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thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland

73 months ago

brown_dude34 in Roslindale, Massachusetts said: In most cases a pharmacy technicians pay is $10.00 - $13.00 an hour average. It is my understanding that as a pharmacy technician your pay will max out at $15.00 - $20.00 an hour after 10 years in a hospital setting. In a retail setting expect it to max out at $13.00 an hour. I doubt you will be a pharmacy technician for 10 years or more.

This is sad because nowadays most employers will require you to have national certification and also a valid pharmacy technician license. Some may even require an advanced education such as an associates or a bachelor’s degree. However, that’s in the future and definitely past 2010. You already have the required credentials for the position so all you need is 1 – 2 years of experience.

CVS/Pharmacy hired you so go there and get the experience. Once you realize that’s its very difficult to support yourself and raise a family a light will shine down upon you and you will realize you need to move onto to a real career which pays much better wages.

-Good Luck

I agree with Idiot! Very well written

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Maeris

73 months ago

Question though? I don't work for CVS although they are planning to open a few her (each of them is like right in front of every other Walgreens in existence here, here meaning Puerto Rico). I'm currently finishing my Associate's Degree in Pharmacy technician (you are required to have one here by law and do 1,000 hours worth of practice before getting certified). All the problems you mention about CVS are going on in Walgreens here too at least.
They just reduced my pharmacy's (I'm not included as an employee since I'm an intern) to like 109 hours? We work from 8am-6pm, Monday to Saturday. They made my poor preceptor (really nice lady :]) work 10 hours straight without a lunch break. We had 4 technicians when I started there on March, now they took 1 away, and now have taken another one (that did closing for 5 days) away for I think it's 2 or 3 days of the week and that's cause my preceptor pleaded that she couldn't do it with just two technicians (cause t hey wanted to take here away completely). Now we'll basically only have one Senior Technician (she's great) and the eldest tech who's been working there for like 30 years and still doesn't know how to do data entry and barely manages to fill prescriptions cause she argues with the "balance". They won't ask her to move to another one so the other tech can say cause she's the eldest, and she doesn't want to retire either so... But anyways...You complain about your wages but from what I picked up (I haven't officially asked) the Senior tech's been working for like 5-10 years (not sure) and she just now started getting paid $10. You think you're getting poorly paid, come to Puerto Rico. Just aweful. But then again...we don't have to pay taxes on our houses, not obligated to have insurance... and all sort of stuff. But still...

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Maeris

73 months ago

But to get to the point... Sorry I talk to much...Is GA a bad state to work under CVS? Should I stay under Walgreens or at least try cause they say business is going bad yet when they found out CVS was planning to open here they bought off like 10 pharmacies and constructed 3 other ones...

I'm planning to move to GA in about a year an a half so I'm just curious. If I decide to go under CVS, will they pay me better for my experience with Walgreens, my Associate's Degree and being certified by the Pharmacy Board of Puerto Rico? They are alot tougher on us here to get a certification in comparison to you...no offense. Although to me, $10/hr is glory. Most people here dream of seeing those numbers here for starting as a tech.

PS: I heard rumours that CVS representators are going around here pharmacy to pharmacy offering techs wages from $12 - $16 an hour

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thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland

73 months ago

PEOPLE! Name 1 JUST ONE company that has a picture perfect image!

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D'Byrd in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

73 months ago

Oh well. I've been complaing about CVS for a couple of years now, but here I am, getting ready to go into work at CVS. Another day of stress and unfinished duties,but I am still going in. Got a high evaluation this year and recieved a 2% raise (Yipee), the cost of living went up 5%, thus I am making 1% less than I did last year,but I am still going in to work.
Why am I going in? I have 3 dogs to support and bills to pay! Thus I will continue to work and continue to complain and be content in the fact that I do have a job to go to. CVS has done me wrong on a number of occasions(status change raises, doing CDs at home without compensation), but I allowed this to happen.
Any company that puts out their Employees handbook without your benefits listed in it,is deceptive. If any of you have an employee handbook that has the Sick Day policies and # of sick days per year allowed as well as vacation benefits,etc. please let me know.
Well, gotta go to work now.Have a great day!
BTW; I can not complain about my wages now after reading some of the comments above,I started out at $12.00 an hour and I am now making $14.00 an hour(that is higher than most other techs in my area).

