Western Dental Services

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Western Dental Services Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
62 Reviews
2.2
62 Reviews
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Western Dental Services Chief Executive Officer Simon Castellanos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent company to gain experience, and knowledge about Dentistry (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay, decent benefits, although dental could be better, friendly co workers (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The corporate office is not interested in having happy employees (in 4 reviews)

  • No one truly knows what they are doing (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Dental Services full-time

    Pros

    Great company values they truly care for the patients as well as for the employees, they also have discount in popular theme parks and one of the most important things is that they are very strict in osha compliance which i love

    Cons

    everything is great no cons at the moment everything is well organized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Joke

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Western Dental Services

    Pros

    None. This is a horrible business.

    Cons

    This company is a joke. I am embarrassed to put them on my resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your head out of your bottom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A company with great potential.......

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western Dental Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Checks do not bounce. Vacation and sick leave is pretty cool.

    Cons

    American greed at its best. A company more concerned with education than experience. Corporate focus is on money not patient care. Company that talks a big talk, but does not walk a big walk. The lack of experience has created a bad patient and employee experience even though the cheerleaders promote ultimate employee and patient experience. Recruiters do not recognize experience of existing employees who come with top notch experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees as an envestment, train that envestment to better serve the patient and each other. Build better attitudes so employees reflect positive with patients. Example starts at the top. The CEO is a reflection of what's not happening. Practice Total Quality Management (TQM) at its fullest not half way as you do in all areas. Recognize existing employees who possess experience and promote to key positions in order to restructure this company. In the end this Company will grow and the Shareholder will benefit greatly. Stop tripping over $20 dollar bills to pick up a quarter. It's a pay now or pay later society, that will cost less to pay now and cost more to pay later. We only have enough money to do it right the first time and repeat this process over and over than we have to do it a second time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    So it coming but so disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Vacaville, CA

    I have been working at Western Dental Services part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I like that their closed on Sunday, I got meet some nice people from work. Great way to get my feet wet

    Cons

    OMG where I can start I was so excited to start this job, I'm currently studying for my RDA so this was "perfect". I'm a receptionist and I got to say it's the most stressful job ever!!! ( I was a server for 4yrs and I thought I knew stress til I came here) first of all I didn't even get proper training red a couple of slides and the manager pretty through me in, sink or die. EVERY DAY THEIR ARE OVER BOOKED! it's ridiculous! We see more than 30 pts a day so it gets beyond crazy to the point I have the manager breathing down my neck pressuring to post charts and help the rest of the world at the same time. Most disorganized placed, someone needs to come up with a better system. Manager is no help, wants us to have confirmation calls done by 12pm but there only 2 receptionist, tell me how does that work when you have general and ortho the same day. Ugh I jst started working here I don't know how much longer I can take. I think I got more training at the restaurant I was working before than here. I ssuggest go for a different company or at least a private practice, I definitely DONT RECOMMENDED THIS PLACE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to update computer system they are super slow, everything is more complicated than it needs to be. COME UP WITH PROPER TRAINING that way I don't have managers getting mad that things aren't getting done right. Not my fault if I wasn't trained right

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

    Not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Registered Dental Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Registered Dental Assistant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Western Dental Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very easy to gain experience because very busy
    Very fast paced, the day goes by in a flash
    Lenient with schedule

    Cons

    Underpaid for the stressful environment
    Old manager was very write up happy
    Make you believe there is room for growth, but you only get a very small raise (less than .50 cents) every year if you meet their conduct
    Get penalized for the littlest things
    Favoritism
    Rude patients
    The ObamaCare insurance made our schedule almost twice as booked, so even more stressed. Our corporate office books our appointments so we once had three root canals at the same time with three dentists (pediatric, general, and managing). Only the general dentist was put in charge of root canals and they scheduled three at the same time along with other treatment for him to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overbook the schedule, we are busy enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Embarassed to say I work at WD!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Western Dental Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    40 hour week. Big company.. So you have rights! Gain a lot of knowledge (patient care coordinator) good place to start at.

    Cons

    Because WD Accepts all insurances, expect to deal with all kinds of people. You will be exhausted. Company is too big to care about patients or staff. Roaches. knats. Grimey equipment. Ridiculous software. Obsurd expectations. Drs are jumping from one operatory to the next leaving unanswered questions. Gossip in every office I've been at. Extremely unprofessional. There IS training on how to address patients in a kind manner but it's never enforced.
    Ultimately, it's more about the money than the service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people within the company who have been there for YEARS and have an actual understanding of how the company functions. Update equipment and software. Get rid of open bay operatories. Do not train employees through computer modules. Get rid of everyone's disgusting attitude by compensating them well and not over booking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible

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

    I have been working at Western Dental Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Favoritisim favoritisim favoritisim favoritisim favoritisim

    Cons

    Hiring people without expierence, no training department. Expected to do evrtything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pressuring employees while being compensated chump change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Regret, Pure Regret

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager
    Current Employee - Business Manager

    I have been working at Western Dental Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Sundays Off
    - BM Training program in SoCal was fun to do
    - Met some great people

    Cons

    - No Organization
    - No one truly knows what they are doing!
    - STRESSFUL! Overbooked every single day. Wait times for patients are never less than an hour.
    - Dealing with DentiCal patients (fighting, calling the cops etc.)
    - Angry patients that corporate hasn't issued refund for.
    - Unbelievable sales goals and a bonus structure that is near impossible to achieve.
    - Doctors never take breaks or lunches due to the pressure to produce.

    I have never been this unhappy in my life. Fellow managers have shared with me that they are now taking antidepressants to get through their days. I spend most days crying in the car on the way home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close your doors. This company is done. Your employees are worked like slaves and are on the verge of a major lawsuit against the company. Look at Yelp! Look at Glassdoor. It's clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Rethink your options before working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Western Dental Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities for travel and in the beginning it seemed as though there was room for growth as well. I did also like my team and learned a lot about dentistry from business managers as well as field trainers for the company.

    Cons

    There are a lot more cons than there are pros:
    -No work/life balance
    -Low pay for the amount of work you are given
    -When traveling on their supposed dime, you are not completely reimbursed
    -Too much pressure to sell
    -Practice Development Manager has little respect for employee
    -The company makes you believe that there is room for growth and that you can get quickly promoted, but that is not true.
    -There are so many people that quit within the first two weeks of them working here.
    -They are very disorganized in placing you, training you, and opening new offices.
    -The list goes on and on, really consider everything before taking the job-it has stressed me out so much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and create an environment that fosters employee retention. Stop making false promises and actually show concern for employee issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company With A Bright Future!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Orange, CA

    I worked at Western Dental Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to gain experience, and knowledge about Dentistry. Those who work hard get compensated, promoted, and recognized.

    Cons

    Sometimes you're managed by weak individual's, and receive no guidance or leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within the company because your staff has a wealth of knowledge that is hard to find elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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