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.
Pharmacy Technician (Current Employee) – Indiana – April 25, 2018
Yeah, the job is stressful and fast but my coworkers make up for all the bad. If you take everything personal and don’t have thick skin this job is not for you. You can breathe wrong and someone is going to flip out on you. But! If you have a little confidence in yourself and a brain eventually, without actually calling them stupid, you can help patients understand that they are acting unnecessarily idiotic and then smile and go about your day. But yeah, working for CVS isn’t for everyone.
Staff Pharmacist (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – April 25, 2018
Pharmacy is not adequately staffed with technicians, Pharmacist are cashiers, technicians etc. CVS should give us technician help and let pharmacists should be pharmacist. Everything we do is timed by the computer system and our flow is integrated by the computer system and we are judged on the times.
Cashier/Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Westfield, MA – April 25, 2018
Typical day a work would be dealing with customers and working the register. I didn't earn anything except how to work a different register than my previous jobs. Management is good. Hardest part would be dealing with angry customers, mot enjoyable part was lunch.
I was a pharmacy technician who worked part time. I enjoyed the job, we were all trained in all tasks so you didn't get bored. However, as you can imagine, customers get angry if their prescriptions are not correct or can't be filled. If you are sensitive or have a temper, this is not the place for you because you will spend much of your time being yelled at by customers. The pay is way too low for the amount of stress you deal with, and I can't imagine living independently off that job alone. My manager was great though and was very flexible with scheduling.
Great manager, learned a lot, training provided, convenient locations
Stressful, mean customers, lunch breaks and shifts are timed down to the minute
Pharmacy Technician (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – April 25, 2018
I learned so much working there, everyone was nice, specially the managers. They are willing to help with any problems the technicians has. Sometimes, it can get chaotic and the managers can get frustrated, but we tries to stay focused and positive.
Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee) – Wakefield, RI – April 25, 2018
I was employed at two different CVS locations. One was a small store that was fairly busy during the summer months. The other was a huge store what was extremely busy all of the time and had a lot of workers there all the time. I tend to prefer the smaller store environment where I am able to interact more with the customers.
Current Employee (Current Employee) – Perrysburg, OH – April 25, 2018
Since CVS has purchased Omnicare, things have went downhill. Long story short, it helps pay the bills while I look for something else. Once upon a time I enjoyed working here, now, it's all about margins and profits. No longer do I feel we are fulfilling patient needs, rather we are filling corporate needs.
Certified Pharmacy Technician III (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – April 25, 2018
As a pharmacy technician, you are in teams of 100+ with no room for advancement. Promotions come up VERY rarely and most of the time a candidate is hand chosen by management and asked personally to apply (as I was). Not a good way to foster talent. Mandatory overtime is required on a regular basis as scheduling and workflow is very poorly managed. There is NO reward for going above and beyond the basic job requirements. Pay raises are annual and paltry at best (3%). Company loves to advertise that they give quarterly bonuses, but these amount to maybe 4 hours of compensation at best. You will be more highly and diversely trained than your superiors, though this will not help you to advance.
Pharmacist (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – April 25, 2018
there is a severe need for more staffing at every pharmacy. they value giving customer amazing healthcare and service with little to no staff. we're not able to help each individual patient with the time constraints, the over influx of people with insurance that is only covered at our pharmacy. a lot of people who work here tend to quit and we have a high turnover rate due to poor training and many patients being inconsiderate assuming that we are supposed to give them everything at that exact moment. there just isn't enough time in a day with the number of hours allotted to make every single person happy.
as a pharmacist, if you want hours you can have as many as you want
no one really takes breaks unless you work at a really slow store, being a technician is confusing especially if you are new. overtime is not allowed for techs, overly stressful environment
Customer Service Specialist (Former Employee) – Jackson, TN – April 25, 2018
I enjoyed working for CVS. Most of all i enjoyed my coworkers and our goals to help tube feed patients. It was a lovely experience to get to know others that are dealing with life threatening disorders. Connecting with them on so many levels was amazing.
Ma, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee) – Ware, MA – April 25, 2018
Good place to work- management was great. The hardest part were the unhappy customer with high co-pays. The most enjoyable was helping customers and receiving praise for good customer care. A typical day involved taking phone calls and processing insurance cards.
Pharmacy Technician (Current Employee) – West Chester, PA – April 24, 2018
- Fill about 200 prescriptions - Ring out costumers - Help costumers with insurance issues. Sometime there are people who aren't happy with the issue and thing that we are the one that have to take care of it even though its a contract between the insurance company and the patient. Along with that, some of the will get upset that you can't solve the issue right there and then - Help costumers with questions - Answer phone