WellPoint Reviews in Thousand Oaks, CA | Glassdoor

WellPoint Thousand Oaks Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
25 reviews

Filter

Filter

Thousand Oaks, CA

3.4
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Joseph R. Swedish
4 Ratings

25 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Good pay;flexible schedule; many good people at worker bee level; able to work from home (in 117 reviews)

  • Excellent support, great benefits, work-life balance is highly respected (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be difficult to find a good work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management (Directors) are hired from outside the Company from other industries (in 22 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Anthem is a good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at WellPoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people who care about their customers

    Cons

    Upper management changes and merger activity can lead to chaos.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits. Work is challenging enough that you wont get board. Great level of diversity, women in management, etc. Its a REALLY big company so even if you don't like the conditions where you are, you can apply for a job on a different department. Each department is different, because there is a different mix of people and the managers have different styles.

    Cons

    Re-organization happens a lot, not as stable as it used to be.
    Long hours, overtime may be mandatory but it is always with overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork your employees.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Instability, constant business re-orgs, and layoffs used to reduce salaries instead of managing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Operations in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Director Operations in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting possibilities - depending on the position and the manager

    Cons

    Constant business reorgs (annually in Aug, announced in Nov), layoffs, and reposting the same position, creating distrust and instability.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of leadership, using business reorgs and corresponding layoffs (and then reposting the slightly revised position) causes instability, distrust, and constant relearning of the same job. Get good leaders in place who are rewarded by true results not just the constant motion of unnecessary change designed to look like progress, but nothing good results. Beware especially of those ex-consultants who become VPs and then hire their old companies (McKinsey) in large consulting engagements while laying off staff and reposting their positions.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Development advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Advisor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Development Advisor in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WellPoint full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, good culture,ideal location,training's and salary

    Cons

    They dont respond on time for open postions

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Toe the line, play the game and you'll be ok."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Information Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Business Information Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WellPoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A big company with lots of hiring opportunities all over the country. Good benefits and flexible work schedule. If you are lucky enough to have a good manager then you'll be happy.

    Cons

    The company is continuously evolving and transforming causing an out with the old, in with the new scenario. While always hiring, Wellpoint continues to lay people off. I've known people who had been with Wellpoint from the beginning only to be let go after the sale to Anthem was completed. I have seen quarterly reports posted to the wall showing sizable profits only to hear about layoffs in the following weeks because the profits were not as much as promised to the stock holders.

    If you happen to have issues with your manager accept the fact that you have no recourse, legal or otherwise, but to go along with the program. The Human Resources department is there to support management and keep the company from getting sued. If you are let go you can never go back. They have very expensive legal council and
    cover all their bases.

    Also, whatever salary you go in with you will be stuck with. Star performers received 4% merit/cost of living increases, 2-3% was the norm. The annual bonus is nice but is not given to those put on probation. If you are one of those who can become a drone and not let the verbal abuses and lack of professional attitude from your manager get to you then you can survive this place. If you're not this type of individual then save yourself the stress, sleepless nights and hypertension and look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Really it is pointless to advise management of anything because they think they know everything. What motivates them is the quarterly Wall Street report which shores up their bonuses and stock options. American corporations spend millions of dollars to hire the brightest and best people only to consummately try to pull the wool over their eyes after they are hired.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WellPoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary base, work at home is a plus

    Cons

    Lots of re-org does not make an emoter feel safe

    Advice to Management

    Na


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of planning caused too many last minute rush jobs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WellPoint full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule/work from home options

    Cons

    Lack of planning caused too many last minute rush jobs in crucial enrollment period

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Going downhill fast."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work from home which is very nice as I don't have to fight traffic every day.
    The rank and file people I work with are knowledgable and friendly.

    Cons

    Senior Management has no clue about how things work.
    Senior Management likes to chase shiny objects and doesn't concentrate on the things that matter to a business.
    Benefits for the rank and file have been slowly chipped away.
    Medical, Pharmacy and Vision benefits are a joke. Seems like we should have the best insurance but the PPO plans are not affordable and the deductibles are outrageous. Senior Management should be ashamed of themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating the people that allow you to get your 8 figure salaries with the respect they deserve.
    Provide decent benefits and pay market rates.
    We used to get a holiday party, not anymore.
    We used to get a pension, not anymore.
    We used to get decent benefits, not anymore.
    We used to be respected, not anymore.

    Saying one of your goals is to double the stock price in 5 years should NOT be a goal. If you take care of the fundamentals the stock will take care of itself.

    Most important, LIVE YOUR VALUES! Right now the values that Anthem/WellPoint has are just words on paper. They don't seem to care about their employees or their members.


  9. "Could be a great company, if not for the dysfunction, disorganization waste of human and other capital."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WellPoint full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are relatively competitive. The work is interesting and challenging. I have a flexible work arrangement.

    Cons

    Wasteful - contracts are signed that commit payment to vendors, however the items on the contracts are never used. Company doesn't walk it's talk: it's not easy to do business within WellPoint, the processes are a mess, tons of layoffs mean a change in direction every three months, especially in IT which is a huge part of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop firing executives. Fix the processes. Invest in your employee development.


  10. "Developer I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer II in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Developer II in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well work life balance.
    Nice office location.

    Cons

    Too slow in process anything.


Showing 25 of 684 reviews
Reset Filters