Thread regarding Walmart layoffs

Walmart Pharmacy Layoffs Today (June 2019)

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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Post ID: @OP+ZIIsPn5

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We better be covered bc it’s coming out of our checks. We should have insurance till 8/30. We are still considered employees until we sign our severance.

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Post ID: @Znko+ZIIsPn5

Anyone having issues with Walmart health insurance? I had a child see the dr on 8/8/19 and the EOB shows coverage not active for date of service.
Also had DM txt today “Just checking in- any luck with finding a spot? Nothing new to report in the market”

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Post ID: @Zcux+ZIIsPn5

Has anyone been hired back at Walmart or found jobs at other employers? I applied for a job. I felt liked damaged goods also. We’ve not been displaced we have been disgraced.
They haven’t ruined anybody’s life yet. If you can afford to take a cheaper rate as a new hire do do do. Stay with your family and friends. But if you can’t maybe a move will be a great blessing.

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Post ID: @Xmvq+ZIIsPn5

I had to sell my house or trying to sell house and move to a larger area. No one where I live would hire me for full time and give me a better rate then a new hire. So I have to pick up roots and move. Leaving behind a lot of friends and family. But had many good offers in a larger area and I start working soon. Walmart has officially ruined my life. But I’m just hoping this is a blessing in disguise.

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Post ID: @Xpuu+ZIIsPn5

Anyone have any luck getting a job? According to the Walmart job site there are no pharmacist jobs in Iowa. I have had interviews with other companies, but get the feeling that they see displaced Walmart pharmacists as "damaged goods" and are staying away from us. Anyone else have those feelings!

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Post ID: @Xwnp+ZIIsPn5

My job as well taken by PCSM. I have no loyalty to Walmart to go back bc they are so micromanaged they cannot get anything done. Way too much management and not enough workers. They would talk down to us all the time. Some real winners in district mgr and above in that company.

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Post ID: @Wqxd+ZIIsPn5

To the last post. I also had the same thing happen. A PCSM took my job. No help finding a new position. Can’t even get on Walmart one to find info. And no idea how they chose us. I just know I was the highest paid in my area so I figure that was the reason for me.

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Post ID: @Wwkk+ZIIsPn5

When hiring back the displaced individuals, company wants to "best candidate". If you have any issues, or manager has any issues with you, you are technically fired. This is a way for hiring the right people

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Post ID: @Wazq+ZIIsPn5

Someone below mentioned that 9/5 will be our last regular paycheck, then comes severance. I have also NOT been contacted about any of the positions listed on career page. Who else here basically just had their position taken from them with no explanation and no just cause, only for it to be handed to someone else? I still don't understand how we were picked?

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Post ID: @Vfdx+ZIIsPn5

Does anyone know if this is last paycheck or will there be one more after Aug 30 term date?

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Post ID: @Vifk+ZIIsPn5

Agree totally with disgraced pharmacist. This is Walmart’s problem with not properly negotiating with PBM. Also, when cvs was buying Aetna, Caremark where were they? Asleep st the wheel?

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Post ID: @Vsko+ZIIsPn5

Our store had roughly a 20% payroll cut. I wonder if they will eventually add hours? Good luck to them come vaccination and cough and cold season.

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Post ID: @Vlgr+ZIIsPn5

I went in and counted all the posted positions for pharmacist. I counted roughly 225 and I know I didn’t count them all.

  1. How many are the jobs of the “displaced” pharmacist that they have reposted?
  2. Has anyone been contacted about any of these jobs? Has anyone called you and asked you to take one of those jobs even though it may mean pulling up roots and moving?
  3. Are the posted jobs going to be filled at $35 /hr and part time?

I don’t know if displaced pharmacist is the proper wording maybe they should call us the disgraced pharmacist.

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Post ID: @Vuun+ZIIsPn5

Hope anyone that got let go is getting severance. If they term u for some bs reason do u still get severance or is that the new way to avoid paying us? I got laid off and this is second time so I’m taking it as that’s it. Once when I was hourly and now salary. I’m done. Time to look for another job.

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Post ID: @Uqrs+ZIIsPn5

I can attest to firing tenured pharmacists for cause. I am a tech and at my store they fired my pharmacy manager over some BS reason. The PCSM replaced him. It was total nonsense.

