VCA Antech Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
135 Reviews
2.2
135 Reviews
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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Review Highlights

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 7 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 is without morals or professional judgement , they have no soul (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not much different than most other hospitals in the area.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Veterinary Technician in Cheshire, CT
    Current Employee - Certified Veterinary Technician in Cheshire, CT

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

    Pros

    job security working for a large corp, pet benefits, decent health insurance, multiple job opportunities in other locations,

    Cons

    management that doesn't listen, and is non-complaint with its own rules and regulations, no raises or performance reviews for years at a time, will work employees until they drop with no care about work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have a lot to say, but they wouldn't listen...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hospital Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hospital Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Hospital Accountant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment
    bring your pet to work
    benefits were ok.

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Management especially supervisors are iffy
    Bad training procedure
    personal growth not so much that what you can think

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why dont you give a little though on work-life balance.
    Not overwhelm your employee and share the work load equally and do do favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    It's not about the animals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA Antech part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent hours and generally well-supplied facility.

    Cons

    The bottom-line is the amount of money pulled in for corporate -- if your individual hospital is successful, staff isn't compensated, instead you're asked to perform even better to increase profit (i.e., work with less staff but please increase revenue!!)....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that all of the people working in the animal hospitals are truly there for the pets and their owners... Remember that a RAISE goes a long way to increase employee satisfaction and decrease employee turnover. Remember that QUALIFIED staff members are valuable assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    They are expensive and they do not pay well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Veterinary Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Veterinary Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pet discount is great at 75% off.

    Cons

    The rate of pay is terrible even for the amount of experience I had. There is not really an opportunity to move up in the company.

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

    Not worth staying long term.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at VCA Antech part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with animals and having a good relationship with coworkers.

    Cons

    For the most part VCA Denver employees are like a family. Employees here work very hard to keep clients happy. They stick together because deep down know that the corporation side of the business ignores what goes on. Year after year, employees work flexible shifts, deal with sometimes irate clients, are responsible for more than the job descriptions state and yet DO NOT GET RAISES. Benefits are offered, but most can not afford to pay into this. Discounts are given, but that too does not pay your bills. Trying to go overtime here is a no no. Some people work 40 hours a week here and part time somewhere else. What?! They shouldn't have to! It leaves very little time for their families. Most people come to work everyday and try to stay positive given the situation, but it gets very frustrating knowing no changes are made. Employees can't be the ones to make these changes. This has to start with Supervisors, Managers, Administration etc. The turnover rate is unlike anything I've ever seen before. This place has lost wonderful employees. Off the top of my head I'd say I've seen VCA Denver lose nearly 30-40 people a year. That is horrible. How is this even acceptable? For one reason, the hospital takes in many Bel Rea Institute Interns which is great for learning purposes but to a long term employee who has been their for years with no raise and decides to move on from the company, they don't feel valued. They are replaceable by students and forgotten about. It seems as if VCA does not even bother trying to keep anyone here and they are losing some really great people. Very sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, but the pay isn't great.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Mission Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Mission Viejo, CA

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a big company, so you are covered with all of you lunches and breaks.
    You can transfer to other VCA's across the country if you move.
    The discount is amazing if you have sick pets.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. They expect a lot for a little. Hours can be hard to come by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Upper management thinks so highly of themselves they fail to remember they are also human beings. They expect you to do tasks that they simply don't want to do, expecting you to drop anything your doing at the drop of a hat. Deppressing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe training would be a good idea for EVERYONE. Upper management needs to understand the world doesn't revolve around them and a team environment would be much more helpful. Also, hiring people who are just there for a check and don't really care cause the people who docare a lot more headache.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great but awful all at the same time.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EC Vet Tech in Warrensville Heights, OH
    Current Employee - EC Vet Tech in Warrensville Heights, OH

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Quality facility/equipment, knowledgeable doctors. Very caring staff. Try to do the right thing with the leniency we have for the pets and owners. Best pay in area for EC.

    Cons

    Management is poorly managed, lack of a better term. Attempts at micromanaging don't go over well. Complete disconnect from upper mgmt. New hires are not trained, just thrown to the wolves. It's is a corporation, run that way, money always comes before patient care, unless individual doctors take the risk and "break the rules".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to show that your employees matter. We are not just a number and a list of skill sets. Some skilled employees don't deserve the job, some unskilled ones are better workers that others will ever be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not paid what you're worth no matter how experienced or educated you are

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with animals and gaining experience in that field. Chance to gain promotions but it is difficult and usually requires someone leaving their job post. Health care and 401 K for full time employees but if you make only $9 an hour it's a big chunk taken out of your already dismal paycheck.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible and you only get a raise once a year and it's not even a good one. Since the pay isn't very good you work with a lot of people right out of high school or people who don't care and are just there to get a pay check to have one. The cost of living is very high and they don't pay you enough to be able to live on your own even if you're full time. If you're a veterinarian then you're fine but people on the lower pay scale suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees concerns. Hire people with better experience and maturity. Be more proactive in letting the company heads know that we employees are worth more than what they give us. Employees who are educated and experienced should be treated as such and get the pay and perks they deserve. This would be a great company to work for if we were treated like we actually mattered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It was a great team, although sometimes we were stretched thin.

    Former Employee - Veterinary Medical Technician in Saratoga, CA
    Former Employee - Veterinary Medical Technician in Saratoga, CA

    I worked at VCA Antech part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good about paying overtime, decent time-off policies, schedules were, for the most part, accommodating to your personal life.

    Cons

    Felt short staffed at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff!

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