BJC HealthCare Reviews

Updated 20 September 2014
Updated 20 September 2014
104 Reviews
3.0
104 Reviews
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BJC HealthCare President and CEO Steven H. Lipstein
Steven H. Lipstein
68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fairly easy job and decent work life balance considering it's a non-profit (in 12 reviews)

  • Ability to work from home for most positions (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There really are no cons that I am aware of to working here (in 5 reviews)

  • Management did not respond in a timely manner to staffing needs until work/life balance was seriously compromised (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Meaningful work with supportive environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Meaningful work with the opportunity to improve healthcare. The company provides good work-life balance through flex time and alternative work environment. The people are great--motivated, intelligent and cooperative.

    Cons

    Given the instability in the industry, having a clear strategy and plans to achieve it would be helpful. Presently, there are too many objectives with unclear priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe this company would benefit by providing more opportunties for sharing of ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Most enjoyable organization I've been a part of.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time

    Pros

    Tremendously supportive, progressive and professional.

    Cons

    In some instances, significantly behind the competition in terms of technology which can be challenging. Additionally, decision-making can often be swayed too heavily by political manipulation although that's often a reality of the healthcare industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push harder on collaborative relationships now as opposed to continually giving in to maintain peaceful relations. I fear we may be setting a precedent that may have the potential to cause significant harm in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Better than average benefits; below average middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very work/life balance conscious. Good overall benefits, flexible schedule, etc. On the surface, a good place to work. Great immediate manager and coworkers.

    Cons

    Good managers are few and far between. Too many layers of bureaucracy slow down ability to accomplish change. Repeated second guessing by unqualified middle management is discouraging to subject matter experts. Poorly executed reorganizations drive away the good people and entrenches the old guard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the tenure of the most senior management. Don't hesitate to weed out the less than stellar middle management. Encourage all management to trust the subject matter experts and stay out of the weeds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A stepping stone to a real career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Support Technician  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Support Technician in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great experience which looks good on a resume.
    -Good place to get a foot in the door.
    -If you know or fraternize with the right people, you can climb the ranks fast, regardless of actual IT knowledge.
    -Get paid to sit in meetings and socialize most of the day. Do maybe 15 minutes of actual work. You will not be held accountable.

    Cons

    -IS hiring process is all about internal politics. The result is a very large group of employees who have absolutely no idea how to do their job, and pass it on to more experienced and knowledgeable , but less compensated co workers.
    -Job titles mean nothing, and is just an excuse to pay employees less.
    -1.5% annual raise. No opportunity for a merit raise.
    -Zero accountability.
    -Easier to get a promotion by leaving company and then returning than it is to simply get a promotion.
    -Massive management structure with far too much overhead. No one actually knows who is responsible for what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Get rid of the dead weight. The company is hemorrhaging money trying to continue to pay salaries of non-working analysts, senior analysts, and management.
    -Stop over-planning for projects to try and perfect them, and instead plan for elasticity in project planning to allow for change as time goes on.
    -Most management takes 2-3 hour lunch breaks and roams the office talking when they're not in meetings to discuss future meetings. This is a huge morale killer for those who are not making 6 figures to simply exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    50/50

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Finance in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Change management- are you in or not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place if you like counting time and keeping your head down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work/life balance for some, multiple employer sponsored social events, a true pension which is all but unheard of these days

    Cons

    very poor talent management, lack of initiative and drive, no compensation growth, no advancement opportunities, deep resistance to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hand the reins over to someone with the energy and charisma to truly lead the organization. Advance those who truly make a difference and coach those who do not to either improve or find a role that better suits their outlook. Do not let your book keeping practices undercut operational capabilities, which is happening now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Registration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registrar  in  Florissant, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Registrar in Florissant, MO (US)

    I worked at BJC HealthCare part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I really liked the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Management seemed only interested in the numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working in healthcare is not a stable workplace.

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

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many excellent co-workers willing to share knowledge. Opportunities for advanced learning.
    Organization is doing many great things to advance medicine.

    Cons

    Extremely slow in getting decisions from senior leaders.
    Open positions take a very long time to fill.
    Management incentives far exceed the merit increases seen by the work staff.

    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Everyone is replaceable.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Radiation Therapist  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Radiation Therapist in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The opportunity to have exposure to a variety of cutting-edge technology, work with great people and patients.

    Cons

    Poor staffing & retention rate, employees feel unappreciated, employees feel that their voices and opinions are not heard by management,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Desktop Support Technician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Technician  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Desktop Technician in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at BJC HealthCare full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are normal, however they may be cut in the future due to the decline of payments healthcare receives.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other like companies. Promotions are only given if a spot opens up, not based on the job you perform. Decline in job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you can to keep your good people, get rid of the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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