PharMerica Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
71 Reviews
2.2
71 Reviews
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PharMerica CEO and Director Greg Weishar
Greg Weishar
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Majority of non-management employees are great people (in 5 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, Friendly staff, and decent pay (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Unrealistic expectations from middle/upper management regarding productivity versus providing quality work (in 10 reviews)

  • There are little to no incentives to work for PharMerica beyond the bare minimum (paid time off, paid holidays, etc) (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great opportunity for different roles within same company/different facilities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    opportunities to take on different roles, different positions, good work life balance, opportunities for OT, will gain experience working across different facilities, remote access/work from home

    Cons

    pay is average to low, not much room for advancement, pay stays the same even when taking on new job titles, responsibilites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay raises should be commensurate with merit, achievements, time with company, upper management is too far removed from day to day operations to have any meaningful input

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    i like the people i work with.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Stockton, CA

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    hours, fellow employees, city, work balance, time-off.

    Cons

    benefits, personal growth, salary, no perks, no great job from the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people poor upper managment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at PharMerica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved my boss, and the people I worked with! Very flexible with time and personal needs. relaxed and comfortable.

    Cons

    Benefits
    Upper Management
    Old Technology
    Poor project management
    It seems like making the company look better from the outside is more important than making the company better from the inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money and make your workers life better. Stop focusing on the bottom line and your stock price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PharMerica

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Friendly staff, and decent pay

    Cons

    No room to really grow, expected to do alot with little pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good spot for students that need flexible hours, not for those seeking a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjudication  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Adjudication in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, competitive with retail and other LTC as far as pay is concerned, office environment, low-key, pharmacy director/manager cares about the employees, open-door policy with director

    Cons

    Cross-training is not encouraged, scheduling is always wacky & last-minute, forever short-staffed, low moral, office administrator seems non-existent, H/R questions will never be answered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The standards should be consistent/fair for all employees. Those that work hard are consistently picking up others' slack.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This is the worst IT department I've ever worked in.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Staff  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - IT Staff in Tampa, FL

    I worked at PharMerica as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Some personally nice people who are afraid to lose their jobs.

    Cons

    1. Leadership is unethical. They are knowingly out of compliance in their dispensing of controlled substances.
    2. There really is no leadership.
    3. 80% of staff are contractors. There is no loyalty.
    4. Sexual harrassment and discrimination are daily occurrences and there is no protection for contract employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all managers and re hire ones who have some ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Director of Pharmacy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Pharmacy  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Director of Pharmacy in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good support from above and allowed to make decisions locally.

    Cons

    Up to date computer is not available. There are some serios patinet safety isssues with the computer system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is high turnover for a reason

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Longmont, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longmont, CO

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time

    Pros

    If you're in with the right people, you're more likely to have more flexibility with your schedule.
    It really depends on which department you wind up in. Some are great. Others are not.
    Nice coworkers. People are usually more than happy to help you if you just ask.

    Cons

    Some or all of the problems that some departments have:

    No room for advancement. You apply for a promotion thinking, "I've got this. I have a lot more experience, my numbers are much higher, and I'm liked by my co-workers as much if not more than the other candidates." But wait, you forgot to account for the fact that your boss is friends with one or more of the other candidates, which means they will get the job over you.

    They are strict about their rules, but there are people who somehow break these rules constantly without repercussions. For example, you are allowed 10 occurrences (for arriving late, leaving early, calling in sick) before you are fired (with warnings at certain intervals). There are people who call in sick for one to two days at a time every other week... for over a year. They surpassed their allotted occurrences a long time ago. There are other people who got multiple occurrences for planned absences or for time that was actually corrected and shouldn't have counted as an occurrence. It's very easy for them to say that you have so many occurrences right now but then give you a higher number a week later even though you hadn't done anything worth receiving an occurrence. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS email your supervisor about any possible occurrences or corrections and SAVE those emails. If you're not a favored employee, there tend to be a lot of "mistake" discrepancies.

    Expect to train people who get paid more than you. Once they hire you on for a certain amount, it won't change outside of the annual 2% raise. They will raise the pay for new employees as time progresses. For example, if you started 5 years ago at $10 hr, you will be getting maybe $11 even though they are now hiring new employees for $15/hr. Your pay is not based on your loyalty or work performance.

    Work performance is not appreciated. Whether your supervisor likes you or not has nothing to do with your work performance. There are quite a few people who are slow, inaccurate, and don't put in any effort to do their job and yet they get the same treatment (if not better, depending on how much management likes them) as those who have an excellent work performance. At times, the former group of people will get a promotion over the latter. This has happened multiple times. If you are one of the hard workers, you'll notice that some of the work done by those who were promoted ends up being sent back because it is incorrect, and you will have to fix their mistakes. You might even possibly have to spend time training them because they don't know how to do the work, or they don't know how to do it correctly.

    If you're good, expect to be asked to take on projects outside of your pay grade. They will ask you to take on more responsibilities without any intention of promoting you when you apply. It's just a way to get lazy people into higher positions without making them do the work or because they can't do it correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There doesn't seem to be any oversight by upper management. In the department I work in, it's obvious to anyone that it is dysfunctional. Employee turnover is high, numbers could be much better, there's no real incentive to do good work, and it even seems like doing an exceptional job is frowned upon because it makes favored employees look bad in comparison.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Overall it was an excellent experience and well worth the effort put forth for the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Consultant Pharmacist  in  Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Clinical Consultant Pharmacist in Grand Prairie, TX

    I worked at PharMerica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Set your own schedule. No weekends. Good benefits. Stable and cohesive team.

    Cons

    The job required a lot of driving and some travel. Many hours spent on the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support to the clinical side of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid PharMerica at all costs!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at PharMerica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    None, nada, zip, zero, zilch

    Cons

    Do you reminisce about your junior high days and thank God those days area behind you? If so, then PharMerica is not the place for you. The amount of gossip and childish squabbles is unreal. No rules are enforced. Well...for certain employees they aren't. Who could blame them for taking advantage? You can show up for work 2+ hours late and not be reprimanded. And if you were, it was a joke because management never followed through and only made empty threats.You can basically get away with murder. As a result, employee morale and motivation was seriously lacking, or should I say non-existent. There was little sense of comradery, everyone solely looked out for themselves. The pay was terrible. There was a large pay discrepancy based on absolutely nothing. Newly hired technicians earned as much or more than technicians who worked there for a decade. The place is simply ridiculous! I advise all pharmacy technicians to steer clear!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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