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CVS Health Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
3,451 Reviews
2.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work arrangements make for a manageable work / life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • Good pay and flexible hours in the beginning until corporate has their say (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • It's difficult to maintain a good work/life balance, especially around the holidays (in 67 reviews)

  • Upper management never once gave any indication that they cared about their employees (in 172 reviews)

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  1.  

    Can't Keep Experienced Hires

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I have been working at CVS Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of decent people work there, local management are trying to create communities that cut across team silos (i.e. automated testing, mobile development, etc). Plenty of evenings out, if only to say goodbye to everyone leaving the company. Can have 1-2 trips to the US each year.

    Cons

    Poor local management (but gradually improving), with very leadership being displayed. Teams are either crazy busy with impossible deadlines or have absolutely nothing to do. Experienced people are leaving quickly (often within 6-12 months), forcing people with inadequate experience to try and act up. Not a happy place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Serious lack or meaningful work and bad management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Associate Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I worked at CVS Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Keen on new technologies. Incredibly relaxed. City center location. Friendly employees.

    Cons

    Terrible initiation process especially for graduates. Projects come and go which are either legacy or short lived. The hardware provided is barely fit for duty. Management do not listen to anyone outside the management team. Falsely advertised jobs etc java developers brought in for JavaScript. Very little work to do, developers idle for months. Lack of expected processes such as code reviewing or CI. Developing an extremely negative reputation in the area due to the low retention rate. More emphasis on being seen and heard than performing the duties of your role to an acceptable level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Monotonous and frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Software Development in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I have been working at CVS Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location in the center of the city, excellent work/life balance, very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    There is a lack of meaningful work. Any work that there is is monotonous and not at all challenging. It would be an excellent place for an associate looking a slow paced introduction to the industry under no pressure. However more senior members would be wasted. With no meaningful work to prove yourself technically, more emphasis is put on being seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    15 year manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at CVS Health

    Pros

    I learned a lot working there as far as how to run a business as well as how to develop a team. I had one of the most successful teams in the company ranking as the top store year over year in two separate markets, one in the Northeast one in the Southeast. I was a paragon winner with the company as well. My most recent DM was very supportive. I genuinely thank them for the opportunity and the knowledge that I acquired while working with them.

    Cons

    Work hours were excessive. To be successful hours worked were borderline slavery. While I willingly worked them to be successful, the week you didn't you were immediately behind. Vacations were almost non existent due to constant visitors from corporate stopping in to do reviews. Holiday weeks were paid 4 days regular 1 holiday and you worked all 5. The facade of the stores looking great when these people stop by versus the reality of the business is polarizing. There were always teams of people and excessive expenditures of payroll thrown into stores prior to their visits. While I understood the need to make an appearance, it was always will always be a backwards way off thinking. Company preaches quality of life for their clients while quality of life for their employees is non-existent. As a "manager" in your average store you will be "managing" a total of one person during your shift, with a total of 10 people at location. Location open hours will exceed total payroll hours ie Sun-Sat 7am-10pm = 15hrs per day x 7 days x 2 people = 210 hrs which excludes the need to have a person unload deliveries that come in during non opened hours. Your budgeted hours will be approximately 208 hrs. I will only mention that during the month of December that there are extended hours for the stores but no budgeted hours to accommodate. Stores are held to strict shrink targets with little to no control over external theft. Remember 2 people at location, if four people enter to steal there is nothing you can do to stop them. These are facts not personal prejudices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit business structure. Employ cost cutting at a higher level, not at a store level otherwise you will compromise the business. If DMs are losing company vehicles so should RMs. Loss Prevention should be completely eliminated due to the fact they are ineffective and non-impactful; they are a voice with no power. I challenge corporate figures to walk into stores unannounced to anyone to really see what happens in the average minimum hours location. I make this challenge knowing that they will not as this is of no interest to them. At corporate level within the company they have never managed a location so they have no understanding. I do not fault them they are well educated and were placed into their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CVS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fast pace, never a dull moments, keeps you going all day

    Cons

    sometimes goals are unrealistic,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know the community where the store is located to set goals and maybe then it will be understood why sometimes the goals are not met

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Cvs

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CVS Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company opportunities to move up

    Cons

    A lot of hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Professional seeking a full time job with possible benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CVS Health

    Pros

    Great company, culture, and co-workers

    Cons

    no cons I had a great experience interning at CVS

  9.  

    Good open atmosphere, good team manager.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CVS Health

    Pros

    Nice balance for scheduledhours...fair for everyone.

    Cons

    Starting salary could have been better, but for entry level, low pay is expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more advancement.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pharm Tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Tuscaloosa, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Tuscaloosa, AL (US)

    I have been working at CVS Health part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a fast paced environment where I learned a lot about medications, insurance, and dealing with patients. Training was pretty decent and I enjoyed the rush of always being busy. All useful since I'm applying to physician assistant programs. My store was extremely flexible about working around my school schedule and me going home for breaks (I'm a college student).

    Cons

    This is an extremely stressful company. They cut hours all the time and understaff pharmacies while still expecting top-notch customer service and an extremely high output. They also require unpaid online coursework and continuing education. I come home every shift exhausted and feeling like I disappointed my customers, about whom I actually care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIVE PHARMACIES MORE TECH HOURS. That would solve soo many problems. Two techs cannot handle the demands of answering phones, intake of prescriptions, working both the store registers and the drive thru, filling prescriptions, and handling inventory. It's just not possible. CVS surely has the money for extra hours -- employees would work better if not so stressed, customers would be more satisfied because they would have higher quality care and their prescriptions would be ready on time, and pharmacies would run smoother. Instead of punishing stores that close their drive-thru because they cannot handle the workload, give them more tech hours to help handle the workload!! It's not that hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    I am a pharmacy manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at CVS Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, many avenues for climbing the company ladder, stock is doing great in a mediocre economy, and great benefits.

    Cons

    As a manager the pay isn't that much better than a staff pharmacist; it definitely doesn't compensate for the added time and responsibility. They staff like a public company... as little as possible because it directly affects the bottom line. Long days, I work 14 hour days all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you are driven by EPS and stock performance, but WORK IN A BUSY PHARMACY FOR A COUPLE DAYS to see how stressful the work can be and how disrespectful the customers can be. Staff the pharmacy so that we can provide great customer service. Don't staff like Wal-mart.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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