VCA Antech
2.0 of 5 104 reviews
www.vcaantech.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

VCA Antech Reviews

Updated Apr 06, 2014
VCA Antech – Sebastopol – “post neuter”

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24% Approve of the CEO

VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin

Bob Antin

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Employee discount for services and retail is good"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Good discounts on services, wonderful people to work with, good medicine and doctors, good pay rates for licensed personnel"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "As a hospital manager or medical director, you have to bend the rules to keep good employees and clients"
    in 6 reviews
  • "High turnover because people eventually quit or get fired because of poor management"
    in 5 reviews
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Corporate Greed. Buying up neighborhood clinics, tearing them down

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

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

ProsGet to do what you love with animals but at a price to your well being.

Cons- low wages or no raises in over 3 years
- poor management (lack of experience)
- little training for management
- terrible hours (either too low to qualify for benefits or overworked with no OT)

Advice to Senior ManagementThe largest veterinary clinic on the north shore will be closing its doors for the final time this fall. It is the latest victim of small-minded, big business thinking.

Capilano Pet Hospital has been a landmark, of sorts, on the north shore: sitting on the corner of Capilano Road and the west bound entrance to highway 1 for over fifty years. It is rare to meet a North Vancouverite who has not taken one of their beloved pets there at some point in their life. It was a thriving and busy clinic for many years. In 2007, Dr. Bob Skinner, the owner and operator of CPH, retired, selling the clinic to Associate Veterinary Clinics (A.V.C.). Already owners of multiple clinics in Alberta and Ontario, A.V.C. brought its profitable business model to the North Shore, transforming Capilano Pet Hospital. These changes did not go unnoticed by clients and staff, alike. In 2012, AVC was bought out by an even larger American corporation VCA Antech, further altering the busy practice.

 Despite losing many familiar faces, Capilano continued to be a very successful practice, with a revenue stream exceeding $3 million dollars a year. However, Capilano was failing in other ways: the staff was gradually suffocating under poor management and unfair working conditions. Seeking a resolution to these problems, the support staff formed a union. It was a year long process taking two attempts to certify, after the suits successfully squelched the first attempt. The results were modest. The collective agreement mainly managed to secure the employees’ hours and existing benefits so they could not be removed, as was their previous experience under this management. Although wages were increased, the grid wage is still far below industry standard. Only a few weeks after the collective agreement was ratified Associate Vet Clinics announced to staff that Capilano would be closing its’ doors for good; effectively laying off over twenty support staff and eight doctors.

An aging building combined with a decrease in business was the reason cited for the closure. VCA could simply not afford the costs to relocate or rebuild based on Capilano’s revenue, so they opted to close for good. Perhaps, revenue of over $3 million is peanuts to a company whose enterprise value exceeds $2.8 billion or there is another explanation for this closure. Now that one of their 600+ clinics has successfully unionized, the fear is that more clinics will sign on, especially since they will not have to undergo the lengthy, arduous task of bargaining as did the brave, ground-breaking staff of Capilano. This is petrifying to corporations: united workers take power away from owners and can achieve access to more of the profits. Unfortunately, the flip side of the coin is completely overlooked: Happy, empowered workers are more loyal, more productive and take less sick time; thereby, potentially increasing profits. But rather than allow workers to ensure their rights to job security and a healthy and fair workplace, VCA Antech decided to not only put dozens of staff out of work, but to abandon thousands of loyal clients and their beloved pets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Long hours, no breaks, poor management, always filling in for kennels, underpaid, no appreciation

RVT (Current Employee)
Tulsa, OK (US)

I have been working at VCA Antech full-time for more than a year

ProsCan bring dog to work and employee discounts are good. Free CE.

ConsPaid less than vet assistants, fill in for kennel staff that is allowed to take time off during holidays or when they don't show. Treated like someone with no knowledge or say in the care of a patient. Some teamwork depending on the day and whats being done. Gossip runs wild. No positivity. Poor incentive to continue working in this company. Staff meetings are all talk no action. usually scheduled through surgery time so not everyone can enjoy. Run you ragged and don't care..They say they do but don't bother to change it.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe a team player. Value the good workers you have. Advocate for them to earn a decent living. Instead of a pin for a year service, provide a bonus instead. Something to feed the family and not rust out in a draw somewhere.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good people to work with

Cafeteria Worker (Current Employee)
Lake Success, NY (US)

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

ProsVery handicapped accessible. Management is very nice. Congenial work atmosphere. Everybody cleans up in the cafeteria and free pizza Fridays

ConsCafeteria workers don't get paid enough, even though there is Free Pizza Fridays nobody smiles at them, or leaves money in their tip jar.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive the cafeteria workers a raise why don't cha?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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they violate labor laws

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Lake Success, NY (US)

I worked at VCA Antech full-time

Prosit was a job that paid and it was in science

ConsI went many times without lunch until my shift was over, and I was talked to like I was not working fast enough. I quit after 2 months. If I have to stay overtime, you better pay me what is required. The management makes all the money... they should all be ashamed of themselves. I can't believe their stocks are doing so well.

