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Patterson Companies Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Depending on management but there is often flexibility and good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people and collaborative culture (in 8 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. "Awesome Place to Work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Systems Engineer Intern in Mendota Heights, MN
    Former Intern - Systems Engineer Intern in Mendota Heights, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Patterson Companies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very exciting and laid back environment. Everyone I worked with had a passion for what they do.

    Cons

    Being a 100+ year old company, lots of difficulty with change


  2. "Great company & Great people"

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    Current Employee - Corporate in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Corporate in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is respected. People are kind and generous. Small company feel in a large company environment. Excellent leadership at the helm.

    Cons

    Strategic direction has been unclear in the past three years but it seems like a new direction is solidifying. The company has gone through a large transition from home-spun business systems and integrations to a full ERP rollout. There is regrouping and TLC to the groundlings needed to maintain the excellent Patterson Culture we've grown to love.

    Advice to Management

    GO TEAM, GO!!! But be kind and gentle to those trying to catch up with the new direction.

  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I loved the people at this company, super easy to work with.

    Cons

    I didn't think anything was bad about this company


  4. "Admin Assistan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Patterson Companies part-time

    Pros

    Patterson Companies is a great job to work for. It feels like a little family and they were always understanding.

    Cons

    The down side of working here was the some of the long days and nights that were mandatory in some fields.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, reasonable PTO, flexible work environment, ESOP, etc. Management cares about the employees personally and not just professionally.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a disconnect between what the company used to be (100+ years as a sales organization) and the need to be agile and flexible in the modern technology age.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Collections Coordinator in Harvard, MA
    Current Employee - Collections Coordinator in Harvard, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly and wonderful atmosphere. Treats employees very well and makes every possible accommodation

    Cons

    Moving to Minnesota in the spring. With the move, many long time employees feel they were not shown the loyalty that they gave Patterson all these years

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, pto, ect.

    Cons

    Not paid enough for what I do. Work load balance is not split equally.

  8. "Growing company with a positive outlook."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Mendota Heights, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time

    Pros

    -Great people and collaborative culture
    -Focussed on getting things done
    -Opportunities to get involved in exciting projects (you must look for them)
    -IT is continuing to move more towards agile methodologies; some areas already there.
    -Overall lean running operation
    -Work life balance
    -Subsidized lunches

    Cons

    -Sometimes too focussed on getting things done, and not enough time spent on the vision and roadmap of products and solutions.
    -401k has no company match, and there are yearly fees
    -Profit sharing starts after a year plus, and takes another 5 years to vest. It should start immediately, and add another year to vest if needed. This way you give new employees skin in the game right away, and drive engagement in the company's future right out of the gate.

    Advice to Management

    Rely on your individual contributors to work the details and solve the problems. You should focus on business relationship management, roadmapping, resource management, and communication. Too often the upper management is getting involved in the details, which means there is a gap in leadership and communication. IT leadership needs to continue to focus on building trust with the business leadership. We are all one company, and are partners in its success. Overall it is a good management crew.


  9. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Technology in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time

    Pros

    The company has great culture and a true sense of community. I know the people sitting next to me in my meetings everyday and genuinely feel that my manager cares for my growth, both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    The on boarding process can be a little tricky. There isn't a lot of information for new hires, so you will need to find someone you trust and lean on them for support. Luckily everyone has been through it and is more than happy to help you

    Advice to Management

    Better on boarding process for new hires


  10. "Great company with opportunities in IT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Mendota Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Mendota Heights, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Patterson culture
    Improvements to IT systems and infrastructure ongoing
    Supportive management
    Poised for growth
    HR starting to take a more active roll in supporting managers/employees

    Cons

    There is some "old boy" network still around, even though they have eliminated many of these people
    Business still feels they can dictate to IT (this has been improving over the past couple of years)
    Salary is a little low, but the work/life balance and other benefits offset this to a large degree

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of people behind you who believe in the direction the company is heading. Make sure you stay engaged with your employees! The Patterson culture is special and unique. Take the time to cultivate it and help it become even better!


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