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  1. "Short term vision....tee it up and sell it."

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    Former Employee - Lab in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lab in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Always something to fix because there's always something broken.

    Cons

    Constant pressure to fix under-performing hospitals.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people that work for you.


  2. "Terrible, few cross training opportunities, low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    high volume of work, steady

    Cons

    favoritism, no OT, cross training very limited

    Advice to Management

    don't look out only for your bonus

  3. "Health system"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Allowed for mobility in career advancement and opportunities to work with multi-disciplinary teams. Facilities were located around the valley, making it a close drive depending on where you are living.

    Cons

    Poor pay and lack of development and retention practices, has led to much turnover at all levels of the company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Less than forthcoming"

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    Current Contractor - Data Center Analyst in Berwyn, IL
    Current Contractor - Data Center Analyst in Berwyn, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you manage to get a job working with their I.T. department, then you may be blessed to be in a position to grow and learn.

    Cons

    The weasels running the particular hospital I work at refuse to give a concrete end date for our positions and prefer to jerk people around.

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting like spineless worms, man up and tell people what's really going on.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Corporatocracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard Health Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Many of the hospitals have patient programs and services which are distinguished or accredited.
    - The company offers many additional employee benefits programs besides health and dental insurance to full time and part time employees. This includes, but is not limited to tobacco-cessation programs, employee assistance programs, and tuition assistance programs.
    - Multiple nation-wide locations allow for employees to transfer positions across geographies.

    Cons

    - Since late 2011, there have been several waves of job cuts, geographical job shifting along with organizational restructuring and department outsourcing across many Vanguard hospitals. This includes, but is not limited to: accounting, payroll, information systems, middle management and directors, hospital transporters, hospital interpreters, patient advocates, and chaplains. This was cited as being because of decreases in patient volume and in government reimbursement funding.
    - During the 2012 fiscal year for the Chicago Market hospitals, no employee merit raises nor matches to employee retirement were made. But, during the following fiscal year (2013) the Chicago Market President was awarded 28,559 shares of stock in the company.
    - Inconsistency across market hospitals. Depending on the market you hired in, there may be no standardized training program for your position. Many employees must "hit the ground running".
    - A non-exempt person hired as per diem (registry) without benefits who then transfers into a part-time or full-time position with benefits is offered a lower hourly rate than what they were hired with. Additionally, unless you are hired as an exempt salaried employee, negotiating with Vanguard recruiters is often difficult and lengthy.
    - Depending on the market, Vanguard serves its employees as it's own health insurance firm by using their own staff physicians as plan providers. However, many physicians physically located across the hospitals are not Vanguard employees, but are part of their own medical group or are independent contractors. Additionally, some of the health insurance coverages are minimal to non-existent.


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