Den-Mat Reviews

Updated June 16, 2014
Updated June 16, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Challenging, interesting and extremely busy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lompoc, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lompoc, CA

    I have been working at Den-Mat full-time

    Pros

    They care about their employees.
    They have a 401 k partial matching.
    They are trying to be the best that they can be.
    There is room for dynamic people to make a difference.

    Cons

    Too much focus on short term goals.
    Not enough focus on long term goals.
    Too much focus on Marketing building the business.
    Not enough focus on Customer service building the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investment in more key employees.
    Understand the current investments made and exploit them.
    Every important decision should be made with the customer's interest first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Treats employees unfairly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Den-Mat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Products, if manufactured correctly.

    Cons

    The new executive team that purchased DenMat in 2011 cares nothing about the employees. They are in it to make a quick buck and then move on to the next company. The decisions they make about their employees are poor and not thought out well, almost as if they no nothing about team management. They continue to acquire new companies to add to their portfolio, yet do layoff's almost every 6 months, sounds like a loosing business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees in a fair manner with respect and dignity, not like a disposable commodity. Take more care in building a better product. Instead of chasing after the next big idea to add to your portfolio, why not invent in growing your top line with products that have proven to be winners like Lumineers. Once you get that under control, then start new acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I hope they make it!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at Den-Mat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dr. Ibsen is no longer involved in the day to day operations!

    Cons

    Poorly trained/Ill prepared managers/supervisors who have limited exposure/experience from other companies.

    Focus on hiring new talent with "Dental Industry" exeperience in an extremely small geographic area....Should be focusing on hiring subject matter experts...i.e. Sales, Marketing, HR, Accounting...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Okay -- But disorganized

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    Former Employee - N/A  in  Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at Den-Mat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice high-end products and classy professional clients.

    Cons

    Paid well below median income levels within market for a person's experience. Raises were withheld for the years I was there due to poor management -- especially in the supply chain. Had recurring, long-term issues with back-stock & marketing rolling out products before they were ready. This led to upset people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promise clients things that you cannot deliver on. Clean up operations, and make it easier for customers -- both internal and external -- to do business with you,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Could have been betterPa

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Den-Mat

    Pros

    Loved management they were helpful.

    Cons

    Pay did not match expertise .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Milling Operator  in  Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Milling Operator in Santa Maria, CA

    I have been working at Den-Mat full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, paid holidays, paid vacation time, paid sick time. Its a great place to start out at, it beats the heck out of any fast food restaurant and the management is pretty laid back.

    Cons

    People gossip all the time, other than that its pretty chill.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    They have a LONG ROAD ahead of them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Maria, CA

    I worked at Den-Mat full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My department consisted of employees new to the company since the acquisition by DLJ, employees who were committed to making positive changes and actually implementing those.

    Cons

    Poor Managers who lacked managment training, knowledge of how to manage/build high performing teams.

    While better than time when Dr. Ibsen was in charge, poor company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales Training is a must. Current sales supervisors make biased hiring decisions (they do not want to hire anyone who may seem smarter, more experienced or more educated than they are)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Den-Mat

    Pros

    Good Benefits and insurance benefits

    Cons

    They establish sales goals that are unsupported / poor vacation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    It was a bad time to work there, the company is probably better now

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    Former Employee - Outside Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Representative

    I worked at Den-Mat

    Pros

    The product and the autonomy

    Cons

    The management at the time I left

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company Needs Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Den-Mat

    Pros

    - Since things are pretty disorganized in the company, there is a lot of ways to help that are both good for the company and your resume

    - Overall, things are always a challenge. If you like solving problems, its a great place to work.

    Cons

    * Signs of Cash Flow problems abound. Constant back-orders on core products. Drastically reduced marking expenses.

    * Lack of coordination between departments. This makes it very difficult to service customers. For instance...
    ==> Sales, Service and Accounting all have different account notation systems that are hidden from others.
    ==> Poorly thought out and executed systems. For example, a relatively botched SalesForce roll-out divorced the sales account notation system from the order system.

    * Low pay, w/ management is not addressing
    ==> Base pay and incentives way too low for equivalent job bands per Monster.
    ==> At least 7 years have passed since cost of living raises were offered as of December 2011. To make matters worse, in March 2011, there was a company-wide pay decrease of pay between 5% and 17%.
    ==> Over the past three years, there have been several rounds of lay-offs.

    * Poorly thought out administrative work-flows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Keep the focus on what matters: rapid, efficient executions.

    2) And raise the pay, especially of the lower paid hourly workers. A 5% pay cut when you are making $100K + hurts, but not as much as cutting 5% from the pay of a single mother making $40K.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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