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windizblowing in Grand Island, New York

71 months ago

actually im only part time and i found a way to get health insurance. :) my boss said i probably woudn't get it. at this point though its probably the only reason why i don't quit. pay sucks and the drive it too long. idk what i was thinking when i accepted this job.

oh and don't bash pharmacists so much. some of them bust their @$$. they buy me food and one is on top of cashing out the patients most of the time. is it just my pharmacy or is it the rule that pharmacists are supposed to cash people out? im not complaining. :)

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Suzanne in Terre Haute, Indiana

71 months ago

Stop Pharm Tech ABUSE in Decatur, Georgia said: if your lucky 10hr but most start out out 7 or 8 because they hire teens.

How can they hire teens if you have to be certified? I am considering training as I'm a dental hygienist and laid-off for 11 months. Y'all are scaring me!

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brown_dude_CPhT in Roslindale, Massachusetts

71 months ago

Suzanne in Terre Haute, Indiana said: How can they hire teens if you have to be certified? I am considering training as I'm a dental hygienist and laid-off for 11 months. Y'all are scaring me!

From what I have observed most of the people I have seen who work in the retail pharmacies are mostly woman in their mid 20s – 30s. Definitely, not teenagers it’s rare to find a teenager working as a pharmacy technician. Racially the environment is mostly Caucasian (consisting of European immigrants (such as Russians and other Eastern-Europeans, Irish, etc.) and Asian (mostly Vietnamese).

I didn’t see too many African-Americans or Hispanics, but there are a few that come and go. I have worked with a lot of Caucasian older woman, age around 50s-60s working in a lot of CVS/Pharmacies as well. However, the job pays teenager/young adult entry-level wages $9.00 - $10.00 an hour.

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Nicole in Rochester, New York

71 months ago

KMG365 in Southbridge, Massachusetts said: CVS does suck. They are what are holding back techs from ever becoming anything other then pill counters. Hospital is where it is at for pharmacy technician. However its next to impossible even with experience to get a job in a hospital. Since all hospitals are different and its about who you know. With the exception of IVs, I do not see where any well rounded certified retail tech would have a problem.

I work at a hospital pharmacy in a setting that does not require IVs. It is a hospital for the most part dealing with psych issues. Even that doesn't give me any push when it comes to pharmacy tech jobs in "real hospitals".

I was very close on getting a pharmacy tech job full-time at a local general hospital. Then they hired back someone who worked their 5 years ago.

This is why after about a year of chasing hospital jobs, I decided to go to nursing school. Every job is going to have burn out. Even if your a doctor your going to get burn out, and you can't just not be a doctor anymore. Same thing with Pharmacists.

Find what you like and stick with it. If you want any future for yourself in pharmacy become a pharmacist. Or sleep with someone or pay someone off or know the CEO of a hospital or a Director of Pharmacy, those are the only ways you will get a secure full-time job in a hospital pharmacy.

How is CVS holding you back from being nothing more than a pill counter. It sounds like that is all that you are qualified for. The pharmacists make more money because they had to go to college for 8 years and have massive student loans to pay back. If you want to qualify for higher paying jobs, you have to make that change. You have to make the decision to go to college, pay for it, and do all of the work. You are a pill counter because that is all that your high school education affords you. Don't blame you lack of desire to make anything more of yourself on the company.

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windizblowing in Grand Island, New York

71 months ago

thank you!

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windizblowing in Grand Island, New York

71 months ago

however... i do have a problem with one. is there a way to complain to the cvs corporation about pharmacists who don't do their job? im just the help, not the babysitter.

it also makes me very uncomfortable listening to such unprofessionalism as well, such as personal phone calls to their pharmacy buddies when there is clearly much to do.

this one as well as others are my boss ~atleast for that day right? so... if they say jump, i jump. and if they want coffee and theres 3 pages of scripts in the queue and truck... im gonna go get coffee. its the pharmacist's job to make sure what needs to be done is done by the end of the day. this one got scolded by my lead tech and totally disreguarded it today.