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Post ID: @Tpno+ZIIsPn5

I have a question about the $35 per hour salary for pharmacist. Where is this taking place? I've worked for over 20 years for Wal-mart and can remember when starting pay for pharmacists was$57.00 per hour in 2007 Midwest. What has happened to salaries?

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Post ID: @Rcre+ZIIsPn5

Call the severence line that someone reported in this blog. I spoke with them and got all of my info.

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Post ID: @Rakq+ZIIsPn5

Has anyone received their paperwork? Does anyone know how many weeks of severance we will get what if I do not have 5 years of service? I should have went to PA school or PT

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Post ID: @Refr+ZIIsPn5

Do we have any updates or evidence of “firing for cause?”

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Post ID: @Rmyb+ZIIsPn5

I called Walmart's severance line at 1-800-622-3989 and they said we are paid through August 30th and our last paycheck will be on 9/5. The last paycheck will include 5 days of PTO if you have up to that unused. Early September they will send out paperwork for severance pay. Hope that helps! I couldn't find the Facebook group/page that was created either.

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Post ID: @Qiab+ZIIsPn5

I cannot get an answer from my dm and I cannot sign into Walmart one. I’m wondering when our last paycheck is if anyone knows?

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Post ID: @Qppz+ZIIsPn5

Are they not paying through August 30th

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Post ID: @Qprw+ZIIsPn5

I could not find Facebook acct as well. I think our last check is aug 22. Then if not rehired severence May be next pay day,

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Post ID: @Qove+ZIIsPn5

I cannot find that facebook group one of the users here created even after searching for it....is it active?

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Post ID: @Qdqm+ZIIsPn5

When is our last paycheck ? I will be filing unemployment after that. Is it 8/22?

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Post ID: @Qmfg+ZIIsPn5

Walmart always screws everything up. As long as u have it in writing I should be fine.

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Post ID: @Qymo+ZIIsPn5

So I’m the rehire that posted earlier, I never said that my pay was $35/hr actually it was the same rate as I had before just less hours (48 vs 72) anyways seems like I’m screwed more so than the rest because they won’t restart me until after August 30th, so according to corporate that I called yesterday I’m out the severance pay, and if they decide not to start me or change their minds I’m out a job as well. And unfortunately I don’t have the funds to wait for a better offer so anything even a $35/hr position I might have to consider even temporarily

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Post ID: @Qcfo+ZIIsPn5

To the blogger who questioned me on my hourly rate. You and I may work in different demographics. Let me clarify this to you. I will not be a pharmacist with all my knowledge, loyalty and skill. I am not selling this profession short while we have endless middle managers making money on our backs. Time to rally for pharmacy not be a doormat.get ur Walmart money paid out then become active in the future of pharmacy our profession.

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Post ID: @Qzmv+ZIIsPn5

To the pharmacist who would not take $35 per hour. You will probably be forced to temper your expectations for salary going forward. Make no mistake, this purge was about nothing but money. Wages went up quickly and dramatically 15 to 20 years ago as a result of the shortage of pharmacists. There were more jobs than there were bodies to fill them at that time and the result was higher offers and sign-on bonuses to lure potential pharmacists. Now that dynamic has flipped and salaries will almost certainly go back down just as quickly and dramatically. I believe $40 to $50 per hour is probably going to be the going rate in the very near future. And that is if you're lucky enough to find a job at all.

I don't mean to be pessimistic, but the law of supply and demand will dictate salaries and I'm afraid we will need to adjust our thinking in terms of compensation.

I'm not excusing the tactics that WMT uses to purge themselves of their highest paid pharmacists in any way, shape, or form. They are repugnant and sleazy. But I'm afraid that it is just a preview of things to come as companies (and especially pharmacies) cut costs by any means possible.

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Post ID: @Qsjp+ZIIsPn5

I would continue to look for other jobs as u may find something better. It can’t hurt. So will 8/22 be our last paycheck or are we paid through 8/30 and get our last paycheck through August and our last the next pay period. Or is our severence paid out on the first payday in September? I cannot log into Walmart one and my dm has been of no help. Appreciate any info.

