UnitedHealth Group Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
2,002 Reviews

2.9
2,002 Reviews
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UnitedHealth Group President, CEO, and Director Steve Hemsley
Steve Hemsley
793 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They allow some employees to work from home which is a nice benefit for some (in 231 reviews)

  • This company does strive for work/life balance with it's employees (in 121 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance can be hard as people are increasingly asked to do more with less (in 79 reviews)

  • This company also does not offer their employees good health insurance (in 77 reviews)

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  1.  

    good people! safe work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    you work helping others around the world

    Cons

    management is not good, they need more experienced management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't tell people you they are a disapointment to you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Get it right first and then go to market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time

    Pros

    Centrally located with nice view from where the senior management sit

    Cons

    Blame culture - no accountability for mickey mouse set-up
    Brazen and bullish management style
    Indecision
    Easily influenced by stroppy salesforce
    No account for relationship building
    No regard for talent
    Lack of engagement
    Arrogant in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of making up to do given the bad press and publicity - instead of bullying business get down to the level and earn the work - see and observe from the successful partnerships and supplier network. Must be sandy down there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company in the US, lousy to work for outside of the US.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maidenhead, England

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group

    Pros

    United is a good name to have on your CV but the lack of any real commitment to training and development for staff outside of the US is very evident. Generally most people are fairly friendly but there's no real company spirit as such - it's the kind of company where you know that most of your colleagues would rather be working somewhere else.

    Cons

    United is first and foremost an American company. This manifests in the lack of any effort to retain and develop staff or managers outside of the States. Managers in the US are on average, not terribly world wise with the result that they tend to wade in and tell international staff what's what despite having little or no insight or experience themselves. The training and development is amongst the worst of any company I've worked for - this seems to stem from a Human Capital function that would be better described as a personnel function given that they have no clear strategy for development of human capital. The appraisal system is a complete lottery and can be abused by senior managers to punish staff with low / no pay rises even when it's clear they have performed. Lastly, whilst some managers are hard working, committed and capable, some appear to have been promoted largely on their ability to slate everyone else at every opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the culture / values of the company really should be and then work hard to align managers / behaviours to these.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    About what you would expect. Meh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities are there if you properly politic, brown-nose, and drink the kool-aid (must live in MN tho). If you are in a high demand area and like your direct upline, it is bearable.

    Cons

    You truly are just a number. The benefits are not what you would expect, and the raises are minimal. Record revenues =/= decent raises to employees. They use any possible upcoming negative to cry "Austerity!" when it comes to pay increases. Human Capital may as well be named Human Chattel. Offshoring is rapidly increasing, layoffs are becoming routing, but the the culture is changing! (to a culture of fear).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing the segment leadership so often. I am not sure what you think you gain from that. Stop wringing profits from the backs of your employees. Austerity should start from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, in a good way...

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative  in  Cypress, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Cypress, CA (US)

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They kept training me to do more and more platforms and skills. Learning to help members more and more in very difficult areas.

    Cons

    If it took longer than 2 minutes to help them, you would get a Verbal or written warning for your time metrics going up. There is just no way to give quality help in 120 seconds. I took my chances and gave quality help and was fired for my time metrics. I helped people fix problems that employees trying to beat the 2 minute time criteria created and helped a great many people. (members were finally able to get Chemo meds) TOTALLY WORTH IT. At the end of the day it isn't how fast you work, it's how many lives you touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the favoritism and time metrics and give some quality help, not fast help to the Members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Job is ok. Management could use a good overhaul

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time

    Pros

    Hours are flexible. Able to work at your own pace

    Cons

    supervisors are cliquey and immature

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stable Company

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    Current Employee - Rework Specialist  in  Greensboro, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Rework Specialist in Greensboro, NC (US)

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Ability to telecommute, flex schedules, good benefit packages

    Cons

    Quick to put people on performance warnings, difficulty moving from one department to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The stringent, computerized metric evaluations neglect to consider the employee as a whole.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Provider Services Representative  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Provider Services Representative in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay based on experience, recognition, advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Focus on non important metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would focus on more motivation, placing advanced agents in roles to assist with struggling agents, provide more help lines for struggling agents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Rewarding work in a positive environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Analyst  in  Minnetonka, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Analyst in Minnetonka, MN (US)

    I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Immediate management was involved and understood what was going on. Resources were available to get your work done. Working hard and producing excellent results was rewarded. Lots of opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    The usual bureaucracy and red tape in a large company. Requests for some things took longer than they should have. PTO isn't paid out when you leave the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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