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The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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Pros
  • great benefits including hefty paid-time off, which can accrue to some like 4-5 weeks per year; also helps with work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits, generous paid time off, great community (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • In all honesty there are no cons I can think of from working here (in 5 reviews)

  • Management- too many changes, lack of transparency, lack of communication, employees can be regarded as no more than their employee number (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Palo Alto Medical Group - Shareholder track"

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    Current Employee - Physician in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Physician in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I get my own care from a PAFMG PCP. The doctors are superior with few exceptions. The patients are the sort expected from third party pay population.

    Cons

    The cons are lack of qualified doctors, especially PCPs. Every PCP seems to be closed to new patients. The management seems fixated on nurse or action era, though these are hard to find and in some ways more time consuming for the physician.


  2. "Great potential"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Health Promotion Coordinator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Health Promotion Coordinator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A welcoming team with a lot of potential. Wonderful working environment.

    Cons

    It seems health promotion programs are not all under the same 'roof', but under several different departments. Rationalization should take place.

    Advice to Management

    All health promotion educators should works closely with the H. ed. coordinators, as the goal for all is the same.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sutter Health lowered overall morale"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great providers who look to innovative procedures to help in patient care. Nursing staff is caring and very competent to take the best care possible for their patients.

    Cons

    Sutter Health which now oversees all systems is a Hospital based organization who have yet to figure out the differences in running physician practices. In their efforts to coordinate services between the various sites has created more dysfunction and in fighting between practices.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your individual employees


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  5. "Quality"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Progressive, sincerely compassionate leadership at the executive levels creates a supportive culture with emphasis on learning and workforce retention.

    Cons

    Healthcare system in general is becoming increasingly challenging for staff and patients to navigate through. Constant changes to try to stay abreast of this can cause challenges for consistent information.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Medical Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Good ethic in the overall company, good benefits and hours.The physicians are really great there

    Cons

    Very clickish and if your not willing to join there club your ousted...tough crowd to please especially the long time employees are the worst!!

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employee's better, the employee's that seem to be the best workers you need to monitor them the most!!!


  7. "Medical setting, meeting patients' psychosocial needs"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    • Make a difference in people's lives
    • good employee retention (continuity)
    • good discounts on commuter costs, gym membership, and cell phone bills
    • competitive salary

    Cons

    The organization is built around the physicians rather than the entire team, due to its pre-Sutter days and institutional privilege within medical field.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unhealthy Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -The patients are the primary positive, because I am there to help them
    -Benefits (health, dental, and vision) are competitive

    Cons

    -Inappropriate behavior by employees goes unchecked, even for offenses that would normally result in termination
    -Supervisors are not hands-on enough and do not see what the employee experience is like and rarely if ever ask
    -When an issue is brought up you run the risk of being punished
    -HR is dismissive, even passive aggressive when an issue is brought up
    -Nepotism is widespread and unchecked
    -Upward mobility very difficult

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees one on one and implement changes to make the environment a healthier one. Encourage upward mobility and make it possible. Enforce a code of conduct.


  9. "Certified medical assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Medical Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Certified Medical Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Appointments are overbooked on a constant basis


  10. "SURGICAL TECH"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Certified Surgical Technologist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Variety of work, many of my specialty fields. 15yrs new surgical techniques.

    Cons

    Don't have any but I'm used to the stress and different personalities.

    Advice to Management

    Withe many years of specialty procedures and learning to get along with different personalities, I feel I will become a valuable member of the team.


  11. "MEdical Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they have such great benefits

    Cons

    i hated getting floated around

    Advice to Management

    being able to stay with a specified physician



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