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Updated February 12, 2019
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  • "It was clearly all about money from the upper management end" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Low pay for non-professionals (support staff)" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with professionals who focus on employee moral and always looking for ways to improve, both for the clients/patients they serve and their employees. Great company.

    Cons

    Required online trainings can be tiresome and mundane.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    VCA Response

    Sep 21, 2018 – Content Strategist

    Thank you for your review! We’re glad you enjoyed your coworkers and work
    environment at VCA Animal Hospitals during your time with us. Have a great day.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Take care of your employees first!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensed Veterinary Technician in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Licensed Veterinary Technician in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good pet discount. Being part of a corporation allows us to get new equipment and supplies we needed but couldn’t get before.

    Cons

    Low pay. CE money isn’t enough to do anything. Not enough paid sick time. No recognition of professional growth. No merit-based raises. Too much micromanagement of doctors.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees first! The better you treat them, the more they will give back in return.

  3. "Amazing Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hospital Manager
    Current Employee - Hospital Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great advancements for the hospital. Allowed to practice medicine how we want! Great culture

    Cons

    Pay and health insurance could be better, but still better than private practice

    Advice to Management

    Increase tech pay, better insurance


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, excellent pet care discount.

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance, no opportunities for remote work ever, poorly run departments.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and allow more telecommuting.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Veterinary Assistant
    Former Employee - Veterinary Assistant

    I worked at VCA part-time

    Pros

    good benefits and friendly staff

    Cons

    none they were great to work for


  6. "Caregiver"

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

    I worked at VCA part-time

    Pros

    It e. It as a complete labor of love

    Cons

    The feeling of helplessness bad communication skills

    Advice to Management

    Better communication skills between patient and staff


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't feel supported."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Continuing education
    Easy to use EMRs

    Cons

    Low pay
    Management
    Techs poorly trained
    Facility maintenance

    Advice to Management

    I feel non-medical staff often overreaches into medical issues. If there is any issue, they appear to automatically assume the worst about you and are quick to launch an offensive against staff they've decided they do not like. The clinic is not staffed with appropriately trained medical support staff. Our clinic staff have been seen to sit around and just watch you on the cameras...I'm not doing anything sketchy, but I'm not into Big Brother monitoring every sneeze, bathroom break, etc.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA full-time

    Pros

    Casual environment- if wearing a t shirt with jeans and bringing your dog into work appeals to you.

    Cons

    Poor department oversight
    Long hours
    Stingy with vacation time and holidays


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company overall, job satisfaction depends on the individual clinic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VCA part-time

    Pros

    Employee pet discount
    Great corporate support and vision
    Good pay
    Many locations
    Benefits

    Cons

    Too many employees with negative attitudes
    Many doctors with bad bedside manners
    Lack of emotional support and coaching from corporate
    Too much power given to individual clinics, hard to adhere to company mission and core values

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employee's emotional well being. Too much turnover. It's not the money it's the attitudes and negative environment


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Heavy workload, high level learning"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VCA full-time

    Pros

    High level exposure and great hands on training

    Cons

    Intense work load, low pay