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WB in Port Saint Joe, Florida

71 months ago

Nycole in Port Huron, Michigan said: Not to be nosey. But can anyone tell me what the starting wages at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS? Just trying to compare.

I worked for walgreens for 3 yeats and in 2 different states..They too SUCK. we dont get our 15 min breaks in the morning and noon. I have worked at a 24 hour store and have had to work until 12am then be back the next day at 7am..Not much time between shifts. They do make sure you "eat" bbut not actually clock out, sit down, and enjoy the puny 30 minute lunch that you barely have time to inhale. The pay sucks. Starts out 8.50 to 9.00 an hour. The pharmacists dont help they sit on their butts or in the back in a corner on their cell phones..Ijust quit my job at walgreens and thought about going to CVS..But don tknow about that now!

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Noshi in La Mesa, California

71 months ago

Wow. Those pharmacies sound like a total crock!

If I worked at a place that ever pulled the 'no breaks' thing I would tell them to put it on paper, record the conversation, whatever it took to make money by suing their idiot asses.

Mail order hiring people to count pills? That is totally STUPID. I would not imagine techs being hired at such a place. If I owned mail order I would run it cost effective by using Parata machines and pharmacists only to double count controlled substances counted by the machine. You wouldn't hire a tech to do the remaining thing of mail order. Just hire a typist clerk. There... all bases covered. I swear these companies are idiots...

Working as a tech in a hospital is holy grail, pay wise. It's also demanding to get in. You need full knowledge as a tech and know how to work in a HUB. You also better know how to present yourself very well and actually be a good person. Chains suck because you don't usually get appreciated so your pay is reflected on it. Unless the district managers hear of you in good light forget about notable raises.

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Big Murff in Vallejo, California

70 months ago

Thank all of you for the advice! I'm glad I never went there yet!

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Doe02 in Greenville, South Carolina

70 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

Rite Aid is not much better.

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techinoc in Cypress, California

70 months ago

Im just trying to hang on until I finish my college program next year then Im leaving, Please everyone go to school , get out, if you stay longer than 10 years you will regret it and wonder why you didnt get out sooner.

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cvssucksithard in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

70 months ago

I've been working for CVS as a tech for 3 years, and my yearly raises average around 13 cents. Is that even legal??? I started when I was 17 years old, I am now 21, a pre-pharm college student, and have just been raised to $8.04/hr. I know for a fact that other techs at other CVS stores make 10-12/hour and have less time than I do. I am part-time and work on average 25-30 hours a week, NO breaks, busy ALL THE TIME, and not to mention I am one of the best techs there. I'm being told 2 different stories when I inquire about the purely ridiculous raises that we get: (1) the company only allows max 2% raises & (2) it has to do with the store manager. I'm going with #2.

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cvssucksithard in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

70 months ago

Nicole in Rochester, New York said: How is CVS holding you back from being nothing more than a pill counter. It sounds like that is all that you are qualified for. The pharmacists make more money because they had to go to college for 8 years and have massive student loans to pay back. If you want to qualify for higher paying jobs, you have to make that change. You have to make the decision to go to college, pay for it, and do all of the work. You are a pill counter because that is all that your high school education affords you. Don't blame you lack of desire to make anything more of yourself on the company.

The company DOES hold techs back. They cut hours, don't give raises, don't give breaks, then expect everything to get done while baskets pile up, phones ring off the hook, drive-thru is constant, insurance rejections need attended to, and pick-up needs to be taken care of. Maybe if they paid their employees a decent wage and didn't under-staff, things would get done more efficiently. And we all know that without the techs, the pharmacists would be screwed. Techs do WAY more than just count pills, counting pills is probably about 10% of the job. I am a pre-pharmacy student who plans on becoming a pharmacist, but certainly not for retail because being a tech, I know first-hand how their employees are treated.