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Kat in Westminster, California

72 months ago

Ann in Crystal Lake, Illinois said: I'm a Pharmacy Tech at a WalMart- Similar to CVS- we do get a 1/2 hour lunch. I'm being trained on the job and will have to pass a Cert. Course. No one has the real time to train you at this jobsite, very stressful - baptism by fire training. They wait to tell you any helpful hints to doing the job better or faster. I have come home many nights and just cried, very tired, stressed out. Some of the Pharmacist can really put you in your place and then they make fun of you. At of public humilatation when you make a mistake. Its the roughest job I've even had. I just needed to vent I guess.

this is very true, Rite Aid pharmacists are the same way, just because they have a pharmacy degree,they think they can talk down to you, try taking orders from a pharmacist with poor English that you cant understand or one that mumbles, and you cant hear what they're saying then blame you for not "listening to them" lol, as soon as I pass CPC exam (Dr office coding) Im looking for another job lol

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Maeris

72 months ago

I'm wondering though...
What are the mistakes that pharmacists point out? What are the pharmacists demanding from you? How many prescriptions do you all fill? There aren't many pharmacies close together over there in the US like here so you must do over 1500 a day I assume.

I think one of the toughest part of the job is dealing with medical plans and all the hoo-haa's codes you sometimes have to use in order to get prescriptions through. Plus, I don't know if it's the same over there, but having to fill the Plan Claims, each prescription, one by one. RxNumber, Plan ID, Date, Liscence, Write down the name of the patient/representative for each prescription, again and again...Such a pain :)

Although sometimes it can really piss me off when a person asks you to fill something in a hurry, and then at the last minute, after you go through talking to the medical plans(when required) and they had like 15 medicines to fill, they say, "You know want, can I have my prescription back? It's not any trouble to you is it?" After having counted like half of them already... But you get used to it. Or when they complain that they used to pay $4 for each prescription and they don't want to understand that now they have to pay $5, cause it's too much for them?

Ahhh...People are so special...

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thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland

72 months ago

Maeris said: I'm wondering though...
What are the mistakes that pharmacists point out? What are the pharmacists demanding from you? How many prescriptions do you all fill? There aren't many pharmacies close together over there in the US like here so you must do over 1500 a day I assume.

I think one of the toughest part of the job is dealing with medical plans and all the hoo-haa's codes you sometimes have to use in order to get prescriptions through. Plus, I don't know if it's the same over there, but having to fill the Plan Claims, each prescription, one by one. RxNumber, Plan ID, Date, Liscence, Write down the name of the patient/representative for each prescription, again and again...Such a pain :)

Although sometimes it can really piss me off when a person asks you to fill something in a hurry, and then at the last minute, after you go through talking to the medical plans(when required) and they had like 15 medicines to fill, they say, "You know want, can I have my prescription back? It's not any trouble to you is it?" After having counted like half of them already... But you get used to it. Or when they complain that they used to pay $4 for each prescription and they don't want to understand that now they have to pay $5, cause it's too much for them?

Ahhh...People are so special...

What people refused to understand is the PHARMACY doesn't have all the controll over the prices paid. IT'S THE PRESCRIPTION PLAN THEY HAVE. But that's always our fault...LOL LOL

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tammy in Beaumont, Texas

72 months ago

Jess Smit in Modesto, California said: so i have worked for cvs for nearly a year as a regular employee and now that i am done with school and ready to be a tech no one wants to lift one finger to help me get into our pharmacy. our pharmacy consists of 2 techs and 2 pharmacists... now how do you make a weekly schedule with only 4 people. they have not even lifted a finger to help me make my extern hours.
i dont know what it is with this company but they need to pull their stuff together. come to find out barely anyone got their raises this time around and our location is so bad at being polite and prompt that all our customers are willingly transferring to walgreens.
wtf?

of course people are transferring to a different store no one wants to go to a store with only 4 people working there. everytime you go back you are looking at the same faces.

