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Premera Blue Cross Reviews

Updated February 20, 2019
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Pros
  • "Growth opportunity and good work/life balance" (in 88 reviews)

  • "Opportunities to work from home (yes, in your pajamas" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Flexibility, Work Life Balance, Advancement" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Middle management can be micromanagers and not great leaders, but the upper management is excellent" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company offers excellent pay/benefits for the positions offered in this market and the growth potential from internal promotions is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Ups and downs within the health insurance marketplace has caused changes within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being the leader of the market.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is refreshing to work for a company that is trying to make a difference in healthcare and truly cares about doing it right. Love the benefits; great medical plan as you would expect but also have a retirement plan and 401(k)!

    Cons

    Sometimes too many meetings, but I have seen improvement.

  3. "A good place to work, I would work there again."

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    Former Employee - Claims Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Claims Analyst in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall a good company, good values, and good benefits. A lot of areas offer flex scheduling.

    Cons

    Communication and consistency from management and across departments could definitely be improved.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time

    Pros

    Company offers a nice pay and benefits package. Helping customers through difficult times in the medical world is rewarding. Many departments allow you to work in the office or remotely.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change that occurs with very little notice or explanation. Certain departments comes with excessive micro management. Not the best work life balance. Although the pay was nice to start with, you are oftentimes assigned additional work that are for other departments so in reality, you are not fairly compensated for doing 2-3 different jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Clear and honest communication to your employees about where the company is going and a notice of changes with a real explanation would be lovely.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, high stress, great team, poor management."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with a GREAT team with fun banter and a helping hand when you needed it.
    --Good pay for the industry
    --Telecommute options available for many positions
    --nice benefit package

    Cons

    --micromanagement
    --intense favoritism practiced by team leads
    --promotions based on your relationship with your team lead, performance and experience are not factors
    --HR not responsive to concerns/complaints
    --Poor campus in dangerous neighborhood, with constant weed smoke drifting in through the vents. (Spokane campus)

    Advice to Management

    Your CSR's are your lifeline. You need to spend more time streamlining processes and weeding out toxic management and less time adding random VP titles and constantly "restructuring". CSR's know far better than you what customers want and the best will not stay without appropriate recognition and opportunities. Also, if you had enough money to put up a brand new campus in an area where it wasn't needed, you had enough to move Spokane to a building in a neighborhood that isn't so dangerous that the night shift was allowed to work by telecommute only, and that doesn't constantly reek of pot.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Good old boys club"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Trying the make healthcare better for the customer.

    Cons

    When the CEO does not trust his own management team and vetoes a hire that is 4 levels below him, it’s clear that there is a problem amongst the ranks. It is a culture killer that will have a lasting impact. I’m not sure he even cares.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in ALL of your employees. It’s your job.


  7. "they make good business decisions"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary for the region.

    Cons

    Poor benefits. They provide federal minimum retirement. Entrenched management. Worse they do not support high utilization of benefits.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep valuable employees you need to take a close look at the way you treat your sick. Denying coverage on high cost medication is a business decision not a people decision.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Employee Experience in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Current Employee - Employee Experience in Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premera Blue Cross full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people and the organizations commitment to the community.

    Cons

    HR Leadership - the leader is more focused on politics than the health and development of her team. It’s clear which leaders she favors, their teams are growing and expanding. Others scrambling. Don’t expect development. Most teams are overworked to the point of illness.

    Advice to Management

    Unless your goal is to drive employees away, you need to pay attention.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Would not recommend"

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

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and bonus and free parking.

    Cons

    Current executive management could improve their performance (previous was much better) and management overall is very top heavy. Also exceptionally poor HR department. There were constant complaints from both staff and management about HR. The HR department had high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Work on trying to be a good place to work, instead of a place where management says it's good to work at.


  10. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Premera Blue Cross full-time

    Pros

    Growth opportunity and good work/life balance

    Cons

    I can't think of any