- Partners Healthcare21.Sep 2016
What I like about the company
Very dedicated to the mission. Clinicians and support staff work together as a team, and everyone values each other for the contribution they bring to the table.
The opportunity to work with world-class, world-renowned clinicians doing important, ground-breaking work is a big motivator.
What I dislike about the company
An employer of this size, with a mission of healthcare innovation and serving the community... I want them to be a leader in areas like work/life balance and parental leave. They allow only the minimal amount of leave as required by law, and only part of it is paid by short-term disability and your own vacation bank. The rest is unpaid, unless you cannot afford to forgo the salary. Their reasoning is that this is the industry standard - they are doing the same as comparable organizations. Partners should be a leader in these areas. Six months of protected parental leave would be a good start. Also, back-up child care is inconsistently offered. Technically, it is available to all employees. But for a good percentage, it is so far away from your home office that it is not practical.
Lastly, Partners pays lip-service to encouraging internal career growth, but in reality it is barely supported. Employees are encouraged to explore other areas of the company, but it is completely on your own initiative to make connections and find opportunities. If you do not know anyone in the department you want to get into, and you follow proper channels to make contact, you will likely be ignored. Internal candidates usually get no response on applications to other departments. Unless you have a personal connection, you will find it difficult to move around. Internal candidates should at least have the courtesy of a reply to their applications, and constructive feedback to their qualifications would be even better.