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techinoc in Los Angeles, California

72 months ago

brown_dude34 in Roslindale, Massachusetts said: Sorry to hear about your situation. In the fast-paced(high stress) environment of CVS/Pharmacy thats not a good combination. To work at CVS/Pharmacy with those kinds of health problems. I know CVS will work you until your engine burns out. I decided to leave CVS/Pharmacy because that kind of stress is not good for anyones health.

I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrom from opening and closing RX vial lids for years. I have had to wear wrist braces (sometimes on both hands at the same time) I had one pharmacist laugh about it and soon after she was also wearing a wrist brace too

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doshi in Vancouver, British Columbia

71 months ago

try working in canada as a technician,, legal responsibilites set by the college of pharmacists for technicians without responsible pay!! 10 dollars an hour acting as a pharmacist for lazy pharmacists and slave driving companies..

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theangrytech in fergus falls, Minnesota

71 months ago

Hi doshi,

Just had to let you know, my first 13 years I went thru exactly what your saying. Your Rph and or company you work for can thank their lucky stars your there, along with every customer who walks thru that door. (give yourself a pat on the back) its YOU that keeps them coming back. I also got paid CRAP, went thru the same thing your saying. Your knowledge, dedication, and ability to go thru many prescriptions without error is a beautiful thing. You are going over and beyond what most Rph ever will. So my fellow PhT THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSION AND QUALITY CARE FOR YOUR PEOPLE. Somewhere along the road Im hoping our dedication will truly be rewarded. take care and remember to eat lunch

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Mina lee in Orangevale, California

71 months ago

Hi,
I am going to attend school for Pharmacy tech. I hear that it is difficult to find a job unless you have at least 1 yr experience. Is it true? Please let me know about the real world. I've lived in Sacramento. Thanks,

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brown_dude34 in Hyde Park, Massachusetts

71 months ago

JENNY2001 in Decatur, Georgia said: YES!! IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND A JOB AS A PHARMACY TECH. I FINISH SCHOOL IN MAY OF THIS YEAR AND I'M STILL LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT!! I'M ALSO CPhT!!! IF I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING IN THE NEXT MONTH I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL FOR SOMETHING ELSE!!

Going back to school is the best option.

-Good Luck

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theangrytech in fergus falls, Minnesota

71 months ago

Have you all checked with Veterans Medical Centers? If there are any in your area you may want to keep your eyes and ears open. Other than that, yes Im in Mn. with nearly 19 years of experience and in the last two years Ive had one interview and that was with the VA Med Center in Nd. and 1 hour drive from where I live. Still waiting to hear if I got the job or not. Good Luck to you all.

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JENNY2001 in Decatur, Georgia

71 months ago

I'm a certified pharmacy technician and I went to school for pharmacy tech. I was offer a position a kroger pharmacy, but they want to offer me less than 10.00 hr because I don't have experience. I did my internship at another kroger but they don't count that as experience! What should I do? This question is for people who are already in the pharmacy field. I know 10.00hr is on the low bar for certified pharmacy tech regardless if you have experience or not!!!! Please help me!

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Idiot working for CVS in Granger, Indiana

71 months ago

Sorry hon, 10$ an hour is pretty good:) I am sorry to burst your bubble. I am just talking about here in South Bend,IN.

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thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland

71 months ago

$10.00 is NOT good. It's not even $25000.00 Who can live off of that?

