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Pharmaca Reviews

Updated February 22, 2019
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Pros
  • "Working among like minded health and wellness professionals, product knowledge and support from reps, gratis" (in 5 reviews)

  • "People will come in and tell the team members how wonderful they are and how we make a difference in their lives" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "However, upper management sometimes seemed to make decisions that didn't make a lot of sense for our particular store" (in 12 reviews)

  • "low pay with no incentives, false promises made upon hiring , no room for change" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful team environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment. Flexible schedule and good work life balance. Provides an added service for the community with an exceptionally educated staff.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected from reality.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Walmartca"

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    Former Employee - Staff in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Staff in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Educated peers. 25% off employee discount. Reasonable mix of healthy products. Interesting customers.

    Cons

    Bottomline is the only important factor in Pharmaca. The Mission Statement is a farce. Pharmacists work 12 hour shifts WITHOUT a break. Local management does not step up and fill in when staffing is short so store goes without, leaving customers and staff to struggle. Local management appears to lie about their own hours; uses company time for personal business and/or vacation. Product reps often leave samples/gifts/perks for staff but local mgmt keeps theses employee gifts and the gifts disappear. Local mgmt also "ghosts" items and products that the stores once carried but were discontinued/not returned to manufacturer. Discontinued items were formerly offered to employees as an unwritten benefit from Pharmaca Corp. to staff but local mgmt "disappears" them (ebay?). Benefits and pay are terrible; minimum wage for professional positions. Non-existent for PT. HR does not care as bottomline rules.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff in the same manner you wish them to treat customers. Offer customer sale discounts to employees as well. Encourage staff morale. Consider inclement weathers' impact on staff safety rather than demanding their presence and/or that the store stays open despite obvious lack of staff safety. (ex--when the majority of the city/public transportation is closed down OR expect store managers to show up as well, not just line staff.) Hold your local managers accountable. Offer benefits that benefit, including competitive wages. Staff stores as if customer service really is important. Value loyalty.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent job"

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    Current Employee - Wellness Advisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Wellness Advisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaca full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talking to people about health related topics

    Cons

    Pay, hours, it’s retail, open New Year’s Day and until 630 on Xmas eve.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to build employee morale


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Disconnected"

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    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At the store level the teams are great and there is a great outreach to the community. People will come in and tell the team members how wonderful they are and how we make a difference in their lives. It is a great place for people to come and get started on their journey to health, both for customers and employees.

    Cons

    Where do we begin? Management in the stores doesn't make enough money for what they have to do. Practitioners make a laughable amount of money, especially if Pharmaca wants to keep that special something that separates it from GNC and Walgreens. No one is going to come here and make what they make outside of the stores, and it's unfortunate because that's what customers want. Upper management also seems to totally ignore great ideas when it comes to loss prevention, employee retention, training and labor. Also they don't staff Pharmacy correctly, and it shows on their side and retail. Also, the benefits are terrible. For a place that touts health and wellness, the medical insurance could be vastly better. Like something we could actually use.

    Advice to Management

    To the home office - try working in the stores for like, three months before you work at the administrative level. It's so disconnected, and when people who actually make the money for the company (the people in the stores) have ideas, don't just shun them down. Especially when it comes to bettering the company for everyone or making it a place people actually want to work.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaca (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working among like minded health and wellness professionals, product knowledge and support from reps, gratis.

    Cons

    Bottom line- uncommisioned retail, high turnover, unsupported teams from upper management, inconsistent mission and values to action and implementation

    Advice to Management

    Work the floor. Know the job from the inside out.


  6. "Fun job, great location, awesome staff."

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    Current Employee - Esthetician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Esthetician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaca part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is great, so knowledgeable and warm. Always enjoy my shifts and the location is one to beat (La Jolla is beautiful). Shifts are flexible, staff is such a pleasure to work with, the clientele is...interesting.. eccentric for sure. Honestly always go home in a good mood.

    Cons

    Parking sucks but I️ learned to enjoy the walk. Store is getting a little shabby but that’s not hindering my performance in any way, it would just be nice to update some of the furniture and whatnot.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up Aimee, you’re great.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Complete lack of focus and communication"

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    Current Employee - Practitioner
    Current Employee - Practitioner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaca (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quickly going away, but good opportunity for beginning practitioners to learn about products, become more comfortable with people, and make connections with potential new clients.

    Cons

    Hours cut, company focus is unclear. Lots of money spent on new stores, but cutting hours on employees who have been loyal to the company. No opportunity for internal growth - they hire management from outside almost totally.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as though they matter to you. Don't grow new stores if it's going to screw over loyal employees. Listen to our ideas on how to run the stores, because it's clear you don't know what actually happens in the stores!!! Oh, and regular schedules are almost impossible!

  8. "Pharmacist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, great coworkers, compensation, discounts

    Cons

    Busy and difficult to help everyone at times


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Don't bother"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaca part-time

    Pros

    It is an interesting concept.

    Cons

    There is very little training. The management tend to push and harass the staff.

    Advice to Management

    There should be reasonable expectations from staff. The store was always short staffed. The management should spend more time assisting in the store.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learned a lot about supplements

    Cons

    Low pay poor management