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Working for dummies
Hospital Manager Trainee (Former Employee), Fort Lauderdale, FLJune 10, 2014
Pros: benefits, incentives
Cons: management, staff lack knowledge of medicine and only pride themselves in selling unnecessary products, vca is a ripoff
As a manager trainee with more experience, education, and knowledge of Veterinary medicine than the managers and staff that I "trained" with. It was excruciating to go to work. They really had no clue on how to train or prepare anyone to be a successful manager (they wonder why the managers they have trained in the past, either quit or get fired for – more... a poor performance. Maybe it is time to look at the common denominator). The manager sat behind her computer all day telling me things, the staff was never told how to train me and basically gave me pamphlets to read. It was so unorganized. Their main focus was selling products and services to clients whether the patient needed it or not, it was similar to working at a fast food joint. The staff at one location drank coffee and played on their cell phones, while complaining about how much they hated their jobs and their plans to start looking for a new one, everyday! I heard the technician supervisor say on several occasions "I don't care about this place, I just want to win the food truck" or whatever the prize was that month. The manager never smiled, or greeted clients. She was always frowning and very distant from the clients. On Saturdays she would be a technician and assist in the rooms. I never saw her smile, or look a client in the face. She just goes and says "hi, Scooby needs this and it will cost this" no connection to the clients. I really don't understand how she became a manager, she has no personality. It was a very wasteful use of my time, so I resigned and moved on to a more meaningful management position with real Veterinary professionals. – less
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Terrible place, avoid
Distribution (Former Employee), New YorkMarch 9, 2014
Pros: learn new things
Cons: unrealistic work expectations, hours, attitude
It was my job to stain histology slides, cover slip them, match them with paper work and pack them up to their respective doctors and pathologists. I don't mind doing hard work but I had to do all of this at the same time, with a massive work load. Antech cared more about getting the shipments out at a certain time, then doing an accurate job. Also, – more... the paperwork was extremely disorganized and it took a lot of time to find the files. I was being called in to work 6 days a week, and on Sundays working ridiculous hours. My shift was supposed to be 12 pm to 8:30 pm but I freuqently have had to stay overtime. I'll take the money but I was accused of taking advantage of the system. There was just a ton of work and I wanted to do it right, not quicker. But for antech, it's all about the money.

What made me quit was that after I had stayed until 11 pm the night before, the next day, my boss said that you have to reduce your overtime. But.. the kind of job I had, I could not just leave, I had to get the packages packed up. He basically wanted me to sign out around 9 pm and just work for free. I should be fair- it was probably his boss from management that told him that they can't pay for that much overtime.

I was working my hardest and to be labelled as taking advantage of the system to get more overtime is extremely insulting. Some of the other issues I had was the attitude I got when I called in on a snow day. It was extremely icy, and because I work into the evening, I was concerned about getting home. Basically, my boss told me that everyone else is here, why am I not here. No concern for my safety with this nasty attitude.

Anyways,
I lasted almost 3 months, and I burned out. It was very stressful going to work and I would NOT recommend this place at all. The other employees were nice, but they seemed very over worked and did not enjoy being there. Too much is expected of people there, and there is a lot of tension there. – less
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Not a good place to work would not suggest it to anyone
Software/Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee), Santa Monica, CAAugust 18, 2013
Politics abound, and cliques everywhere, elitist mindset, management need real training.
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Great Environment, Cruddy Benefits
Manager (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CAMarch 5, 2013
Pros: bring your dog to work, casual corporate culture, comfortable environment
Cons: poor benefits, parking can be rough for some
I saw that someone wrote that the benefits at VCA are great, but I have to disagree. The medical plans cover only basic stuff, there is no maternity leave other than the 6 weeks of state disability, no paid jury duty days, etc. However, I'm hoping this improves as the HR department got their first VP a few years ago, and there have been some big changes. – more... We'll see....

Otherwise, the working culture here is great. VCA has an interesting balance of operating like a small company (e.g. casual attire, relaxed environment and policies, etc.) and like a large company (e.g. very organized, have their overall business act together, etc.). This is a well-run organization that functions very smoothly from what I've seen. For the most part, my counterparts are very responsive, and the technology is up to date. – less
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Human Resources Associate (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAJanuary 10, 2013
Pros: benefits, paid time off, great work environment
Cons: no cons
Best corporation I have ever worked for! Excellent management and team to work with. Pleasure coming into work on a daily basis.
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Learned about testing blood and urine for various diseases, infections, ect.
Lab Aide (Former Employee), Commerce City, ColoradoOctober 25, 2012
Pros: ability to learn new processes and blood results daily.
Cons: working the midnight shift
It was fairly easy work under high pressure and deadlines. At the same time, it's important to test for various issues and still have results and samples packed and ready for a courier.
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Great management
Hospital Manager (Current Employee), Wakefield, MAJanuary 29, 2012
Some people look down their noses at "corporate medicine," but VCA is successful because they do it well. Having centralized payroll, A/P, marketing, etc. departments means they can hire the best people. I'm always impressed at the caliber of people at the corporate office, and they make a real effort to stay in touch with those of us in the trenches. – more... The company is serious about training. As is the case throughout the veterinary field, hospital staff and management are paid considerably less than they would be paid for the same skills in another industry. – less