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Kaiser Permanente Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
1,580 Reviews

3.6
1,580 Reviews
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Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard J. Tyson
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299 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some opportunity for work life balance depending on your superior (in 136 reviews)

  • Great benefits - while I was there there was a very flexible work schedule (in 175 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no "work life balance" at Kaiser, contrary to the expressed platitude (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management is adept at finding new ways to run their best employees off (in 35 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Loved My Years There, But The Environment Was Changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    Pros

    I worked at KP for many years; well compensated with good benefits, learned a lot, very interesting work, and most people were great and committed to the Company mission and patient care.

    Cons

    The environment started changing several years ago. In the facility where I worked not all were held to high standards of conduct and collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a respectful workplace and assure all model high standards of conduct.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great company

    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Oakland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Oakland, CA (US)

    Pros

    there are very good benefits

    Cons

    in research positions, many jobs are based on external funding so not much stability

  3.  

    Wonderful !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Security
    Current Employee - Cyber Security

    Pros

    Great Work life Balance
    Good People

    Cons

    Some Salaries can be Low

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Kaiser Permanente Ohio

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager I  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Cleveland, OH (US)

    Pros

    Disclaimer: no two KP regions are exactly the same. This is mainly my KP Ohio experience.

    Great benefits, great team, real focus on improving the quality of healthcare and truly try to put the patient first. There was good career growth and leadership supported improving employees skills and education.

    Cons

    In Ohio we had horrible C level executives. KP in general has a certain hubris that they are the biggest and best. I saw this arrogance as playing a large part in Ohio's downfall. Leadership and marketing failed to notice the market pressures and their rebranding solution was ill advised. KP is a large institution. Because of this it's hard to institute change in a timely manner. In regions that KP is not dominant, that slow to change environment can lead to it's decline. I watched as cuts were made and as that occurred, the patient experience declined. Expect a very corporate environment with lots of meetings and policies/processes that are slow to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from the mistakes of failed regions and do not reward the leaders of those regions that failed with new jobs/promotions in the remaining states KP has a presence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great health care company to work for.

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

    Pros

    Feell like you are making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    The union seems to get in the way of a useful and positive working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really work with every level and communicate with a nondemeaning attitude to every level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was very good at Kaiser. The pay is good and the benefits were even better. A job to retire to.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fontana, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA (US)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, and opportunities. Job security

    Cons

    The raises were always small and the cutlure of each facility was different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Fontana Medical Center need to be fair. There are a lot of politics that makes it unfair for some at the bottom.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great start for your IT career

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

    Pros

    Always a room for growth and opportunities when working for Kaiser Permanente. Even if you're a contractor, the pay is still pretty well, and there are opportunities to be hired full time. I recently was working there as an intern, but once a spot was open, I was automatically offered an contractor position.

    Cons

    If you're the kind of person to be on your own and not work in a team, then being IT for Kaiser Permanente isn't the job for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to your manager because they are likely to listen your concern or problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience at the hospital

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transporter  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Transporter in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Work environment promotes patient care and employee care.
    Pays above average compared to other hospitals in the area.
    A lot of growth potential.

    Cons

    Presenting new ideas and getting them applied can be difficult, do to an older long lasting culture.
    Your voice depends on seniority regardless of your ideas being solid or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take everyone's suggestions as valuable, sometimes systems aren't growing because old systems have not worked out as efficiently as expected. Change is necessary for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company for Exposure to Technology and Business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Oakland, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA (US)

    Pros

    I came to Kaiser for an internship last summer and worked out of the Ordway office down in Oakland at headquarters. I learned alot about business, technology, and product management. Although I do not use the insurance myself, I think the concept of their online patient web application is awesome. As an intern I had the chance to present several times to higher management which was great.

    Cons

    While I do appreciate the design efforts that are taking place with some of their online health initiatives, I constantly had issues with my computer hardware. It slowed down the production of my own projects. Sometimes I felt that there was unspoken tension and politics within the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider investing more in more reliable hardware to increase productivity and decrease working stress.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great Company

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting work. I have friends who have worked at Kaiser for years and love it. There is clearly an emphasis on a healthy, productive and fun work environment by the upper level management.

    Cons

    A few of the lower level managers seem to ignore the upper level management's desire for a cooperative work environment and use confrontation and intimidation to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your work environment vision is implemented by all the lower level managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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