VCA Antech

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VCA Antech Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
139 Reviews
2.1
139 Reviews
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good employee discount, a lot of encouragement for staff involvement (in 16 reviews)

  • Pet discounts, surrounded by people who love animals all day at the hospital level, so most are dedicated and really care (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • As a hospital manager or medical director, you have to bend the rules to keep good employees and clients (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management is without morals or professional judgement , they have no soul (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Difficult Change From Private Practice to Corporation

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Attendant in Flower Mound, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Animal Care Attendant in Flower Mound, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    -good benefits
    -overall postive work environment
    -flexible hours

    Cons

    -clients are unhappy with change and company is unsympathetic
    -extreme price increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pet discount, customers are pretty nice

    Cons

    Management team
    micro managed
    administrative team overrides medical decisions by drs...strange hierarchy at VCA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being passive aggressive isn't the best way to run a business. Be up front with your employees, you'll get better results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love the job, hate the pay

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    Former Employee - Client Care Specialist in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Client Care Specialist in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pet benefits, people you come in contact with

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for such an expensive hospital, had friend who worked years and years without raise (some even took pay cuts)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you can keep great staff if you pay better, going years and years without a raise is unacceptable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very comfortable and casual environment, but people still get their work done. Interesting and challenging work without being overwhelming.

    Cons

    Benefits/Compensation are pretty poor, the departments are each run independently of each other, which can sometimes be good, but in most cases allows that department to work without any accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Laid back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA Antech

    Pros

    VCA is a company that provides a laid back environment. There is not dress code, and it is animal friendly.

    Cons

    Management have been in charge for a long time. It is very difficult to work with people who does not have vision and who is against changes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Becoming too corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Veterinarian
    Former Employee - Associate Veterinarian

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

    Pros

    Fair pay (only as a veterinarian)
    Good work schedule
    Overall, good standards of medicine

    Cons

    Lack of adequate trained staff (due to poor pay of support staff)
    Increased pressure to use/recommend VCA branded products
    Associate veterinarians have been steadily pushed out of being involved in day to day management issues, even when they are medical based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay of trained support staff so they will stay long term. This will lead to more efficient and better patient care and increased revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Loved working with staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech

    Pros

    Seeing sick pets become healthy happy pets again through great medical care

    Cons

    Very emotional when a very sick or severely injured pet has to be put to sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay nice and honest with all associates.

  9.  

    VCA

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, can bring pets to work

    Cons

    Management sucks on all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    VCA owners should be EMBARRASED AND ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent vets so one can learn and get experience in many fields especially at a specialty center. Get to work with animals and that is my passion.

    Cons

    Cons are too many to list but the most important are:
    LOW PAY AND NEVER GET THE PROMISED REVIEWS AND SALARY ADJUSTMENTS. I have worked at 2 of the hospitals in the greater Seattle area and it is the same at both places. Always short staffed, schedules constantly changing and no schedule until the day before the week begins. How does one have a "life". I can't even schedule dr. appointments because I never have the same days off. I took my original job at VCA with a cut in pay but a promise of a raise in 3 months. I soon found out that there was a freeze on pay increases before I was hired. I was LIED TO AT THE VERY BEGINNING!! It has been 6-10 years and still no raise! I don't make enough money to live on my own so am at the mercy of roommates. Not what I expected when I went to school to be a licensed vet tech.
    IRREGULAR WORK HOURS as stated before no set schedule or shift. Expected to work until 11 p.m. one day and be back at 6:00 the next. REALLY? How do you expect your employees to be at the top of their game with such nonsense
    NO BREAKS! I work 12-16 hours a day and rarely get a break, let alone lunch.
    SICK LEAVE & VACATION Pretty much non existent. You can accrue only so much time but are not able to use what you are owed. Even when sick, and with a doctors note, you are told to come in! (Always short staffed as they can't keep employees because of all the issues listed above!)
    MANAGEMENT is always changing---One just gets used to one manager and poof, the next day they are gone with no explanation.
    BENEFITS? WHAT A JOKE---Sick leave can not be used, same with vacation. Medical is VERY expensive and covers very little. Basically I don't make enough money to go to the doctor even with this crappy insurance.
    PROMOTIONS - non existent
    MANY EMPLOYMENT LAWS ARE BROKEN DAILY....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You charge an arm and a leg for the treatments given to animals but it appears that all of that money goes to the corporations upper management. You treat your patients better than you treat your employees. What is wrong with you. We provide the best care possible for the patients--why don't you recognize this with salary increases and even a sincere "Thank You" for a job well done?

    Basically the VCA owners should be EMBARRASED AND ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay as a starter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA Antech

    Pros

    Lots to learn, well-organization: well system

    Cons

    Overwhelming Workload little salary. Work during weekend with boarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair share workload. Please concern to staff health and stress.

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