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tech in oc in Los Angeles, California

71 months ago

I would apply to other pharmacies, there has to be anther place that would hire a hardworking person. I would try not only retail but hospitals, they pay better and I would think less stress than dealing with the public. I think the majority of the techs out there are worth more than 10 dollars an hour. In the mean time, study all you can, get your cert, keep going to school, there is always something better out there for better pay

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Idiot working for CVS in Granger, Indiana

71 months ago

How many Tech's do you know who live by themselves AND support a Family on a Tech salary? I do not know ANYBODY. Most full time Tech's I know have a partner who makes the real money and most single Tech's with kids are also on Welfare! Let's be honest here. Tech's are only a very, very small step above a cashier, right? 10-15$ an hour is usually it! I only work part time (under 20 hours a week) for some extra weekend money for our Teenage daughter:) Without my hubby's REAL salary we would be screwed!!!

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JENNY2001 in Decatur, Georgia

71 months ago

Idiot working for CVS in Granger, Indiana said: Sorry hon, 10$ an hour is pretty good:) I am sorry to burst your bubble. I am just talking about here in South Bend,IN.

There offering LESS than 10.00hr!!! I'M A CPhT!!! This is not acceptable!!!

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JENNY2001 in Decatur, Georgia

71 months ago

tech in oc in Los Angeles, California said: I would apply to other pharmacies, there has to be anther place that would hire a hardworking person. I would try not only retail but hospitals, they pay better and I would think less stress than dealing with the public. I think the majority of the techs out there are worth more than 10 dollars an hour. In the mean time, study all you can, get your cert, keep going to school, there is always something better out there for better pay

THE THING ABOUT HOSPITALS IS THAT THEY REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE 2 YEARS OR BETTER EXPERIENCE!! I WENT TO COLLEGE FOR PHARMACY TECH AND I'M ALSO CPhT!!

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JENNY2001 in Decatur, Georgia

71 months ago

thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland said: $10.00 is NOT good. It's not even $25000.00 Who can live off of that?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT, I AGREE WITH YOU!!!

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D'Byrd in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

71 months ago

Just a suggestion to all that want to work in Hospitals. Take any job the Hospital will offer you;CNA Monitor Tech;Unit Secretary,etc,etc. Once you have worked there awhile, just look at the internal Job Board and put in for a transfer when a Pharmacy Tech position opens. As an emploeee, you will have the first shot at the job.
I now work at CVS due to life circumstances, but I have worked in Hospitals for over 30 years in one position or another and the benefits are far superior to the retail sector,i.e. shift differential(more money for 2nd & 3rd shift), PTO days(Personal Time Off), more Holiday,etc.

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Maeris

71 months ago

As far as living on a Pharmacy tech salary alone with kids, my co-worker had been doing that for almost a year I think cause her husband lost her job. I think it was tight for her, but she pulled t hrough with her salary (which is only a little above $10.00 an hour). So it depends on the state I suppose.

As far as hospitals...My pharmacy preceptor (basically boss really) has told me that she'll try to get me a job inside of the Walgreens company (which I love, I guess I like working with the public) or by the time I finish my practice, she'll get me a job at a hospital cause they're always hiring. And I'll take what I can get, but even if they pay more...I dont wanna work in a hospital :-(

Although yes, it's no fun to work even on Labor Day. Pharmacy techs here start at $9.25 in Walgreens. And let me tell you, Walgreens, after hospitals, give the highest pay in the pharmacy technician field here (Puerto Rico).

And I pity my pharmacist...She can't stand blood and they're gonna start making pharmacists give the influenza shot. That's horrible T.T.

But I know you all talk about how crappy CVS is, but if I have to, I'm probably gonna end up working there when they start hiring here. I just wanna job by the time I finish my internship :(

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sharon in Louisville, Kentucky

71 months ago

va in Dayton, Ohio said: CVS sucks alright,I have congestive heart failure,cardiomtopathy, and several other health issues.Would you believe CVS won't let me just do data entry, I have been with the company for almost 20 years, ans because I can't do all of the things in the pharmacy now I am just pushed aside like trash, happy and healthier lives my butt,not for employees.

its no better in louisville ky they have there pet techs

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suck it up in Spokane, Washington

