Patterson Companies

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Patterson Companies Reviews

Updated 18 December, 2014
Updated 18 December, 2014
21 Reviews
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21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Highly ethical and well performing company headquartered in the Midwest.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security Operations Manager in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Security Operations Manager in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible in regards to work options (work from home, hour shift, etc). Great management team who listens to the employees.

    Cons

    Technically a bit behind the times, though they are taking great strides to remedy that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time down among the staff. Most of us don't bite!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Leadership Issues - Corporate HQ

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy commute, Cheap Lunch, Well Maintained Facilities, Free Hand cream in the bathrooms!

    Cons

    Passive aggressive management, Boys club, Low pay, Expensive health care benefits, terrible matching 401k, quietly fires people when threat of not making annual revenue target, Leadership will listen to consultants and ignore employees/managers, reviews are few and far between. VP's will make commitments/promises at hiring then lie that they ever made a commitment (get it in writing or don't take the job). Management goes behind the backs of certain managers undermining them to their consultants and staff. Their status of "most trusted company in America" is a joke. The culture breads unethical behavior especially in operations!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is toxic...fix it! There are a few VP's that yield a lot of power, they lie and stab managers in the back. Fix this!! Know one will come forward because of this power. Fix this too!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company cares about customers and employees. Great way to start or return to the medical arena, but also a great long term career for the disciplined person. Great starting salary and reimbursements plus uncapped commissions.

    Cons

    De-centralized, which means some branches are not as good as others. Too much of the training is up to the individual, it takes too long to get all the training completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better standard for training outside of the 2 weeks at home office. Regions should have a trainer that goes into systematic information, 2 weeks is not enough and people do not get consistent training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Global Leader Helping Build Healthier Communities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great team to work with in a market that positively impacts people's and animal's health. It's also been my experience that the company is very flexible with work schedules. The fact that they participate in an ESOP is also a bonus.

    Cons

    I've found that my base salary is below the market average for my team and myself. The do provide other benefits for your total compensation but many use your base salary as target.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing resources in areas besides IT and Sales would allow us to be a more effective company and possibly reach our growth goals more quickly.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to do the same thing for the rest of your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Patterson is stable and loyal to their employees. Patterson has fair but certainly not generous or competitive benefits.

    Cons

    There is no room for professional growth at Patterson. There is no talk of career paths or succession planning. If you want to find a place to hide for the rest of your career, this is it. If you want a place to shine and be challenged, look somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company talks a lot about their "culture" but I doubt anyone could define what that means.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development
    Current Employee - Software Development

    I have been working at Patterson Companies full-time (more than an 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
  8.  

    Great leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK first job, don't stay for too long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Effingham, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Effingham, IL (US)

    I worked at Patterson Companies full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Great Company - Caring Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    A lot of potential and wasted effort

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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

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