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Maeris

70 months ago

Being a pharmacy tech is deffinately not just counting pills. And EXCUSE ME but I don't just have a high school diploma and became a tech. I actually have a DEGREE on it because in Puerto Rico you are required by law to have one. It's an associate's degree so I did go to college to become one.
Even with the knowledge I gathered in college it still doesn't feel like it's enough. I want to know EVERYTHING about each medicine or at least most of it. So when a patient comes to me with a question or when I get a prescription I'll know every time what it is and not have to ask.
I do aspire to one day become a pharmacist. I would and will hate the responsability but once I become one, and with the experiences I've gathered as a technician I hope to be a better boss and treat other technicians with more respect and gratefulness.
Because, even my pharmacist say it, without technicians a pharmacy would be nothing. Technicians are the ones that have to work with he patients first hand. And when it comes down to it, what do pharmacists do? They just re-read (interpretate) the prescription you entered, the computer tells tem if they are any interactions and they just override them unless they are severe and when you finish filling the prescription just verify that it's correct. And even sometimes pharmacists get that wrong T.T

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kalia

70 months ago

My goodness----I just read through these last whole 3 pages and the pay that I saw is not that great for a Pharm Tech! I am just a customer service rep for a very large company thats been around for 100+ years and get paid $14 w/ just 3 months of being employed there.

I was going to do pharmacy tech since I have some what little knowledge of pharmacy tech. I worked for a mail-order pharmacy before this current job and got paid $13.50/hr at the call center taking orders and other tasks such as answer misc questions.

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X-walgreens employee in Port Saint Joe, Florida

70 months ago

They dont pay the techs what they are worth. Coming up soon it will be recommended that you become certified, and I know 2 good techs that arent cert. but they are great techs. Job security should not be based on certification, the test is hard and most of what is on it is just hospital pharm not much retail at all. These places are loosin good employees because they cant look at job performance! I finally quit walgreens after 3 years and not al stores treat their employees like crap. only certan districts do things their own way. The pay is not worth the hard work we do. I can get a desk job that is easy, not stressful, and pays better. You would think that they would also let the employees rotate holidays too. We had to all work christmas day a 3 hour shift! EVERYBODY! When there were a few employees that volunteered towork the whole day they still made the single moms with small children and no daycare open come in and work. That is so not fair.. The store I worked at had very poor managment. They let the SR tech overrule over the rest of the techs. she made the schedule where is was to her advantage. she worked hersself with the people she know she could run over..cause she didnt want to work herself. The is an open door policy to report stuff like that but it didnt do no good. SO if you think about working at walgreens in lynn haven i would think twice!!

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X-walgreens employee in Port Saint Joe, Florida

70 months ago

Nicole in Rochester, New York said: How is CVS holding you back from being nothing more than a pill counter. It sounds like that is all that you are qualified for. The pharmacists make more money because they had to go to college for 8 years and have massive student loans to pay back. If you want to qualify for higher paying jobs, you have to make that change. You have to make the decision to go to college, pay for it, and do all of the work. You are a pill counter because that is all that your high school education affords you. Don't blame you lack of desire to make anything more of yourself on the company.

NOT RIGHT!!! You have alot more to do than just count pills. It makes me so mad when someone says all you do is count pills how is this stressful. we deal with insurance, machines, compounding, and much more. It is not all that i am qualified for because now you have to be certified!! Its a board exam! I myself did go to school to get the pharm tech degree so I couldbe more advanced and paid more which is why one goes to school..To be able to advance!! I have that student loan to pay back now, too and they are still not paying me crap and drag their feet on promoting to SR tech which is only one dollar more an hour. So I had to learn the hard way that school was a waste of time and money. SO now my next step is to goback to school and start over... GO TO COLLEGE,AGAIN, DO THE WORK, AGAIN, AND PAY MORE MONEY TO GET A BETTER JOB.. So before you go around assuming some didnt work hard and only have a high school education get the facts. Some of us cant afford a University education..If I would have known going to college and getting the degree in pharm tech would nothave done me a bit of good i would not have wasted the 3 years that I did!!!Luckily the only reason I am able to go back to school and get a better education is because the military is helping me pay. I am just upset that i have wasted about 6 years for having to start over.

