Fairview Health

  www.fairview.org
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Fairview Health Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 54 reviews

20% Approve of the CEO

Fairview Health Chairman and Interim CEO Charles Mooty

Charles Mooty

(10 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special (in 3 reviews)

  • Good Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Many long-term employees have left under unpleasant circumstances (in 2 reviews)

  • New employee training is minimal (in 2 reviews)

More Highlights
54 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Intransient, Entrenched, Recalcitrant employees and management not open to new ideas.

    Administrative Department Secretary (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN (US)

    ProsGood Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits.

    ConsMany long-term employees who are obsolete and ineffective but are retained simply due to years of service. Refusal by management to be honest and objective in their staff appraisals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the "no terminations after 5 years". Solicit honest opinions from your staff and not just those that conform to outdated company policies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Human Resources

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility with your schedule was the greatest benefit as well as overall friendly coworkers. Enjoyable and comfortable work environment. Overall mission is heartfelt and a place to be proud to be associated with.

    ConsPersonal growth very subjective and tied to how well your manager liked you. Not metrics driven in any way. People are in positions not always due to competence but for political reasons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage managers to move to various areas within the company or at least within their area of expertise every handful of years (HR, Finance, Operations, etc). Managers staying in the exact same role for multiple years isn't always a great thing for themselves, the department, or the company. Bring in fresh faces, fresh ideas, and rotate managers to new roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Supply Chain and Sterile Processing Management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCaring people that are focused on providing the best and quality care to our patients.

    ConsSenior Leadership making poor decisions. Always being asked to reduce workforce. Lack of standardization across the organization. Lack of resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can only cut so much muscle out of your organization before you feel, and see a negative impact to patient care.

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Became too hard to remain optimistic in this IT dept

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to work remotely.
    Flexible scheduling.
    Convenient location.
    Really knowledgeable and caring business users.
    Told by a colleague the child care program is expensive but fantastic.
    Lots of very experienced IT staff.
    I met someone who would later become a good friend.

    ConsReactionary, break/fix culture.
    Issues are often escalated to mgmt, few people seem to speak to each other directly about them, and management did not discourage this practice.
    Too many tools/inefficient use of IT incident management and project management tools.
    Too little accessible documentation on past projects and/or staff roles and responsibilities.
    Chronic re-orgs on both the business and IT sides of the house that made people worry about job security.
    People clearly wanted improvements, but the risk taking that drives innovation seemed discouraged because it was too time consuming.
    "Interim" employees and contractors were in leadership roles that need long term, stable direction from a permanent, vested employee.
    Dissatisfied and repeatedly disappointed users, it was hard to earn their trust.
    Lack of transparency on how IT projects are prioritized, and no way of knowing what's all in the works.
    Unwritten policy that if an employee gives less than the required notice for their position they are not eligible to work at the company again and written policy the employee only gets partial PTO payout. For most IT roles this is 4 weeks notice.
    Takes 5+ minutes to navigate the HR phone tree for an HR question.
    HR benefits enrollment system is cumbersome.
    Long-standing employee salaries were not competitive with new hire salaries or market standards.
    Immediate mgmt was usually too busy to respond to concerns and questions, which contributed to the escalation cycle.
    Six months is too long for a probationary period, particularly depending on when the employee receives their annual review. Realistically this should be 90 days or less.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen things clearly aren't working, and an employee is told, "That's just how we do things around here," that isn't an acceptable answer. In a large, siloed, highly political environment like Fairview, new employee training, employee mentorship, strong documentation surrounding their role (drafted before they start the position), ensuring they are aware of active and historically sensitive topics in the organization, and promptly addressing their concerns is the only way they're going to succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    We'll rounded experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCulture work values time flexibility customer friendly

    ConsNothing negative to say about the company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Glad I had the experience of working here....too bad the potential for a wonderful place to work is not recognized

    Peri-op Staff (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN (US)

    ProsDecent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special

    ConsExtremely poor communication, will "get rid of" PERCEIVED non complying employees, lots of favoritism among management, zero tolerance for new ideas

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good, solid look at yourselves, and do a through inventory of why there are problems in the department....could it possibly be you?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Good place to work, could value employees better.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent pay
    Good benefits
    Challenging and changing work environment
    Large healthcare org, so lots of different opportunities

    ConsNot good work/life balance
    Little employee recognition
    Lots of office politics
    A lot of drama with senior leadership and decisions made

     

    My experience at Fairview was pretty good overall.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Staff
    Decent Pay
    Great location
    Great mission and vision
    Great New Leadership
    Always looking for Improvement in the community

    ConsNot enough coordination between the departments
    Lacks good communication
    Difficult to follow department head
    Departments have their own agendas

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    Beware

    IT Professional (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN (US)

    ProsThe pay checks usually clear, but don't expect them to ever get larger.

    ConsThe outlook for this company is grim; there is no money to do anything unless it is putting out a fire. In fact, that is the only way anything gets done is if there a breach, a failure, an emergency.
    The most unqualified people are watching the most critical systems. The most overqualified people are doing mundane tasks. There is no room to move, no chance to advance, no plan for improvement or training unless you are hired in far below your market value (then enjoy the training while you can get it).
    Things move slow where there are no fires. Vendors are brought in to do the serious, fun, resume-building work because noone wants to be set up for the blame game if something goes wrong.
    The best employees just disappear. No explanation and the ones left behind are often the ones that got fired somewhere else.
    This is simply the most toxic environment I have ever witness and I am ashamed to tell people I worked here as long as I did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll of management, at least in the IT department, needs to be reevaluated. There is a lot of unprofessional vendor favoritism going on and most decisions are not being made with Fairview's long-term best interest in mind.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    senior finance analyst

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat benefits for the size of the organization

    Conshorrible management and upper leadership

    Advice to Senior Managementall your good employees are looking for new jobs

Worked for Fairview Health? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.