Centene

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High Risk, High Reward

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Web Team in Saint Louis, MO (US)
Former Employee - Web Team in Saint Louis, MO (US)

I worked at Centene full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

- Good equipment and resources
- Lots of opportunities
- Hard working people

Cons

- Little to no communication
- No feedback mechanisms
- Poor planning and strategy

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While it is your job to make money for the shareholders, they are not the most important things in the company. Supporting the people that actually run your company almost seems like an afterthought. There are no organization charts, seating charts, no pictures of anyone except the CEO and communication about anything is hard to come by. There is no ongoing conversation with leaders, just quarterly treks down from the ivory tower to address the masses. You need to create time and space for employees to have dialog with senior leadership. "Leaders" have thought processes and ideals that have helped them become successful and sharing them will only bring greater success to everyone... but as today most employees will never hear them.

It's no good to work for a "growing company" if you will only use that fact to excuse the missteps of management. You need to create a feedback loop for employees to voice their concerns since the Human Resources department is virtually incapable of providing any assistance to employees. Middle management will always hide the problems from bubbling up, so go around them. Start doing 360 or peer reviews as standard practice, if there is a bad apple you won’t have to wait for 9 people to leave before finding out.

Lastly, the world is no longer top down and good ideas come from everywhere. I have more freedom to connect, collaborate and communicate outside of the company than inside. I believe this boils down to trusting the people you hire and letting them run with simple guidelines. Hire "leaders" over managers and create a culture that people will feel safe, supported and set up for success.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Robber Barons of Taxpayer Money

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

    I worked at Centene

    Pros

    They pay well but act as though they purchased you at auction as property. Nice HQ if you like Orwellian environments.

    Cons

    Where to begin: rude and obnoxious know it all top level and senior managers who really know little; poor strategic skills as demonstrated in multiple markets; truly a miserable environment that is both professionally and psychologically damaging. Forgot that revenues are derived from government Medicaid contracts where the message is drive down medical services to poor, disenfranchised people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell out to another company, enjoy your payout from the stock sale, and never re-enter the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Information Technology -

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

    I have been working at Centene full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits including Health Pathways program
    Onsite Free Health Clinic for you and your family
    Onsite Caferteria with discount for employees - very healthy options
    Secure Parking
    New office building is 'Green' looks great.
    Great Opportunity for Career Growth
    Very Innovative in IT strategy and technology... Always willing to try new things.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment.
    Staff need to figure out work-life balance and how to promote it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working and trying different things to develop your team and seek out feedback whenever possible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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