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dbyrd in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

70 months ago

NOT RIGHT!!! You have alot more to do than just count pills. It makes me so mad when someone says all you do is count pills how is this stressful. we deal with insurance, machines, compounding, and much more. It is not all that i am qualified for because now you have to be certified!! Its a board exam! I myself did go to school to get the pharm tech degree so I couldbe more advanced and paid more which is why one goes to school..To be able to advance!! I have that student loan to pay back now, too and they are still not paying me crap and drag their feet on promoting to SR tech which is only one dollar more an hour. So I had to learn the hard way that school was a waste of time and money. SO now my next step is to goback to school and start over... GO TO COLLEGE,AGAIN, DO THE WORK, AGAIN, AND PAY MORE MONEY TO GET A BETTER JOB.. So before you go around assuming some didnt work hard and only have a high school education get the facts. Some of us cant afford a University education..If I would have known going to college and getting the degree in pharm tech would nothave done me a bit of good i would not have wasted the 3 years that I did!!!Luckily the only reason I am able to go back to school and get a better education is because the military is helping me pay. I am just upset that i have wasted about 6 years for having to start over.

Why not look into working as a civilian in a military pharmacy? There are bases in your area that are hiring.

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X-walgreens employee in Port Saint Joe, Florida

70 months ago

The base im on is not at this time, but I do have an application in there too.

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What? in South Bend, Indiana

70 months ago

I am so sorry you "wasted" you $$ on. Still look at it like this, school is never a waste. I work part time for CVS as a Tech. They want me to get certified. It is not going to happen. I will get maybe a 25 cent raise and just the mileage, time and gas would take me over 1 year to get back:)
I have druggies who have more authority than I do. It is pathetic. Management is a joke. No wonder we are being looked at as idiots by customers. Management and the pay shows us we are!

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TIME TO START A PHARMACY TECH STRIKE in Houston, Texas

70 months ago

HopeCVSgoesbankrupt69 in Missouri City, Texas said: I WORK IN A CVS PHARMACY IN KATY TOO. I HATE THE PAY. THEY PAY US LOUSY PAY. I MEAN WORK AT MCDONALDS YOU GET PAID THE SAME AND MORE BENEFITS. AT LEAST THERE YOU GET A CHEESEBURGER AT THE END OF THE DAY! AT CVS YOU DONT MAKE ANY MONEY YOU WORK SO HARD AND NO ONE RECOGNIZES IT. I MEAN I COULD CARE LESS IF ANYONE LIKES ME BUT PAY ME WHAT I DESERVE.

WHO WANTS TO START A PHARMACY TECH STRIKE? LETS STRIKE FOR GOOD PAY AND BENEFITS AT LEAST $17-25 dollars an hour! WE SHOULD ALL BAND TOGETHER AND STRIKE AT CVS PHARMACY & WALGREENS STRORES! IM TIRED OF THIS BULLCRAP. WE DO A SERVICE TO SOCIETY BY FILLING THIER PRESCRIPTIONS AND CARING FOR THESE PATIENTS! SAME AS NURSES & DOCTORS & EVERYONE ELSE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD BUT OUR PAY SUCKS COMPARED TO EVERYONE ELSE. CVS, WALGREENS, WALMART ALL YOU OTHER CORPORATE PHARMACIES ITS TIME TO MAKE A STAND FOR DECENT PAY FOR PHARMACY TECHS! IF YOU GUYS WANT TO STRIKE LETS MAKE A DATE TIME AND PLACE! F*** these corporate pharmacies!

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windizblowing in buffalo, New York

70 months ago

I work at CVS in western NY and we just resently got a new computer program. Rx Connect. any1 heard of it? Its nice but we've been back up on work especially on truck day and we can't seem to get it all done by the end of the night. o and the pay still sucks.

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cvssucksithard in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

70 months ago

windizblowing in buffalo, New York said: I work at CVS in western NY and we just resently got a new computer program. Rx Connect. any1 heard of it? Its nice but we've been back up on work especially on truck day and we can't seem to get it all done by the end of the night. o and the pay still sucks.

i HATE rx connect.