Advice to Senior ManagementLoose the dumb attitude.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The company undervalues it's employees

Licensed Veterinary Technician (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

ProsAs an emergency vet office, you will gain a lot of clinical skills and experience. Friendly co-workers.

ConsNo room for job growth. Maximum of 3% raise yearly, and that is only given to 10% of employees or so. Limited benefits. Expensive health care options that don't cover much. At my office most technicians work day, evening, and overnight often all within the same week! These may not all be true at other locations.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you pay people who aren't qualified the same as people who payed for school and got licensed, you are seriously undervaluing those employees. Currently the best technicians use your company for a couple of years experience, then move on to somewhere with better pay where they will be valued by the employer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No appreciation at all,it was never good enough for them!

Certified/Supervisor Vet Tech (Former Employee)
Danbury, CT (US)

I worked at VCA Antech full-time for more than 10 years

ProsIts better than starving to death or living under a bridge in a cardboard box.one perk discounted pet care.

ConsGreedy,selfish,noncareing upper management.it was always about the money to them!never in touch with the the real world.

Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of having all those worthless meetings that make you all feel oh so important visit your hospitals and find out what's really going on in them.you may be surprised!!!!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The employees at Antech are the hardest working people I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at VCA Antech

ProsThe employees are terrific and loyal.

ConsNot enough employees can be hired.

Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your employees

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only because I love animals

ICU Technician (Current Employee)
Newark, DE (US)

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

ProsI can use my technical skills to improve/save animals lives.

ConsExtremely poor pay and benefits. In the four years of current employment we have never been fully staffed to provide the care we are charging outrageously for. I am required to put in 60 days notice for vacation due to said staffing issues, even then it may not happen. I work 12 hour shifts with NO break for meals. I have had several kidney infections due to lack of break/down time. Those kidney infections were paid for by Medicare since I can not afford the insurance provided by the company. If ever I try to talk to upper management about any of the issues mention, the conversation goes around in circles about how bad the economy is and budget cuts. Ive never received a bonus of any kind, or any token of appreciation besides a flimsy pin that says VCA and a number representing my time of employment. I get $1-4,000 estimates signed for their services, 3-4 times daily, that people cannot afford but for the love and care of the pets being treated. We made millions in profit this year, man the economy is soooo bad.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut back on management since they arent really performing any service to the clients or pets. You have so many meetings to talk talk talk about issues that have no real impact on your day to day operations. "Client centered, pet focused" ------- if you dont mind not actually receiving help for less than signing over your first born. And by the way you shouldnt be a manager or supervisor if you cant manage to work a vending machine

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sweat shop disguised as a lab.

Supervisor (Former Employee)

I worked at VCA Antech full-time for less than a year

ProsThe eye opening experience of realizing that there are companies that will release employees from the fear of being exposed. People that have an IQ equal too or above that of a grapefruit will be let go and replaced by sheep. Young cheap clones that are easily hard wired and taught the gospel according to Antech. These people are not shocked and appalled by what they see or what they are asked to do because they are completely blanked out slates that are clueless to what is going on. This is the desired product. They engineer and spit them out like sunflower seeds. The Antech motto is 'what they don't know can't hurt them (or more importantly us) and if they develope a brain and figure it out latter, make up a reason to fire them'.

ConsAntech is not a lab. Instead, it is a medical sweat shop. Without question the worst professional experience of my lifetime. This company is all about crunching numbers. Unfortunately it's not lab numbers. Instead, it's profit numbers and they will go to any length to get them. The ownership level has chosen to use the harrasment and intimidation philosophy rather than the keep employees happy and appreciate what they do for you philosophy. This is passed on to the middle management level. Since all of the intelligent ones (middle management) left long ago, what remains is a crew of scared little boys that would sell their mothers and children to get the results that are required of them.

Advice to Senior ManagementJust keep doing what you are doing because your cognitive abilities wont allow you to figure it out on your own. I'll help. The only reason that you are still working with Antech is because you have a very simple mind and posses all of the quallities of a yes man. I am certain that you will be compensated well for being aloof and truly unconcerned with the many lives that you have had to screw over in order to put out the cheapest product you can and still get away with. I would suggest simply making up lab results (which they are pretty close to now) in order to save money but that would qualify me for an upper management level position and I have no desire to work at that place. Antech has been running in the red for a long time and it will not survive much longer. A buyout or merger is simply a matter of time. So my advise to the remaining managers is pucker up, the times they are a changing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not good to their employees

Hospital Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at VCA Antech full-time for more than a year

ProsSeem to try to promote from within.

ConsThere is a very high turn over rate with employees. They do not give valid compensation for promotions, the health and vacation benefits are severely lacking and there is a huge disconnect from upper level management and the employees. As a hospital manager you are kind of left in the middle, fighting for your employees and your clients, but getting told "no" by the higher ups. The upper level management seems much more concerned with keeping themselves comfortable than with advancing the company or keeping the employees happy.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to try to keep employees working with/for your company. Pay them what they deserve and what they can get from other companies!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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