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Swedish Medical Center Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, great benefits (in 15 reviews)

  • Good benefits and wages/salaries when compared to other companies in the same industry (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is not as transparent as they claim to be (in 9 reviews)

  • work life balance is a challange (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Medical Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, paid time off, and support.

    Cons

    Very busy practices, must be able to keep up.


  2. "Overall, nice workload. Overall nice place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Financial Counselor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Patient Financial Counselor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For the most part management is pretty flexible with this particular position. You don't have to worry about micromanagement. Other colleagues are always there to help.

    Cons

    Working directly in clinics as a billing advocate has its challenges. Some clinic administrators aren't as professional & kind to say the least. You report to billing however you work directly with the clinic & depending on the clinic, you could be in a tough spot- between clinch & billing department.

  3. "Some pro's and cons-Prodution driven"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coding Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Coding Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Various different specialties, so you will find one that interests you, the option to be trained is there. You will have no lack of work.

    Cons

    Some of the Coding Consultants are malicious in the way that they train. The lack of information they provide coupled with the disinformation, or malicious information will set you to fail. Beware of "touch base" meetings set with no agenda. It never is a good thing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "my job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I chose to work at Swedish because of the relocation benefits, multiple scheduling options, multiple locations to choose from, beautiful commute

    Cons

    While the commute is lovely it can be time consuming and if you live on the other side of the water you're stuck dealing with rigid ferry schedules to make your shift work.

    Advice to Management

    Be present, be a voice for your employees and know what's going on with your people. Realize that night shifters are people too and need to have interactions with mgmt.


  5. "Regulatory Affairs Coordinator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, fair pay, interesting work

    Cons

    Politics and red tape, lots of leadership upheaval, poor communication between teams.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Department Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Department Management in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People on some campuses nice, other campuses they are toxic as is mine. In the many departments I work with, Many just have no advanced education except for high school. And have still grandfathered into management. Even though the top leaders give them diversity classes they are 'clueless' as to how to
    Interact without offending. In my almost 5 years here
    I have seen many changes taking place most not good
    Numerous people walk off their jobs because of lack of support. My biggest advice is to read the Seattle times expose on the hospital and the comments following.
    There is your onsite to the organization. Classes that are offered are boring because they are from decades ago; bring in current top line educators.

    Cons

    I am still young enough ( mid 40s) to get out, but am saving for a house for my hopefully newly growing family. We have gone without decent raises the past several years. And no cost of living. Unless you consider 2.35% good. Try to keep up with utilities and rent with that. I work at home without pay to stay caught up and never miss work except for planned vacation. Which you have to plan for the year in January. I receive kudos all years from other departments and my boss takes the credit while receiving s 15k bonus for ' my work.'
    Sick policy sucks.If you are sick they say stay home; if you are out for more than a day you are documented and written up for being sick. Even with a doctors note
    If you have little children, they don't recognize the WFCA at all. You get written up. The top managers just just got an unlimited sick and vacation policy handed to them to eliminate stress. I have seen many nurses and kitchen people and cooks and Starbucks people go in to work sick so that they don't get written up. It is not just one department. Nurses are terrified of the doctors and will not tell them if some is wrong terrified of getting let go. I know this first hand.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO is only temporary until they find someone else


  7. Helpful (1)

    "MRI Technologist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MRI Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - MRI Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management and co-workers work well together to solve issues and provide the best patient care possible.

    Cons

    Some issues take a long time to resolve.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Swedish Medical Center, Nutrition Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Edmonds, WA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Edmonds, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, flexibility, union.

    Cons

    Bad attendance policy, and Swedish is very shady as an employer when dealing with the union.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to Union Contract


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great doctors, not so great management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Swedish Medical Center (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best doctors to work with, most nurses and MA's were nice and willing to train, good benefits and pay compared to others.

    Cons

    Extreme micro management, high office politics, favoritism with no intervention from HR. Bullying in the workplace. No paid parking for newer employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be available, be open to new ideas, be truly flexible to life balance needs and increase trust. Understand that micro management only creates distrust and depresses creativity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pays great & Top Heavy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Service Coordinator II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Patient Service Coordinator II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swedish Medical Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Swedish Providence can afford to pay most employees a decent wage, good insurance benefits, 401k employer contributions, employee parking discounts, on site cafeteria.

    Cons

    Too heavy with Administration purely concerned with the bottom line and doing more with less people. Feels less community oriented and more cash driven.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the support staff who drive your patient care. Encourage administrators to promote from within and push for caregivers to obtain secondary education rather than holding the job as a treat for graduation.


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