- Premera Blue Cross08.Dec 2016
Insincere company culture of caring for members and employees. On one hand they say they care for members but then they choose to arbitrarily refuse to pay for different treatments usually once a year. The clinical department will choose something to go after and deny it.
Support from management
Management from the top down is completely ineffective.
Your coworkers will be the nastiest people possible. They will throw you under the bus and pass the buck onto you. Management rewards this behavior. Working between departments is awful because there's a ridiculous adversarial attitude between departments.
Freedom to work independently
Never been so micro managed in my life. The "leadership" observes your every move and times your day down to the second, no hyperbole.
The leadership will lie to you. Constantly.
Women absolutely get preferential treatment at Premera.
Attitude towards older colleagues
It seems as though they're okay with older workers. Though some are too technically illiterate to do their jobs with proficiency.
This place is incredibly hostile to your development. If your boss doesn't like you, they will withhold training, make sure you can't apply out of your department and withhold yearly raises.
Overall compensation for your work
Pathetic but not minimum wage. Also they are slowly taking away the health care benefits, blaming the ACA when it's really just the company being cheap. Don't expect to feel valued for your work.
Office / Work Environment
Hostile coworkers. Everyone is sick all the time and will get you sick since they're dirty people. The building I worked in was never a consistent temperature. Coworkers insisted on closing the blinds so all you get is fluorescent lights. The computers and systems are woefully outdated. The furniture is cheap and will ruin your back.
They put out recycling and compost for people to use but the heathens can't figure it out. There's so much needless waste of paper and nobody cares to stop it.
In some departments there are flex work schedules if your boss likes you and allows you to do so. Also if you complain enough they'll let you be a telecommuter so you can drink or take care of your kids while you pretend to work. Also some departments the work is so mindless you can shut out work at the end of the day.
It was embarrassing to tell people where I worked and that I spent all day denying cancer treatments.
You can get away with not doing your job properly for a long time. That said this place constantly suddenly lays people off. And when that happens leaders will look for excuses to fire people so severance doesn't have to be paid. So watch out.
There is one elevator but it is constantly in use by people too fat or lazy to use the stairs and not people who need to thanks to a disability. Same with disabled parking.
This seems to be the case. They even forbid putting your coat on the back of your chair so you don't roll over it and break your arm. Yes. That happened once. Also the office is in the ghetto and the rent-a-cops are there to protect the building from you and your coworkers not closing doors properly. So, there are needles, condoms and dead prostitutes found on the property from time to time. You'll probably get food poisoning from the onsite cafeteria and your coworkers cough into the air or their hands all day so you'll get sick all the time.
Modern day sweatshop work.
Inclusive / Diverse
This company is filled with middle aged white women and that's it. Minorities make up less than 5% of the workforce. And if you aren't an old white woman you will suffer for it.
Suggestions for improvement
- Start making middle management accountable for their actions and stop micromanaging good employees. Timing claims down to the second is demeaning to your employees and makes it feel like working in a sweatshop. Work to eliminate managers and team leads who use favoritism. Start holding bad employees accountable for being bad, or more good employees will leave. Pay people more and stop being so stingy with benefits, you're a health care company, act like it.
What I like about the company
The flexibility of the schedule.
What I dislike about the company
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyPremera Blue Cross
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2016