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Patterson Companies Overview

Saint Paul, MN
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (PDCO)
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Patterson Companies is an industry-leading specialty distributor serving the dental and veterinary supply markets. Driven to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in these growing markets, Patterson provides a total-package approach to doing ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to lead select specialty markets in creating value for our customers and growth for our Company through our products, services, technology and relationships, while providing personal and professional growth for our employees.

Company Updates

  • The Patterson Foundation was honored to positively impact more than 37,000 lives last year by supporting the work of nonprofit partners and providing scholarships to the children of Patterson Companies employees. To learn more, read the Foundation's 2017 Annual Report.

  • For the second consecutive year, Patterson Companies has been named to the Fortune 500! “Our talented team is continually innovating and finding ways to better support our customers, enabling us to grow as a company and celebrate this significant milestone for the second time in our history,” said President and CEO Mark Walchirk.

    Patterson Companies Named to Fortune 500 List for Second Consecutive Year

    ST. PAUL, Minn.--()--Patterson Companies (Nasdaq: PDCO) today announced that it has been named to the Fortune 500 list of America's largest companies for the second year in a row. In its 64th year, the Fortune 500 ranks U.S. companies by total revenues for their respective fiscal years.

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Patterson Companies – Why Work For Us?


Progressive, global family of businesses

Patterson Companies is an industry-leading specialty distributor serving the dental and  veterinary markets. Driven to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in these growing markets, Patterson provides a total-package approach to doing business.

Our customers benefit from a diverse platform of products and services, as well as the convenience and peace of mind that come with relying on one trusted partner for everything they need.

Dental market

Patterson Dental provides a virtually complete range of consumable dental products, equipment and software, turnkey digital solutions and the most-needed services to dentists and dental laboratories throughout North America.

Veterinary market

Patterson Veterinary is one of the largest distributors of consumable veterinary supplies, equipment and software, diagnostic products, vaccines and pharmaceuticals to veterinary clinics in the U.S. and the U.K.

One of the distinguishing marks of our employee-owned company is talented people who embrace a forward-thinking, results-driven culture. Professional growth abounds in this motivating environment. We value the diverse talents and abilities our employees bring to Patterson and believe they build a stronger, more competitive and successful organization.
Our pay-for-performance culture emphasizes high-integrity business practices, a healthy work/life balance and opportunity for every employee to contribute to our philosophy and success.

Rewards and Benefits

Patterson Companies provides competitive benefits, unique incentive programs and rewards for individual and team performance.

Whether you’re considering a first job opportunity or a career transition, we understand the high value placed on rewards and benefits of employment with a proven, established company. As an employee-owned company, the choices and flexibility of our benefit programs were selected with the needs of our employees in mind.

At Patterson, we believe in the uniqueness of each employee. For this reason, we’ve designed a Total Pay Package that includes a variety of programs in which employees may participate. We are proud to offer a competitive package that meets the needs of our employees for the present, while providing a source of security for the future.
Health and wellness
  • Medical, dental and vision programs
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Basic life insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Personal Time Off (for eligible employees)
Retirement and savings programs
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – Company-funded plan that allocates stock to retirement accounts for eligible employees at the end of each fiscal year
Additional benefits
  • Educational Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee discount programs


Technology leader

To help maximize our customers’ investments in technology, our highly skilled team of trusted advisors and technicians provides responsive, local service. But our customers also have direct access to an unprecedented technology support infrastructure, led by the Patterson Technology Center in Effingham, Ill.

Patterson is the only company with specially trained staff dedicated solely to the sale and support of technology. Customers can expect a smooth transition to technology, from installation and training to expert, responsive support long after the sale – satisfaction guaranteed.

The PTC supports over 80,000 customers nationwide, with a goal to resolve any situation in one call. Whether the question or concern involves hardware, software, computer networking or digital technology, simply call one number for a support system that keeps pace with advances in technology – and a Company committed to being the easiest, most reliable partner to work with regardless of the need.

Patterson has earned the title of technology leader by continually researching, developing and upgrading technology and support to keep pace with growing demand for greater efficiency and profitability for healthcare practices.

This proven technology offering includes exclusive distribution rights to revolutionary products – complete with installation, networking and unparalleled support long after the sale. Over the years, solutions for building our customers’ success include innovative order-entry systems, cutting-edge digital X-ray and sophisticated distribution centers designed to optimize order accuracy and expedite delivery in the most efficient manner.