71 months ago

suck it up people

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big tex in Arlington, Texas

71 months ago

wow... in Rio Rancho, New Mexico said: Everyone here is just bitching about working too much. I work for CVS as a Pharm tech. My pay is about 14. Don't blame the company as a whole. If you have crappy managers then its their problem. I have a great store manager and great pharmacy supervisor. I work 55-65 hrs a week and I love it. 2 15 minute breaks and 1 30 minute break a shift. sometimes longer. if you don't like the store, then move or quit.

well you might have to start living there

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Sick of CVS in Columbia, South Carolina

71 months ago

Ive been at CVS for 1 1/2 they have dropped me down to part time bc the pharmacy lead tech hasnt sched me for at least 30hrs a week for the past 14 wks. WTF how is that my fault? A 2 percent raise isnt even worth the headache I get everyday when I walk in the door!!!! Our head RPH is great, but the store mgr and lead tech sux!!!!!!!!! Im a mom of 3 with all kids on my insurance!!!!! this place sux.........

-the pay sucks
-understaffed
-no breaks
-no lunches

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thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland

71 months ago

Sick of CVS in Columbia, South Carolina said: Ive been at CVS for 1 1/2 they have dropped me down to part time bc the pharmacy lead tech hasnt sched me for at least 30hrs a week for the past 14 wks. WTF how is that my fault? A 2 percent raise isnt even worth the headache I get everyday when I walk in the door!!!! Our head RPH is great, but the store mgr and lead tech sux!!!!!!!!! Im a mom of 3 with all kids on my insurance!!!!! this place sux.........

-the pay sucks
-understaffed
-no breaks
-no lunches

I hate to bust the bubble, every company is cutting back!

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CarrieJuicy in Ringgold, Georgia

71 months ago

I've been working for CVS for almost 6 years now. My pay is 11.65/hr. I'm hoping to make 12 by December when I hit 6 years but I doubt it. Everything that everybody has said I agree strongly with. I can't tell you how many people have come and gone in that pharmacy. I at least get a 30 minute break but forget about even asking for your (2) 15 minutes breaks. The store manager says that if we ask for them then anytime we have to go to the bathroom then we have to use them for that. We just found out that corp is putting us on a skeletion crew, like as if we didn't have one already. Our new PIC is a real witch she's aleady made 2 tech so angry that they've quit and I'm on the look out for a new job. The triple s scores are really killing us along with our extra care card scores, and those PCI calls, which people hate us calling them on Saturdays and Sundays and scream at us for it. Every weekend we have at least 12 pages to due. We haven't had a counter in over a year and if your on production you have to do that and answer phones and take drive thru and front if someones on break. We're no longer allowed to take insurance cards but have to write the info down because we accidently lost one guys insurance card and he said we lost it on purpose because he was mexican. Because our score on the ready fill is low we were told to sign people up if they want it or not. So now when that anonying machine calls to tell them to come and pick up their prescription they phone us to ask what prescrition and they didn't tell us to sign then up and to take them off it. So our calls have increased now. Everybody calls about the dumbest things and never take responsibilty to find from the doctor what that medicine is for before they shovel it in their mouths. If a patient phones the doctor for a refill their told to phone us for a fax. Again more calls. Insurance is all our fault and if we don't have it done in 5 minutes your yelled at. AHHHH, it's so nice to be a CPhT at CVS.

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tech in oc in Los Angeles, California

71 months ago

you can apply to Rite Aid, I think they are a little better

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sammie in Evans City, Pennsylvania

71 months ago

SummerDay in Atlanta, Georgia said: CVS hands down!!!!

-the pay sucks
-understaffed
-no breaks
-no lunches

amazing we live in two different states and you could of been talking about my store...must be company wide!

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thecropchick in baltimore, Maryland

71 months ago

sammie in Evans City, Pennsylvania said: amazing we live in two different states and you could of been talking about my store...must be company wide!

Then why not report them to the labor board!

