Pros: Laid back environment, fun events
Cons: Long hours, monotonous work
I worked at ESI from August 2014 to January 2015. I took the job because it was the only place that interviewed me. The starting pay ($10.38/hour) was not great, but I needed a full-time job, so I took it. Training lasted about a month and it covered the basics of learning to enter a prescription, which is what we did all day. Our trainer was great, but none of the people in my class seemed prepared for the actual work once we were out of the classroom.
It was upsetting because, as new employees on the floor, we were expected to produce and hit high numbers, while at the same time maintaining as close to perfect quality as possible, and we were hardly familiar with our jobs. We did receive a $0.70 raise near the end of the year, which was great, but didn't equate to much. $11.08 an hour really doesn't pay the bills. The biggest reason that led me to find other employment were the hours. While we were scheduled as full-time employees, there was constantly a lack of work. Sometimes we would be out of work for four to six hours a day, and we would just sit around with nothing to do. This eventually led to "voluntary" time of leave, where you could choose to leave since there was no work. While it was nice to have off, the pay was not nice. Some pay periods I was lucky to earn 50 hours worth of pay. And I would leave because, in all honesty, there was nothing I really could do. There is only so much sitting around you can do within an 8 1/2 hour time period. The supervisors would also get upset at you if you weren't sitting at your desk, studying the DPG (Dispensing Practice – more... Guidelines) all day.
If you enjoy rote, monotonous work, then this job is for you. I'm not saying that is a terrible thing, but that is what the job is, and for me, I did not enjoy it. It is strictly data entry, doing nothing but entering prescriptions all day. It is very draining, so I had to take frequent breaks. The nice thing is that you can listen to music while working, so it helps at least a little with the time. There is little room for growth, so if you are hired in data entry, expect that's where you're going to stay. There really are no other positions available, except if you choose to move to a different department.
The nice thing I really liked about the company was the environment. It was very laid back. You could wear jeans and listen to music while working. They also did fun events like Theme Fridays, Gingerbread House competition, finger football, and monthly departmental lunches. – less