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Palmetto Health Reviews

Updated October 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits package as well as great hours daily" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Great place to work and awesome coworkers" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Almost always short staffed especially on weekends" (in 10 reviews)

  • "no raises and pay is lower (even if additional certifications are gained)" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "IT Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palmetto Health full-time

    Pros

    ability to work remote at times
    time allowed to give back to the community which is a good team building experience

    Cons

    always a very changing environment, you need to be flexible


  2. "Was a great place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palmetto Health full-time

    Pros

    Very dedicated staff who have stayed despite a lack of wage adjustments and lots of changes; great physicians, a real commitment to quality and a positive experience.

    Cons

    The recent merger feels more like a take-over; salaries not competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people a competitive wage!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nursing Administrator on Duty"

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    Former Employee - Administrator On Duty in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Administrator On Duty in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the diversity of the staff! There's room for advancement at all levels for people of color. This is a level one trauma center with educational opportunities abounds. They also have the wonderful technology available.

    Cons

    The pay is below average and they haven't given pay raises in over a decade.
    The security services need an overhaul!

    Advice to Management

    Really focus on fair and just compensation for the staff. It's imperative to retain good staff. Allow police substations inside each hospital to provide additional security. Also, get an entirely new security company! That will hire competent, and physically healthy security! In today's climate patient and staff, safety depends on it!


  4. "PCT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Palmetto Health full-time

    Pros

    Meeting new people great atmosphere

    Cons

    not enough pay, short breaks


  5. Helpful (1)

    "RN"

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    Current Employee - Staff RN in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Staff RN in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are lifelong friends.

    Cons

    There are too many to list. I am a long term, recognized employee that has received many awards from staff, management and patients. There are awful things going on here. The alert line is used on staff as a way to retaliate or get innocent staff into a lot of trouble. Back stabbing is at an all time high. More and initiatives get added to my job duties and I can’t take care of my patients. After nearly 22 years, I am looking elsewhere. Also, other nicer places are paying nurses more.


  6. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palmetto Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company is big enough were if you have not found you niche yet and end up in a position that you don't like you can change after 6 months. Sooner if you know before you are off of orientation. They have campuses all over the midlands and upstate now that they have merged with Greenville, so if you are looking to move and stay in South Carolina there are a multitude of possibilities.
    Always remember the grass isn't greener on the other side. It's just a different pasture. I have met some of the greatest people I've had the pleasure of knowing here!

    Cons

    I wanted to work for Palmetto Health because I believed in the vision. Which is to be remembered by each patient as we care for their families as though they are part of ours. However, the company needs to start taking care of their employees. For as great of an investment they keep saying these other hospital systems are, there hasn't been a pay increase in 5+ years. New nurses coming in now get paid more than I do. The benefits are subpar. Nurses has access to little education outside of the mandatory training aside from paying for CEU's yourself.
    Unsure of other campuses, however parking at the Richland Campus is horrible! I have been to the Baptist & Parkridge campuses a few times and have never had issues.
    Just like many other hospitals, floors are understaffed and the demands management keeps putting on them keeps getting greater and greater with less support, supplies and time.
    Security is no longer part of the hospital and is managed by an outside company. They have no idea where anything in the hospital is, they all do certain aspects of their job differently and by no way do I feel safe at all. This is a Level 1 Trauma Center, where GSW's and assaulted victims come daily. It is absurd that our own security can't seem to find their way around the hospital.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should start taking care of their staff. Staff literally will bend over backwards to get their job done and are abused. LMC is opening a new hospital soon and will have many positions opening.


  7. "Pst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palmetto Health part-time

    Pros

    The pay is good and you can get overtime

    Cons

    Almost always short staffed especially on weekends

  8. Helpful (1)

    "more cons than pros"

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - co-workers are awesome
    - current nurse manager easy to talk to about concerns
    - healthcare benefits

    Cons

    -short staffed
    -cannot ask for PTO the week of a holiday (even if it's not your assigned holiday to work)
    -cannot cash out PTO value when you leave the hospital system
    -vesting of retirement is 5 years
    -some unit based policies vary from hospital policies
    -no raises and pay is lower (even if additional certifications are gained)
    -charting system is not efficient (Cerner)

    Advice to Management

    - provide incentive for your employees to want to become better/gain certifications in their respective areas without having to do a lot of paperwork
    - can't always ask for staff to do more with less (support/staff/supplies) and expect great patient care
    - kind of disheartening on your first day to see you have to be with the hospital for 22+ years just to park on the first level of the parking deck
    - don't ask for employee opinions if you don't plan on doing anything with the feedback. Your employees will feel like you don't care about their views.


  9. "Registered nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palmetto Health full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is great

    Cons

    The pay needs to be increased


  10. "They are working to improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Palmetto Health full-time

    Pros

    My role was flexible with scheduling, good options for extra shift differential.

    Cons

    Chronically understaffed, always holding admissions in the ER.


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