VCA Antech Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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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 thinks so highly of themselves they fail to remember they are also human beings (in 7 reviews)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers. Company events are fun.

    Cons

    Make you work a lot of hours. Required to work on Saturdays every quarter.


  2. A place to grow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Current Employee - Licensed Veterinary Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    supportive managers, opportunities to learn new things, clean work environment, the company has a genuine interest in helping you be the best you can by giving you responsibility, once you show you deserve it.

    Cons

    Corporate environment means you have to push their product, occasionally tight on overtime so you may be understaffed at times, takes a long time to get rid of underperforming employees, historically lower salary than private hospitals

    Advice to Management

    Pay your technicians more, offer different perks such as paying for new sneakers each year, build in same day spots into the schedule so when an emergency presents the scheduled clients don't have to wait too long.


  3. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours; great paid vacation; lots of new development, so good place to learn

    Cons

    pays less.. could improve on giving bonuses for employees


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  5. Territory Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    VCA Antech is a great company to work for. The benefits are very good especially if you have multiple pets and live near a VCA hospital. The industry is very interesting as well.

    Cons

    The training at VCA Antech is almost nonexistent. The territories you are responsible for are expansive. Very hard to see all of your accounts on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to and consider what first line territory managers have to say about their work in the field. The territory managers are the ones visiting clients on a daily basis. Operations and Client Services needs a major renovation.


  6. manage and review sales and purchase agreements

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    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Southlake, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    integrated team aids productivity close knit unit with proactive management.

    Cons

    Assigned projects to benefit top management VIP's often contrived and unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Analysis of cost benefits of potential agreements.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Client Services - Emergency Night

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Position is easy to master and can become monotonous, but if you enjoy being busy at night, sometimes till 1 and 2 am, and understand that each emergency and client that comes in through the door is unique and presents a challenge then you will do fine.

    Cons

    Depending upon your supervisor, it can be extremely difficult to get time off with 3-4 weeks notice required, no say in which days you will work, and even though you get 2 days off they may not b back to back, working every weekend is a must, especially sundays

    Advice to Management

    Pay scales for this position are WAY to low for the position...pay raises take over 1 year, and are NOT given on your hire anniversary date..and at best amount to 12 cents


  8. veterinary technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Licensed Veterinary Technician in Royal Oak, MI
    Former Employee - Licensed Veterinary Technician in Royal Oak, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of different job responsibilities, nothing was ever the same on a day to day basis. Your skills will be put to use.

    Cons

    Many cons to the job. The biggest one was job burn out. The managers would run you to the ground and then complain about everyone's job performance. Also we never got out on time because the managers said to let everyone in even if we were closing. Also low pay and not good benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Train the management to work with the employees, not run them into the ground. Maybe if the employees were treated with respect they would stick around.


  9. Kennel Attendant - loved it!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kennel Attendant in Clifton Park, NY
    Former Employee - Kennel Attendant in Clifton Park, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved this job! I was able to care for and play with dogs for a good portion of my day. My coworkers were wonderful, my managers were understanding, and everyone was there to help one another. The techs were always eager to teach and assist you whenever needed.

    Cons

    There was a lot of cleaning involved, sometimes not for those with weak stomachs. What can you expect, you're in an animal hospital!


  10. Neat

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Veterinarian in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Veterinarian in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VCA Antech (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great case load and personable staff. Fair prices and knowledgable staff. Good training opportunities.

    Cons

    Negative accrural on the contract is pretty standard and is not exciting to have. Corporate is also difficult to deal with some issues


  11. Helpful (5)

    Technician Supeevisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Technician Supervisor in Memphis, TN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed, job security, 401k, vacation time, insurance, veterinary discounts, ability to bring my pet to work, free CE, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Upper management has limited exposure to hospitals and day to day operations. Hiring and making fancy jobs/titles for people that add little to the growth of hospitals (ie. Director of hospital development or local marketing manager). Why not invest those salaries back into the support staff and let the medical directors and hospital managers grow the hospitals? (See above) Limited payroll budgeting makes it difficult to hire experienced staff or pay them appropriately. Little room for advancement or raises. If you were hired at a low wage, don't expect to get a hefty raise or bonus. HR makes it impossible to get rid of anyone regardless of performance or wrong-doings. Requiring hospitals to focus on sales goals for multiple products and services.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your support staff and people that actually work in the hospitals and make "you" the money vs taking BETTER care of upper management. Try not to focus on multiple sales goals at a time.



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