Learn why our IT director considers Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona a great place to be, and why she would encourage other to work here, as well.
“A company’s size really matters. Being too large doesn’t empower employees,” says Kim Stuckey, IT director. She can make a big impact at our organization, work closely with other teams and see how what she does helps our members—and because we influence the industry, watch our company’s initiatives improve healthcare.
She values that ability and explains why she chose us and would encourage other IT pros to, as well.
Q: How would you describe your job?
I am the director of IT. My team ensures that employees can do their jobs every day and members experience seamless technology with our applications and websites.
Q: What makes BCBSAZ different from other businesses?
We get to see how the solutions we build and problems we solve provide better healthcare. My team knows what each application and server supports in the company and how it benefits our members. In my experience, the IT team doesn’t get to do that at larger companies.
Q: What’s our most important value?
We focus on making each member’s experience as best as possible, and we’re all marching toward that goal together–which is inspiring. That keeps me motivated and engaged.
Q: What’s something you enjoy about your job?
Here at Blue Cross, my team can influence management and affect how we operate as an organization. For instance, my team and I sometimes propose new solutions with proofs of concept to the CEO and senior management. That’s pretty cool. I also like that Blue has such a big impact on healthcare as a whole. It’s exciting to be part of something that matters and changes so much.
Blue rocks because we work as a team and you get to know many of your co-workers. It’s exciting because you know what you’re supporting and how you’re making a difference.
Q: Have you advanced your career here?
Definitely. Our company provides numerous opportunities for upward mobility. I’ve promoted many people within my department and earned a promotion myself. And I’ve seen a lot of my co-workers in other departments move up in their roles.
Q: Do you have any advice for those looking to advance their careers, even if they’re not in IT?
Just go for it. Back when I was a systems engineer and wanted to get into management I felt nervous about it. I hesitated to apply for a supervisory position, but my mentor encouraged me to do so, and I’m so glad I did.