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techinoc in La Palma, California

71 months ago

Its just like the fast-food assembly line, lol. Rite Aid wants those waiters out in 15 minutes! I think those patients would have to wait longer for burger than for their prescription. Im leaving RA by next year for a better career and Im not stressing anymore. It can get to the point that when you get home, you just want to turn off the phone just in case the pharmacist cant find the paperwork that hes too lazy to look in the file for

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techinoc in La Palma, California

71 months ago

techinoc in La Palma, California said: Its just like the fast-food assembly line, lol. Rite Aid wants those waiters out in 15 minutes! I think those patients would have to wait longer for burger than for their prescription. Im leaving RA by next year for a better career and Im not stressing anymore. It can get to the point that when you get home, you just want to turn off the phone just in case the pharmacist cant find the paperwork that hes too lazy to look in the file for

I always screen calls just in case RA calls and a pharmacist calls me for something. I used clock out and still work off the clock, and I realized, there is no way to ever get caught up, the scripts will always pile up, and the phone will always ring and it doesnt matter how much time you put in.

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CarrieJuicy in Ringgold, Georgia

71 months ago

What really gets me the most is the new pharmacist that are hired and know nothing about the computer system. The techs end up showing them all the techniques and ins and outs of the insurance. Then they end up making far more money then the techs. I also let my machine answer any calls on days off because more than often I get called in. If you said no then your not a team member and they cut back some of your hours so I just quit answering the calls and let the machine get it and said we were out and didn't get the message until it was to late. So now the pharmacist phones my cell phone. At first she would phone from cvs and I could see it on my screen and let it go to voice mail now she phones from her cell and blocks her number so I can't see who it is. Now I just don't bother answering any phones. One of the techs that just quit got her hours cut from full time down to only a few shifts because the pharmacist wanted her gone but they wouldn't firer her so she could receive un-employment. Towards the end she had gone 2 weeks not even being on the schedule. She asked for a Saturday off 2 weeks in advance and was told she could have it off and guess what that was the only day they scheduled her. She was so peed off she just gave up and quit.

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Tiredtech in Hartland, Michigan

71 months ago

CarrieJuicy in Ringgold, Georgia said: I've been working for CVS for almost 6 years now. My pay is 11.65/hr. I'm hoping to make 12 by December when I hit 6 years but I doubt it. Everything that everybody has said I agree strongly with. I can't tell you how many people have come and gone in that pharmacy. I at least get a 30 minute break but forget about even asking for your (2) 15 minutes breaks. The store manager says that if we ask for them then anytime we have to go to the bathroom then we have to use them for that. We just found out that corp is putting us on a skeletion crew, like as if we didn't have one already. Our new PIC is a real witch she's aleady made 2 tech so angry that they've quit and I'm on the look out for a new job. The triple s scores are really killing us along with our extra care card scores, and those PCI calls, which people hate us calling them on Saturdays and Sundays and scream at us for it. Every weekend we have at least 12 pages to due. We haven't had a counter in over a year and if your on production you have to do that and answer phones and take drive thru and front if someones on break. We're no longer allowed to take insurance cards but have to write the info down because we accidently lost one guys insurance card and he said we lost it on purpose because he was mexican. Because our score on the ready fill is low we were told to sign people up if they want it or not. So now when that anonying machine calls to tell them to come and pick up their prescription they phone us to ask what prescrition and they didn't tell us to sign then up and to take them off it. So our calls have increased now. Everybody calls about the dumbest things and never take responsibilty to find from the doctor what that medicine is for before they shovel it in their mouths. If a patient phones the doctor for a refill their told to phone us for a fax. Again more calls. Insurance is all our fault and if we don't have it done in 5 minutes your yelled at.

