Anyone hearing about pharmacy layoffs happening today? It seems that some techs got axed - not sure how reliable the info is, chime in if you have any info...
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They're still at it. Check out what happened to George on the thread about about Walmart actively terminating long term employees. It should be right under this one for a while in the "Active" post section of this site.
What a slimy, morally bankrupt company!
I am right there with you. Haven’t stepped foot in a Walmart since this S happened last year. Hope the PBMs continue to crush Walmart
I will NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER forget how I was treated. You cannot understand the embarrassment, humiliation and shame I utterly feel every day. I check this everyday hoping that the perpetrators will have greater shame , embarrassment and humiliation heaped on them. I cannot get over being treated worse than a nasty used piece of gum that they have sc-aped off their shoe. I just wonder how many others feel the same way.
I think they will hold off until flu season is over. Also heard remote 4 pointing is being piloted in some regions
Heard through the market director gossip grapevine that more layoffs are still coming but no specifics. What all have you heard?
As Forrest Gump said in the movie, "And then God showed up!"!
• Health & Wellness – Sean Slovenski, Senior Vice President and President, Health & Wellness – Walmart U.S.
He was just fired after 2 years at Walmart
They're at it again. I hope they nuke some pharmacy MM's and RM's. The slugs have it coming to them.
Well gang, we've made it a year! Take a moment to congratulate yourself. Have an adult beverage. Play Elton John's "I'm Still Standing". I was lucky enough to find employment immediately after the company committed treason to the profession and stabbed their long-term employees in the back. The same employees who worked holidays, weekends, and evenings and missed their kid's ballgames and family get-togethers to make the pharmacy run and help the company meet their performance goals.
And now, by all appearances, it sounds as if they are getting ready to screw another bunch of those who were fortunate (?) enough to make it through last year's carnage. Karma is hell. They will get theirs.
Screw 'em! You've made it a year now, so you can make it the rest of your days without being an indentured servant to the Evil Empire.
Keep on moving and never look back!
I still have days where I feel down about being let go with no other options presented (like reducing my hours or floating or both). I wonder when I'll get over this. I did not expect to completely lose my job ever! It really does have an emotional impact.
Heard from a market director there will be another “corporate restricting” come August. This thread is about to blow up again. Godspeed to any about to be “displaced”
Have there been any updates to reduction in force of market directors?
Straight to the point.
Gets us back on top of the Active list where we belong.
Many of those in our ranks are still suffering because of their greed.
HHS Statements on Authorizing Licensed Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests
Earlier today, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health issued new guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that the U.S. Food and D–g Administration has authorized.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement:
"Giving pharmacists the authorization to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients means easier access to testing for Americans who need it. Pharmacists play a vital role in delivering convenient access to important public health services and information. The Trump Administration is pleased to give pharmacists the chance to play a bigger role in the COVID-19 response, alongside all of America's heroic healthcare workers."
HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett P. Giroir, M.D. issued the following statement:
"In an effort to expand testing capabilities, we are authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients. The accessibility and distribution of retail and independent community-based pharmacies make pharmacists the first point of contact with a healthcare professional for many Americans. This will further expand testing for Americans, particularly our healthcare workers and first responders who are working around the clock to provide care, compassion and safety to others."
OASH's Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists, COVID-19 Testing, and Immunity under the PREP Act is available here.
FDA's Emergency Use Authorizations for diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to public health emergencies is available here.
Priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection are available here.
It won't be long and they'll have the poor s—ers left working in their war zone pharmacies performing COVID-19 tests. Knowing this c-ap company, they will have a quota on not only how many tests they will need to perform, but also on how many of those tests need to come out positive. Then they can advertise what a great and benevolent thing they have done and how great they are for America. They can also browbeat the pharmacists to get a million new pr-scrip-ions and perform at least that many immunizations and MTM services.
As they cut their tech hours.
Lord! I am soooooo glad that I am out from under that stress!!!!!
love the previous comment about market directors beating up on the pharmacy staff. That is no surprise really. They’re just simply middle management information pushers who think they’re pharmacy gods. They love barking orders but are usually so far removed from pharmacy that they have no clue about what is going on in actual pharmacies
A little birdie told me that Walmart is losing tons of pr-scrip-ions due to transfers because they don't have drive-thru and that the market managers are beating the staff like a rented mule to regain market share.
They set the business model and build the stores without drive-thru in the pharmacy, but it's on the pharmacists to fix it!
I'm glad I'm not a player in that shyte show anymore.
Thank you for posting. Makes me feel better to read these. Helps me realize I am not going crazy and I am not the only one still out here. Hearing so many good things on TV now about Wal-Mart and I makes me so upset. Because I know the truth about how they treat their employees.
