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Patterson Companies Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Depending on management but there is often flexibility and good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people and collaborative culture (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Long-term employees pride themselves on not taking vacations, coming into the office during snowstorms rather than working from home (in 3 reviews)

  • This company is boys club law breaking company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Culture Clashes as Company Adapts to New World"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mendota Heights, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time

    Pros

    • Relaxed atmosphere.
    • $3 lunches at Corp Office.
    • Fitness center at corp office.
    • Co-workers supportive of life events (ie. parties for birthdays, weddings, kids).
    • New talent is receptive to change, and has been a breath of fresh air.

    Cons

    • Stubborn, Old-School, Boys Club Management.
    • No maternity leave policy. Women are forced to use short term disability, meaning they receive 70% of their salary for 6 weeks. Unacceptable for a large company in 2017.
    • No paternity leave policy.
    • Many people talk behind others back when they decide to work from home. Bitterness from long-term employees exists.
    • Long-term employees pride themselves on not taking vacations, coming into the office during snowstorms rather than working from home.
    • Misiak, Guggenheim, and Anderson continue to receive millions each year as competitors pass them by. Patterson stock is trailing the Dow by 24% and Henry Schein’s by 100% over the past 5 years as of January 2017.
    • Salary for corp employees is consistently 10-15k less than market value. 2-3% annual raise is standard without consideration to individual performance.
    • Manufacturing 1920’s work attitude is heavily present here (time spent at your desk is more valued more than actual productivity).
    • Some people very resistant to change in the Corp office.
    • No 401k matching. Employee stock purchase plan requires you to remain with company for 6 years to be vested.

    Advice to Management

    To the board of directors - Time to think about shaking things up at the top. Scott and Dental leadership have missed many market opportunities while continuing an old white conservative salesman culture. It's time to become more inclusive and representative of the markets you wish to serve.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Changing as a company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you fit the culture, there are multiple options for development and achievements. Company is slowly changing, bringing in new people, ideas and opportunities.

    Cons

    Needs a lot of work to improve processes, systems. Sales drives the organization. Lack of strategic planning and execution strengthens competition's positions.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your in-house talent before you look outside.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lino Lakes, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lino Lakes, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. A self starter will do well at Patterson. Some managers are good at knowing what is going on and giving guidance. Others leave you completely alone and expect you to figure it out. Really good employees will figure it out - but don't necessarily enjoy not receiving feed back.

    Cons

    The company seems to behave still as if it is a small, privately owned company rather than a publicly traded one. There is a communications breakdown between several departments which lead to duplicate work or rework as full information hasn't been shared.

    Advice to Management

    Get teams together to work out their communication issues and hold people accountable for not communicating information that effects other departments.


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  5. "IT Service Desk Tier 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Desk in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Service Desk in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a great team, has regular food based employee incentives, good benefits, okay pay

    Cons

    Management is somewhat cliquish and not very welcoming to outsiders, IT support teams not well structured

    Advice to Management

    Fact check before terminating employees, don't feed off of internal gossip as much, promote people via seniority


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very Good Company for IT professionals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ETL Developer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - ETL Developer in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Patterson Companies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Good Management
    2. Good work environment.

    Cons

    1. Lack of vid=sibility in future projects.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Executive in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good insurance, vacation, very flexible , retirement plan is ok . Always provide snacks & have catered food . Nice people

    Cons

    This company is so arrogent . It has no structure what so ever & talent really as no place . This company is boys club law breaking company

    Advice to Management

    Wake up & start putting the company before everyone's pay check . If you continue to run this way , you will be out of business in the next 5 years


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome people!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Change Agent in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Change Agent in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, even better people.

    Cons

    Long hours, not a lot of flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Better pay


  9. "QA Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Effingham, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Effingham, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facility was great. Breakfast and lunch served in the cafeteria.

    Cons

    Didn't try to keep long term employees happy. Underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Know who's there for the long haul and work to keep them happy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to do the same thing for the rest of your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Patterson is stable and loyal to their employees. Patterson has fair but certainly not generous or competitive benefits.

    Cons

    There is no room for professional growth at Patterson. There is no talk of career paths or succession planning. If you want to find a place to hide for the rest of your career, this is it. If you want a place to shine and be challenged, look somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    This company talks a lot about their "culture" but I doubt anyone could define what that means.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Decent company that is going backwards"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time

    Pros

    A lot of people really care and are invested in the company. Depending on management but there is often flexibility and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits are ok but not great. Pay is pretty low in the industry. Too many people who have only worked at Patterson or have been here too long, aversion to outside thinking. Not a lot of opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some new blood and look for employees who are getting it done. Don't be afraid to take a leap and be more forward thinking, less reactive.


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