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Seattle Children's Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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  • "Upper management can be mildly aloof and disconnected" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance: It is getting more and more expensive to live within the Seattle city limits" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Seattle Children's Program Coordinator Position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time

    Pros

    People are really nice. Interesting work. Always something new to do.

    Cons

    Staff are overburdened. Opportunities for advancement are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Create direct paths of upward mobility.


  2. "CMA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Children's part-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for learning and advancement. The most enjoyable part of the job for me was being able to meet so many people from different cultures. Also being able to help the patients and their family was full filling.

    Cons

    Lots of traffic and crime in area

  3. "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mission helping some very sick kids.

    Cons

    Lacking IT leadership and direction.


  4. "Family Service coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and awesome opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    You have to use PTO for Holidays


  5. "Good organization"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people, good overall vision

    Cons

    Compensation could be better, lack of top to bottom connection between leadership and front line staff


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great mission but IT professionals beware"

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission is by far the best you will ever be part of. I truly believe the organization’s heart is in the right place and the clinical staff do amazing things despite the organizational, staffing and technical challenges they are forced to navigate.

    Cons

    IT Leadership is laughably bad. With the introduction of a new CIO, the IT organization has gone from a slow, bloated band of retirement short timers with some guiding principals to the CIO’s personal ego-laden cruise ship navigating the North Atlantic with a first mate and navigator who have never sailed anything larger than a dingy and no one on watch for the inevitable ice burgs.

    The new CIO has shown a propensity toward unethical actions. He seems incapable of decision making and delegates everything that requires any thoughtful analysis to his C-level henchmen. The C-Level IT leadership can’t seem to get past their bloated egos for any level of self awareness.

    The entire IT organization has quickly become completely devoid of direction. The only focus is cutting cost and moving to a consolidated medical records system which seems to be the bullit item the CIO needs for his resume. He expounds customer obsession, but has done nothing to enable the organization to deliver.

    From an overall IT perspective, Architecture is nonexistent, filled with sysadmins and network technicians. The Program Management Office has been dissolved and has turned into a project management free-for-all with no prioritization. Infrastructure has been gutted of leadership. Application teams are chasing their tails and duplicating effort. Operations leadership has no operations experience. IT finance is completely out of touch with the requirements of running an IT organization. There is literally no aspect of IT that is running well under the new leadership.

    The new CIO has said in meetings that “HR won’t let me fire who I want so I will just have to make it so uncomfortable that they will leave”. And leaving they are. With the notable loss of the CISO, everyone of technical substance is working on an exit strategy.

    If you are considering a role in IT with Seattle Children’s Hospital, you should reconsider. Things here are going to get much, much worse before they get better.

    Advice to Management

    It seems that the CEO is disconnected from the non-clinical functions of the organization. I’m not sure he realizes the cancer he introduced to the organization When he hired this CIO. I believe he was blinded by a desire to hire a fellow doctor and passed on candidates with real IT experience. My hope is that he will realize the negative impact this change has had before it impacts the care we provide.


  7. "HIM Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The cafeteria has eatable food!

    Cons

    Run as fast as you can, and don’t look back. You ill not regret it!

    Advice to Management

    Please continue making the same leadership type of errors! I believe in the long term, you will learn from trial and error!

  8. "Seattle Childrens"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, able to telecommute.

    Cons

    Somewhat micromanaging supervisor but otherwise a great place to work.


  9. "Not a bad place but not paid well"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time

    Pros

    Communication, Research , open concept, ideas, friendly envyroment

    Cons

    money invested in other things that are not salary for workers


  10. "Coding position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Children's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Teleworking, Friendly, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Only some are able to advance

    Advice to Management

    Offering everyone the opportunity to advance.


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