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Munson Healthcare Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Edwin A. Ness
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Pros
  • The Traverse City area is a wonderful place to live (in 6 reviews)

  • great team work among all employees, good salaries,etc (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, small town, cliquey, "View of the bay, half the pay", high staff turnover, non-competitive pay because there is no competition in the area (in 5 reviews)

  • The cost of living is NOT factored into wages (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Munson Healthcare"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nursing Assistant
    Current Employee - Nursing Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Munson Healthcare part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Traverse City is a beautiful place to live year round. Munson Medical Center is a great teaching hospital for nursing students. Wide array of units - many opportunities to specialize with different patient demographics. Overall, I have experienced a teamwork-based approach to patient care, which is always refreshing and appreciated in coworkers.

    Cons

    Munson has been notorious for the below market average that employees earn in terms of hourly wage. The idea of offering a type of raise based on incentive as opposed to annual market matching is consistently ignored. Nearly all policies for individual units are determined per "manager discretion." This leaves room for frustrating inconsistencies between employees, and ultimately takes a negative toll on the way staff perceive management. Frequently I have noticed a tendency nurses have to become pigeonholed on certain units due to institution or unit policies requiring 1-2+ year tenures. Here, the manager holds you to a policy that is left to "manager discretion," citing this as an appropriate reason for their vetoing of potential department transfers. It seems to be evolving continuously into a sort of monopoly affecting Northern Michigan healthcare professionals, nurses in particular. For bedside nurses living in Michigan, it is one of few acute care facilities North of Grand Rapids, making it difficult to find other options outside the Munson name. I have felt a significant decrease in overall morale the past few years. Working every other weekend (Saturday/Sunday) will be something you can schedule out until retirement. Many units have a painfully slow transition process from hiring in on nights to transferring onto days.

    Advice to Management

    Listen, be fair, and be kind. Communicate, recognize our accomplishments, and show gratitude by throwing out a "Great work!" or a pat on the back once in a while. Little things like this go far for morale. Happy staff = happy patients = increased patient satisfaction ratings = happy manager. Consistently showing genuine appreciation will undoubtedly create a lasting ripple effect throughout the unit.


  2. "Fair"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Munson Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Lived close to hospital that was good

    Cons

    I don't know of any

    Advice to Management

    To much management


  3. "Where people go to settle..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Munson Healthcare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy the pepole I work with, that's about it.

    Cons

    No guarantee for raises, management is all about the all mighty dollar, major paradigm shift with new management


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  5. "Munson Healthcare"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Munson Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    One of the largest and best employers in Northern Michigan

    Cons

    Low pay, undergoing significant changes/uncertainty


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work if you have a trust fund to help"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Munson Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    The insurance is decent. My coworkers are great as are most of the hospital employees. To repeat the administration's mantra, it IS a great place to work, if you can afford it. It's a great model of fiscal America in miniature - some make a livable wage, most live in poverty and a very few keep almost all the money. The top guy makes more in an hour than the guys who stock the operating room cases make in a week.

    Cons

    They pay the bare minimum they can get away with and most positions pay a little over half the national average. The best employees don't stay, those who do don't get longevity raises. I also saw a coworker denied a transfer to a much more suitable position due to the HR department's mistakes. Since the HR department adjudicates any grievances regarding such mistakes, the employee did not dare complain.

    Advice to Management

    Administration has a good thing going, they won't change anything. As for actual front-line management, I can't offer any advice, only my genuine hope for extraordinary luck. We need a good hospital in NW Michigan besides Petoskey's and I know how hard it can be to staff when you are not given competitive wages to work with.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Logistics, not an important job at all judging by the compensation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Traverse City, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Traverse City, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good smelling food in cafeteria though my wage was never high enough to eat lunch.

    Cons

    Wage is so pathetic that one full-time job is not enough to survive on unless you live in your car. Most positions, like mine, pay slightly more than half the national average while the cost of living is high in Traverse City. Definitely not the place to work if you need to make a living.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to enrich yourselves by paying poverty wages. No place can be a great place to work if you end up homeless because you worked there. The employees don't really like it there, they just say what admin wants to hear to keep them off their back.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "You are on a Farris wheel..."

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    Former Employee - PAs in Traverse City, MI
    Former Employee - PAs in Traverse City, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Munson Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the employee are decent as long as they are not trying to play manager...

    Cons

    This company goes through employees like Kleenex! First they need employees then they lay you off. Then they call you back months later and offer you a different position. They are very unorganized in so many ways the list is just too long.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck...


  9. "Home Health Aide"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Munson Healthcare part-time

    Pros

    you get paid every 2 weeks

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent never know when you might work week to week


  10. "Monopolistic Healthcare"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Modern central campus located in Traverse City, MI. If your a doctor in Traverse City you've got it made.

    Cons

    Totally centered on the Traverse City, MI area. There is complete neglect of the out lying hospitals and communities for which they care. Patient's are expected to come to them from upto an hour and a half away. Have eliminated many specialties in the NW Michigan service area.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking like a regional system that provides for health care in the local community. Stop centralizing all care in Traverse City.


  11. "RN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Munson Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Great teamwork! Everyone is willing to help one another. Management is caring and approachable. Magnet hospital, recognized several times.

    Cons

    Rate of pay. Employee turnover. I have a long drive, that is obviously not the organizations fault, but it comes into play with the rate of pay.

    Advice to Management

    Unit management is outstanding. I understand executive management, I used to be once upon a time in a previous career; that being said, letting staff know their worth would get them far!



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