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Patterson Dental – Why Work For Us?

​​​​About Patterson Companies​​

Patterson Companies is an industry-leading specialty distributor serving the dental, veterinary and rehabilitation supply markets. Driven to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in these growing markets, Patterson provides a total-package approach to doing business.

Our customers benefit from a diverse platform of products and services, as well as the convenience and peace of mind that come with relying on one trusted partner for everything they need.

One of the distinguishing marks of our employee-owned company is talented people who embrace a forward-thinking, results-driven culture.​​​


Our commitment to diversity is built on the belief that immense value exists in the differences and commonalities among individuals.

As an organization, we depend on the potential, talents and unique perspectives and experiences of our workforce to better understand and meet the needs of our customers and more effectively compete in a diverse marketplace.

We recognize the necessity of providing an environment in which all individuals thrive, fostering a culture in which the contributions and achievements of all our employees are celebrated. We also value the role diversity plays in our mission to strengthen our position as an industry leader and trusted partner in healthcare.

Patterson employees are assured a safe, nondiscriminatory workplace with equal employment opportunities.​​​

​​​​Rewards and Benefits​​

Patterson Companies provides competitive benefits, unique incentive programs and rewards for individual and team performance.

Whether you’re considering a first job opportunity or a career transition, we understand the high value placed on rewards and benefits of employment with a proven, established company. As an employee-owned company, the choices and flexibility of our benefit programs were selected with the needs of our employees in mind.


At Patterson, we believe in the uniqueness of each employee. For this reason, we’ve designed a Total Pay Package that includes a variety of programs in which employees may participate. We are proud to offer a competitive package that meets the needs of our employees for the present, while providing a source of security for the future.

​​Health and wellness​​

  • Medical, dental and vision programs
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Basic life insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Personal Time Off (for eligible employees)

​​Retirement and savings programs​​

  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – Company-funded plan that allocates stock to retirement accounts for eligible employees at the end of each fiscal year

​​Additional benefits​​

  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee discount programs


​​One of the distinguishing marks of our employee-owned company is talented people who embrace a forward-thinking, results-driven culture. Professional growth abounds in this motivating environment. We value the diverse talents and abilities our employees bring to Patterson and believe they build a stronger, more competitive and successful organization.

Our pay-for-performance culture emphasizes high-integrity business practices, a healthy work/life balance and opportunity for every employee to contribute to our philosophy and success.​​​

​​Eco-friendly practices

Patterson is dedicated to applying environment-friendly business practices. In doing so, we accept responsibility to help conserve our natural resources and sustain our environment.

As a leader in the industry and a champion of corporate responsibility beyond the workplace, we meet quality standards, minimize our overall impact on the environment and achieve key certifications. Awareness and action involving eco-practices include environmentally friendly structures, facility-wide recycling practices, energy-efficient lighting and collaboration with business partners who hold tightly to the same priorities for preserving our environment.

​​Green Buildings​​

Our sustainability program takes root from the ground up – beginning with green building operations. Patterson’s distribution centers, which supply products through the Patterson Logistics Services Inc. (PLSI) distribution network, encompass design and construction techniques based on advancing energy efficiency, reusability and focused support and follow-through from our employees.

In fact, our renovated 208,000-square-foot Northern Distribution Center in South Bend, Ind., has achieved LEED certification, an international designation that promotes green design and construction and energy-efficient building systems. The Northern DC supports the dental and veterinary businesses of Patterson Companies, Inc.

The Patterson Technology Center in Effingham, Ill., is vying for LEED certification at the silver level. The new PTC opened in fall 2011 with technological and support advancements for Patterson’s dental, veterinary and rehabilitation supply businesses. But the building was also designed with eco-friendly innovation. Construction materials made of mainly recycled content and energy-efficient systems abound. Green solutions also include a habitable roof that reduces heat and improves storm water collection and water-use reduction strategies, like low-flow plumbing fixtures.


With a strong, proactive stance on environmentally safe practices, we are continually taking measures to decrease packaging and use biodegradable materials and other eco-friendly options. Here are a few examples of how Patterson Distribution Centers are making a difference:

Building materials are purchased with recycled content that includes recycled road base (used below building slabs) and suspended ceilings manufactured with recycled paper stock.

Corrugated shipping boxes contain 60-percent recycled content and are 100-percent recyclable. Support for recycling also includes:

  • Office supplies made from recycled materials
  • Recycling cardboard, plastic and aluminum collected throughout Patterson facilities
  • Professional removal and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Cardboard balers, recycling chutes and collection bins at individual workstations help ensure success of the recycling program

Each month, PLSI distribution centers recycle an average of:

  • 132 tons of cardboard
  • 4 tons of plastic wrap
  • 9 tons of paper

Additionally, Fill-Air® inflatable cushions that protect products shipped to customers are manufactured by environmentally responsible Sealed Air Corporation and possess qualities that are:

  • Designed for maximum protection with minimum material, which reduces required packaging
  • Clear and resilient (low density polyethylene film) for easy order verification and less damage to shipped goods
  • Reusable
  • Designed to reduce original volume by over 90 percent due to deflatable capabilities prior to disposal
  • Returnable for recycling to local Sealed Air facilities, as well as providing high-BTU energy contents in municipal incineration

​​Dodge Nature Center​​

Patterson supports environment preservation in our communities and embraces opportunity to educate and raise awareness of initiatives to restore and protect our natural resources for future generations.

A special Patterson Day learning adventure at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, Minn., recognizes the Company’s support of the nonprofit nature center and its mission to advance environmental education and habitat restoration.​​​

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    Great Culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

    I have been working at Patterson Dental full-time for more than 3 years


    Lifestyle is great. Potential income is impressive.


    Sales growth is SLOW. Plan on 5-10 years before you make the real $...not 2-3 like you are led to believe.

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    Help beginning reps get established before hiring more reps.

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Patterson Dental Interviews

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    Territory Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Long Beach, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Patterson Dental in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    First you will take an on line test, then go to the office to take the test, then face to face interview, then a ride a long, All takes several weeks. If you don'r pass one, you don't move on to the next. Test is a combo of iq type questions, sales questions, and some basic math. Overall not too much of a challenge.

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Additional Info

Headquarters Saint Paul, MN
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1877
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Business Services
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

As the Company’s most substantial business and one of North America’s largest distributors of dental merchandise, Patterson Dental offers over 90,000 products and a wide range of leading equipment, software, technology solutions and services.

From humble beginnings in a one-room Milwaukee drugstore in 1877, Patterson has grown to meet the needs of dental professionals...

Mission: Our mission is to lead select specialty markets in creating value for our customers and growth for our Company through our products, services, technology and... More

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