Hundreds of Spectrum employees being relocated to downtown building

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Roughly 500 Spectrum Health workers are being relocated to a six-story office building near Van Andel Arena.

According to a Spectrum Health spokesperson, the employees who will occupy the building at 25 Ottawa Ave. are part of the information technology department.

Roughly 200 employees are scheduled to move into the new location in November, with about 300 more coming during the winter, the Spectrum spokesperson said.

Many of the employees are coming from other offices downtown and in Kentwood as well as the Priority Health campus at East Beltline and Leonard Street, Spectrum’s spokesperson said.

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  • D.W.

    I am a Spectrum IT employee. I am not going to remain with them if they mandate that my department is moving. I can’t say whether my department is one of the IT departments that is going to be moving, because they have not involved us at any level with this decision. Many of us only know about it because we read it in the news this morning! I am sick to death of the IT department being treated by Spectrum as an afterthought, and this is just the latest in a litany of examples of the disregard they have for us as professionals. One of the reasons I took this job is because it was an easy commute for me. Like many of my co-workers, I live well outside GR, and am not relishing the idea of adding another 20 minutes to the commute in order to get to downtown. I have already seen 4 of my co-workers updating resumes, so I know I am not alone in this.

    The thing is, with such a big need for IT professionals in the area you would think that Spectrum would be wanting to make sure we were happy in our jobs. It isn’t just salaries, though most of us are paid much less than the median pay range for our field. That is part of it, sure. But half the time our bathrooms don’t even function and our trash bins are overflowing. There is little communication, and what communication there is happens sporadically and in only one direction. We are degreed professionals, just like the doctors and nurses, and yet we are treated like dispensible hourly manual laborers. It really would not have been all that hard to bring us into the decision making process, I think we would all agree that we need a central IT location rather than beign all over the county like we are. It would have been even easier to keep us all adequately informed about unilateral decisions that concern us, but they didn’t even have the courtesy to do that.

    Moving to a new building isn’t going to change the way they treat us, and I am not planning on turning my 30 minute commute into one that takes over an hour through the worst traffic in the county just to receive the same disrespect I am getting now. There are far too many better IT opportunities available in the area for me to put up with this.

    • Tom

      I worked at the Priority Health campus until last year and can pretty much vouch for everything you said. It is why I left.
      When Kim Horn resigned, the whole company just tanked, not just IT. Nobody took charge and everything was left to founder and run itself. Useless software packages were bought and we were told to use them even though they didn’t do what they were supposed to and made our jobs next to impossible. Nobody ever asked us what tools we needed, they just bought what they got a good deal on and told us to use it. Then incompetent people were promoted to management as their supervisors left for better jobs when projects failed because of the horrid software packages we were forced to use. Spectrum executive leadership was nowhere to be seen, Priority Health management was clueless if they were even there at all. It was a nightmare, and I am glad to be out of there. Sounds like the cat is finally being let out of the bag though.

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