I did not enjoy my time in the Children's Hospital of Orange County, Research Department. The management was oppressive, poorly organized and poorly managed. The head manager in particular was very difficult to work with, and the tension trickled down through the ranks. Interdepartmental relations and inter-personnel relations were awful as well. In addition the organization itself had very odd practices for general things. For example, you had to fill out time off requests and them approved for major holidays like Christmas when the office was closed. Not only is that waste of paper and time, it is just a general mismanagement of resources when you consider the the 100s of employees doing that several times a year. If an office is closed, the only people who need to notify management are the ones who need to be there or on-call due to patient obligations. This is just a small peak of the culture with the system. That doesn't mean that good people do not work there and it is not fulfilling working in the pediatric field, however this organization has a long way to before it is comparable to other major institutions.
discounted lunch, great IRB department, great blood bank department
poor management, tedious paperwork (not the actual research paperwork, the corporate paperwork), you come in with a bad reputation and are viewed by other departments poorly