Cons: See Review
My review comes as a former employee who worked for Rite Aid for close to 6 years. I have seen vast changes in this company and they are not for the best. Below are some of the situations you need to be aware of before you apply or accept a job here.
1. Rite Aid does not care about its employees. They market, "behind every customer experience is a great associate experience." However, if you are to receive a customer complaint, they will value the customer's input first before listening to your side. The customer gets a $25 gift card and you get scolded or written up.
2. Wages are HORRIBLE.
If you are hired as a Pharmacist, you will make a lot of money ($100K). Both cashiers and pharmacy technicians receive minimum wage (Rite Aid doesn't recognize if you are a licensed tech, so don't expect a pay increase) and shift supervisors only receive $1/hour more than them. Wellness Ambassadors start at $10.50. Also, some Rite Aid's have Unions (which don't do anything for the employees), so expect close to $50/month deducted from your paycheck for Union dues.
3. Flu Shots and Immunizations.
Rite Aid is changing from "just a Pharmacy" to offering clinical services such as flu shots and other immunizations. This is a great service to customers, however expect to always ask customers if they wanted this immunization or that. Just wait till flu season comes around, too. Corporate will call your store to make sure you are asking if someone wants their flu shot when the phone rings or send in undercover customers to make sure you are asking at the registers. Our stores – more... in the district didn't always ask and employees were written up due to this reason.
4. No commissions from reaching goals.
Stores are required to reach certain goals in terms of immunizations, Loyalty card sign ups, etc. The cashiers, techs, supervisors perform these task while the Front End and Pharmacy Manager make sure the staff is asking. You can reach your store goal, but the FE or RX Manager gets a bonus for achieving that goal. Don't expect them to split it with you! Your hard work won't pay off. – less