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anoblekree (at the end of my rope) in Virginia Beach, Virginia

71 months ago

Ok sounds like CVS sucks pretty bad.. but I need a job and was thinking about applying there and taking my chances. I have no experience and I'm having a hard time getting my foot in the door even though I am registered and certified. Can anyone tell me how the hiring works there? Is there a paper app involved or computer? Is it a long process to apply? I went to Wal-Greens and there was a test involved, does CVS do the same? I'm nervous and my confidence is shot. I'd love Any info that would help me prepare to walk in there. Thanks...

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techinoc in Los Angeles, California

71 months ago

I think you would be better off in a Rite Aid or CVs that has a union. As far as I know, Rite Aid doesnt have a test for tech except a test for hiring that just asks about your integrety, if you have stolen anything before, used drugs, etc. Just apply to as many places as you can, you can do what I did, I mad several copies of my resume and I just got address for different pharmacies and I mailed them out or if you have their fax# you can fax them over, its worth a try.

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i hate cvs in Trenton, New Jersey

71 months ago

STAY AWAY FROM CVS PHARMACY. you train sooo much, they act like working in the pharmacy is brain surgery when you're getting paid nothing and it's not even that hard. yeah, it gets busy and yeah it gets stressful but the pharmacists and managers get so into their job it makes me sick. i could seriously go on forever about all the things i hate about cvs.

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sammyy in West Chester, Pennsylvania

71 months ago

that last post didn't make much sense but i think i know what you meant. the people in my pharmacy are so ignorant and care about only themselves. i remember one day i really truly wasn't feeling well to the point where i almost passed out, i told one of the lead techs and they just told me i'd be fine and to continue working. i was like are you serious? and for the person above me i know what you mean like i got paid nothing and they acted like i was working for the president with all the training i had to do. and the customers are the worst. to be completely honest i know that most of the old people that come and pick up prescriptions are perfectly fine, they just have nothing to do with their life so they come in all the time to get prescriptions that they don't even need anymore. it may sound stupid but if you really think about it it's so true. like why waste our time? the people coming from the hospitals to get medication and the people getting antibiotics are, in my opinion, the most important people when it comes to getting prescriptions. and the pharmacists act like their job is so hard--bitchh please, all you do is answer some phones, check some prescriptions, and go to consult every now and then--get over it, the techs work a hell of a lot harder, the pharmacists just went to school longer but honestly most of them don't even know what they're talking about half the time.
ok i'm done i hate cvs goodbye!

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Pharm in Granger, Indiana

71 months ago

Oh please, to be a "Tech" at a Pharmacy is just like being a cashier with just a little bit more responsibility. The Pharmacists act like they are some MD or so. I am just talking about retail Pharmacy. Most customers are just a pain in the A**. Some Techs believe they are Gods gift to somebody on Medicaid who's Insurance got cut off and now they have to pay $2.00 for a couple of Ibuprofen. They actually call over there, wait for a freaking 15 minutes to talk to somebody so they can give it to the people for free. Stop wasting my hard earned Tax $$ on those losers. All we do is fill Pills, deal with Insurance crap, answer stupid questions on the Phone and use the cash register. Oh and some of us CRAWL in the Pharmacists A**. :) It is an all right part time job but to try to make a living from it is pathetic.

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brown_dude_CPhT in Hyde Park, Massachusetts

71 months ago

Idiot working for CVS in Granger, Indiana said: How many Tech's do you know who live by themselves AND support a Family on a Tech salary? I do not know ANYBODY. Most full time Tech's I know have a partner who makes the real money and most single Tech's with kids are also on Welfare! Let's be honest here. Tech's are only a very, very small step above a cashier, right? 10-15$ an hour is usually it! I only work part time (under 20 hours a week) for some extra weekend money for our Teenage daughter:) Without my hubby's REAL salary we would be screwed!!!

You are probably right most pharmacy technicians with children are most likely on "Welfare/Food Stamps". At $10.00 an hour, how can anyone afford rent, healthcare, food, and clothing it's extremely difficult especially if you have children. Also, it's very rare to find a pharmacy technician who works fulltime in retail, most are part timers.

