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Walmart impressions? Need advice.

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by Rybko90, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Rybko90

    Rybko90 2+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Hey guys. I'm a P1 student. I've been a tech at CVS for over two years. I'm being offered to intern for Walmart. I want to stick with one company throughout pharmacy school and jump in immediately after graduating.

    I guess most people would jump ship immediately. The one thing making me consider staying with CVS is... I know everybody. I know the DM, and so forth. I want to stay in DFW, and with CVS I can be confident that I'll have a job when I graduate. Yet, I know that Walmart may be a better company to work for.

    I've only ever worked for CVS. How much better is the environment at Walmart? How manageable is the pharmacist-in-charge position? Metrics? Anything else to consider?

    Any advice is appreciated.
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  3. BidingMyTime

    BidingMyTime Lost Shaker Of Salt 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    I'd definitely consider benefits, hours, locations. No, most people wouldn't just ship immediately, you will find pharmacist who have worked for both who prefer CVS over Walmart, and you will find pharmacists who have worked for both who prefer Walmart over CVS. Which one *you* would prefer is going to be individual to you, and how you prioritize different things.
  4. FMLazole

    FMLazole 2+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    I've worked for both CVS and Walmart... Ultimately, they are very similar. I usually just say that Walmart is 2 years behind CVS. Anything you see added at a CVS (immunizations, MTM, daily audits/tasks, customer surveys, etc) will eventually be added in a similar manner at Walmart... it's just how they stay competitive. Staffing is slightly better at Walmart (although declining over the last 6 months), benefits are similar, pay is pretty similar. I work at a pretty busy Walmart (~2300 scripts/week) and am the manager, so it's hard finding a happy medium between customer service and corporate service. If I was a staff at Walmart I feel like I would be substantially happier (much happier than I was at CVS, where I worked as a staff and it still sucked). As the previous poster mentioned, there are so many variables that it's tough to compare one directly to another.
  5. trailerpark

    trailerpark 2+ Year Member

    May 27, 2013
    The new Walmarts also have drive thrus, UGH.

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