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  1. "Director of Pharmacy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice support for many programs

    Cons

    distance of travel to work

    Advice to Management

    no words of wisdom come to mind, this is a good company and supportive of it's employees in a variety of aspects with guidance and frequent visits and training as well


  2. "good for early career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Circleville, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Circleville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    independent role, nurses and doctors trust and depend on you, support for variety of business lines, work every fourth weekend

    Cons

    little recognition or opportunity for advancement, poor management, incompetent coworkers, non-compete agreement

    Advice to Management

    High performers have very low tolerance for ineffective coworkers.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Penny Pinching Micro Managers"

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    Current Employee - Director of Pharmacy
    Current Employee - Director of Pharmacy
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pharmacy Systems PSI manages 100 inpatient pharmacies in 8 states and the have many tools and resources for their directors of pharmacy that will help make them successful. There are many opportunities to network with many dedicated directors of pharmacy.

    Cons

    Much of the companies upper management, CEO, COO, and VPs are not pharmacists. They treat their directors as disposable workers that can be replaced at a whim to suite their needs. Their pay and benefits are below average. They micro manage their directors to the point that they become dissatisfied with their work as they become a cog in the machine and not supposed to think. The rarely if ever recognize exceptional work performed by their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop penny pinching and hire competent clinicians to lead your organization


  4. "DOP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most of peers are amazing and very supportive

    Cons

    If company loses contract you're out of a job unless you can relocate AND they have a position for you...no option to stay and work for the hospital. Company demands you sign a contract that you won't work for any hospital they've sent a proposal to and if you do, they go after you legally.

    Advice to Management

    Don't manage using fear tactics


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Become a Director of Pharmacy somewhere else..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pharmacy Systems full-time

    Pros

    Pharmacy systems provides networking opportunities with a large number of other directors across many different states in a wide variety of practice settings.

    Also, they provide a vast array of literature and online resources to help one stay up to date with the vast regulatory demands of managing a pharmacy, regardless of the setting or size.

    Additionally, they provide an excellent health care documentation system that will gather, analyze, and track data to help you identify opportunities to assist the client hospital.

    Finally, Pharmacy Systems also has an excellent program that will help prepare you for an audit from organizations such as JCAHO, FDA, Board of Health, Board of Pharmacy, and even the DEA!

    Cons

    If you become a Director of Pharmacy for Pharmacy Systems, you will have 2 bosses. Your boss at the client site (Example: Chief Financial Officer or Chief Nursing Officer) and your boss at Pharmacy Systems. Both bosses will often desire very different things, and additionally these desires will sometimes conflict with each other. When this happens you will be put in a situation where you can be set up to fail. Make the client angry and you will be unsuccessful at your job, make the Pharmacy Systems boss angry and you will be unsuccessful at your job.

    Additionally, Pharmacy Systems provides a large amount of literature and resources to help you accomplish the difficulties of Directing a Pharmacy, but offers almost zero support in helping you implement it. Be prepared to work extremely long hours to meet corporate deadlines. (Example: 70 to 90 hour weeks on a regular basis with little, if any, overtime pay).

    Finally, Pharmacy Systems micromanages you to the point that you don't feel like a director of your own department. Your decisions on how to run the pharmacy will always be stringently reviewed by a corporate boss who only visits the hospital every two weeks.

    Advice to Management

    To prevent high turnover, much more support must be given to the company directors. Additionally, they must not be forced to work extremely long hours without extra pay in order to implement the programs that Pharmacy Systems promises their clients.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Don't Stifle Your Career!"

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    Former Employee - Director of Pharmacy
    Former Employee - Director of Pharmacy
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Serving over one hundred hospitals in eight states provides ample opportunity for networking with fellow colleagues over a large network. They have a very good web site to tutor, research, and reference all aspects of hospital pharmacy. They have stellar marketing plan to serve primarily acute care hospitals; offering complete pharmacy services that include access to clinical pharmacists and legal assistance that would be difficult otherwise for a small rural hospital.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking. Many pharmacists find it frustrating to be in roles of a Director of Pharmacy at a hospital, to take direction from someone who has never worked hospital pharmacy or worse, not even a pharmacist.

    It confounds many employees how upper management is now recruiting outside the company for leadership roles and the new executives hired are not pharmacists or even individuals with MBA's.

    Many feel that their challenges and issues are not heard, and in all cases always favor the client who pays them and fails to support the employee.

    Advice to Management

    In short, listen to and find a way to better support your employees. Use your thinking skills to analyze why your turnover of pharmacists is so high.