The Permanente Medical Group Reviews

Updated Dec 23, 2020

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84%
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The Permanente Medical Group Executive Director & CEO Robert Pearl, MD  (no image)
Robert Pearl, MD
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "solid teams, great benefits, recommend(in 8 reviews)

  • "Excellent electronic medical record, use of technology to manage case load, excellent colleagues, excellent pay, excellent benefits(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "great benefits"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Permanente Medical Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great retirement benefits, stability and collegiality

    Cons

    loss of some independence regarding work schedule

  2. "TPMG Project Manager"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Permanente Medical Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team to work and collaborate with.

    Cons

    No cons to share currently


  3. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Permanente Medical Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, Union, local, inclusive.

    Cons

    Room to advance is limited due to people staying over 20-30 years in individual departments.

  4. "TPMG Physician"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Assistant Chief in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at The Permanente Medical Group full-time

    Pros

    Job security, Strong system support

    Cons

    Lack of autonomy, Big corporate environment

  5. "Group Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Physician 

    I have been working at The Permanente Medical Group full-time

    Pros

    1. Collegial environment 2. Collaboration 3. Balanced Hours 4. Benefits package in long run

    Cons

    1. Patient pleasing approach emphasis over appropriate use of treatments and recommendations 2. Group has a herd like mentality 3. Poor quality examination and evaluation by teams referring out to specialists 4. Limited vacation 5. Too much focus on metrics that don't totally make sense

  6. "The Permanente Medical Group"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physician in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Permanente Medical Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Transparency, supportive leadership, the best equiment

    Cons

    Fishbowl- everyone looking at you

  7. "Don't let them lure you with a signing bonus"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physician in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Permanente Medical Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    i can't think of any.

    Cons

    Everything. You will regret working at Kaiser. I was working 16 hours a day with mounting stress. Average patient panel size is over 2000 for a primary care MD and they dump more and more patients on you.

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  8. COVID-19

    "Great collegiality, but burnout factory"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Permanente Medical Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My colleagues are brilliant and very team oriented. As a specialist it is really nice to work with really kind primary care specialists. There are a couple bad eggs who are lazy and pan-refer, but the majority of the PCPs are fantastic to work with. During covid19 I don't think any health plan has pivoted as quickly or efficiently as KP to manage the constantly changing demands of the pandemic. Great pay, benefits and pension plan if you can last 5+ years.

    Cons

    Beware! Burnout factory. No autonomy. If you prove to be efficient, you are rewarded with more work. Management of ancillary staff is atrocious - often absent and very conniving/manipulative. Oftentimes you are short MA's and you just have to deal with it or have a float who knows nothing about your department. No ability to effect change due to politics, bureaucracy and hierarchy. Patients can email you at all times of day and the expectation is you respond within 24 hours. There is no time to manage your in basket and you see patients every 15 minutes with no staff assistance (no scribes, you do EVERYTHING - ordering, notes, billing). Your bonus is based on patient satisfaction scores so if a patient does not like the way you talked to them, they have a lot of power to make your life miserable. Even if a patient is definitely in the wrong or frankly lying about your service, the company blames you and makes it seem like you are the problem. Also, even if you are a specialist, every year you have to update diagnoses like DM or HTN to make sure they get their reimbursements properly. So even though you are a specialist seeing patients every 15 minutes with patient messages constantly flowing into your in basket, you are expected to look at a patient's x-ray to make sure the diagnosis of "atherosclerosis of the aorta" is correct amongst the 20 other diagnoses you need to refresh. AI should take care of this but physicians are expected to do everything here. If you actually want to practice good medicine and take time with patients, do not work here!

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "ok"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Physician in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Permanente Medical Group part-time

    Pros

    Good pension if it lasts by the time I retire.

    Cons

    Run by a bunch of bean counters.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay, stability, but very large case load/ high volume"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Psychiatrist 

    I worked at The Permanente Medical Group part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent electronic medical record, use of technology to manage case load, excellent colleagues, excellent pay, excellent benefits

    Cons

    High volume, fast pace, direct access for patients ( voice mail, email), management of inbox (patient emails, messages from providers) is time consuming

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