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BriBri0817 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

69 months ago

I COMPLETELY agree with all of the comments that CVS sucks! I have been state certified for 2 years and Nationally certified for 1 and I don't even make $11/hr! I never had much of a problem with breaks however, unless it was an extremely busy day, and usually when that happened our Pharmacist would buy all the techs lunch and we would just eat when we could. I did recently move to SC however, during which time I was out of work for a few weeks ( 1 week for the move and the others because my "new" Pharmacy supervisor didn't know which store she was going to put me in). They finally decided on a store AN HOUR away from my new place, when they were at least 15-20 stores in a 15 mile radius!! It has been horrible....ALSO the CVS computer system just kicked me to PART TIME status because of HELL of a time getting anything worked out with my managers. I lost all of my benefits, vacation pay, EVERYTHING! But the best part is that they are STILL TAKING MY MONEY out of my checks, even though my insurance has been cancelled. This district that I am in now has the worst upper management. I need to find something better than this. Sorry and good luck to those who are in a similar situation with CVS. WE DESERVE BETTER!!!!!!

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BriBri0817 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

69 months ago

Sorry I re-read my comment and realized I must have erased part of my comment by mistake! I meant to say that the system bumped me to PART TIME status because of my move and I've had a HELL of a time getting anything worked out... ;)

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New Jersey CVSer in Middletown, New Jersey

69 months ago

I have been working as a certified CVS pharmacy tech for 4 years, and my wage is up to $8.51/hr, in the state with the highest cost of living, $8.51 barely buys food for the week. This company is garbage, plain and simple.

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windizblowing in buffalo, New York

69 months ago

I've been working at CVS in western NY for a year and I still am at $7.97. Granted I was trained on the job and never took the test. But they couldn't even get to $8 like they promised once I was fully trained.

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windizblowing in buffalo, New York

69 months ago

but again like I said I don't have a pharm tech degree or took the board exam so I guess that fair as compared to what others have.

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goddess65 in Alexandria, Minnesota

69 months ago

to pharmacy tech strike,
good luck on that. i was on this site asking about starting national cpht union. i got nothing in this regard.

in regards to our wages. Its crap! plain and simple. i started in 1989 at 4.25 and ended in 2007 15.55 Self appraisal and review in july with a 4% raise and fired in august cause i threatened to file a grievance. lost my unemployment hearing as employers lie and judges are not for the employee.

i wouldn't recommend this field to anyone.

its been two years out of the business and i miss it. i miss my customers and doing for them not the boss. i miss the "feel good" by letting the customer know how to save $$, getting the child samples cause parents cant afford ect. compassion is what were supposed to show and still can if you have your heart and soul in it, but as you can see even this doesn't matter cause long and short of it is this: a technician is not of authority nor superior. that description is for the rph and the rph only in the long run.

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What? in South Bend, Indiana

69 months ago

I work part time and make $9.14 an hour here in South Bend IN.
At this moment we are being ask to do more and more and we have to pick on which one we will get in trouble any given week because there is always something we can not do. The stress with the new system which breaks down every so often is not being addressed at all by upper Management. I am also not certified BY CHOICE!!! Why would you? We have to drive 2 hours away from our homes. By the time I consider gas and mileage on my car and maybe a raise of 10 cents an hour I have to work for 1 year the hours I am working to get even with what I paid out:) I work in a crappy, crappy area in SOuth Bend. Everybody is on Welfare and wants, wants, wants everything free and right away. To be compassionate left my Pharmacy a long time ago. Now about the stupid UPSELL!!! What a joke. If we do not scan the extra care card we are going to be written up. If we do not sell BATTERIES we are going to get written up. I have not done either and I am waiting for it. LOVE to rock the boat. I am so happy I am able to do so since this job is not anything we really need to function as a Family. What I do not like is that most Techs do not stick together. Well anyways, to all a Merry Christmas and slow down at work. Do not give upper Management everything you have. Hold back a little. They DO NOT VALUE us at all but they do know how difficult it is to train somebody knew.

