Made friends for life; but at a cost
As a RVN with CVS for a few years, i can safely say, it was not a good experience. From graduating, it took almost 8 months for CVS to acknowledge this and amend my contract.They pride themselves in career progression, but every time you asked for CPD, courses or training, you are shot down. For a company that make huge profits, they grudge giving out full wages, and will find any excuse not to pay your full salary allocation. Work life balance was poor to say the very least! And salary did not reflect the number of hours, effort or emotional fatigue you put into your employment. Staffing was always an issue. I don’t think CVS realise how poorly staffed most practices are, and yet push for more and more things to be done. After working a 9 hour shift... I finally get lunch or any sort of break. ... when I get home that night. From personal experience. And experience of other employees of CVS, if you have any sort of mental health issues, as soon as they catch onto this, beware. You are treated VERY differently. If you seek help for this, they will use it against you in any way possible. Looking back at my time there, it is now obvious that they work their employees into the ground - this practice in particular.This experience has put me off working with a CVS practice. You are just a number.
Encouraging work friends but poor management
The job role itself is fun and exciting, the people I work with are amazing and feel they're my friends for life. Patient care on a good day is rewarding and the vets are always approachable. Unfortunately the same cannot be said in regards to senior roles and management. They themselves scold us for poor patient care and advise us to always strive for greatness but I feel I cannot approach them about how bad it is to manage the workload with the little staff we have. We have lost nurses and they haven't been replaced, which I can appreciate recruiting nurses is difficult in the current crisis. But they continue to double op and not consider how many nurses we have in on shift, leaving patients to recover without any checks and causing burn out for the employees. It would be the most suited practice for myself if management stopped increasing our workload and provided actual care for the nurses that work non-stop. What I have learnt so far is you cannot rely on other team members if you feel patient care has not been a priority. It is sad that I have to say goodbye to some really good friends.
Head Nurse in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
CVS and proud!
CVS and my practice support me to meet my potential. Cpd is actively encouraged and inspired. Applying for courses is easy too - we have our own portal!I used to work for a privately owned clinic which was then bought out. Since the conversion I have developed into a Head Nurse role and I can see there are other opportunities for career development which I find exciting as many other companies dont offer these career opportunities to RVNs. CVS pay well also!CVS actively seek opinions for how to provide a better service and work life ratio which includes a meeting of all the representatives from each clinic. Its a way to get our voice heard. I have no plans from changing my employment.I would say if someone is unsure about working for CVS to get in touch with a practice and ask the company!
Purchase Ledger Clerk in Diss, Norfolk
Avoid - avoid - avoid
Worked at Head Office in Diss in the finance department. It is the lowest paid place that I have ever known yet the expectations are highly unreasonable and when there were problems the Managers done a disappearing act and it was left to staff to work out themselves and some of those were incompetent back stabbers. Spent half of my time taking calls from customers, clients and regional practices that hadn't been paid. Anyone who had an opinion about how to improve things were not liked by the department management because it made them look like the bad management that they clearly are. Promotion was non existant if you weren't willing to bend over and kiss a**e.... Turn over of staff was high for all of the above reasons. Worst place I've ever worked
Head Nurse in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Mostly an amazing place to work
Great place to work with a competitive salary and great company benefits and a wide perk variety. The team I work with are fantastic and incredibly compassionate. CPD allowance snd support and encouragement to develop with opportunities to progress