I am going to post something.....anything.....on this thread at least every other week to keep this post near the top of the Active list. Walmart is running image ads about how benevolent they are on television all the time and I want as many people as possible to remember how they treat their people.
Thanks for sharing!
I take comfort in knowing I wasn't the only one that had it bad at Sam's. My district mostly consisted of the laziest rphs who happened to be the same ethnic group that went to the same pharmacy school years ago and many of them were couples/siblings/cousins. They'd cover one another's unethical behavior and gossip in their own language during business hours hating on pharmacists that weren't part of their click and I was one of them. One of them somehow got a hold of my rate and found out my rate was highest in the district although I was the youngest. Yeah that's what they'd do at work instead of trying to grow their already shabby rx volume. And the DM let them cuz he was one of them too. They'd even bash the RM during conference calls lol
I could go on and on about the disgusting toxic things they did and got away with. But my point is that I've managed to move on. Much less patient interaction at my current job and less stress with bright responsible techs. While they stay in that shxxhole that could close down anytime due to inability to compete with Costco. Or they could all get corona and suffer! Karma better be real!
If it's any consolation, the place has become a house of horrors to work for. Even worse than before. I was on the Sam's side. I was not purged like most of you, but I had suddenly received a poor evaluation after years of good ones. My greatest sins were getting older and using 4 days of medical leave to have hernia surgery after only using 1 sicks day in years and years of service. The week that you fine people were being terminated through no fault of your own, I was being coached for being irresponsible for using a refrigerator that had been in place and in use for longer than I had even worked in the store. The MM that coached me had never previously had an issue with it, nor had any of her predecessors. I was called irresponsible by this cowardly slug just a week and a half after I had bailed her sorry a– out by working in the middle of PTO I had scheduled and had had approved 10 months prior because she also gave too many other pharmacists approved PTO after already approving mine.
Anyway, I had seen how this movie ended for several of my colleagues and decided it was time to leave on my own terms rather than giving the scumbag RM (who was driving all of this) the satisfaction of forcing my cowardly MM to terminate me for "cause". I enjoyed a great reputation and connections in the community and was able to land another job and turn in notice that very same week, despite being in my 60's.
Karma is hell, because it took them two months to finally replace me with a former Clinical Services Market Manager who then quit only 4 months later because the job was too stressful. After two more months, they hired a former CVS pharmacist who had previously worked with a technician I had recently hired. She made it only two weeks with this sorry company and quit at the end of a shift without even giving notice. She sent word to me through our mutual friend that the same cowardly MM was a total batch to her and that she had given her no training.
Meanwhile, my new boss loves me and has given me bonuses and letters of appreciation for my attitude and the value I provide to him as an employee. He has expressed that he is thankful for Walmart's stupidity for letting me get away. My stress is gone. Life is good again.
Walmart s—s the big one and life is too short to work for people willing screw long-term employees because they committed the sin of getting a bit older or even just so they can save a few bucks. Such people have no morals and will prostitute themselves to do whatever it takes to serve the false god they have found in this horrible company. Yes, LM, I'm talking to you. I've got news for you. Your turn to face the axe is coming. And like me, you have a reputation. Except mine is good. You will get yours. I've already got mine!
Don't let this company get you down, people. They're not worth it! You are better than that! You deserve better than that! You will be better off in a year or two than you were before this company poisoned your soul. And they will have to answer for their actions at some point in time.
Hang in there!
Yes I watch one or two times a day. I feel betrayed by my fellow pharmacist, my employer and my profession. I am also having a hard time accepting and coping with what happened.
Is anyone still out there? Still trying to cope with this. Not sure why I can’t move on. Anyone else?
The good new is you've got a job. The bad news is........you've got a job!!
Sound like a company we all know and loathe??
Left the beast before the inevitable axe hit us. I saw the writing my on the wall. Pharmacy as it was is gone. We must diversify or die.
I got out and changed my niche before they kicked me out. Whatever you do, find that specialty and go all in on it. I chose natural health and got my certificate as a Natural Health Clinician. Change things up and get out before you are forced to!
(Program I used: https://drbryanb.thinkific.com/courses/natural-health-clinician-certificate )
Work as a pharmacy tech if you have to. At least it keeps you involved until something comes up. Work on certifications (eg. diabetes, MTM etc) Go back to college get an MBA, maybe a nurse etc.
