Glidewell Laboratories

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

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Former Employee - Technical Writer in Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Technical Writer in Irvine, CA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Time well-spent.

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    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Glidewell Laboratories full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Vertically integrated and innovative.
    -About 95% of all that goes on in Glidewell occurs in-house, providing valuable information for employees to learn as well as have direct access to different departments.
    -The employees are all about customer service when it comes to inter-department interaction.
    -Worked with some amazing colleagues and management.
    -Mr. Jim Glidewell genuinely cares for his employees. The executive management team is very accessible.
    -Hired some of the best in the business when it comes to Dental R&D (Material Science, Dentists, Implant Manufacturing) and Engineering (IT, Automation, Product Development).
    -Health & Wellness program is excellent. (On-site health clinic, acupuncturist, gym, masseuse, engaging company events.)

    Cons

    -Their benefits can be more competitive.
    -If a person doesn't know how to adapt to a fast-paced work environment, this would not be a good place for them to work.
    -Their referral bonus program can use improvement.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Top-notch Employer Experiencing Exponential Growth

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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