Staff Pharmacist (Former Employee) – Ashburn, VA – September 11, 2015
We started working as soon as we entered the pharmacy. Customers are waiting at the front register and at drive-thru for pharmacy to open and start work. Everyone in the pharmacy worked very hard and non-stop. I liked working with my coworkers. They never took their 15 minutes breaks because they knew no one was their to cover them. Everyone had to do multitask to keep up with the work load. We had work board which we used to assign places and work to individual technician. This helped us manage and organze the pharmacy.
Fun to work with coworkers. Time goes by very quickly.
Hard to keep technicians. They get stressed and burned out easily.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – March 18, 2019
If you are not a Pharmacist, you have virtually no future with the company. They use Store Managers to do the job of the District Leaders, however when it comes time for promotions to DL, they only consider Pharmacists.
Lead Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee) – Bartlett, IL – March 18, 2019
I discovered that I never want to work in a retail pharmacy again. The facility was new but we often had problems with the bathrooms. They do provide training but it is incredibly disorganized and hit or miss.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Evansville, IN – March 18, 2019
The work atmosphere depended on which location you were at and who you worked with. I had regular customers who recognized me and my coworkers were generally friendly. Management will do almost anything to keep customers happy even if that means honoring expired coupons that you had been told to reject.
Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – March 18, 2019
I dont really have that much to say about this Job as it is one that I would not recommend for anyone. This is said not to downplay the efficiency or brand which is CVS but just to simply say it is not a job I feel most people would want to work
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Xenia, OH – March 18, 2019
Managers end up living at the store to get the tasks completed because they are given minimal employee budgeted hours. You have to use all your hours to unload trucks and are left with no help for all the rest of the tasks.
General Laborer (Former Employee) – Novi, MI – March 18, 2019
You are ranked by how fast you stock and pick products. i am extremely competitive (especially when there is no other option to do so), so I always ranked over 102% daily. I did not realize that the higher you score, you get in trouble the next day for being "the same" or lower. I was penalized constantly for "only" getting 107% some days, which means literally running as fast as I could 9 hours a day on steel grates with terrible lighting and no windows in a warehouse/.
15 minute breaks, no pay raises, unethical management
Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – March 18, 2019
flexible hours as i needed them were given as I asked. I wanted more or less hours/days I got them. The training meetings didn’t work out too good because the store I was at was so busy on the days that I was scheduled to work even though I told my manager I needed off she made me stay to work and I missed a lot of scheduled meetings and was blamed for them. I didn’t expect to be dam near jobless in the summer. I was never told that hours would be token away because summer is slowest of the year at my cvs. I was working 1-2 days a week compared to my 4 day week in the winter and fall. I left for my maternity leave with high hopes of comming back and I couldn’t even return partly because the district manager wouldn’t reverse my termination through the system because my paper work was sent back to them week late which I never found out why because the lady never ever answered or returned my call or email. Also when I called my store I was told that there wasn’t any hours for me anyway if came back so I was told to apply elsewhere. I remember when I was working there and I girl came back off of maternity leave with full time hours and my hours started deducting right after that. But yet when I come back off of maternity leave I have no hours at all. Smh. It was awful how I was just forgot about and left out and kicked to the curb like that especially after having my baby I wanted to get back to what I was doing I actually liked being in the pharmacy and I made a best work buddy. She was awesome and I miss her. I feel like my stores goal solely focused on numbers like how manymore... prescriptions can be made. Managers stayed frustrated. Some good days though. I’ve witnessed a manager crying badly after being so frustrated. Overall I like my cvs pharmacy experience. I would apply again. I have so much more to experience working as a pharmacy technician.less
Flexible hours, Buy the staff lunch often, continuous learning opportunities
No paid maternity leave, no summer hours, favoritism
Field Service Technician (Current Employee) – Long Island, NY – March 18, 2019
CVS recently bought Aetna. All employees are forced to use CVS pharmacies if they want their meds covered under Aetna insurance; which means your colleagues know whatever medicine you take. Not sure how that doesn't violate HIPAA law, but they get away with it. CVS has already begun to monopolize the industry which means eventually we won't be able to do anything when they raise prices and lower quality of service / customer care. To job seekers: Do yourself a favor and heed all the warnings from those that have worked here- Find work elsewhere! To customers: Try to be nice to store staff, especially pharmacy department because they are way overworked and underappreciated. It's corporate that forces the pharmacy staff to carry the cheapest possible generics. It's corporate guidelines that make the pharmacists fight doctors so that they prescribe similar, less effective medicines in the same class, in order to cut their costs (not yours). Remember, if you have Aetna, CVS is now your insurance company too). Last - check your prescriptions because they're often short. Please report CVS to the BBB if you feel they have done anything unethical.
Can't possibly find a worse employer after this one
Good place to work, but the hours are too inconsistent.
Pharmacy Technician (Current Employee) – Ypsilanti, MI – March 17, 2019
In the beginning and even now I enjoy working for CVS. The only downside are the hours. I could go from working 40 hours one week to 20 the next, and yes my manager is very well aware that I need as many hours as I can get. However, corporate keeps cutting hours more and more every week. So I wouldn’t expect consistent hours, even if you’re hired in as full time.
Hours, pay, higher management (outside of the actual store)
I was hired 6 months ago, I was trained once a week for 3 hours for 6 weeks, after that they stopped training saying they didn't have time for training. They are very prejudice there an if you are not in their little click you are not accepted. When you would ask to help get more training they would brush you off and tell you later. I graduated Pharmacy Tech school but had not taken state test and they acted like i was a person who knew nothing. I was used only to run front cash registers and drive thru windows. they would not let me fill scripts or help in the pharmacy where i was suppose to be learning. I was promised after the first of the year I would be promoted and get full time and benefits. After first of year they said they could not do that at this time.
MANAGER (Former Employee) – Dorchester, MA – March 17, 2019
CVS will make all kinds of promises how to set you up for success but then feed you to the wolves. They rushed me though their management training program and then threw me in their worst store. They did not pay me enough to have a gun put in my face.