When I worked at CVS/Pharmacy you could consider yourself lucky if you worked over 25 hours a week. Its kind of strange when you think about someone who might have taken out a loan to attend pharmacy technician training school and when they get out they have this big loan hanging over their head along with the tragic reality that they are working for such a low wage.

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former CVSer

71 months ago

idiot in granger... Who is the lead tech at edison now? is the witch still the pic? is Tammy still there?
Thanks.. glad I am gone

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brown_dude_CPhT in Hyde Park, Massachusetts

71 months ago

Laughing at loud at this post I am a former CVS/Pharmacy technician myself so trust me I know what you have experienced and I can validate that the same nightmarish pharmacy technician experience is nationwide. Just read all the posts on this forum. These are former and current employee testimonials.

I know for a fact they are not fabricating stories about CVS/Pharmacy. I find it humorous that all former CVS technicians are reporting the same horrendous experiences nation wide. CVS/Pharmacy is just too big to fight, go back to school get a college degree and find a real company to work for.

Working in a CVS/Pharmacy retail store is an experience worth skipping. All that stress will end up making you sick in the long run. CVS/Pharmacy is the Wal-Mart of retail pharmacy. They will work you like a dog and their stress filled corporate retail environment will end up making you psychologically sick.

On top of that their healthcare plans are minimal. They don’t care about their employees like I posted in a previous post all you are is an active number in CVS corporate mega computers. It’s very rare to find a former employee of CVS who has anything good to say about the company.

Honestly, I stayed at CVS/Pharmacy just long enough to gain experience and certification/license. I would not recommend any sane individual apply for a job as a pharmacy technician with CVS/Pharmacy. I know first hand the CVS/Pharmacy technician experience is bad, real bad. Praise God I don't work for CVS/Pharmacy anymore.

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RiteAidPharmTech09 in Alpine, California

70 months ago

Mina lee in Orangevale, California said: Hi,
I am going to attend school for Pharmacy tech. I hear that it is difficult to find a job unless you have at least 1 yr experience. Is it true? Please let me know about the real world. I've lived in Sacramento. Thanks,

many of the schools offer on site training wher eyou work in a pharmacy as part of your traing. Many times you can apply to the pharmacy that you do your internship in and may just get hired right out of school if you make a good impression!

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Pharm in Granger, Indiana

70 months ago

Please, do not waste your time or $$ on a Pharmacy School. It is really just on the job training and just a little above cashier. Sorry but it is true. Yes, it will help if you have a little knowledge about Drugs and their usage but that's about it. Also, you will not get paid much at all to even justify any kind of school loan. The only way you could make any money at all is to work overtime as some have stated in here already but you can do this in any job. Please rethink about what kind of school you want to attend. Good luck with your future. As I stated before, it is an all right part time job but to try to support yourself on it/ none at all.

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Pharm in Granger, Indiana

70 months ago

former CVSer said: idiot in granger... Who is the lead tech at edison now? is the witch still the pic? is Tammy still there?
Thanks.. glad I am gone

Tammy is still there and full of it as always. Mike V.H. got "punished" and was moved to CVS Portage Avenue. In the "hood." :)

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techinoc in Los Angeles, California

70 months ago

Pharm in Granger, Indiana said: Please, do not waste your time or $$ on a Pharmacy School. It is really just on the job training and just a little above cashier. Sorry but it is true. Yes, it will help if you have a little knowledge about Drugs and their usage but that's about it. Also, you will not get paid much at all to even justify any kind of school loan. The only way you could make any money at all is to work overtime as some have stated in here already but you can do this in any job. Please rethink about what kind of school you want to attend. Good luck with your future. As I stated before, it is an all right part time job but to try to support yourself on it/ none at all.

Yes, I agree, if you really want to work in a pharmacy, try the ROP route, adult ed route if available in your area. the one here in oc cost I think $5 per class, I would not invest a school loan in this type of work, pharmacy school maybe, but not as a tech, if you do, you will regret it later. Why should you pay off loans for a job that doesnt pay enough and is extremely stressful?

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