Pharmaca Reviews

Updated Jan 17, 2021

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3.2
40%
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49%
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Richard Willis
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Product samples for team members help enable practitioners to better speak about the products carried in the store(in 9 reviews)

  • "People will come in and tell the team members how wonderful they are and how we make a difference in their lives(in 6 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)

  • "The low pay was the biggest drawback to the position(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Store Manager 

    I worked at Pharmaca full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with there. Well organized.

    Cons

    None. Very good company to work for. Nice folks

  2. "Average place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Wellness Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaca part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great benefits, great learning opportunities

    Cons

    It’s a customer service job so all the cons that go along with that.


  3. "Was lied to bout hours available"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmaca part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Was told I'd be getting 30 hrs but ended up with 11 hours per week can't pay my bills with that

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Esthtician in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaca part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I cannot think of any good things.

    Cons

    Cleaning public bathroom and vacumming. They hire licensed professionals who spend most time handling basic customer service duties. Rude customers.

  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Lead Practitioner in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally a good work culture with a positive mission. For newly beginning or seasoned health professionals there are a lot of great learning opportunities. Lots of product samples to try which helps you speak about the products directly to customers. For a retail store, the compensation is pretty good in comparison to other places- but be sure advocate for your best wage. They do want all the knowledge you will bring.

    Cons

    I think they are not offering insurance to PT employees much anymore.

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  6. "Great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Pharmaca part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Caring for their staff and customers. Care about a healthier community

    Cons

    They only have a few locations

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not good"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Herbalist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pharmaca part-time

    Pros

    Got to help people with herbal products

    Cons

    Corporate was totally disconnected from their workers, loads of discrimination, and The raise was .35

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Can be useful learning experience; limited room for growth and compensation"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Lead Practitioner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Providing greater knowledge to customers so they can make more informed choices about supplements, herbs, natural skincare, etc. Learning about various product lines as well as specific nutraceuticals, natural skin and cosmetics, etc.

    Cons

    Poorly compensated as licensed practitioner; little opportunity for continued growth, contribution, and compensation in said position.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company for a first time job"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Nutritionist in Oakland, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmaca part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned A LOT of vitamins, natural medicine, natural beauty/skincare. Great learning environment

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism between different levels of management. Lacking collaboration as a team and inclusion

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great concept, poor leadership"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products, vendors, customers, professional team members (Naturopathic doctors, Nutritionists, Estheticians, Pharmacists, Herbalists, etc...) It is a great place to learn a lot about natural and holistic wellness.

    Cons

    Company leadership is completely detached from the store level. Labor hours were constantly cut to the detriment of providing good customer service. And training hours were non existent. Benefits were average and only provided to full time employees. Pay was below average, especially for team members who were not managers. Turnover of team members throughout the company was the worst I have ever seen.

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