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goddess65 in Alexandria, Minnesota

69 months ago

Well seems your right on compassion, definitely not in your store the way it sounds. As far as "wrong side of town" and "welfare" guess we all need a place to live and welfare is a necessity for some. Don't get me wrong I believe welfare is not meant to be permanent and there are those who abuse it. I guess I like to think if these folks had some inspiration and a chance they wouldn't be in the system. They have learned to treat people as they have been treated. (looked down upon) it is sad. Personally, these folks are the people I liked to help the most. The "underdogs" less fortunate than you and I. I have noticed that a lot of techs on this site are complaining about wage and duties. With over 18 years of experience I can tell you that being a pharmacy tech is not for the money, nor is one fully trained in one or even two years for that matter. It is never ending learning and one must have an a open mind with all the 3rd party insurance, Medicare, Medicade, changing constantly, old and new drugs to learn and keep up on, inventory, perpetual log, adjudication of billing, accounts receivable and payable, phones ringing, etc, etc..... You know the drill.
Agreed on techs do not stick together and this is sad. In fact, she whom I took under my wing and taught as no other tech liked her assisted with my termination with false accusations as she was jealous of my knowledge and my looks. (Pathetic huh) Tho my so-called two-faced employer was pathetic for believing a 1yr employee over an 18yr employee. His A-- was on the line so he used what ever he could. Those that stab and twist the knife will suffer for doing so.

You are fortunate that you don't need the job and I'd suggest for your own sanity to hang it up or work somewhere else. There is no way I would of stayed as my first 6 months back in 1989 consisted of crying everyday after work. I hung in there, fell in love only to end up crying 18 years later feeling like I wasted half my life.

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What? in South Bend, Indiana

69 months ago

Oh, I understand what you are saying about people on Welfare. I also must tell you that it is truly a way of life for those people in the area I work at. I do go above and beyond when it comes to kids but if the parent must pay 10.99 for some cough syrup they go nuts. BUT the smell of dope and Alcohol is there. I am not a social worker, I leave that job to people who can deal with it. Not me:)
I am sorry you lost your job. By the way, I am not really complaining about my wages since it is pretty good for being part time. However, I am complaining about the extra workload being added on a constant bases without any raises. Like the saying :" You get what you paid for." I believe it goes for wages as well. My other job requires many of my "brain cells" but I am being paid for it. I do actually like the job in itself and most of my co workers. I just which there would not be so many back stabbers there. Not to me personally so thats fine:) I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Jaye0918 in Davenport, Florida

69 months ago

linda carson in Reading, Pennsylvania said: same with Rite-Aid work work work no where to sit for lunch or break the back rooms have no seating or heat 10 cent raises don't cut it for me anymore!!!!

I worked with Eckerd Drugs before it became Rite-Aid. I came in at 6.00 an hour. I worked my tail off, mostly 12 hours a day, and barely got a 30 minute break. I was very fortunate and worked with two great pharmacists and co-workers who equally worked long and hard hours. But as far as patients taking their lives in their hands, I agree. Over worked and underpaid, definitely! I was there one year exactly and received a 10 cent raise. I gave my two weeks notice and went down the street and got a job at a convenience store where I started at 7.50 an hour and my hour pay kept going up and up and up. So sad that a job you go to school and get certified for pays so little and gets so little respect. You'd be better off getting a job in a fast food place!

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Pharm tech7777 in Sarasota, Florida

69 months ago

i worked for cvs as a cashier, then a shift manager then as a pharmacy tech. By far parmacy tech is the hardest most stressful job at cvs. I had each position for about a year from the time i was 16 till i was 19. But what i can say about working in retail is that it felt good to put in my two weeks notice and now i work at a rehab hospital as a per deim pharmacy tech and i make time and a half of what cvs paid me, and the stress level is 1/100 of what it was at cvs. Cvs will use you if you let them. Stand up for your self and always be looking for an opening some where else.

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theangrytech in Fargo, North Dakota

69 months ago

How true, how true.

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KandK in Sacramento, California

68 months ago

Maybe you should have checked the average rate of pay for your position before you "wasted" your time. I know RX techs with CVS that make over $18/hr. and just because your experience at your store has not been good, it doesn't mean the CVS is not a good company. To be the largest Pharmacy Retailer in the country, they must be doing something right. Or maybe, you just really SUCK as a tech and that's why they're "dragging their feet to promote you". I am a nationally certified tech and I have done the job in the past-for CVS Pharmacy-and it's only as stressful as you make it...if you know how to do your job. Yes, they are times that are busy, but if you chose the profession because you wanted to help people it can be a very fun and rewarding job.

