At Healthwise, Incorporated, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 176 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.57. It was published on Jun 14, 2016. 3072 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
People care about each other here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.

What They Do

We asked Healthwise, Incorporated to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Healthwise is a health education, technology, and services nonprofit that researches, creates, and distributes health information and decision-support tools to help people make better health decisions. People have turned to Healthwise information over 1.75 billion times.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Boise, Idaho US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Boston, Massachusetts US Employees: 264
US Revenues: $39.00 million Worldwide Revenues: $28.30 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1975

Healthwise, Incorporated has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Women 2016 (ranked 86)

Best Medium Workplaces 2016 (ranked 86)

DJ Holbrook, integration engineer, maps out the technical workflow for our online client portal.

Perks and Programs

We asked Healthwise, Incorporated to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Principles of Healthwise Culture: The three principles of our culture underlie the true benefit of working at Healthwise. Respect is a gift we give to each other. It is not something that must first be earned. Teamwork: It is just as important to help other team members or other teams to achieve their goals as it is to achieve your own. Do the Right Thing: If an employee does what he or she thinks is right (for a client, partner, supplier, or coworker), we will back that employee up. More good than harm always comes from trusting good people to do what they think is the right thing to do.
  • The Healthwise Hounds: Healthwise Boise employees are allowed to bring their dog to work. On average you’ll find about 30 hounds ready for petting in their owners’ offices. An employee group (the Healthwise Hounds) sets the rules to ensure that our workplace remains a safe and fun environment, complete with our four-legged friends. Rule #1: People come first. Rule #2: Three strikes and the dog’s out.
  • Personal Mentor Program: Every new employee is given a personal mentor to help him or her transition into Healthwise culture. The mentor helps guide and foster a warm connection to the organization, our people, our culture, and our mission. This person also serves as an ongoing resource for the employee
  • Open Communications: • In our anonymous, twice-yearly Satisfaction Survey, employees rate overall satisfaction, team satisfaction, work-life balance, and whether they are respected, listened to, and allowed to speak their mind. It is also a tool to tell us what we are doing right and what might be better. (Never for the weak of heart.) • We share our financials, wins, losses, and plans at a monthly all-staff meeting. • Our Open-Door Policy encourages employees to share their ideas with senior management. • Regular, informal “fireside chats” invite employees to ask questions of our CEO and senior executives. Periodic “culture check-ins” are done to learn what’s working and what isn’t and to brainstorm ideas for improvement. • Our Boise-Offsite-Boston (BOB) Newsletter helps us stay connected with coworkers near and far.
  • Employee Recognition Program: • At monthly staff meetings, executive leaders read aloud thank-you notes written by fellow employees for “above and beyond” work efforts. • At an employee’s ten-year milestone, we award a plaque on the Wall of Wisdom in the lobby of our HQ in Boise. A star is added to the plaque for every five-year milestone after that. • At monthly “healthy snacks” and monthly staff meetings, five-year milestone anniversaries are announced and celebrated with the presentation of a certificate. • Office name plates also show five-year milestone anniversaries with a star for every five years. • Employees can nominate their coworkers for a prestigious Healthwise Way Award that recognizes exemplary commitment and behavior around the five key competencies of the Healthwise Way.
  • Wellness Team, Wellness Program: The onsite Healthwise Wellness Team consists of volunteer members from throughout the organization who embrace the philosophy of mind, body, and spirit to promote wellness opportunities and relationships for our employees. The team also helps promote our internal wellness program through which employees can earn varying levels of incentives by setting, tracking, and reporting on goals.
  • Wellness Day: Our company-wide Wellness Day tradition started 25 years ago. It’s a day to come together as one community and engage in wellness activities. Each fall, we celebrate Wellness Day with motivational speakers, activities, fitness, food, and FUN! This lively day shows our commitment to wellness—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
  • Amazing Wellness Opportunities: Healthwise boasts an amazing Boise campus and facility, including a fully equipped fitness room; a host of onsite exercise classes; quiet rooms for new moms who are breastfeeding or for anyone who needs a break in a quiet place; company bicycles; locker rooms with showers; and several walking, running, and biking trails right out our back door.
  • Education Reimbursement Program: Healthwise believes that our organization benefits from employee development and education. We encourage and support the educational development of all Healthwise staff by budgeting funds each fiscal year based on approved requests. Employees are eligible for 50% reimbursement on expenses, including tuition, fees, and books, up to a maximum reimbursement per employee of $2,500 each fiscal year. Healthwise also supports and sponsors professional certifications, workshops, and conferences for individual professional development.
  • Community Outreach: Healthwise supports, encourages, and participates in various community-related events and programs, including quarterly blood drives, United Way campaigns, food bank programs, collections, donations and support for local charities and organizations in need, and other local community involvement opportunities.


$56,796 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Administrative Support $107,152 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Senior Software Engineer, S12
33% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary84% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Employees working 60% or more (24 hours or more) per week are eligible for our benefits programs.)
84% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (Employees working 60% or more (24 hours or more) per week are eligible for our benefits programs.) 84% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
24 hours per week or more hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $2,500 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Personal travel service
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Subsidized public transportation
Don Kemper, founder and former CEO, and his wife Molly, former senior vice president of mission, walk their dog Tuva on the Healthwise Boise campus.


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 17 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
12 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 8 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (75% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)
  • Telecommute option (20% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave15 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents


  • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Lactation room(s)


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Dental care
  • Mental health care


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$106,000 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • 'Vice President of Human Resources' is accountable to formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • 4 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Employees pass through the large, open lobby of the main building on the Healthwise Boise campus.


Leslie Kelly Hall, senior vice president of policy, describes the value of our API (application program interface) for clients.

How to Get Hired

We asked Healthwise, Incorporated for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Healthwise is a global provider of health information, decision support tools, behavior change assistance, and personal care planning for the top health plans, care management companies, hospitals, and consumer health portals. Each year, millions of people use our content and tools to manage their health, make better health decisions, and live healthier lives. Our most successful candidates are innovative, motivated, and dedicated. We look for hard-working team players who are passionate about what they do. We look for employees who embrace our culture and can combine dedication to our mission with a commitment to work/life balance.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

To set themselves apart from the rest, prospective employees should do their homework on Healthwise—learn who we are, what we do, and why we do it. While it is amazing that employees can bring their dog to work (yes, we really allow that), there is so much more to our organization. Take some time to learn about us, and then be ready to share how your background, skill set, and experience can help us take things forward.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

While the types of open positions vary from year to year, the focus on our people does not. Above all, we believe that our people are the most important part of our nonprofit organization. We look for individuals who can embody our culture of Respect, Teamwork, and Do the Right Thing while furthering our mission to help people make better health decisions.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

The caliber of our people, our understanding of client needs, and our commitment to the mission all give Healthwise a bright future in innovating the next generation of consumer health content. Interested candidates should visit our website to learn more about us, view all current job openings in our Careers section, and apply directly online. Interested candidates can also submit questions to our human resources department or connect with us for more information.


hiring Outlook

30 Job openings forecast for coming year -1% Job Growth
29 Average applicants per opening 1,200 Applications received
39 Positions filled in past year 15% New hires by employee referrals
4 New positions created 11 Jobs filled by current employees
1 New graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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