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Temple University Health System Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work environment, good benefits, good pay (in 7 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits and definitely a place to build a great career (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • commute to and from work- bad neighborhood (in 4 reviews)

  • No one at TUHS ever disputed that the OT was necessary, or that working over 40 hours per week is considered OT (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Go Temple!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Call Center Agent
    Former Employee - Call Center Agent
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Temple University Health System full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very diverse! Great place to work with awesome pay and benefits! I had a lot of fun at my time here at temple.

    Cons

    A lot of turnovers, The lead we nicknamed "whiney Lou" was very negative and brought the whole atmosphere down with his Napolean complex. But besides that everyone got along very well! I'll miss Temple.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leads with confidence.


  2. "Poor benefits and admins"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Temple University Health System full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge research, new equipment, good facilities, slightly above average salary

    Cons

    Rude and unhelpful HR, the administrative side is a mess, takes forever for benefits to kick in, little vacation time depending on when you start, general unfriendly/unhelpful atmosphere, no room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Fire your HR/admins and get new people, they were widely complained about. Also, get people benefits sooner. Stop having vacation time center around the fiscal year, I started shortly before the fiscal year ended which means for the next year I have almost no vacation time

  3. "Hired part time worked full"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Temple University Health System part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Episcopal coworkers were mostly phenomenal

    Cons

    Management never on same page

    Advice to Management

    Need to work as a team. Shouldn't abuse workers just because they need a job. Communication is key!


  4. "TUHS review"

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Temple University Health System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well paying; great benefits; diverse workforce

    Cons

    Tough neighborhood; poor senior management

    Advice to Management

    I worked at TUHS for 13 years. During that time, management made terrible decisions in acquisition and disposal of new or current capital assets. TUHS bought several geriatric facilities that it shut down within a few years. Then it bought Episcopal Hospital and closed down all of the medical surgical beds. Then it bought Northeastern Hospital, and shut it down in 2013 after promising to build a whole new hospital on the site of an old paper factory. The environmental cleanup for the old factory was rumored to have cost $44 Million dollars! Now it sits abandoned on the corner of Tulip and Allegheny - a total complete waste of precious resources - an abandonment of nearly 300,000 residents in the River Wards where people are desperate for healthcare. TUHS needs new management at the very top - badly!


  5. "Staff RN that advanced to charge nurse"

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

    I have been working at Temple University Health System full-time

    Pros

    Great pay. Being a part of a union hospital has a great advantage

    Cons

    Very sick patients. The hospital does not always honor agreements between the union and hospital.


  6. "You need to invest money to make money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Temple University Health System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have some good people who have been there forever...

    Cons

    They have some people who have been there for ever and refuse to move with the times. Management is too swayed by politics and personal connections.

    Advice to Management

    Cost cutting will only delay the inevitable. Well thought out investments will contribute to growth, but being stand alone and focusing only on a couple of rock star physicians will not sustain things forever.


  7. "Management can improve but not the worst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Temple University Health System full-time

    Pros

    Money, hours, benefits, tuition, experience

    Cons

    Ignorant employees, bad area, tough patient demographic

    Advice to Management

    Work on cultural competence

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Better place than others to work"

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    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - RN, Bsn in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Temple University Health System full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great pay, unionized

    Cons

    promotions seems ro be based who you know instead of degree/experience accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Put the right people in the right place


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant at the hospital"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Temple University Health System part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The research I was doing was contributing to health, and I liked my PI.

    Cons

    The Temple IRB was hard to work with and needed modernization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better IRB management or use a central IRB.


  10. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Temple University Health System (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits is all that Temple has to offer. All else is not worth it.
    Either start here and leave just to get your first experience of where not to work. Or if you need a procedure done, work 1 year and go out on FMLA and come back and resign!

    Cons

    Here is a list of Cons that Temple definitely takes pride in:
    Personality or Ego Clashes: This in general, is seen between two people with opposing personalities. The problem creeps in when there is mistrust between both the parties with respect to their motives and character.
    Stress: The modern workplace is full of demands, deadlines, etc. There are employees who sustain and perform under pressure while there are employees who succumb to this rising pressure. Thus, an aggressive environment where the stress levels are high will prove detrimental to employee performance.
    Heavy Workloads: If there is an alarming increase in workload, employees sometimes become disgruntled with their work and this is reflected in the quality of work. It also takes a toll on their health and demoralizes them.
    Inadequate Resources: Adequate time and material resources should be available to employees to enable them perform their work easily. This will help them perform to the best of their ability and be proud of their achievements.
    Poor Leadership from the Top Management: A supervisor motivates his subordinates, instills confidence, and evokes enthusiasm with regard to their work. But if the same supervisor engages in aggressive and punitive behavior, it results in harassment at the workplace.
    Lack of Role Clarity: This happens when two different workers are given incompatible roles at the same time. This lack of clarity in workers’ objectives and expectations creates tension between the employees and results in conflicts.
    Lack of Clarity about Accountability: Lack of accountability results when there is no clarity amongst the employees regarding their roles and responsibilities and their relationship with team members. This leads to a situation wherein when something goes right, everyone would like to take credit for it and when something goes wrong, no one comes forward to accept responsibility.
    Lack of Transparency: When employees are not informed about decisions, they will make their own assumptions which can spread rumors. This can hurt the image of the organization and also destroy trust in the management.
    Clash of Values: An organization comprises employees from various walks of life. They bring in their own set of values, ideas, and principles which may not be received by everyone in the organization. This might result in some animosity and intolerance between individuals.
    Gossip: Research has shown that office gossip creates great loss to the organization and also affects the individual productivity of employees at work.
    Poor Selection or Pairing of Team Members: Employees tied with a wrong partner prove detrimental to the overall health of the organization. A lion’s share of their time will be consumed jostling against each other without any improvement in their overall performance.
    Outdated Technology: To make an employee productive and efficient, it is important to equip them with the right tools. Ignoring the potential benefits of technology upgradation in the workplace may diminish the productivity and performance of employees.
    Bullying or Harassment: There are cases where bosses or colleagues threaten an employee for no reason or pass offensive remarks against the employee. This leads to the creation of a hostile environment in the workplace. It also disturbs the sense of belongingness amongst employees.
    Perceived Discrimination: Employee discrimination can have a negative effect on the organization’s bottom line. It hampers the main components of employees’ behavior which are directly associated with job performance. This might also result in a higher incidence of grievances among employees.
    Poor Performance Management: Badly-conducted appraisals can create a lot of problems for the organization as well as its employees. If a hard working employee is under-rated, besides being unfair, it creates an inferiority complex in the mind of the employee, while being over-rated may create egoism.
    Depleting Health Conditions: The deteriorating health of an employee would greatly hamper the employee’s ability to be productive. It has a cascading effect such as rising absenteeism, low morale, and indifference to organizational goals.

    Advice to Management

    Go work somewhere else and experience what real management experience is all about.


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