Swedish Hospital: What's it like to work here?

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Swedish is a very big company so experiences vary, but overall it is a dynamic and exciting place to be.

EmployeeWorked in Administration at Swedish Health Services in Seattle, WA at the time of review.

What I like

My colleagues are very supportive, and most people who work here truly believe in making it a welcoming place for patients and providing the best care for people. There is support for managers and people in leadership, and seems to be a decent chance for career building within the company.

What I dislike

It is such a large company that sometimes it can get caught up in bureaucracy and inefficiencies that prevent progress from being made. My primary frustrations with the company come with things taking too long or not being fixed right away. Additionally, because it's such a big company there can be some office culture that's undesirable like competitiveness, gossip, etc.

Suggestions for improvement

The health insurance is a great benefit but I wish there were more proactive wellness benefits like a gym membership or an onsite gym, or meals for staff. Additionally, I wish there was more of an incentive to reduce the carbon footprint from my commute.

Company Culture

The company culture is good, but leaves a little to be desired. My colleagues are all very supportive of me, but there has been some unnecessary office drama about responsibilities and gossip. Additionally, Swedish doesn't seem to really support the wellbeing and safety of their employees like they think - that creates a slightly less than ideal culture.

Internal Communication

Swedish is really bad about communicating anything less than ideal to their employees - safety threats, budget concerns, etc. They should be more transparent.


Unfortunately there is a lot of perceived undermining and backstabbing - there aren't any measures to prevent office politics, and little is done when those do appear.

Work-Life Balance

This also depends on the office. My manager and colleagues have fostered a wonderful work-life balance where you are not expected to check email on the weekends or stay more than 40 hours a week.

Support from management

I wish there would be more opportunity where management would seek out opinions and experiences rather than fixing problems only after they occur.

Freedom to work independently

This is fully dependent on the office you work in. I am given a lot of trust to work independently.

Inclusive / Diverse

depends on the department, but my department really valued perspectives from people of color, women, etc.

Office / Work Environment

A lot of care was put into making sure I was comfortable in my environment.

Workplace Safety

They talk the talk but don't walk the walk - when there are legitimate safety threats like a shooting near campus, leadership does a very poor job of communicating and providing staff what they need.

Challenging Work

My work is challenging enough that I don't get bored and do find it rewarding but it's not so hard that I am stressed or feel like I take my work home with me.

Gender Equality

Attitude towards older colleagues

Environmental Friendliness

Handicapped Accessibility

Overall compensation for your work

Job Security

Company Image

Career Development