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What? in South Bend, Indiana

68 months ago

Well, to make 18$ an hour in California is pretty low. How could you survive on that? See, when you take a job and they give you the job description they do tend to "forget" to tell you the truth. More responsibility usually means more money. Pretty simple. To be a Tech and certified means NOTHING. Just that you know a little more than the Cashier upfront on how to open freaking RX bottles. CVS is terrible and by the way, WALGREENS is still the largest Pharmacy Chain but maybe CVS brainwashed you just a little. :) 18$ an hour in California, HA!!! I bet you could still apply for Welfare and section 8 on that!

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cvssucksithard in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

68 months ago

KandK in Sacramento, California said: Maybe you should have checked the average rate of pay for your position before you "wasted" your time. I know RX techs with CVS that make over $18/hr. and just because your experience at your store has not been good, it doesn't mean the CVS is not a good company. To be the largest Pharmacy Retailer in the country, they must be doing something right. Or maybe, you just really SUCK as a tech and that's why they're "dragging their feet to promote you". I am a nationally certified tech and I have done the job in the past-for CVS Pharmacy-and it's only as stressful as you make it...if you know how to do your job. Yes, they are times that are busy, but if you chose the profession because you wanted to help people it can be a very fun and rewarding job.

...Do you work for CVS upper management??

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jess in Lockport, New York

68 months ago

KandK in Sacramento, California said: Maybe you should have checked the average rate of pay for your position before you "wasted" your time. I know RX techs with CVS that make over $18/hr. and just because your experience at your store has not been good, it doesn't mean the CVS is not a good company. To be the largest Pharmacy Retailer in the country, they must be doing something right. Or maybe, you just really SUCK as a tech and that's why they're "dragging their feet to promote you". I am a nationally certified tech and I have done the job in the past-for CVS Pharmacy-and it's only as stressful as you make it...if you know how to do your job. Yes, they are times that are busy, but if you chose the profession because you wanted to help people it can be a very fun and rewarding job.

true, i guess at 23 i haven't realize how important money really is and i should have had much higher standards before excepting the position. in desperate time you don't think clearly. :(

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Mateo in Houston, Texas

68 months ago

New Jersey CVSer in Middletown, New Jersey said: I have been working as a certified CVS pharmacy tech for 4 years, and my wage is up to $8.51/hr, in the state with the highest cost of living, $8.51 barely buys food for the week. This company is garbage, plain and simple.

wow...i'm sorry to say this but you got messed over...try applying somewhere else and when you do don't put your real wage on there put something like 12 an hour you're a certified tech you should be atleast making that. I'm making 11.30 right now but I'm also leaving CVS to work for Walmart making 3 dollars more an hour. Hope this helps.

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ashleyK102

68 months ago

Ok...really?? CVS is pretty bad but no lunches?? I can see not taking my break cuz it can get crazy but we are NOT allowed not to take lunches!! And what the hell is this guy saying CVS is racist......U are old enough to know that its not CVS but the ignorant employees u wrk with. I'm one of the only white people in my pharmacy and everyone is great! So you should report that or something!! My pharmacy is a big family and we are just taking this BS one day at a time! You people should really know the laws in the US and one is you HAVE to take a lunch if you work more than 6 hours! ....O and weird guy who is telling ppl H R teaches DM 'how to lie' what is wrong with you? Do u also believe in conspiracy theories? You sound like you would! I'm just saying that half of you guys are just making excuses and they can be fixed!!! And WE are the only one's who can do it.....o and about the pay rate. I am only a PSA getting certified in 2 weeks and I make almost 11 and hour ! Which is Not a lot but they wouldÑt dare pay me less! And they are gonna pay at least 13 when I am certified!

