PharMerica Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
73 Reviews

2.2
73 Reviews
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PharMerica CEO and Director Greg Weishar
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Review Highlights

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

  • Flexible schedule set your own just get the work done (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Unrealistic expectations from middle/upper management regarding productivity versus providing quality work (in 8 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.  

    Avoid if you can

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    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Tech  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Certified Pharmacy Tech in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    It's not 'hard' or labor intensive work
    Not overwhelmingly busy
    Sometimes they give free lunch

    Cons

    Pay
    Management
    Hours
    Favoritism
    Only 30 min lunch breaks
    Too much gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really try to cut back on the gossip by setting an example of not gossiping in front of employees.
    There are offices or conference rooms to reprimand employees in, please use them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PharMerica

    Pros

    great training and great opportunity to get into sales.

    Cons

    Horrible micormanagement! Poor raises and management can learn a thing or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stable company with poor oversight

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    Former Employee - Pharmacist  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Houston, TX

    I worked at PharMerica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable #2 in the long term care market. Never dull since they do a lot of volume. Reasonable salary with medium level benefits.

    Cons

    Lazy co-workers due to constant work load and no incentive for advancement. Management shows very little concern about patient care but lots of focus about the bottom line. License is on the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management is lazy and show no concern about patients, workers or regulations. If you like all of the fines and whistle blowers that Omnicare gets keep doing what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable Company with good benefits

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    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Tech  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Tech in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, good benefits, stable company.

    Cons

    Communication among upper management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Truth

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    Former Employee - IV Pharmacy Technician
    Former Employee - IV Pharmacy Technician

    I worked at PharMerica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Best reason to work for this company is the insurance coverage you receive.

    Cons

    The point system. NO ONE can help being late for work if they are in an accident, have a child that gets sick and has to be taken to the doctor, gets a flat tire, your house catches fire....does not matter you get a point. And then certain people are exempt, while others are not. Some pharmacies only work certain hours while others are open all the time. If some pharmacies have to work holidays...ALL PHARMERICA should have to work holidays. Pay is really crappy for what all you are responsible for. Not able to order meds and THAT hurts the facilities residents. Corporate does not have to explain why the med did not get sent. HR needs tweaking...BAD! The HR personal should be for the employee not the employer!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what is going on with your pharmacies. Facilities build confidence with people who have been there for a long period of time. NOT ANY MORE! No one stays in employment very long anymore, to much turnover. Start taking care of the employees again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Benefits .. Chance for advancement with hard work .. Respect from corporate to local level. Great people!

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    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Tech  in  Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Tech in Cypress, CA

    I have been working at PharMerica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    advancement opportunity .. encourage cross training in different areas. excellent medical/dental & 401k match. Open door policy is always open .. there to listen with any concerns or suggestions & taken seriously! Excellent PTO benefits along with 6 paid holidays/yr

    Cons

    Biggest Con is pay increase flat 2% for everyone no matter how your review is. Mileage is way below what it should be. Corporate in KY cost of living not comparable with cost of living in CA. Should be based on location .. not as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should match the employee's ability. If one person does the job of three .. that person just saved you thousands! They should be paid higher than one not performing up to expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    pharmacy technician

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Worthington, OH
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Worthington, OH

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

    Pros

    to get more experience and pharmaceutical experience

    Cons

    Ended my contract with out extensions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hiring the temp people and persons they have good experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership! No care for employees! Closed door policy!

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there is only one pro, flexibility! The computer system is archaic and not user friendly at all. The IV computer system is the worst program imaginable! Need to get with the times and improve on systems and learn how to get and keep business too.

    Cons

    After several years working at Pharmerica (Formerly Kindred and a much better company), I was laid off due to budget cuts! What I don't understand, is the loss of business and revenue has nothing to do with the staff and everything to do with the poor decision making and lack of knowledge on how to successfully run a pharmacy by corporate people! Yet, they get to keep their high paying jobs as business decreases and just dismiss the worker bees as if we don't matter. I was a loyal, hard working and excellent employee with a great track record. I guess I was being paid too much after my many years of service, so I was let go. What corporate doesn't understand, is with higher pay comes knowledge and experience. If you want to get a staff of inexperienced and lower paid people, than it will cost you more in the long run. How sad and unfair that I had to make the life change when I was not to blame. It's a slap in the face after all my years of hard work and dedication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and involve your employees in decision making. They have good ideas and do know the business well. Don't assume you can implement something and it will work simply because it was your idea! You need to communicate and treat your employees with respect, dignity, and compassion, we are human beings too!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not recommended

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    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Current Employee - Pharmacist

    I have been working at PharMerica as a contractor

    Pros

    Low-stress environment; some hard-working, caring employees

    Cons

    This corporation governs its holdings remotely and, therefore, has no idea or concern for what goes on at each site. At my facility, compensation is unfairly given to individuals for hours not even worked, at the discretion of the director. There is no opportunity for advancement, employees are compensated below the area average, raises are virtually non-existent, and some individuals' salaries are capped once they reach a certain pay rate. In addition, employees who do not meet the basic requirements of their job are retained. I haven't received a raise in years, even though my manager states that he continually makes efforts to do so. Meanwhile, I know he has received a bonus in addition to a yearly raise most, if not all, years of his employment. Further, the company invests nothing in new technology, having made no effort to implement automation at my facility or to provide up-to-date hardware/software with competent IT support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Ensure that all employees are treated equally, compensated fairly and given yearly raises.
    2. Provide current technology and more capable IT support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrible company without ethics.

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    Former Employee - Medical Records Associate  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Medical Records Associate in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    - You get overtime pay,
    - 401k is matched 100% for the first 3%, then 50% for the next 2.
    - Casual dress code

    Cons

    - Mandatory overtime (more than 8 hours for three weeks straight, then no work and no pay for one week)
    - Management uses bullying and harassment to get what they want
    - Violations of contract are ignored
    - No praise for hard work
    - Treat the "pros" that are offered (casual work attire) as a gift from themselves -- and you should be so lucky!
    - No growth opportunities
    - Unequal pay: people who have been there for 7 years are paid less than the incoming people, people who have been at the same job for 20+ years are still paid less than $18/hr.
    - No work-life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give, this company is poisonous from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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