EPIC.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work"

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

    Pros

    friendly co-workers, patients, pay and benefits are good, cheap parking

    Cons

    mgmt is out of touch, raises are low


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Patients"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MedStar Washington Hospital Center full-time

    Pros

    The patients really do have access to some of the best care in the world. People do a lot with whatever they have. Nurses and nurse managers can often be spectacular. Teamwork is important to and respected by most managers. Most employees treat each other kindly and respectfully.

    Cons

    Schedule not flexible. Everyone must physically punch in (and out for most people) everyday. The rule is no working remotely, even for people who are not doctors or nurses and who just work in offices. But some people get to break the rule if their manager feels like it. This rule is very outdated for today's offices-- no laptops offered. Good managers get better; not so good or uncaring managers can stay that way without being "coached" for as long as the work gets done. Lots of jobs there, but not very much care for lower-level employees to grow and get better positions. Middle managers are lucky if there is a next step up for them. Very slow and relatively expensive cafeteria (for what you get) makes lunchtime a pain. Parking and parking shuttles are not convenient at all.
    Appreciation is shown weird ways. Lots of little prizes but few things that actually matter, like vacation days or generous holiday leave.

    Advice to Management

    Do ANONYMOUS surveys more often and then read them. At least wonder why people leave. Nurses seem to be the only group that matters.
    Do simple things like let staff decide on monthly appreciation lunches or breakfasts inside departments.
    Offer employment open houses/job fairs so that staff can meet other departments and feel like staying with the hospital. Offer at least two more paid holidays or personal days. Other places offer a much better number of holidays off.


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