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Business Observer Friday, Jul. 26, 2019 4 weeks ago

WellCare boss aces performance review

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Despite a shield of anonymity, staffers give high marks to Ken Burdick, winning him a top award for CEOs.

WellCare Health Plans Inc. employees seem to like their CEO, even when they have the chance to anonymously share their thoughts about him.

Ken Burdick, who became CEO of the Tampa-based managed care provider in January 2015, received an approval rating of 91% based on anonymous and voluntary reviews shared on Glassdoor.com, a website for job seekers, throughout the past year.

The score was good enough to win Burdick the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award.

"I'm honored to be recognized among such an impressive list of CEOs across the country," Burdick states in a press release. "Each morning, I wake up looking forward to the challenging and innovative work we do to serve our members and strengthen our communities on behalf of our state and federal government partners." 

According to a Glassdoor review, provided via the release, "I love the way WellCare not only values their members, but [treats] their employees ... They focus on making sure [the company] is a place where you want to come to work."

Reviews of Burdick’s leadership also highlight WellCare’s "culture, benefits and true appreciation for employees and growth opportunities," while others approve of the company's, "diversity, executive leadership and associates [who] are eager to drive transformation and improvements."

According to the release, about 900,000 companies throughout North America and Europe are reviewed on Glassdoor.com, and average CEO approval rating is 69%.

Burdick, in the release, attributes the effectiveness of his leadership to the firm’s employees.

"At the heart of it is our associates who demonstrate a deep commitment to giving back," added Burdick. "Their continued dedication and unwavering commitment to our mission makes me proud to lead this company."

WellCare (NYSE: WCG) reported revenue of $20.41 billion in 2018, up from $17.01 billion in 2017.

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