Glidewell Laboratories

  www.glidewelldental.com
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Disappointing. Profitable shell waiting to collapse.

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Technical Writer in Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Technical Writer in Irvine, CA

I worked at Glidewell Laboratories full-time (less than an year)

Pros

On-site facilities including great break areas, gym, Dr's office, and renovated restrooms.
A lot of room for upward mobility.

Cons

Many people can reach supervisor positions without management experience or education. Lower management is so focused on quotas that quality control is shockingly lacking.

Middle management is under enormous pressure to finalize huge projects so fast that they have no time to manage the lower levels. As a worker, it's hit or miss how you will be treated because there's accountability from lower management to middle.

Upper management is still caught up in founder worship (I'm talking 5 foot portraits of him everywhere). Years of growth at the expense of quality has instilled a profound fear of change or any ability to acknowledge advances in business administration in the past 30 years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Retire or change. If the FDA ever cracks down on the dental industry, you're going to be shut down while your higher quality competitors succeed. Being the "McDonalds" of dental manufacturing is not a good thing.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top-notch Employer Experiencing Exponential Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Glidewell Laboratories full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Salary, Subsidized Cafeteria, Onsite Health Care which include a clinic with an MD, PA, Accupuncture and Massage Therapy, and Gym, Caring Owner Mr. Jim Glidewell,

    Cons

    Company has grown too quickly. Mom and pop shop mentality persists. Many inexperienced staff thrust into management positions sans adequate management training. Legacy staff with sense of entitlement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management consultants/advisors and begin a management training program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    I learned alot but the job is all about meeting quotas but the final product and final QC needs work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Glidewell Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The customer service is great

    Cons

    The technical advisors have to lie to the dentists about everything including the final outcome of the case. The QC is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people and staff like individuals and not like they are a cad cam machine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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