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VCA Antech Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great employee discount, good medicine (in 19 reviews)

  • Generous employee pet discount, quality medical ethics (in theory), state of the art facility, great dental insurance (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to the average in the area (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor management, rules do not apply to all employees, standards do not apply to all customers (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Overall, good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee pet discounts are the most generous I've seen and I've been able to give the top notch care I recommend to clients to my own pets. Access to multitudes of free online and in person CE. Good vision and dental insurance, 401k, life insurance. Pay is competitive for the area I work in. While every workplace has their issues, I've found the ones at VCA to be mostly manageable (though this will vary from hospital to hospital, I'm sure). Technicians and veterinarians all answer to the same manager, so the all-too-common mistreatment of technicians by veterinarians is minimal here and I feel respected. Mostly positive workplace with the exception of a few negative employees. Great team environment (for the most part).

    Cons

    Health insurance is so bad that I declined it and pay out of pocket for private insurance. Emergency can be hectic (expectedly), but more so when the sole ER doctor has to go to surgery and more emergencies are pouring in. They tend to hire a lot of new vet grads and it can be frustrating working with inexperienced veterinarians. The few negative employees here can really bring the team down and create divisiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Please reevaluate your health insurance options - most would rather pay a bit more in premiums to be able to go to a doctor without shelling out hundreds of dollars. Consider having an experienced on-call surgeon for emergency surgery, as opposed to having your only ER doctor for the shift have to handle it (in addition to any other emergencies present).


  2. "Revenue accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Company overall is pretty cool

    Cons

    Revenue accounting management REALLY sucks!


  3. "Not that great"

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

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible working hours and discounts if you have a pet, great career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Manager should respect new employees and not talk behind their back and yelling across room. Not that great benefits and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to new comers and train them if they are not experienced with everything that is required for job position instead of telling everyone how inexperienced an employee is!!!!!!!And making fun of them.


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  5. "vca employs spouse as full time veterinarian"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Spouse of Career Vet At VCA in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Spouse of Career Vet At VCA in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good quality medicine, experienced and capable staff

    Cons

    There is no vacation benefit for vets at this clinic. Me off,even for professional conferences , etc., is possible if you get another vet to cover your appointments when away. Consequently you end up paying the other doc back when he/she want time off. Not a healthy situation for typically overworked veterinarian.

    Advice to Management

    Give some reasonable paid vacation. Overall work would improve, not to mention health of employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Night shift"

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

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience was okay for my first job

    Cons

    Night shift and split shifts


  7. "Lab tech"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping give veterinarians pieces of the diagnostic puzzle to treat animals

    Cons

    Have a hard time balancing work/life and stress can be high.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Antech"

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

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros that I could think of

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Few Breaks
    Production line type work

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more breaks


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Antech Veterinary Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Veterinary Pathologist
    Former Employee - Veterinary Pathologist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Are you a masochist? Do you enjoy a flat career trajectory? Did you spend 8+ years and the equivalent of a mortgage on your education only to be treated like a sweatshop worker? Then VCA Antech is just the place for you!

    Cons

    Overworked, under recognized, poor communications cross departmentally, no visibility on decision making, flat landscape for development or advancement, and terrible benefits. Know that you will be working to support the lavish perks that the executive clique awards to themselves as bonus for squeezing another half penny out of your compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Veterinary medicine, and veterinary pathology in particular, is a small community. Word of poor treatment gets around, impacts your recruitment, your turnover, and your overall reputation in the veterinary marketplace.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lab tech"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! Friendly co workers

    Cons

    Its night shift!!! It can be very difficult to move up.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "If I could give them no stars I would."

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing.at. All. N O T H I N G.

    Cons

    After dedicating 8+ years to this company, I dropped down my hours because I am pursuing a masters degree. Though I worked full time hours the majority of the year, because I dropped down my new average is 3 hours any of the average at which they are required to offer medical insurance. They make me sick because they care more about penny pinching than their employees. What a waste of my time.



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