McKesson Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Helpful (5)

    They don't have a clue what they are doing at the top

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    Former Employee - Network/Desktop Systems Specialist in Dubuque, IA
    Former Employee - Network/Desktop Systems Specialist in Dubuque, IA

    I worked at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you don't have a life, and you really don't want one, then this is the place for you. The upper management doesn't have a clue.

    Cons

    The upper management doesn't have a clue in this company. One month they are downsizing from 4 to 2 datacenters. After 18 months of migration projects to get all the servers, proper training, beef up the infrastructure, and hire more staff, then they decide that this was a bad idea and start re-hiring for the positions that they just laid off....but they won't hire any of the people they laid off. After all this crap, years later, they decide that this whole datacenter consolidation thing was a good idea and consolidate one of the original 2 that they kept with another. This is after they spent a billion or so beefing up this datacenter with infrastructure and staff. They would spend millions of dollars on software packages that were never used and no one knew how to use. They worked you to the bone. Horrible....horrible place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get a freakin clue.


  2. Not impressed with company ~ keep looking there is something much better out there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McKesson

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

    Pros

    Fair priced medical / dental / vision benefits

    Cons

    Sad as this is a Fortune 500 company, it is also clearly a company operating with disfunctional management

    Advice to Management

    Communication between departments and proper training of job functions is key to a happy working environment.


  3. McKesson, views of an RN

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RN, Triage in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - RN, Triage in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their instructors were top notch. They were very encouraging & didn't demean/degrade anyone for any question. This was training done over the web and via phone since we were all working @ home.

    Cons

    This was a business selling a business & it is more important to meet the metrics that were set by the business sales men than the needs of the pts. These metrics became more and more impossible as the sales persons would try to tweak to draw more customers. Honest/caring nurses can't thrive in that environment. They are literally creating metrics that will put them out of business since they can not be met- safely.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take your nurses intelligence for granted. When things are going down the tubes they are pretty suspicious of the behavior of their management. When lay-offs occur they suspected beforehand.Honesty is the best policy.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Didn't need to be that bad...

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at McKesson

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, health care industry, should have been a much better place to work.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs and layoffs. Incompetent folks placed in middle management. No innovation, very reactive. Poorly designed systems.

    Advice to Management

    Put MHS out of it's misery and focus on the other areas of the business that are profitable. Allow staff members to do reviews on their managers. Maybe the CEO could take a pay cut (since he's the 10th highest paid CEO in the USA) so that layoffs wouldn't be necessary at the end of every fiscal year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Severance Package, For a 20+ Year Employee Whose Job Was Outsourced to India

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Obviously not job security. Select groups have flex time and lots of telecommuting options. The benefits are outstand, both in terms of vacation time and insurance.

    Cons

    I think the headline says it all. No job security, stressed work worce, indifferent management. Most areas of the company are adamantly opposed to any flexibilty/telecommuting. Senior management is ruthless about cutting costs. Unless the money is being spent on themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Have some true concern and show some real respect towards your employees. We had something called ICARE. Each of those letters stood for a value. Mgmt. mouths them but doesn't follow them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    McKesson Provider Technology - RMS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Saint Lucie, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Saint Lucie, FL

    I worked at McKesson

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, I do not have any good feedback about this company.

    Cons

    No job security, company offshores many positions leaving employees wondering when they will lose their positions.

    Advice to Management

    Executive leadership should be closely evaluated as many employees are greatly dissatisfied.


  8. bad for business... even worse place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, TX

    I have been working at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn about the Medical field Stable company... almost The immense community involvement by way of blood drives, fundraisers and volunteer work

    Cons

    WOW this is too easy so I'll keep it to the first ten things that pop into my head... 1. Inadequate PC Hardware/software 2. Poor management that overlooks and promotes bad behavior including violating HIPAA regulations 3. Lack of understanding of what is required to get the job done 4. Lack of knowledge of work 5. Lack of focus on important issues such as insurance contracting problems 6. Lack of coordination with projects 7. TERRIBLE pay, as a lead I make less than $10/hr 8. ICARE principles are a JOKE!!! A member of the ICARE committee routinely disregards all rules 9. HR team that is more interested in making friends than following trough on complaints 10. Inadequate training; the lab department doesn't even have a trainer!!!

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the management and take complaints and suggestions seriously. Follow through on initiatives.


  9. Helpful (1)

    If you have too

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay check that does not bounce Pretty much do as you please as management is totally missing

    Cons

    Poor Poor leadership starting with John H. (He is too busy writing books and working for HP to help McKesson) Worst governance of corporate america. Upper Management cannot be trusted. McKesson will spend more for price fixing and other wrongful business practices this year than employee benefits. Benefits are some of the worst I have ever had (cheaper to buy my prescriptions without the insurance they provide) Only training they will provide is via the lousy McKesson online training service ( a joke) Out dated hardware and software (Atlanta area running XP on 8 year old PC's and the servers are even worst (they are not a technology company bit rather a 3PL (logistics company)

    Advice to Management

    Need new leaders all around. John H. took over from a corrupt CEO and has not done much if anything. The rest of upper management are just his pawns that agree with him. Need stronger honest board members. Make John H hold his stock for a longer period, and have an outside company looking into the way he artificially inflate the share price to dump his stock. He does not believe in the company then why should I. Break up the company and find true industry leaders to run the new companies. Stop paying for John H. security, his biggest fear should be the employees waiting to jump ship when the economy comes back.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Overall, Extremely Dissatisfied

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I am nearly at a complete loss here. If it weren't for a few great coworkers, I could not have endured all these years.

    Cons

    You can hemorrhage massive amounts of blood for this place and receive no recognition what-so-ever for years on end. Worse, you may actually be persecuted for being a high performer! Anyway, only stick, no carrot: there is no place to move either laterally or upwards leaving you to wonder why you bother at all.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to tangibly reward the highest performers instead of the lowest! When mediocrity gets all of the attention, you can only expect mediocre results.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Very frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McKesson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    McKesson is a large company with a relatively stable revenue stream in the Distribution Services business. The Technology side of McKesson can be a lot more chaotic, however the breadth offerings are unmatched in the industry. If they ever figure out how to go to market as a coherent offering, it could be unstoppable, unfortunately today the technology business is very fractured and often competes with itself.

    Cons

    McKesson is an incredible large and slow moving bureaucracy. It's essentially a holding company with no plans to integrate different business units. Almost all growth comes from acquisitions, and cost cutting usually involves layoffs, selling unprofitable divisions, or combining groups (and layoffs). Career advancement is very limited.

    Advice to Management

    There are some that say McKesson makes money in spite of itself - I think there are a few very shrewd senior leaders who have placed some good bets and the revenue from these businesses is supporting the rest of the company. Most middle management seems incapable of accomplishing anything.



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