Pros: flu shots on site! nice cafeteria, nice building.
Cons: bad work environment, mgmt that ensures you will have some amount of failure, no advancement, raises are few and far between
HCSC has good benefits for its employees. Until about 6-7 years ago, health benefits were free. This stopped when HCSC decided to take bids on the cost to insure its workforce, and no other company would bid. Why? Because free benefits attracted the sick, obese, etc.
Because of this, people who get in at the company tend to stay for life. Having 10+ – more... years on the job isn't unusual at all, and people only really get recognized at 30+. Due to this, advancement requires someone to retire. Think of it as dominoes, something like this: Pretend you, your brother, and your dad run a Jimmy John's. You sweep the floors, your brother makes the sandwiches, and your dad does the books. You are going to be sweeping the floor until your dad retires, because then your brother will do the books, you'll make the sandwiches, and you'll hire one of your friends (note: hirings are rarely based on merit) to sweep the floors. And then it repeats.
Management at the company is quite bad. This is because many of the directors, vps, and up have no other qualification besides being at the company 20+ years and a bachelors degree. The company is run like a privately family owned company; execs get moved up by picking the winning side in a dispute or by being the "whipping boy" for an executive - when things go bad you say "sorry, it was my fault, not his." Then someone says, you should fire her, and you say that she makes mistakes but she's been given many responsibilities and she is still developing. This exact situation would happen to me, for example, I'd complete my piece of work and send it to the director for approval 2 weeks before it was due. Then I would be assigned other work and do that. Then the director tells me that we missed the deadline and it's my fault, and I'm like Oh hell no. So I forward her the email from 2 weeks ago saying "the work is on your chair for signature, please sign and return at your earliest convenience." She told the vp it was my fault and then tells me she refuses to show him that email! So I go into his office and show him the email. He says that regardless of anything, it's my fault. Why did he say that? Because she was his "whipping boy," she'd jump on any grenades that he had to deal with, which keep him shiny and clean. It's counter-intuitive, but what I needed to do to move up at HCSC was to say Everyone, it's my fault, I didn't follow up enough and it's totally my fault. Take the bad review for the year, but show that I was happy to be a whipping boy. Merit is irrelevant at this company, what matters is if you are a "friend" and play the game.
The environment at the company is very unfriendly. I was lucky and happened to get some nice co-workers to go out to lunch with and we even made friends with some managers that were inside our division, but had different responsibilities (slightly different group). Their management told them to stop going to lunch with us, then our management moved us around so that we weren't near each other and then we were directly discouraged from socializing. This isn't the company where people say Hi to each other in the hall or even the office.
The hardest part of my job was working until midnight because my manager or director didn't do something that I had given them 2 weeks ago until the last minute. If you work at this company, make sure to do absolutely nothing more than your job description. If you need someone else's signature or approval on a piece of work, don't drop it off with them and expect them to sign it and send it back. Many times they will simply do nothing with it, then the deadline passes, and they will blame it on you. This is actually intentional! They are protecting their own job by making sure that no one below them looks good enough to do their job.
The most enjoyable part, besides the little group I had (because you can luck into a good group of co-workers at any job) was the ability to focus on one company, unlike public accounting. The company's story is very interesting too, how it started, its history, etc. and when you get to talk to someone with 20+ years of experience and they tell you the ups and downs, bad times and good times, it's like watching a really interesting documentary on TV. – less