Amazing health care Benefits, 401 k match, stock purchase plan for every full time employee, for now
You are under constant scrutiny by people you wont respect, 1/2 of them cant even find there way to the building on a daily/weekly basis! You have to fight for your pay every month. They change the comp plan every month. I suspect that they are trying to get most of the people to quit so that they dont have to pay unemployment. You will be made to read scripts that are against the law. IF you can live with that get a job there, they are always hiring because no one is happy in the department
Advice to Management
Qite breaking the law!!
I have been working at Heska full-time (More than 3 years)
The products, coworkers, and pets at work are the best part of the job.
Everything else-pay decreases year over year, dishonesty, attempt to instill fear instead of training, lack of transparency, lack of trust, lack of employee appreciation, and management's relentless commitment to making the same mistakes over and over again while expecting different results
I worked at Heska as a contractor (Less than a year)
None exist, do not accept a job at Heska's Des Moines location.
If you want to enjoy your job and the people you work with, do not accept a job here. Heska, Des Moines has the worst workplace environment I have ever experienced. Employees are continuously passive aggressive to one another, something that is openly fostered if not encouraged by management. Additionally, management enforces an extreme anti-intellectual culture, I was even asked while being trained to not ask any questions.
If this wasn't bad enough, the pay is low and they use a temp agency for their new employees. This allows them the convenience to very easily fire you within your first six months, something which is common place. They will absolutely fire you for no evident reason during while on your six month contract.
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I worked at Heska full-time (More than 5 years)
I think many people are holding on hoping things will be like they were in 2005; A company committed to employee development, engagement, camaraderie and respect. Products that were diverse, unique and had competitive distinction.
Unfortunately, the leadership team is run by ego-driven, bull headed, back-stabbing, negative, business lacking management. There is no longer a sense of community, departments are divided and senior VP's are rude and ruthless in meetings. This creates an extremely unmotivated culture, where people are led by fear and blame. Products have lost their unique edge becoming "me-to" products. The CEO no longer seems engaged but just frustrated and exhausted. It shows!! And is felt by all, creating even more tension and finger-pointing.
Advice to Management
Get some business skilled and MBA management talent in Executive leadership. Give top leadership a lesson in co-worker communication. Disallow bullying, yelling and abrupt comments. Stop blaming everyone, drop the massive ego's (especially in R&D), be nicer to your people. Hire a stronger HR team committed to building a culture that includes employee development, capitalizing on people's strengths and intra-department communication. Redo your mission and vision so the path to success is clear and success is attainable. Stop trying to just be like your competitors just to come in last all the time. Set yourself apart again with new innovative ideas. Ask the CEO to either recommit in heart and play full out or leave.
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