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Kaiser - The Handcuffs are Golden

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in Anaheim, CA (US)
Current Employee - Psychiatric Social Worker in Anaheim, CA (US)

I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

Pros

I work in Mental Health. The salary is one of the best in the social services, behavioral health industry. Benefits are good and our jobs are protected by SEIU-UHW West union membership, which isn't too common in mental health. Kaiser employees have strong job security, the average employee at Kaiser stays for more than 20 years. In my field we are also supported by Kaiser and the union to continue our education through paid education days and free classes sponsored by the union and Kaiser, which helps for those who are licensed. Vacation benefits start out at 24 days a year, our entire family is covered by Kaiser medical insurance at no cost to the employee, we have a good 401K that Kaiser contributes to after two years of employment - 1.25% of our annual compensation, as well as a retirement pension. Part-time employees also receive benefits and they are flexible with work hours in mental health - 4/10 work weeks or other configurations. If you want to work in mental health, learn more, grow as a professional, Kaiser presents a great opportunity for this.

Cons

The work load at Kaiser can be overwhelming at times, their desire is that every hour of the day be filled with a patient, which can be very draining in mental health. Communication between departments isn't efficient and frequently, although we can be interdependent, we don't really know what the other department does specifically, or how they function, and vice versa. Also, much of the job satisfaction for staff in behavioral health is connected to the style of management in their clinic, which varies from caring and supportive to indifferent and neglectful. This is a problem across the board within Kaiser. My experience of Kaiser management, senior and line, is that they are generally polite and respectful. Nevertheless, it is easy to get typed at Kaiser which will determine future opportunities or lack thereof.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more authentic in your dealings with the at-times-overworked staff, work jointly to improve job satisfaction with real compromise and consideration of new ideas.

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    KP Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is by far the best reason to work for KP. We are the solution for health care in the United States. Typically employees "get along" and because of this KP is a very pleasant work place. Work/Life balance is also very good and is emphasized by management. The idea of the Labor Management Partnership and UBT's is also very forward thinking and could be a model for employee/labor relations in the future if it is implemented correctly.

    Cons

    It takes forever sometimes to make a decision- because of lots of red tape and the fact that KP is a consensus based culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take steps to become a more efficient and nimble organization. Do not try to follow competitors- constantly push the leading edge. Just because our competitors are going to higher cost sharing products that does not mean that we need to. We need to simply provide the best possible value and quality and growth will follow. Cull out those in Senior, Labor and Middle management/leadership who are holding up the realization of LMP and UBT's.

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    Organization establishing itself as industry leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriting Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Underwriting Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kaiser Permanente

    Pros

    The leadership of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is aggressively working towards advancing the reputation of the overall organization. KP's unique organizational structure has proven to be an effective solution in providing cost efficient healthcare in the long history and evolution of the industry. The organization is in an active phase of reinventing itself in all aspects by stimulating creativity and the freedom to "think outside of the box". The opportunities are significant to leverage KP's strengthes in the market place, thrusting it as a forerunner in the race to solve the nation's healthcare problems. Evidence of the continued evolution of KP's Health Plan proves that it is right on target with the rest of the organization to awaken the industry, the public and even the government as being an effective solution in today's healthcare crisis.

    Cons

    Change in culture needs to continue embracing new, fresh perspectives and not get so bogged down with historical ways of doing business. New blood continues to be infused throughout the organization with positive results surfacing everyday. Resistance to change is diminishing. New leadership is infusing a mindset towards openness and creativity. However, "politicing" still continues to damper forward progress in the reengineering process of a new culture. Slow but sure evidence is pointing to the rewards of testing new ideas both tactical and strategical. The well established organization is very large and it will take time for the changes in culture to permiate across all discipline boundaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote & leverage unique organization structure as successful market solution for providing the most cost efficient accessable healthcare and a very rewarding place for career growth, advancement and job satisfaction.

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