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VCA Antech Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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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 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Also low pay and not good benefits (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. "Revenue accounting"

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    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!


  2. "vca employs spouse as full time veterinarian"

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    • 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.


  3. "Lab tech"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Antech"

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    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


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Antech Veterinary Professional"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lab tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Extensive support network
    Cares about employee well-being
    Each hospital isn't micro-managed

    Cons

    It's hard to get behind some of the marketing campaigns


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unfortunately bad company"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice coworkers work is easy great location

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of employees, pay is too low for amount of work expected

    Advice to Management

    Bring salary up and treat workers better


  10. Helpful (5)

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

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    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Cold and Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Kennel Attendant
    Former Employee - Kennel Attendant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good discount on food, visits, and treatments for your pets; I saved hundreds in the 3 years I worked there.
    -The hours are consistent.
    -They also do yearly raises (I always had to 'remind' them multiple times though, and wouldn't have gotten my raise at all if I hadn't spoken up.)

    Cons

    -Cold, corporate environment. Money is the priority; employee welfare and patient care are an afterthought.
    -Few, if any, opportunities for training or advancement.
    -Kennel staff in particular is treated like garbage.
    -Kennel pay is usually minimum wage, even though they have you doing many of the same things the techs are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to ensure that (ALL) your employees feel valued, and try to make the hospital feel like a HOSPITAL instead of some corporate office.



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