Fairview Health

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Fairview Health Reviews

Updated 5 September, 2014
Updated 5 September, 2014
56 Reviews
2.8
56 Reviews
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Fairview Health Chairman and Interim CEO Charles Mooty
Charles Mooty
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special (in 3 reviews)

  • Good Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Many long-term employees have left under unpleasant circumstances (in 2 reviews)

  • New employee training is minimal (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Focused on budget even though positive revenue

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Fairview Health full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Staff that work at Fairview. Many clinics and hospitals in the Twin Cities for variety of places to work.

    Cons

    doesn't encourage longevity of staff, always focused on budget even if conflicts with patient care of staffing concerns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Webpage values don't extend to treatment of staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Educated, competent workforce; many talented professionals; decent salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Top-down, punitive leadership; talented people feel limited or stay because of golden handcuffs; cynicism among employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making decisions that will hurt employees and then pretending to ask for input or feedback damages credibility and teamwork. Support the gifts of the front line worker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intransient, Entrenched, Recalcitrant employees and management not open to new ideas.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Department Secretary  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Department Secretary in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good Salary, the knowledge that you are working for one of the largest healthcare orgs in the area, good benefits.

    Cons

    Many long-term employees who are obsolete and ineffective but are retained simply due to years of service. Refusal by management to be honest and objective in their staff appraisals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "no terminations after 5 years". Solicit honest opinions from your staff and not just those that conform to outdated company policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Flexibility with your schedule was the greatest benefit as well as overall friendly coworkers. Enjoyable and comfortable work environment. Overall mission is heartfelt and a place to be proud to be associated with.

    Cons

    Personal growth very subjective and tied to how well your manager liked you. Not metrics driven in any way. People are in positions not always due to competence but for political reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to move to various areas within the company or at least within their area of expertise every handful of years (HR, Finance, Operations, etc). Managers staying in the exact same role for multiple years isn't always a great thing for themselves, the department, or the company. Bring in fresh faces, fresh ideas, and rotate managers to new roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Supply Chain and Sterile Processing Management.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Caring people that are focused on providing the best and quality care to our patients.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership making poor decisions. Always being asked to reduce workforce. Lack of standardization across the organization. Lack of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can only cut so much muscle out of your organization before you feel, and see a negative impact to patient care.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Became too hard to remain optimistic in this IT dept

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health

    Pros

    Opportunities to work remotely.
    Flexible scheduling.
    Convenient location.
    Really knowledgeable and caring business users.
    Told by a colleague the child care program is expensive but fantastic.
    Lots of very experienced IT staff.
    I met someone who would later become a good friend.

    Cons

    Reactionary, break/fix culture.
    Issues are often escalated to mgmt, few people seem to speak to each other directly about them, and management did not discourage this practice.
    Too many tools/inefficient use of IT incident management and project management tools.
    Too little accessible documentation on past projects and/or staff roles and responsibilities.
    Chronic re-orgs on both the business and IT sides of the house that made people worry about job security.
    People clearly wanted improvements, but the risk taking that drives innovation seemed discouraged because it was too time consuming.
    "Interim" employees and contractors were in leadership roles that need long term, stable direction from a permanent, vested employee.
    Dissatisfied and repeatedly disappointed users, it was hard to earn their trust.
    Lack of transparency on how IT projects are prioritized, and no way of knowing what's all in the works.
    Unwritten policy that if an employee gives less than the required notice for their position they are not eligible to work at the company again and written policy the employee only gets partial PTO payout. For most IT roles this is 4 weeks notice.
    Takes 5+ minutes to navigate the HR phone tree for an HR question.
    HR benefits enrollment system is cumbersome.
    Long-standing employee salaries were not competitive with new hire salaries or market standards.
    Immediate mgmt was usually too busy to respond to concerns and questions, which contributed to the escalation cycle.
    Six months is too long for a probationary period, particularly depending on when the employee receives their annual review. Realistically this should be 90 days or less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When things clearly aren't working, and an employee is told, "That's just how we do things around here," that isn't an acceptable answer. In a large, siloed, highly political environment like Fairview, new employee training, employee mentorship, strong documentation surrounding their role (drafted before they start the position), ensuring they are aware of active and historically sensitive topics in the organization, and promptly addressing their concerns is the only way they're going to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work, could value employees better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good benefits
    Challenging and changing work environment
    Large healthcare org, so lots of different opportunities

    Cons

    Not good work/life balance
    Little employee recognition
    Lots of office politics
    A lot of drama with senior leadership and decisions made

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    We'll rounded experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fairview Health as a contractor

    Pros

    Culture work values time flexibility customer friendly

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about the company

  10.  

    senior finance analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fairview Health

    Pros

    great benefits for the size of the organization

    Cons

    horrible management and upper leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all your good employees are looking for new jobs

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glad I had the experience of working here....too bad the potential for a wonderful place to work is not recognized

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    Former Employee - Peri-op Staff  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Peri-op Staff in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Fairview Health part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, staff mostly has good work ethic, tries to honor work-life balance, felt a "part of" something special

    Cons

    Extremely poor communication, will "get rid of" PERCEIVED non complying employees, lots of favoritism among management, zero tolerance for new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good, solid look at yourselves, and do a through inventory of why there are problems in the department....could it possibly be you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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