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Post ID: @Pric+ZIIsPn5

Hi, I was the “rehire” so I was actually told during my lay-off that my position would be open again but for only 48 hrs vs my previous 72 hrs biweekly. I was asked to reapply per my dm on Walmart 1 and even interviewed. However now it’s been almost a month since and I haven’t heard anything. I have received an offer letter but I’ve been kept in limbo. As far as the information online it seems the fact that I have accepted another position with Walmart voids out my potential for receiving my severance pay, and yet I still haven’t been able to start so I don’t know if next week is my last paycheck. I feel duped, and unsure to wait it out or look for other jobs

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Post ID: @Pghg+ZIIsPn5

For the person that just got rehired, did u apply with ur resume for the position? I was told to send my resume in for any open position. Did u find job posting on Walmart 1? Half my previous salary would be like 35 dollars an hour and I would not take that. Please explain.

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Post ID: @Prwq+ZIIsPn5

So I got rehired with Walmart, for my previous position but at 1/2 base salary/hrs. At least they told me I got rehired sent me the offer letter etc... that was in July I have yet to be able to start working apparently there is a glitch in the system the dm has told me and I haven’t been officially rehired yet. I signed the offer letter so that means I get no severance pay, so August 22 so far is my last paycheck? Don’t know what to do, they keep telling me they know the August 30 deadline is approaching it’s just a glitch but do I wait it out and assume I will start soon, do I get the severance pay?

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Post ID: @Phtk+ZIIsPn5

So I started a fb page just so it’s easier for everyone to connect and ask questions. It’s simply called Walmart layoffs. It’s not to bash Walmart only to help connect those of us impacted. I know this had to affect everyone in different ways and I feel this group can help everyone transition through. It’s a secret group and only members that are approved can see posts.

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Post ID: @Oqvy+ZIIsPn5

In response to someone else’s proposition...That would be awesome to start a Facebook page we can use for networking after we get paid out. I feel like now it’s much harder to find a job without connections. If asked about why you left your last employer, I agree to tell them about the layoff or circumstance. Best to be straightforward about it. As far as when severance is paid, the website mentions after they receive your signed release and separation agreement, it will take a week to process and then you’ll be paid the following company pay day.

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Post ID: @Nagv+ZIIsPn5

I saw this coming for awhile. After working for cvs for 5 years and Walgreens for 8, for the life of me I could not understand their dumb a– business model. You have conexus which is slower than dial up always buffering ready to blow. We were working on windows 7. I kept saying to myself do they really plan on staying in pharmacy? Microsoft won’t support anymore. And the dumb a– bagging system is r—ded. Waste of time. I just was just thinking I need to get outta here. All of health and beauty shelves were empty. I just could only collect my paycheck and wonder.

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Post ID: @Nbkc+ZIIsPn5

To the “It’s happening post” what evidence do we have for writing up and firing the tenured pharmacists?

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Post ID: @Mlcy+ZIIsPn5

This is a repost, but IT IS HAPPENING!!

They are going to write up tenured pharmacists for every little nit picking thing going forward. Write them up and then terminate them "for cause". No messy severance pay. No negative press. District supervisors will be used as henchmen. They will have an unspoken quota of senior pharmacist jobs to make go away to try to pump up profits. Some of them will know what they are doing is wrong and will step down or leave the company, but the rest of them will prostitute their morality and dignity to the company and do what they are told until they shrink their market to the point that they will then also lose their jobs.

It will be hard to feel any sympathy for them at that point.

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Post ID: @Miki+ZIIsPn5

We should all be glad Walmart forced us out. Walmart pharmacy is a sinking ship. They’re too much of a reactive company, hiring these past executives from CVS and Walgreens. They need to be proactive in health care instead of responding to what everyone else does 2 years late. Reimbursement rates are not going to increase any time soon. The PBMs and Heath insurance companies are making record profits. CVS was bold and purchased Caremark over a decade ago. They have now acquired Aetna. Health care is consolidating. Walmart Pharmacy will never be more that a sunk cost to get people in the door. I was somebody that way displaced by politics. Other opportunities will present themselves, stay strong and don’t give up hope. Keep looking for something and networking likes it’s your full time job

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Post ID: @Mbar+ZIIsPn5

Whatever happened to the e-mail list that was being compiled? Are displaced pharmacists connected on that yet?

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