Hoag does have a very nice recruitment policy and you should always ask about a sign on bonus, even if they don't advertise, of course once the offer has been made! Hoag, however is laid out weird and you will be doing a LOT OF WALKING just to get from the parking lot to your unit. The cafeteria is one of the very best, although it will take you half your lunch break to get there! They also have flex schedules and get some very "needy" clientele.
South Coast in Laguna Beach is very quiet, not very cutting edge and has a hard time keeping staff for whatever reason.
I would avoid Chapman, West Anahiem, UCI and Western Medicals in all cities due to the location, they get a lot of streeters seeking drugs and have experienced some violence towards staff in the past.
Mission is very diverse and treats the staff very well, they also are supportive of the ladder program and promote extensively. Very friendly atmosphere and a nice clean facility. Irvine Medical Center has a great ER department but the pay is less than competetive and it also is a bit rundown but a convenient location. They are also very slow to hire and seem to be overstaffed in several departments, kinda wacky.
Kaiser scares the goose bumps off me in many ways, especially in light of the controversy going on in their San Jose locations, I see a huge spotlight on them and would not want to be involved in that. The lakeview facility is run down and a lot of the equipment and policies are confusing and out of date, the charting is a nightmare and the cafeteria is alwful, when it's open for biz!
My advice would be Mission as a start, tour the units, speak to a few staffers and get an idea of the mission statement. I also enjoy going to St Jude in Fullerton and adore the quiet, clean and supportive environment. Parking is a snap and they are really up to date on a lot of new technology.
Speaking of technology, Hoag has computers in every patients room and they are very user friendly, although it would work much better if they were placed just outside the rooms instead because you are standing there trying to look up a lab, or chart a treatment and the patient or family member is standing over your shoulder reading or chatting away, kinda distracting.
UCI has a very scary parking situation and it's a very long walk across a very crowded blvd. with no security. Several of my friends have had their cars broken into and been hassled by street people as they enter or leave the lot.
West Anahiem has basically eliminated the CNA's and use LVN's to comply with the ratio so you will be very busy indeed and have a lot of liability. Also, their census has been dropping since Kaiser pulled the contract so you may be cancelled or have your hours reduced unexpectedly. The adminsitration is pretty out of touch with staff concerns as well so you must be exceptionally cautious and stick up for yourself.
Anahiem Memorial is a very prestigious hospital and also has a lot to offer a new grad, they seem to offer a very dynamic orientation procedure which includes a lot of preceptorship, all of whom seem like kind people who are helpfull.
Hope this helps.