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VCA Reviews

Updated July 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great employee discount, good medicine (in 20 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 doing the same job other places (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper Management is disconnected from the ground operations (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Accounts Payable"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great vacation/ holiday pay. Very chill. No suit and tie needed just come to work and do your job and you should be fine. Parties during holidays. All in all a good work life balance.

    Cons

    The salary is pretty low and no parking for staff.


  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary, CE, time off, Mars acquisition

    Cons

    Poor 401k match, byzantine org structure, Mars acquisition

  3. "Patient Care Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA full-time

    Pros

    High quality medicine and good people

    Cons

    High prices for clients, euthanasia


  4. "Great Company"

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

    I worked at VCA full-time

    Pros

    Friendliness of co-workers/staff
    Relaxed environment
    Great mission

    Cons

    Vacation time and number of holidays were below average


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Hospital Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    I personally think management is very difficult and stressful in a hospital setting. The pay is competetive, but it was not worth the stress of the position to me personally


  6. "Overall, good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VCA 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).


  7. "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 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)

    "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. "Veterinary Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VCA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Staffs were wonderful, passionate with animals, friendly, and knowledgeable! They are there to help support you with questions to hands on experience.

    Cons

    No cons at the time.


  10. "Supervisory"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong company, forward thinking, invests in employees!

    Cons

    Individual employees may not support the company's mission, leading to misconceptions about the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your pasision and connection with your teams!


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