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Fairly typical large employer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fairfield, CT

ProsOverall, not a bad company to work for.
Corporate level; good, broad-based benefits, excellent employee website (although RX coverage has some surprising gaps). Aggressively encourages preventive care with rewards, uses different methods to get the word out.
My personal experience wIth managers has been OK to very good, especially in helping to find hours.

ConsStill, Local level is still where the issues live: get no or partial/inconsistent messages about changes and policy usage; part-timers get left out altogether. For ex,: I don't remember seeing anything "organized" about what to do in a crisis (this after Hurricane Sandy and. just around the corner from Sandy Hook).
Get very little feedback on your performance (sometimes even when customer provided good feedback by name).
*Must make sure paycheck reflects all hours worked, and in accordance with policy and labor law. Only mgr and spvr can see data for specific dates, ee does not receive hard copy confirmation of time punches. From time to time serious issues have arisen.
It's unintentional, but due to customer service pressures supervisors can forget to give legally mandated breaks.
EE discount is nice but Walmart is still usually cheaper.

Advice to Senior ManagementGiven Obamacare, HIPAA concerns, etc, I understand Corporate reluctance to drill down and hold district mgt accountable, but the wellness programs/bonuses are not being leveraged. The same is true of the thank-you program.
Since this is retail and most store ees are earning poverty level wages, these are missed opportunities on several levels.

Especially locally: they might not have home internet access but I haven't met anyone without a cell, so leverage this to get messages out.

When there's a sales competition, the poster says the winning store's employees get a coupon for a one-time 50% discount.. OK. It also says the store manager gets $1000... Suddenly, despite my best intentions, my motivation to play this game has taken a big dip. You might want to rethink how you communicate these prizes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CVS prides itself on it's name Customer Value Store and they mean it, but they do not VALUE their employees.

    Retail Shift (Current Employee)

    I have been working at CVS Caremark full-time for less than a year

    Pros: They always have openings in the stores. They give employees good discounts on merchandise.… Cons: Employees are low paid, even for retail. Even if you try for advancement, the pay does not increase with the… Advice to Senior Management: If you want to retain and grow employees, watch those that put in the above and beyond performance, then help them to grow into their… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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    Great place to be a lifer (if that's what you want)

    Advisor (Former Employee) Northbrook, IL

    I worked at CVS Caremark full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Job security (unless you screw up big time *and* annoy others), 401k match, work life balance/work from home days (varies by dept), stock purchase program.… Cons: 6% salary bump for all promotions no matter what (which means your annual raise will always be 1-4% at best), benefits are constantly changing ("to… Advice to Senior Management: Throw out the consultants and lead by example (ie, Don't proclaim it was an excellent year and then slash non-mgmt bonuses. We all know… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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