Kind of wish the layoffs didn't happen when the pharmacist market was so tight. It's like a double punch. Anyone have any leads on remote pharmacist work that doesn't require a residency (just previous retail experience)? I haven't heard much about any more changes to H&W
This thread should not die. This is how Walmart operates. People need to remember that fact when they produce their stupid commercials with Elton John music trying to portray this piece of krap company as a positive influence in America.
Read this thread!
This is the REAL face of Walmart!!
Any further updates to the whole vision center realignment and cuts to middle do nothing management (market directors)?
I haven’t found a job yet. I am a little down and depressed. I may have to go back to school and find another career. I hope to find something that i could combine both educations to do. I feel the profession of pharmacy is going swirling down the toilet. I may just find another career altogether. I’m over 60 and no one wants to hire someone my age. I’m not ready to hang it up yet, any suggestions on where to turn.
Thank you for the wonderful comments. I need to remember how much each one of us was loved and are still loved. And the comments about lack of confidence also hits the nail on its head. I have been struggling with that also. After hearing that comment I think some of my sadness is from my lack of confidence from what Wal-Mart did to us. I need to keep working on building that back up. 😊
Me too! I am also a "recovering Walmart pharmacist". I love my new job. And the person who replaced me has already quit because the job was too stressful! 😎👍
Please don't cry. They're not worth it.
You did nothing wrong. Everyone who loved you before this happened still loves you. You've gotten another job and don't have to prostitute yourself or your license to them or their minions any longer. Never again. Cry for those still trapped if you must, but forgive yourself and move on. If you are unable, please seek counseling. This company isn't worthy of your sense of self worth and certainly doesn't deserve your tears.
I spoke to a former Walmart pharmacist today who the company threw out this past year. She had just received her first formal review from her new employer. They gave her very high marks for her performance and she was very happy with her evaluation. Towards the end , she asked her supervisor what she should be focusing on going forward, and he indicated that she occasionally lacked confidence despite the quality of her work. She told him that her previous employer had knocked her confidence level down a few notches.
This company doesn't give a rat's a– what they do to you or your confidence, but she is much happier and less stressed and is much happier as a recovering Walmart pharmacist. It was good talking to her again. Most of the pharmacists still working for this immoral, garbage company would k–l to experience her obvious overall sense of relief.
I also have a much better job. Less stressful
And better hours. Less pay but it’s good enough. I still cry daily over what happened though. I am so afraid of losing another job. I had to uproot my whole life and start over at 52. And it is much better now but for some reason Walmart has changed me. I am a strong person but I haven’t fully recovered yet. So glad to hear a success story on here. God Bless you for surviving this. I never knew how hard losing a job could be. I guess I always coasted through life and never realized it. I’ve never been a mean person but Karma would be ok. I haven’t forgiven them yet.
I heard the stress level at walmart is worse than ever. This is coming from many people that are still hanging onto their jobs.
Enough time has passed for more than a few of you to have some success stories in the area of employment and life changing positive attitude or mental health adjustments. Let's keep this thread alive to encourage those of us who were treated so terribly at the hands of this immoral, gutless, corporation and remind them that there is a life after fricking Walmart.
I'll go first. By most standards I would be considered unemployable as I am north of 60 years old. I found a job that pays a bit less than I was making at Hellmart, but has full bennies, great hours, and a stress level that could never be hoped for before. Better yet, my experience and input is appreciated by my new boss, who takes the time to express that sentiment to me regularly.
Thank you, Hellmart, for improving my life so much by shoving me out the door. It was a move I would have never made without your immoral actions. And remember, Hellmart regional and market managers, karma is hell!
Would love to see some of these rumors come to fruition. I know they tried doubling up some markets a few years ago and it didn’t work so they hired a bunch of market directors back. But without vision center it may work. At companies like Publix, their district managers cover 30-40 pharmacies. Need to trim that fat and get all hands on deck for people with direct patient care. Could pay like 5-6 full time techs for what 1 market director makes
I have heard something similar but not really sure if it is all rumors! But since D40 is not under H&W anymore, it only makes sense to make districts much bigger which will result in elimination of almost 50% DM positions. I do believe, they will wait until at least April to do something.
All kinds of rumors flying. Division 1 thinks that vision center is coming to Division 1. They think that pharmacy is going to be left in Division 10. Each division 10 district will be merged into 2 districts, essentially cutting half of MHWD. Each MHWD will have to reapply for a position. Where they end up is anyone’s guess. This makes you wonder if the pharmacy will be sold to a PBM or will buy a PBM.
Division 1 claims that each vision center manager may have to be a manager over 4 or more stores. This would make mini districts for vision. This would save money in vision. This is all rumors, but something is coming.
When is the next round of layoffs coming? Updates on cutting market directors, senior management, etc.