McKesson Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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McKesson Chairman, President, and CEO John H. Hammergren
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Pros
  • Very concerned about a healthy work life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • I was a work from home employee which was a desire of mine (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is awful - you are expected to work above 40 hours a week to be considered a "normal" contributor (in 24 reviews)

  • A lot of churn in upper management (in 29 reviews)

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  1. not recommended

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They allow their employees first pick at open positions.

    Cons

    Over worked, and bad management.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Marketing - McKesson Technology Solutions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at McKesson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Most McKesson employees are professional and easy to work with. Salaries are very competitive, and the benefits, though expensive, are comprehensive. McKesson is generous with vacation time even within the first year of employment.

    Cons

    McKesson isn't strong with professional development, and you can definitely get lost within McKesson Technology Solutions. MTS is constantly reorganizing, and you never know if you are going to have the same boss for more than a year. Additionally within MTS, there is a lack of vision and no technology champions. If you want a software company that has anything close to a Steve Jobs (as far as being a visionary and desiring to produce superior products), don't look to McKesson.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating McKesson Technology Solutions like a software company rather than a tool to show higher profit margins for McKesson overall given that McKesson Distribution Services has such slim profit margins.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Career longevity, job safety not guaranteed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at McKesson (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In general, the quality of the people at McKesson is terrific.

    Cons

    McKesson's technology divisions routinely lay off large numbers of employees without regard to individual performance. These decisions may be made at the top of the company, without local manager input, and can be short-sighted. While there are those who have been at McKesson for years who have moved up the ranks, it's not a company where a career path is assured - or likely, particularly with newly formed organizations.

    Advice to Management

    If you believe employees are valuable resources, treat them that way.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Bleak future for McKesson solutions. Competitors dream come true.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at McKesson full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits. Paid time off is excellent so if you want a place to make a pay check and have a decent work life balance, this is the place. Don't expect to be inspired or innovative. Ideas are lost in the political game. Team dynamics are the best you can hope for giving there is no real incentive to excel beyond doing what's best to support team members. Trust and morale are LOW at best. Psychological safety to explore innovative and competitive ideas are discouraged by leadership behaviors. Not really sure what all the chiefs are actually doing.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre compared to comparable enterprises in the industry. No bonuses (at least in IT). If you have a brain, don't expect to use it often. If you enjoy check box type processess, then this is a good fit. "Agile" was a flavor of the year, replaced by traditional command and control from senior management guidelines. Middle managers we're nothing more than keepers of sticks and carrots, closely followed by a checklist status report sent to uplines. 10 years with this company and probably would have retired with the rest had it not been for complete apathy.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that hasn't been said and ignored before. This is purely for job candidates to avoid a career mistake. Management isn't at all concerned with "feedback or suggestions".


  6. Helpful (2)

    Unstable upper management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Engineer in Westminster, CO

    I worked at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a steady job with reasonable compensation (no bonuses however, as mentioned in other reviews)
    Ability to work remotely is nice.

    Cons

    Heavily political culture
    Frequent management churn leading to unclear direction and purpose
    No career advancement paths
    Software products are inferior to competition

    Advice to Management

    Commit to a course and stick with it! Reorganizations every 6 months is NOT an efficient way to get anything done. If you give half commitments to numerous projects, they will ALL fail and your employees suffer.


  7. Mediocre At Best

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Charge Associate
    Current Employee - Charge Associate

    I have been working at McKesson part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible with hours, decent pay for a college job, no tasks are particularly difficult, one of the few jobs of this type locally to have a night shift in any capacity, decent 401k

    Cons

    Incredible lack of upward mobility, stingy with pay raises, stingy with hours, poor office environment, low morale (largely stemming from previous complaints), expensive insurance, stock sharing programing is still largely out of reach for any employee not already in management.


  8. Technical Support

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Westminster, CO

    I have been working at McKesson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401K plan/brokerage option, and health benefits.

    Cons

    Support Management is unprofessional. Most do not maintain professional boundaries and manage by favoritism rather than by performance and work ethic. No open-door policy or concern for work/life balance, and if concerns are expressed, they are met with unwarranted retaliation.

    Advice to Management

    Good managers maintain professional boundaries in order to be fair and unbiased. Employees should be able to approach management without fear of retaliation.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mixed bag at best

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McKesson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people, excellent location, work from home flexibility, name recognition

    Cons

    In a record profit year, outstanding performance gets you a 3% increase. Can't help feeling that management is not interested in sharing the wealth. Effort not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the intelligence of your employees. Slogans don't replace genuine opportunity and compensation for merit.


  10. Helpful (2)

    great job bad choices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at McKesson part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay awesome hours great people

    Cons

    Fire you before probation is up
    seniority is everything

    Advice to Management

    Give part timers a chance


  11. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at McKesson

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition, loyalty of our customers. How we take care of our customers.

    Cons

    Outdated software, needs to updated quicker, no delays in new releases. Pricing too high. Need a true interface to EPIC

    Advice to Management

    For the most part, Management is very good.



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