VCA Antech

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VCA Antech Reviews

Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
144 Reviews
2.0
144 Reviews
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good employee discount, a lot of encouragement for staff involvement (in 16 reviews)

  • Pet discounts, surrounded by people who love animals all day at the hospital level, so most are dedicated and really care (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • As a hospital manager or medical director, you have to bend the rules to keep good employees and clients (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management is without morals or professional judgement , they have no soul (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

    I have been working at VCA Antech

    Pros

    good relationships within company between senior management and staff

    Cons

    not very common approach across all offices

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Pricey Benefits, Be Ready to Spend Your Workday Glued to PC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at VCA Antech

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here are solid company with long-term potential job security in the Corporate Offices. Top Execs are solid and the job perks include company lunches & after-hour fun functions. If you get into the right Department, great place to work. One week vacation to start. Three weeks after 5 years. Very pleasant surroundings. Very pet friendly! You can even bring your pet to work!

    Cons

    The challenges include very pricey benefits, quirky departmental management with hit and miss communications styles. And if you're not ready to live your life at work glued to your PC for a solid 8 hours per day, then it's not for you. Very word processing, repetitive tasking & spreadsheet heavy workload. Raises limited to max of 4% a year so not much room. 4% rarely given. Lack of effective training and support. If you don't figure it out yourself, be prepared to move on quickly!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits options with more a la carte choices as payscale-salary gets eaten up by benefits packages. Twice as expensive to provide health, dental & vision for my family compared to previous employer. Covering my family costs $600+ per month!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Actual location management is great

    Cons

    Not the "we care about our employees" they claim to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult Change From Private Practice to Corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Animal Care Attendant in Flower Mound, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Animal Care Attendant in Flower Mound, TX (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -good benefits
    -overall postive work environment
    -flexible hours

    Cons

    -clients are unhappy with change and company is unsympathetic
    -extreme price increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cares more about the money than quality animal care.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Veterinary Technician in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Veterinary Technician in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The discounts for your pets is nice, monthly meetings to keep employees up to speed with new policies.

    Cons

    Everything else. Management is conniving. The threat of being fired is always looming. Not a lot of focus on the client services. Be prepared to loose hours in order for vca to make their monthly budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your clients and employee morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Doctors are great Technicians go above and beyond. The front desk people are with few exceptions hard working and helpful.

    Cons

    Regarding the management: I have never seen a company run with the junior high school mentality. If a certain manager doesn't like you, you will eventually be fired. If it takes lies and distortion to do it then this certain manager will not hesitate to stoop to that level. This manager can accomplish her goals with the total blind eyes and deaf ears of upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and pay attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pet discount, customers are pretty nice

    Cons

    Management team
    micro managed
    administrative team overrides medical decisions by drs...strange hierarchy at VCA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being passive aggressive isn't the best way to run a business. Be up front with your employees, you'll get better results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Embarrassed to say I work here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Kennel Assistant
    Current Employee - Kennel Assistant

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the benefits were decent. I did like the 401K plan. However, instead of focusing on quality of care for our clients, the focus is strictly on how much money we make them. Period. It doesn't matter how bad the service is as long as we make the budget at the end of the day. It's ridiculous.

    Cons

    They cut our staff and cut our pay. The management is conniving, always looking to penny pinch our clients and short change the employees. We have lost so many clients since VCA bought our wonderful little practice that I'm embarrassed to say I work here. Instead of focusing on quality of care, they focus on quantity of clients, no matter how rushed and incomplete the care may be. I am currently researching other job opportunities, which brought to this fabulous little website.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like cattle and invest in your staff, not stretch them to the breaking point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very comfortable and casual environment, but people still get their work done. Interesting and challenging work without being overwhelming.

    Cons

    Benefits/Compensation are pretty poor, the departments are each run independently of each other, which can sometimes be good, but in most cases allows that department to work without any accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love the job, hate the pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Care Specialist in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Client Care Specialist in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pet benefits, people you come in contact with

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for such an expensive hospital, had friend who worked years and years without raise (some even took pay cuts)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you can keep great staff if you pay better, going years and years without a raise is unacceptable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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