Pros: Good Free CE courses, good benefits.
Cons: Patient schheduling, upper management, salary (pretty much everything else)
I gained experience working as the only dentist in a busy office my first year out of school. It is a great place to learn about removable prosthetics. just by learning from your mistakes, you learn a whole lot bc pros (and Oral surg) are about 75% of what you do every day. The good thing if a denture doesn't work, you remake it again in the in office lab (so you never have to deal with an unhappy denture patient (to a certain extent anyway). You get to make all (or most of) your patients happy while learning through the journey!
Upper management is a joke. Unqualified people at high managerial positions. Numbers talk (although I was lucky never to be pressured to worry about making the monthly profit goals bc I was really needed where I was practicing).
As an associate dentist you will only make the minimum daily guarantee, no matter what they promise you about profit sharing and bonus, don't believe it, you will never make bonus. Plan on it! If you want to make serious money as a dentist with aspen, it's def within reach, but you have to buy a practice and then prepare to say bye to your life as you know it (no thanks, didn't go to school for that!!).
Scheduling is managed through a call center so it's very hectic and all over the place, it's very common to get stuck seeing emergency patients during lunch break or after hours (you learn pretty quick to write Rx and send them on their way, even though aspen wants you to do treatments, you have to learn to say no and remember you are human and you have a life!!)
Benefits are good (health insurance, disability long – more... and short term, 401k).
Great CE courses that are free for aspen dentists. – less