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Sentara Healthcare Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, a large corporation overall with opportunities to move within the system to advance your career (in 38 reviews)

  • Good benefits packages offered to employees (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay for experience applicants (in 11 reviews)

  • Pay is very low not only for the cost of living but also much lower than the national average (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Crooked sites"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Care Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Patient Care Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some offices were fair and enjoyable which made the company wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    After 15 yrs and going to certain site for 5 months terminated due to personal feelings with no work ethic ....leave personal feelings at home..My tenure sholuld spoken for itself!

    Advice to Management

    Stop these Supervisor's from havjng FAVORITES in the office which leads to alot of gossip snd personal feelings. Which leads to unjust termination of good employees and the Gossping Supv. and friends still unjustly employed!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "The Evil Empire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is good benefits.

    Cons

    They do not care about employees. The managers will fire you for no reason if they don't like you. They are constantly understaffed and the pay is low. They take 30 minutes out and f your check each shift for a break you never get which is so illegal!

    Advice to Management

    Make everyone follow the rules, not just some. Protect your nurses! Without them, you are nothing!


  3. "Great Place To Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sterile Processing Tech in Suffolk, VA
    Former Employee - Sterile Processing Tech in Suffolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, benefits, pay, advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Don't have any cons to share.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have any advice to share.


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  5. "Good job, but like all health systems...$ not care is the motivating factor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Exercise Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Clinical Exercise Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, new facility, growing. Great benefits. Location deals with "ideal" demographics in terms of patient population.

    Cons

    Like all of health care it comes down to numbers not rooted in people centered quality care

    Advice to Management

    Improving the patient experience must be at the root core the motivation and values of the healthcare system. spreadsheets and crunching numbers will only get you so far. But I'm fairly critical of this aspect of all employers.


  6. "This is a place to settle in and stagnate your career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You do have a good work-life balance and ability to work remotely if desired.

    Cons

    Management is vastly different team to team. Typically, the squeaky wheel gets the oil causing everyone to be reactionary rather than proactive and productive.


  7. "Physician Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, a large corporation overall with opportunities to move within the system to advance your career. Yet each hospital is its own sort of family, very different making it feel like a small, close knit community.

    Cons

    When you have a complaint, there is definitely that big corporation feeling that sneaks in. Change is always slow, but the supervisors I have had over the years were always open to my advice and listened. Even if it never came to fruition, I felt heard.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't always agree with the annual market adjustments for salary, but overall their annual increases kept salaries competitive.


  8. "Nuclear Medicine Technologist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Clean environment
    Professional setting
    Meeting new people
    Working with state of the art technology
    Keeping current in medical technology

    Cons

    On call
    Tight scheduling
    Can be high stress at times
    Long hours
    But I love what I do and where I work!


  9. "Critical Care RN"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Critical Care RN in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Critical Care RN in Norfolk, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depends what unit you work on. There are six ICU's. General, Neuro, Burn/trauma, Vascular, Cardiology, and Cardiac Surgery. Each are different. Burnout is high in burn/trauma and cardiac surgery from my experience with turnover frequently 1-2 years, due to patient acuity and workload. Other nurses have said general and vascular have many nurse there 10-20 years. Resource nurses make even more but be ready to work in step-down units more often than ICU. Management has been supportive.

    Cons

    Pay is low across the region, however you can make decent pay with differentials. $4/hrs nights and $6/hrs weekend. Some units offer call-pay which is time-and-a-half for additional shifts.


  10. "One of the best hospitals"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nursing Care Partner in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Nursing Care Partner in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent staff relationship with each other
    Teamwork
    Wonderful atmosphere
    Great relationship with managers
    Good benefits
    Sentara takes pride in its workers
    Safety of the patient is always first at Sentara

    Cons

    Location
    Compensation is not competitive
    Staff are overworked sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Read between the lines!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at Sentara Healthcare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Teams you work with are great. You have some very educated, competent people that are employees at Sentara.

    Cons

    The peoplw up top don't seem to have a clue about the front line workers. They end up losing excellent employees due to adding more responsibilities than possible within the timeframe allowed. Always ask about the fine print with this company!

    Advice to Management

    Rentention is cheaper than having to pay for a revolving door of employees! Put more money into your workers, and allow for realistic ratios of staff to patients and you will be guaranteed a happier workforce and customer satisfaction...focusing on the bottom line is not always the best strategy.


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