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ashleyK102

68 months ago

Hahahahaha that's great!!! You speak the truth!! And no one wants to believe you are a Tech. How cute! Ya If you are a crappy tech they are gonna take forever to promote you cuz they don't want to!! Our store does the highest volume in our district and we are working so hard it's been hell. All you people who aren't taking breaks or lunches ...I don't feel bad for you.sorry, but legally you are entitled to both so you not taking them is your fault. If you feel bad leaving for 15 min. With the pharm. Alone that's nice of you but I'm positive they can handle it!!!!!!!

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ashleyK102

68 months ago

SECTION 8?? Are you kidding? What rich town did you grow up in honey? I don't think you understand some things..Like how if you work hard and save money and don't spent it on a Gucci purse or a Chanel dress. Or your daddy doesn't pay for everything you can be ok. I make 11/hr and live on my own in california and am gonna be certified here in about 2 weeks and if they offered me near 18/hr that would be such a blessing! So why don't you do some research and you will see that is a decent pay rate especially to start!! Open your mind a little and don't be so shallow. There is actually ppl on second 8 and welfare that make nothing and even 5/hr would be amazing trust me! Think before you just blurt out dumb and ignorant crap!!!!

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j

68 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.

bully for you try 120 hrs as a assistant manager that comes out to about 3 dollars an hr i was their slave but no more i am sueing!!!!!!! no breaks lunches i cant even take a piss!!! i passed out at work from exhaustion, so dont discredit everyone elses experience if you have a good one great! i wish you the best! the individuals here are trying to get resolution and comfort from communicating with others in the same situation! so give them a break! they just as soon go postal?

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pharmacytech in mi in San Jose, California

68 months ago

i work for an indpendent pharmacy i just stared 3 months ago full time open to close 9 to 6 four days a week one sat a month 11.75 an hour so far its good the techs are some times bitchy b/c im the new girl but other than that i like it i have 5 yrs exp.. walmart and walgreens suck ass maybe look into an indy pharm bit be careful if the get put outta biz ur outta job i work in detroit mi...good luck

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pharmacytech in mi in San Jose, California

68 months ago

we dont sell otc crap on ASSistant managers no dm just me another tech and the owner

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Max in Chicago, Illinois

68 months ago

Yeah I knew working at walgreens or CVS would suck, thats why I'm putting my all to try to get into a hospital. Even if I have to volunteer for FREE at first just to get in good with the boss and get experience. Retail industry is doomed nowadays, there's no way they're gonna unionized and when the economy goes down they'll cut you in an instant. Retail sucks.
@?What, you're grossly misinformed. Maybe you can't live in the hollywood hills or something but you can certainly live self sufficiently on $18 in many areas in california even LA and San francisco. I don't think you even know the value of a dollar. South bend isn't that rich of an area for you to be talking such big game.

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What? in South Bend, Indiana

68 months ago

If you believe 18 $ an hour would be fine to support a Family in S.F. I must make the assumtion that you are somebody who likes to live on the bare minimum! I never said South Bend is rich! Big Game? No, just being realistic. 18$ an hour is around 700$ a week. Minus Taxes and Insuranc ethere is not much left to support a Family In San Fransico. What is it a year? Around 35.000$ ??? This is what you believe is good? My, maybe your standard of living is just a little different from mine! Go try to support kids with it!
Retail is sucks and I believe they are going under anyways!

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pharmacytech in mi in Dallas, Texas

68 months ago

lmfao @ max value of a dollar..... @ what im pretty sure there are other people that have kids that make hella less money who can make ends meet ur telling max that there standards of living is "diffrent" a.k.a bad maybe u could try living within ur means....Theres a concept!!!

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ashleyK102

68 months ago

Let me tell u something crazy....no one ever mentioned kids. Someone just ignorantly stated that you could go on welfare with $18/hr. That was all and I did not find that funny. I'm just sick of hearing all these BS complaints about little pay . If you had another source of income in your home then 18 and hour is very good. Especially if you don't have kids. You can't really expect to make much more than that as a tech. The company dosent want to just keep giving raises to someone who isn't doing anything new.. And you think CVS is going under ? Really? What gave you that idea? I live in a very small town and we have 4 CVS stores!! That's are all doing great! Sorry honey but CVS isn't going anywhere.

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