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Updated October 11, 2017
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McKesson Chairman, President, and CEO John H. Hammergren
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  • Work life balance needs improvement (in 105 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't appreciate the hard-working employees with great work ethics (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and challenging projects.
    Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to understand decisions made by upper management.
    The culture occasionally does not align with the company's value statement.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest - employees are smart enough to read between the lines.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked, underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McKesson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    big company with some benefits

    Cons

    I could not stomach working 24/7 (since I did on-call work) at a less than market rate salary when the CEO made over $100 million per year. The 3 years I was there, my work load kept increasing during the day and at night as well, but no pay raises. Vacation was hard to get as well, so I ended up forfeiting at least some of it at the end of each year.

    Advice to Management

    read these reviews

  3. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McKesson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting assignments with involvement from multiple well seasoned, cooperative, and talented teams. Loved the opportunities for creativity. Great benefits. Partial reimbursement for grad school. Telework options with managers approval. Welcoming and helpful atmosphere. Nice office space.

    Cons

    Some managers have unreasonable expectations, such as working in the office during a snow storm. It's better to telework and trust your employees to complete the required task. Our team won an award when they let us work together outside the office and conferenced, when needed.

    Advice to Management

    You've hired exceptional workers. Give them criteria for a task. Enjoy the results.


  4. "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McKesson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Fair pay, good training and very concerned about employees

    Cons

    Although the company allows managers to manage their particular departments it became a series of small fiefdoms. Running projects in a matrix organization means you always had to negotiate to fill out your project staff. The company wanted results but we're not prepared to staff the projects appropriately. Incompetent managers could hide behind poorly staffed efforts.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "McKesson"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKesson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. The company cares about the employees health.

    Cons

    Horrible healthcare benefits. Discrimination within the workplace

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great potential for broadening your experience and to grow your career!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  7. "IT Intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Richmond, VA
    Current Intern - Intern in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at McKesson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone looks out to help each other. Multiple opportunities

    Cons

    big company can seem intimidating

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag over last 10 years."

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McKesson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    In the earlier years of my career at McKesson I greatly enjoyed coming into work. I got to take on exciting new technologies and projects every year, learned a lot and had a management team that I felt genuinely cared about my future and my value within the company.

    As a larger company their benefits package is pretty decent and offers a lot of secondary things like education assistance, mentoring programs, guidance lines, matching donations and other things you don't find most other places.

    Company culture (at least on marketing materials and communications) seems strong and they welcome diverse hiring/advancement practices.

    Cons

    Senior management, especially in corporate IT are heading down the path towards outsourcing all their skilled talent in the name of perceived short term gains. Those in management make decisions without even understanding the effects on the businesses they support, and then are rewarded for their shrewd choices.

    Yearly re-orgs ensure that you can never become comfortable with your management team, associates, or responsibilities which lead to wasted years where the business essentially accomplishes nothing while they re-align objectives.

    Many people in more entry level IT roles are taking on responsibilities well above their pay grade but see no recognition or path for advancement. While positions are posted internally, the company chooses to ignore applicants and hire from outside the company without any consideration made whatsoever. It didn't used to be this way but changes in the last 2-3 years in HR or others within recruitment seem to actively dissuade top performers from growth opportunities. This talent which should be the backbone of the company 10 years from now, instead leaves the company and becomes an asset that they can never get back.

    IT business roles are heavily silo'd leading to situations where change management processes for 10 minute tasks require hours of approvals and setup amongst teams.

    Morale throughout IT and other business areas is especially poor in recent years which is leading to a mass exodus of the talented people who see the writing on the wall. For a service company like McKesson, the loss of its most talented people is going to lead to dire consequences in the coming years.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the people in your organization that are keeping it afloat and treat them well. Give them opportunities for advancement and nurture growth within your own organization. Stop outsourcing your best people so you can save a few dollars. Veteran people like this can not be replaced by outsourced talent without enormous detrimental effects on the businesses being supported. These decisions eventually lead to losses through inefficiencies or lost customer base down the road when the company go no longer provide the quality of service it once did.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good often, but can't be great, yet."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dedicated people that care.
    Many of top leaders are good people and empathize.
    great benefits
    Many locations, so opportunities for movement up and around the company are there.
    Great support for diversity.

    Cons

    Business before people. Can be cold at times vs inspiring.
    Red tape is nearly every where and silos tend to happen often.
    More comfort with what has worked before vs what is needed in the future.

    Advice to Management

    You do a good job with communication on positive events with benefits vitality, inspiring items like icare and lead.
    When things are difficult, all of the inspirational items tend to be thrown away. The focus turns to doing without or cutting. Perhaps, inspiring people to do the extraordinary vs work the system or become fearful of cuts would be a better way. Try it... it might work much better and be better aligned with who we say we are.


  10. "Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Accountant in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good amount of PTO time

    Cons

    No bonus and employer contribution match is average


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