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Updated Apr 8, 2022

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3.0
52%
Recommend to a Friend
67%
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38 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Great people to work with(in 9 reviews)
  • "Flexibility, great coworkers, compensation, discounts(in 5 reviews)
  • "great team members and discount(in 5 reviews)
  • "Learned a lot about supplements(in 3 reviews)
Cons
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    Feb 16, 2022 - Pharmacy Clerk in Novato, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They have a nice staff

    Cons

    Amount of staffing is limited

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Best Company I've Worked For

    Oct 12, 2021 - Naturopathic Doctor in Longmont, CO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I've worked a lot of retail. I graduated from naturopathic school one year ago, and before that I've pretty much only done retail. The Boulder, CO Pharmaca, in the Ideal Market shopping center, has gone above and beyond any retail job I've had. They express constant appreciation to all their employees and create a really enjoyable work environment. They know retail can be tedious, so they make it all the better with offering generous breaks, occasional free snacks or drinks from the store, and even once bought us all food from Ideal Market next door. I've only worked there 1.5 months but I'm sure they do things like that more often. Oh, you also get a membership to Expert Voice, which is a discount site for everything from camping gear to supplements. As a new doc, I've been learning a ton about supplement options, more than I would in private practice. I accepted a job in a clinic and felt so bad telling them I'm leaving. They're short staffed because of the nature of the country in the midst of the pandemic. The managers work so hard covering shifts for everyone, they really honor your requests for time off to enjoy life and only ask you cover when you can. If you're considering working here, please do, they need good employees (that will stick around longer than I am!) and they are a great place to work. I can't speak for other locations, only 2700 Broadway.

    Cons

    Low pay for a practitioner, and it's retail, nothing glamorous about it.

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great crew

    Apr 8, 2022 - Manager On Duty 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities to go to trainings, wonderful staff, work with good brands. Growing company with okay health care benefits.

    Cons

    Hard work, inadequate pay for the work, limited growth opportunities, senior management is not great

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great community pharmacy environment

    Jan 17, 2022 - Staff Pharmacist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    versus other retail pharmacy chains, Pharmaca feels like working in a spa. They staff estheticians and herbalists in their front store to help customers find and choose front store products. Pharmacy only has to get involved when a customer asks about OTC drugs. Front store is adequately staffed so no losing techs to covering the register, and nobody interrupting your focus to ask where the candy aisle is. Corporate had very reasonable requirements of pharmacy, and there were not a ton of people in the management chain with their bonuses tied to you hitting impossible metrics. Higher ups actually seem to care about their boots on the ground and don't treat you like a machine.

    Cons

    Its still community pharmacy. You still get unreasonable patients, people who have no idea what pharmacy does, you still have to deal with doctors offices and insurances. Patients here tend to be slightly more entitled and "superior," although the customer base is much more pleasant on average than your normal big box. Also, Pharmaca provides them with a lot less to be med about, so these interactions are rarer but the do still happen. Like all successful pharmacy chains, there's a chance they take a huge cash out from one of the big boxes at some point. So you run the risk of winding up working for WAGs or CVS anyways (see: Target pharmacy). If they ever do decide to go for a buyout they are probably going to pump up their metrics to maximize their valuation, so in the few years before that buyout would hypothetically occur, you'd probably be getting hassled on metrics and getting hours cut.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Wtf pharmaca

    Feb 19, 2022 - Assistant Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Store teams are amazing. That is all.

    Cons

    You will not be paid what you're worth. You will not have growth opportunities because they refuse to pay a minimum wage. Right now several stores are not even getting that because people are too afraid to lose the really bad medical benefits from this company. They haven't given a cost of living wage raise the 4 years I was there. Before they got bought by Medly (which is spelled wrong Marq, btw) I thought they would be turning around. No. It is getting worse. The only thing this company needs to do is pay people enough to live in the city they work in. It is unethical to do otherwise, but this is probably why they revoked their ethics hotline.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Amateur Hour

    Apr 4, 2022 - Store Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    learning about different supplements and beauty companies Good work life balance for pharmacists that they won't find at other companies.

    Cons

    unprofessional/disorganized low pay--extremely low pay chronically understaffed, probably due to the horrible pay.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    employee review

    Jan 8, 2022 - Pharmacist in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    great professionals working there hours of operations

    Cons

    understaffed no time for administrative work

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great retail concept but fails to provide for employees

    Oct 13, 2021 - Operations Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Working with like-minded natural health and beauty experts -Learning about awesome products for health and wellness -Travel opportunities (for some positions) -Promotion opportunities for employees

    Cons

    For a place that runs on a message of health and wellness, they flat out failed at providing that for employees. Health and wellness benefits were next to nothing.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Poor Leadership

    Feb 2, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Good PTO -Flexible working conditions (hybrid)

    Cons

    -Disrespectful and dismissive leadership -Virtually no HR -Aggressive turnover in home office and stores

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Varies from location to location

    Aug 1, 2021 - Makeup Artist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Chill environment generally, allowed personal freedom to manage each makeup display and product care/inventory, great if you already know your basics, if you're self motivated and are comfortable with working alone. I got lucky and had the BEST store manager in the world, and while they had their limitations in how much power could be given to help, they did everything they could to listen and be there for all of us, I felt heard and very appreciated.

    Cons

    Corporate SUCKED the life out of the employees, cut hours as minimum wage increased and doubled down on the workload to the point where many staff members, including managers, would feel pressured and obligated to work OFF THE CLOCK to meet their deadlines/fulfill stock of the whole store out of fear of being ripped to shreds at the end of the week by people who have either never worked a day in their life or have completely lost touch of the basic retail experience. Aside from any personal efforts you choose to put in, the makeup isn't managed or prioritized as much as I would have hoped, many products were overlooked, and left to expire (including testers and packaged product) - I'd have to breathe down the necks of anybody around to listen for better communication and a more effective way to fulfill new product shipment.

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    1 person found this review helpful
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Pharmaca Reviews FAQs

Pharmaca has an overall rating of 3.0 out of 5, based on over 118 reviews left anonymously by employees. 52% of employees would recommend working at Pharmaca to a friend and 38% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -9% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Pharmaca employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.1 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Pharmaca. This rating has decreased by -6% over the last 12 months.

52% of Pharmaca employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pharmaca 2.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.9 for culture and values and 2.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Pharmaca to be work life balance, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, benefits, career development.

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