Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
99 Reviews
3.7
99 Reviews
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia President and CEO Steven M. Altschuler
Steven M. Altschuler
54 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • making a difference in child's life, help many children get better with research and treatments (in 5 reviews)

  • Nice location in Upenn campus not far away from downtown; very good work environment; people are very friendly (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • You have to go through many safety training in different level (in 2 reviews)

  • They have little to no concern for their employees (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A great and stable place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good place to work at.

    Cons

    Things can move a little slow sometimes.

    Recommends
  2.  

    best time of my life as a intern

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good work to do people are friendly and a highly successful hospital

    Cons

    not enough food and long periods of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  3.  

    The place has heart...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunity to work in one of the BEST children's hospital in the world, kids and family are top priority. CHOP is very thoughtful in dealings with families and communities, it has the best of intentions. Decent benefits-PPL. CEO is great and a forward thinker. Not a bad place to work great learning experience.

    Cons

    22th century medical advancements, 19th century administrative practices and dealings. This is a very passive-aggressive environment, take this into consideration, agressive behavior no matter how good the intention or passion might leave you frustrated. Not a lot of room for advancement, a LOT of chiefs, often great intentions are mis handled. There is a slightly arrogant culture-not so much from the surgeons (which to a point is understandable and expected-these are some of the world's best performing miracles daily) but from leadership minus the CEO he is great, there is a underlining culture that you must adhere too if you want to maintain your sanity, if you are not a kool-aid drinker you have about 3 years before you must drink or be consistently frustrated at the many obstacles and hoops you must jump thru for little to no reward. Lots of praise given out (especially if you manager read a book or too) that many times does not mean much in the end. Lots of meetings to have meetings to have a meeting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CHOP has its heart in the right place, just too many chiefs...do more for work-balance it will build loyalty for those newer employees entering

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If your in research run!!!!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator II  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator II in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits
    Looks great on resume especially if interested in med school
    Great resting point for those needing time do post bacc course work before applying for medical or school

    Cons

    Low salary
    PI abuse power to controll staff
    Limited growth opportunities for those looking for long term career stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current organizational structure which has program managers as supervisors of research staff. This structure protects PIs from facing any consequences for the mistreatment of staff and reduces moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for patients, horrible for employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmacist  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extensive training given, very reassuring given the high risk pediatric environment. Clean and organized work environment. Very good benefits. Some opportunity for promotion.

    Cons

    Almost no work-life consideration from managers. Made to feel guilty just for taking a sick day. Extreme micro-managing with almost no connection between mangers and front line staff. Suggestions are unwelcome and rarely heeded if you can even get management to listen. Employees treated like workers not contributors which means employees rarely feel invested in what they are doing. You do not feel like an valued member of the team, just another worker to fill a shift. This leads to a lot of staff turnover which management doesn't seem to care about cause nothing changes. Salary is lower than regional average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee's should be treated with the same amount of reverence and respect for which you treat your patients. Listen to your employees and they will feel invested in what they are doing. Consider the quality of the work environment, happy employees mean happy patients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Losing Its Way

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Improvement  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Improvement in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredibly dedicated front line staff
    Good benefits package
    Opportunities for growth
    Reputation
    Pockets of culture that supports teamwork and values optimizing care for patients

    Cons

    Complete disconnect t between leadership and front line staff. Focus is so much on profits and finances that the leadership seems to forget it's the clinical staff that are the reason patients come here. They have bought their own hype about being number one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time with the staff who do the real work here, but don't make hundreds of thousands -- or millions -- of dollars in the process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Phila, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Phila, PA (US)

    I have been working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, learning opportunitites, great benefits

    Cons

    few teaching opportunities, at times heavy work load

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was there for me when I needed it?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Although I didn't have a job lined up for me after college graduation, my mentor there did remember me and invite me back to work for her. I enjoyed the tuition remission benefit.

    Cons

    I really didn't care to waste my time working, and so once I convinced my manager to let me work only (and to be paid for only) 25hrs/week, it was smoother, but it did take some convincing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Politics in the NICU

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    Former Employee - Registered RN  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Registered RN in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Brand name and not much else

    Cons

    Strange attitude by on floor management, 'holier and smarter than though' comes through. Tired of seeing their nose hairs because they tilt their noses up so high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the NICU Management that they put their clothes on just like everyone else that works their

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

    OK place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Specialist  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Specialist in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In research, hours are very flexible. Leadership is not flexible...either you do what you are told or get out.

    Cons

    Everyone speaks Chinese. Very little collaboration. Lots of politics. No one seems to work together....after 3 yrs here I still here like an outsider in my own group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your employees strengths

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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