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UnitedHealth Group Software Engineer Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • A colleague once shared 25% of the organization employees work from home (in 727 reviews)

  • You will have an excellent work life balance working here (in 403 reviews)

Cons
  • Little lagging in work life balance (in 227 reviews)

  • It's actually not surprising that a health insurance company knows how to cut costs on (in 248 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back culture, work from home , job is highly secure even during a recession, ample pto time, good work culture.

    Cons

    No new stuff to learn, over staffed, average pay, teams spread across the country - hard to manage bad coordinate projects

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in IT

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Jun 22, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. It's great to see you're enjoying our culture and enjoying the flexibility of working from home. I would encourage you to discuss your interest in learning new skills or ... More


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Lack of Career Growth...Surrounded by Dead weights"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Good work life balance
    -Generous PTO (23 days/year), 4.5% 401k match (100% match for first 3%, then 50% match up to another 3%)
    -Easy work
    -Nice coworkers
    -Cool building
    -New technology in some area of the company
    -Amazing job security because there are many low performers
    -Good stepping stone company

    Cons

    -Below average pay...you may be hired at a fair/competitive rate, but the yearly raises are not very competitive for people with technical background. Below the industry standard raise of 3%. People will get a max of 2% raise for an outperforming review. Hence, most of the employees here do the bare minimal as an average review will get you 1.2-1.8% raise. After one year, most newcomers will realized it is not worth working hard for the .0X% difference.

    -There are many dead weights on my team. At least 80% of my team (20+ developers) is floating around doing less than average amount of points per sprint. Some developers can slide by fixing a defect for a single null pointer exception over the duration of 1-2 weeks...others would call in WFH, but with their status show up as 'away' or 'offline' if anyone bothers to look on Jabber (the internal messaging app we use here)

    -Management will continue to blindly hire more developers because the existing ones won't do the work. I have difficulty understanding why low performers are allowed to stay and even promoted in some cases over valuable teammates.

    -There are a lot of favoritism in this organization. Your performance matters very little in the yearly review. You will get a higher mark if you know the manager and hanging out with them during happy hours.

    -We are moving toward a full agile environment, so WFH is discouraged. At the same time, there are not enough desks for all developers who comes in to office

    -Most managers do not care about your career growth

    -The culture training are mocked by most attendees as they know it's more symbolic than substance. Our culture values cannot thrive due to the limitations at the system/organization level

    -The yearly performance review grades the team on a normal curve. So, even if everyone performed really well, there will always be losers and winners. Contrary to what they taught us in culture trainings. Good talents do not stay more than 2 years here...unless they are also favored by management

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to help your employees grow in this organization. Revamp the yearly review process.

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your candor and I am sorry that this is your feeling about our organization. I encourage you to have more discussions with your managers about your work and prioritization to ensure ... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ex-Axototl employee. San Jose office closed down and moved to Raleigh"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time

    Pros

    This is more of a reflection on my last 2-3 years of experience with Optum/UHG. The SJC office is no longer there. All Optum HIE positions have now been moved to Raleigh. The office once belonged to Axolotl which was acquired by UnitedHealth Group around 2011.

    - The people I had worked with there were generally very friendly and helpful, I've made a lot of lasting friendships
    - Good work/life balance for the most part except for a short time when a certain leadership team was in place
    - 25 vacation days
    - The software we built had a meaningful impact
    - Nice office location in downtown San Jose
    - We got individual cubes, which is getting rarer nowadays in tech. I like the privacy.

    Cons

    The major con was that UnitedHealth kind of hid its intention to close the San Jose site for a while. The office was closed down in mid-2016 without a very long warning period. We had a lot of talented people get let go. The jobs were moved to Raleigh, NC, probably to save on costs. There are great people in Raleigh too, but I just think doing this to employees who gave a lot of their careers to the company is disappointing.

    But here were the cons when the company was there

    - Not too many perks, for example, free food is very rare. That's different from a lot of SV companies
    - Pay was a notch below average, maybe by %15
    - Poor health insurance, mostly high deductible plans. It's actually not surprising that a health insurance company knows how to cut costs on health insurance
    - Internet access was restricted. The firewall apparently blocks any website it doesn't know about so helpful resources are often inaccessible
    - We were slow to adopt new technologies

    Advice to Management

    Cutting costs doesn't always pay off in the long run

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Apr 6, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your thoughtful review of our organization. I'm sorry that you were affected by this transition. It's never easy to make large decisions like moving locations of an organization. I'm ... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad experience, too big for my preferences"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - pretty good salaries for its tech workers, not too many hours

    Cons

    - lots of bloated departments
    - pretty slow moving and very corporate
    - benefits

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Jun 13, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your response! As a global Fortune 6 company, we do have to make choices that serve health care internationally, and can come across as too corporate. Currently we invest $2.5 billion ... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad company to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home and free transport

    Cons

    Alot of cons, manager oriented company there is no h.r.. complete gunda gardi by managers. You r in good position if you are fav of your manager. Bad structure of hierarchy specially in analytics worst company ever.
    ..Becoming worst to hell company

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking out of box, and promote who is deserve not the chaplooos employeess

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Jun 13, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your response, and I'm sorry you've had this experience. I would recommend you get in touch with HRdirect at 800-561-0861 to discuss. Bravo! is also a good platform to recognize the ... More


  6. "apps dev1"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cool company not having scope for new technologies

    Cons

    there is a huge parking problem in hyd 1

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Mar 17, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your perspective. I suggest you reach out to HRDirect so that can properly address your concerns. You can reach them at 1-800-561-0861 Monday through Friday 7 AM to 7 PM. Sincerely ... More


  7. "Excellent Organization"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home facility and Good Toyota Innova AC Cab in Just 1,500 Per month for Above 24 Grade.
    Bench Period is good enough just like Infoys

    Cons

    1. Manager's Company.
    2. Variable is Very High 15% of your CTC and you will get your Variable in Every Year March Salary.
    3. Less Development Projects Like Mainframe, Big Data Hadoop, Analytics and Machine Learning
    4. Buttering is More Important rather than your work.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the Management and Provide the Equal Opportunity to all emaployee.
    Do not partial

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your review. I'm glad you're enjoying a few benefits UnitedHealth Group has to offer. I would suggest you reach out to HRDirect with your concerns for management and equal opportunity ... More

  8. "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, Not much workload, good benefits, good hike, job security,

    Cons

    Wont get much career opportunities within organization, some flaws in senior management policies.

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Nov 29, 2016 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the work life balance during your time as an employee. I regret to hear your experience in regards to career opportunities ... More


  9. "Sr"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Goo work place nice management

    Cons

    Too much work to do sometimes

    Advice to Management

    None

    UnitedHealth Group Response

    Oct 24, 2016 – Enterprise Talent Community Manager

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback! Be sure to check out the Career Exploration and Development Group on ONE Connect if you have not already done so! Have a great day! Kind ... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Solid workplace, good work life balance."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good communication from corporate, good stock purchase plan, decent 401k , transparent I listing of promotion track and salary ranges. Plenty of room for growth. Great work life balance and pto.

    Cons

    Only average or below average health insurance plans provided by a health insurance company. One would think they would realize that anyone working at Unitedhealth gets asked how good their coverage is, to which most employees probably respond "not great". That's about 100,000 people giving word of mouth that a mediocre health plan is provided by the largest insurer in America to its own employees. Not a good pr move.