Kaiser Permanente

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Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
1,752 Reviews
3.6
1,752 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Allowed me to telecommute once a week so promoted a healthy work-life balance (in 153 reviews)

  • Great benefits - while I was there there was a very flexible work schedule (in 194 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management is adept at finding new ways to run their best employees off (in 39 reviews)

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  1.  

    nice environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mumbai

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    nice work environmen like to work wit the employe of the company and also have very good future to the employe of this company

    Cons

    nthing as such but salary should be incresed after regular intervals. and shoud give best effort and hope they will do it soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

  2. 30 people found this helpful  

    Old school thinking will lead to stagnant growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator in Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Non-clinical services coordinator in Oakland, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    +Great health benefits
    +Stable company that has long history
    +Well known and large in size
    +Ahead of its competitors
    +Able to leverage technology
    +Able to adapt to changes

    Cons

    -Even when you're more competent, highly skilled and has great potentials, hiring managers will go with "experience and previous title on paper". Sadly, in KP it is not what you know, but who you know.

    -KP can't assess talent and won't grow its new work force (less than 5 years of services at KP). They sometimes hire from the outside for people with the "right" experience.

    -Lack of training programs and opportunities for new work force (less than 5 years of services at KP)

    -Horrible recruitment services. If you apply from the outside, you know how much of a black hole it is to apply on kp.org. It is not that much if you're a current employee applying to internal positions. Most KP recruiters are not helpful or friendly.

    -Pay raises are very little and are capped out at a certain percentage each year.

    -Each department is slow to make changes due to its large size and bureaucratic nature

    -Lazy, and incompetent employees still allow to work, causing headaches for other dedicated, hard working, and competent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to ideas from your employees when they identify problems and risks that need to be addressed. Also, change your way of assessing and recognizing your talented and skillful workforce. Provide more opportunities to train and develop your newer employees to promote loyalty. Need to get rid of leeches aka lazy, incompetent, and not dedicated employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Kaiser Permanente

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Project Manager in Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Project Manager in Oakland, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, company treats you as a valued employee and not just a number.

    Cons

    Certain policies and procedures could be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Nurse Midwife
    Current Employee - Certified Nurse Midwife

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente part-time

    Pros

    - competitive compensation
    - admirable mission
    - excellent quality care

    Cons

    - the fact that it is a huge organization is both a challenge as well as a blessing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company with Great Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    work-life balance, office culture, great company benefits, equitable work load, vacation

    Cons

    extensive travel if this is something you do not want to do

  7.  

    Great Colleagues!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager II
    Former Employee - Project Manager II

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues; great doctors; great nurses; great admin staff!

    Cons

    Upper leadership not diverse enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper leadership should listen more to staff and hirer more from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits in regards to medical .

    Cons

    Benefits ok, but I hate seniority

  9.  

    Seniority plays a huge role, be aware if you are part of a unioned profession.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente full-time

    Pros

    A lots of growth potential on your career path if you are smart and hard working, AND know the right people along the way.

    Cons

    As with anywhere else, politics is something that you will definitely run into. Be prepared to handle conflicts that has nothing to do with your performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your people, spend some time to build a team and they will help you achieve your and the department goal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    They are a wonderful company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enroller in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Enroller in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The structure and they take care of their employees. It's a great company that not only cares for their employees but also the patients.

    Cons

    Needs more communication from management to lower levels. Office politics are always going but where is it not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Place to Work for IT 6 Years In A Row

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technical Lead in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technical Lead in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at Kaiser Permanente full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedule, professional co-workers. The work is interesting, there are opportunities for training and tuition reimbursement. Team work is highly emphasized and rewarded, but also, individual effort is recognized.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs that get rid of good people; lower level management not always supported all the way up the chain of command;
    Work-life balance not easy to maintain if you are dedicated since often times the human resources are not great enough for the task at hand, and you have to make up for it with lots of (unpaid) overtime.

    They have a great performance measurement system, but they managers are hindered in being able to assign the actual yearly measurement upon which awards are based because they are only allowed to assign so many 5's (the best) and are required to assign on a bell curve. So, if they have a great team and they all are equal in their contributions, some managers end up 'taking turns' from year to year to give the good #'s rather than being able to reward the excellent team all at once, as they've earned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't throw out your good people with a wealth of business/company knowledge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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