CVS vs. Walgreens as a new pharmacist (Class of 2020)? Walgreens is offering 46$/hr as a floater, and CVS is offering 53$/hr as a staff pharmacist.

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I heard CVS would help pharmacists to pay back loans. Do you guys know anything about it?
 
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Marzapan

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I heard CVS would help pharmacists to pay back loans. Do you guys know anything about it?
Yeah they help you pay off your loans by giving you an allowance of $30/hr for the otherwise volunteer pharmacist work you'd be doing for them. The other term for this is called "giving you a paycheck."
 
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Holy crap how is it only $46/hr???

Anything above 15 USD / hour is good. I'm happy that wages are still in the 40's giving the massive saturation the industry is seeing with ~15,000 new grads a year. Hopefully it won't dip into the 30's USD / hour until 2021 at the earliest.
 

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@FoodstampPharmacist 's benchmark is a $15/hr Walmart shelf stocker...

I literally used to be a shelf stocker at Wal-Mart. I would come into work, go right into the stock rooms, take a cart full of items and start putting it away. I would stop by the breakroom once in a while and slam down some coffee at my discretion. Nobody ever gave me any crap, not my boss, coworkers, or customers.

It was arguably the best job I ever had.
 
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Meawhile Kaiser pharmacists being paid $80/hr with mandatory annual raises that kinda cover cost of living increases


Also CVS can screw you over and put on on a LOLblacklist that somehow other employers actually look up? SDN thread "Pharmacist blacklisted on global database Esteem"

dude, that guy had serious mental problems, there is no such database.
 
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Welcome back buddy! You still at Wally World?
LOL, hey man nah i been busy moving back home, was AFK for a bit packing and living life. Back home , looking around, but in no rush after i saw what the offers are like out there. No more moving across country or state for retail . The gamble is too high. We have a nice cushion and are happy to be taking a break from retail for a while, prob through he holidays.
 
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I would go with CVS. The only plus with Walgreens seems to be a lot of open shifts because of all the people they got rid of.

So how do you find their computer system? I imagine with all the flu shots, learning cvs workflow and software is actually harder.
 
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They're all ****ty.
Lol yep but I am just mad how I wasn’t given other chance like many of my classmates after failing their law exam on first attempt. And I know retail sucks but as a new graduate I don’t have much options. So I will take however many hours I get at first while I look for something better.
 
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If you have to make a thread and ask this question with those details, you need psych help. CVS is offering you $7/hr more plus you don't have to be a floater and drive to random cities. You'd really stay with a pharmacy for a lot less money and be a floater because you know their "computer system?" LOL, And what state and area is offering only $46/hr? That's really sad.
 
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I am currently a grad intern at Walgreens. Walgreens is offering 46$/hr as a floater, and CVS is offering 53$/hr as a staff pharmacist. I know the computer system at Walgreens, and I have to learn everything if I leave Walgreens and join CVS. Which one should I pick?
Did you not get any other offers? I feel like this would be choosing between getting hit by an 18 wheeler or run over by an elephant...
 
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