Patterson Companies Reviews

Updated 8 July, 2014
Updated 8 July, 2014
16 Reviews

3.0
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Patterson Companies President, CEO, and Director Scott P. Anderson
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  1.  

    Relaxed environment. Some positions filled with very strong people, many other positions filled with very weak people.

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    Current Employee - Software Development
    Current Employee - Software Development

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pressure from management is minimal
    Flexible hours for salary employees
    PTO is pretty decent
    Laid back culture

    Cons

    Lack of drive from most employees
    Lackluster pay
    Untrained middle management with mediocre to downright bad leadership and people skills
    Company culture and values are not as advertised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the ins and outs of management. Challenge people more. If someone makes a mistake let them know. Stop promoting people to their level of incompetence...A great technical person may not make the best manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great leadership.

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    Former Employee - IT Support  in  Mendota Heights, MN (US)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Mendota Heights, MN (US)

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fairly relaxed office atmosphere. Nice cafeteria for lunches.

    Cons

    A little to corporate with the mandatory slacks and button down shirts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people wear what they want, people are going to want to work harder when they're comfortable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK first job, don't stay for too long

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Effingham, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Effingham, IL (US)

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed working in a team environment and had good training before I started working on the products. Flexible working conditions were nice.

    Cons

    -No incentive to be productive. I was a top producer, got the same bonus as everyone else in the division.
    -Was frequently lied to by management regarding structural changes to my department and the department's pay structure in order to keep me as an employee.
    -No opportunities for advancement
    -Coffee provided was terrible
    -Low pay
    -Bad benefits
    -After leaving, learned that managers have a different bonus structure that gives them a percentage of their salary. Why are they rewarded when I bust my butt and get nothing?
    -Also after leaving, found out that other companies have significantly better perks and benefits available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to reward top performers or they will continue to flee the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company - Caring Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Effingham, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Effingham, IL (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Managers seem to actually care about the employees and do anything to help out.
    Training is VERY extensive
    Overall attitude is great with other employees
    Coworkers are very friendly and willing to help out

    Cons

    1' of snow/ice over 65 cars in the ditch in a 20 mile span of I-70 around Effingham, still required to come into work. That's really the only complaint I have so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A lot of potential and wasted effort

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of promise with desired ITIL process adoption and good intentions intent to build out new IT operations services across business lines.

    Cons

    A lot of decision making authority granted to stale IT managers or those with limited IT experience. Be ready to stand your ground, demand compensation upon start and be prepared for weak performance/merit increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please void cronyism and turn IT around to something in can be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Five Stars for the first 6 month and then the Kool-Aid wore off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Constant performance indicators so you know where you stand
    Lots of small raise opportunities and performance reviews in the first year
    Full visibility of pay structure (pay for performance)
    Management is supportive of improving employee performance
    Non-union warehouse that supports cross training opportunities
    Non competitive environment that supports teamwork.

    Cons

    Employees cheat to make their performance look better, management is aware but doesn't do anything to fix the issue.
    Outdated, old technology with nothing new in sight
    Upper Management listens to employee ideas and then pitches them as their own ideas, rather than giving credit where credit is due.
    Retention rates are high, if you want to be promoted or move forward, you are out of luck!
    Bullying is prominent and management does nothing to stop it, the people who are bullies have been around for a long time and "that is just the way they are and everyone needs to conform and deal with it."
    No opportunities for raises outside of the performance review structure, after the first year the raise opportunities are few and far between.
    Start at minimum wage, not very many exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of intelligent, worthy people go through your warehouses. Support them and help them to grow. Reward those employees with the ability to grow with the company. The company offers tuition reimbursement but no discernible reward is given for the employees that receive associate or bachelors degrees. There are very few women in the management hierarchy, that needs to be changed as well!

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

    Typical Corporate B.S.....getting too big for their britches...

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits but really...thats all.

    Cons

    They don't really care abotu their employees or promoting within. They would rather hire a kid straight out of college that is hungry and will work for beans. The turn-around rate is insane and no one really cares. You are just a # in a sea of people. They haven't given our raises in years and some people are actually making less now than they did when the started years ago. Management is too busy sucking up to Corporate to really care about their teamates. Every man for himself mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees fairly and get off that corporate Teet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Meh...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is awful. Often try to make decisions on things they don't understand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time

    Pros

    Clean work place, takes compliance seriously. Working to be better everyday.

    Cons

    Lower on the payscale for employees, not exactly where people go to make the big bucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Patterson

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    freedom to run your territory how you want.

    Cons

    small commissions when starting off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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