Pros: hr department is helpful; benefits are fair
Cons: terrible work/life balance; snobby, rude and ancient management and management techniques; overall competitive, unwelcoming and unsupportive environment
Having worked for the Education division, I must say, that, of the three years that I was in the workforce, this was the worst position I had held, and the worst workplace in which I had the displeasure of being employed with. Work/life balance is non-existent, if you hold an exempt position. Work hours, despite being an administrative division that employs those with backgrounds in the social sciences and administrative management, are painful. I was not told until my second day at work - not during the interview process, which would have been the appropriate place to disclose this - that my hours would begin between 7 am and 8 am and I would not leave the office until after 6 pm.
The turnover of my particular position was deplorable - also a fact that should have been disclosed during my interview, when I asked why the previous employees had left the position. If you have a different coordinator each year, it is only necessary to question your management skills.
Favoritism runs abound and lower level employees are expected to cater to and kiss up to physicians and senior management, to the point of questionable ethics. The "culture" at the hospital is deplorable - individualism is largely discouraged and suppressed, and while a "diverse" staff is boasted, the diversity is purely ethnic and is only encouraged as long as your personality and approach is entirely in line with what senior management expects of it. Arrogance is everywhere, among employees, staff and doctors - apparently due to the name and reputation of the hospital. Overall, the working conditions for those – more... who aren't considered golden becomes insufferable to the point where certain positions see extremely high turnover due to overwork and the inability to take advantage of generous PTO (which is awarded in vain). There are very few young employees outside of secretarial and administrative assistant positions, which is essentially due to the inability of senior management to catch up to current technological and cultural practices in the workplace.
People keep discussing how great the benefits are ... maybe compared to other for-profit industries and companies, but compared to other non-profit organizations, they're not competitive. The Education and Development divisions, at least, operate as 501c3 divisions, and the fact that employees have to wait 2-3 months for health insurance at a hospital, and the cheapest plan option is $50 per pay period, per employee, is actually only a mediocre health plan. – less