Patterson Logistics Services Inc.

Patterson has created a state-of-the art specialty distribution platform through strategically located regional facilities within the Patterson Logistics Services Inc. (PLSI) distribution network.

Currently, three of the more than 20 facilities in this network – Mount Joy, Pa., Dinuba, Calif., and Jacksonville, Fla. – fulfill orders for all three Patterson business units.

PLSI consistently achieves 98-percent fill rates to customers and continually evaluates and implements the most innovative technologies and techniques to enhance operating efficiencies and further improve customer service.

Patterson Logistics Services, Inc. is also ISO 9001:2008 registered – a global status for effective quality management practices and the ability to satisfy quality requirements and enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships.


​​Eco-friendly practices

Patterson is dedicated to applying environment-friendly business practices. In doing so, we accept responsibility to help conserve our natural resources and sustain our environment.

As a leader in the industry and a champion of corporate responsibility beyond the workplace, we meet quality standards, minimize our overall impact on the environment and achieve key certifications. Awareness and action involving eco-practices include environmentally friendly structures, facility-wide recycling practices, energy-efficient lighting and collaboration with business partners who hold tightly to the same priorities for preserving our environment.

​​Green Buildings​​

Our sustainability program takes root from the ground up – beginning with green building operations. Patterson’s distribution centers, which supply products through the Patterson Logistics Services Inc. (PLSI) distribution network, encompass design and construction techniques based on advancing energy efficiency, reusability and focused support and follow-through from our employees.

In fact, our renovated 208,000-square-foot Northern Distribution Center in South Bend, Ind., has achieved LEED certification, an international designation that promotes green design and construction and energy-efficient building systems. The Northern DC supports the dental and veterinary businesses of Patterson Companies, Inc.

The Patterson Technology Center in Effingham, Ill., is vying for LEED certification at the silver level. The new PTC opened in fall 2011 with technological and support advancements for Patterson’s dental, veterinary and rehabilitation supply businesses. But the building was also designed with eco-friendly innovation. Construction materials made of mainly recycled content and energy-efficient systems abound. Green solutions also include a habitable roof that reduces heat and improves storm water collection and water-use reduction strategies, like low-flow plumbing fixtures.


With a strong, proactive stance on environmentally safe practices, we are continually taking measures to decrease packaging and use biodegradable materials and other eco-friendly options. Here are a few examples of how Patterson Distribution Centers are making a difference:

Building materials are purchased with recycled content that includes recycled road base (used below building slabs) and suspended ceilings manufactured with recycled paper stock.

Corrugated shipping boxes contain 60-percent recycled content and are 100-percent recyclable. Support for recycling also includes:

  • Office supplies made from recycled materials
  • Recycling cardboard, plastic and aluminum collected throughout Patterson facilities
  • Professional removal and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Cardboard balers, recycling chutes and collection bins at individual workstations help ensure success of the recycling program

Each month, PLSI distribution centers recycle an average of:

  • 132 tons of cardboard
  • 4 tons of plastic wrap
  • 9 tons of paper

Additionally, Fill-Air® inflatable cushions that protect products shipped to customers are manufactured by environmentally responsible Sealed Air Corporation and possess qualities that are:

  • Designed for maximum protection with minimum material, which reduces required packaging
  • Clear and resilient (low density polyethylene film) for easy order verification and less damage to shipped goods
  • Reusable
  • Designed to​ reduce original volume by over 90 percent due to deflatable capabilities prior to disposal
  • Returnable for recycling to local Sealed Air facilities, as well as providing high-BTU energy contents in municipal incineration

​​Dodge Nature Center​​

Patterson supports environment preservation in our communities and embraces opportunity to educate and raise awareness of initiatives to restore and protect our natural resources for future generations.

A special Patterson Day learning adventure at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, Minn., recognizes the Company’s support of the nonprofit nature center and its mission to advance environmental education and habitat restoration.​​

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    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time


    Very chill and lay back


    Pay isn't well and depending on you area it might not be as chill and lay back.

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Patterson Companies Photos

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Patterson Companies Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Mendota Heights, Dakota County, MN
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Patterson Companies (Mendota Heights, Dakota County, MN) in January 2008.


    A recruiter interviewed me about my skills and experience. Then found me a permanent job for which I also had to interview to talk about my skills.


    They had offered me what I asked.

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Patterson Companies Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2017
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2018
  • America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies, Forbes Magazine, 2014
  • America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies, Forbes, 2015
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