A wonderful work environment for a career in technology. It has the innovation of a small company but the capital of a large company. A large organization with many offices and business units gives you the space to move laterally and vertically. A great opportunity for anyone. Excellent corporate culture and values.
Their can be pockets of low quality management in the organization, however this is a problem in any organization.
Advice to Management
Continue to weed out the bad managers and hire the good quality ones. Everything trickles down from the good managers.
I worked at UnitedHealth Group full-time
Flexible culture and time schedule, freedom to work from home and
Salaries not competant with market
Advancement opportunities, large company, generous PTO, WFH opportunities.
Large company, a lot of politics
good learning environment, approachable mentors
Nothing coz am a student
I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time
Very large company. This can lead to better benefits and year end bonus.
Too many companies under one umbrella company. Hard to know exactly how you and your company fit into the bigger picture.
I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than 8 years)
Wonderful people to work with. Even in an overworked environment they help each other. Smart people that make this dept exist.
Too small, if you have one bad department everything falls apart and the bad people are protected. And resources are slim so over worked employees. Company not looking at the bad seeds.
Advice to Management
Take care of your hard workers
I have been working at UnitedHealth Group (Less than a year)
I will preface this review with a statement you need to heed when reading this review as well as any reviews for this company -- "It depends on your area."
This is a GIGANTIC company and YMMV depending on your group. Keep that in mind when reading.
Anyway, I've been here only 6 months, but I think I have enough of a feel for Optum to write a review.
Great work/life balance: I never have to stay late, work on weekends, etc. I get 23 vacation days and my manager encourages me to use them AND completely unplug while away.
Beautiful office: I work at the new Optum office in Eden Prairie. Building is modern and comfortable. Full size gym and locker room, and workout classes. Great parking ramp with a skyway so you never need to go outside in the rain or snow!
Work from home: VERY progressive with WFH! I can work from wherever I want. if I want to WFH one day, I can. If I want to WFH the whole week, I can do that, too. No one questions you.
No drama: This is a very heads down place! I can't stress that enough. No one socializes with each other -- most of the time, you never even talk to your cube neighbors (because they're probably working from home). This is a positive for me though -- after working in some high drama offices, this is a refreshing change.
All meetings are over webex: Great news if you hate in-person meetings like I do -- because there are very few! In the 6 months I've been here, I've had 4 in person meetings. This is also a con because you never meet your coworkers - read the con list for more info.
30 minute "best practice" meeting times: You will not get invited to 2+ hour meetings, ever. Nearly all meetings are only 30 minutes. You might have the one-off meeting that's an hour, but it's rare.
Good, standardized PM practices. But some of the documentation requirements are too rigid and can slow progress down. Our group is trying to move to 100% agile. Slowly.... All of my projects so far have been waterfall SDLC. Although as a new person, it would help to have a PM to shadow on some of these documentation/audit practices. I've had to learn as I go.
- Great cafeteria with cheap prices. I can get a lunch here cheaper than I can bring it from home.
-Very engaging training classes!!! All training classes are over LearnSource (i.e. your computer) but the videos are well done and entertaining.
-Building seems empty because so many people WFH. It's almost kind of...sad. Such a nice building but no one is there.
-Internet explorer is the browser of choice. Yuck. You have to have special permissions to download Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer.
-If you like socializing with your coworkers, this is NOT a place for you! I can't stress that enough!! You will NOT meet your new BFF here. Everyone is very heads-down and focused on work -- no one chit chats about football or True Detective! You will not have coworkers stopping by your desk (to chat about a TV show OR to even chat about work). Most of my days, I don't talk to anyone in person. It's kind of depressing -- and I'm an introvert! There are no happy hours, social events outside of work, etc (this is a positive for me because I hate that stuff).
-Lots of contractors. Not that it's a bad thing - I've had great experiences with the PM contractors. They obviously don't last as long as the employees, and there's more contractor PMs than employee PMs.
-Difficult, as a new person, to know "who's who." There is no face-to-face meetings, so as a PM, it's tough to know who does what, since there's no face to put with the name. I struggle with this a lot, as I'm not used to this extreme of a "remote" workforce!
-No wifi for your phone. Wifi is only available for visitors and you must have a user name and password.
-Nearly all social media websites are blocked. Not really a con, but something you might want to know. You won't be browsing facebook at work!
-LOTS of meetings. Sure, the meetings aren't in person, they're over Webex, but you will have a LOT of them.
-Some "know-it-all" ego-driven coworkers, especially on the tech side. But this is typical of IT in general. I've witnessed this at every org in which I've worked.
Advice to Management
Get some org charts!
I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (Less than a year)
Professionalism amongst peers
Beautiful work atmosphere and environment
Feeling that the work you do is making a difference
Driven people are rewarded and recognized
Ample room for growth and career development
Huge company with tons of different business areas
Long interview process—but makes sense as they are looking for certain people
Lots of change—great for those who can handle it and like change
Benefits great people and awesome training
It can be Stressful at times
I have been working at UnitedHealth Group full-time (More than 5 years)
Employees can have confidence in the direction and success of the company. UHG is well positioned to sustain market leadership in healthcare for the foreseeable future.
While there are many opportunities within the organization, there is not a concerted effort in employee development. However, culture change is evident, and this may change.
Advice to Management
continue to improve on employee engagement. UHG’s values are what set it apart in the industry. The increased access to culture training and senior leadership messaging has been noticed and appreciated.
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