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Pharmacy Technician in Burnaby, BC
on 1 June 2020
Great Place to workGreat pharmacy to work with. Helpful staff.I have been working here for the past 4 months and I absolutely love it. Overall, good company to work with great atmosphere
Pharmacist in Victoria, BC
on 20 May 2021
Started out great, but ended in disappointment.TL;DR: What started out as a great job turned into a toxic situation in the span of approximately 18 months. Workload went from reasonable to unmanageable. This led to long hours, frustrating workflow issues, and a lack of work-life balance. Newer employees were consistently treated better than more senior staff. New grads wanting to put into practice the breadth of knowledge they have acquired in school would do well to steer clear from this pharmacy.For the first six months, this felt like my dream job: the dispensary was “no public access”; the workload was manageable; when I was out in the field, I was seeing the same patients almost every day and developing positive therapeutic relationships with them; I was liaising with doctors, nurses, and mental health workers on a regular basis; and I really felt like I was an integral part of the team while making a positive impact on my patients’ lives, most of whom were dealing with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues. As the patient base grew, so did the workload, and unfortunately, this is when things began to go awry. There didn’t seem to be a concrete plan in place for the pharmacy’s growth, which led to chronic understaffing. Work-life balance declined significantly, and although management did make weak attempts to rectify this, it always seemed like a “one step forward, two steps back” situation. Instead of being proactive, every “fix” came a few months too late. I made specific suggestions to management on several occasions that I believed could improve the overall workflow/workload, but was dismissed and gaslit into believing that the problems were not as bad as I made them out to be, despite the fact that other employees had independently identified the same issues.The set of circumstances that finally led to my resignation were as follows:- First, my “permanent” schedule was changed without my knowledge, consultation or consent. This was the latest instance in a pattern of poor/no communication from management.- Second, my seniority in the company had very little value; newcomers would routinely be given preferential treatment with regards to scheduling and work assignments. This pharmacy is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year...but some new staff specifically requested to (1) never work on weekends/holidays, and (2) only work in the dispensary, and never out in the field (i.e. never see a single patient face-to-face). - Third, I found out that the employer had been paying the annual CPBC and BCPhA fees of the other pharmacists (a common enough practice), while I had been paying for these out-of-pocket. - Fourth, I encountered an unusual degree of resistance when trying to book a short holiday (3 days, pre-pandemic), whereas other staff did not have any issues with their holiday requests being promptly approved (these requests were for 1-2 weeks of time off, and did not overlap with my chosen dates).- Lastly, when my car broke down, management showed no flexibility and I was not permitted to take time off to have it repaired, even though my job specifically required me to have a functioning personal vehicle; instead, my partner had to take an unpaid day off from their work to take my car into the shop.I am grateful for the time I spent at Community Apothecary, as it was my introduction to the realm of mental health and addictions. However, I could not justify remaining in a position where I was on the verge of burnout, and the culture had become toxic. Where I once felt like I was “part of the team,” I was now an overworked and undervalued cog in the machine. This is the only company that I have ever worked for that did not request an exit interview. It is also the only work place where I felt that those in charge took personal offense at my departure.For those new grads who are looking to solidify their therapeutics, this is unfortunately not the place to do it. You will primarily be dealing with opioid agonist therapy, which is quite simple and straightforward. However, it seems a waste to spend so much time studying all manner of drug therapy only to be dealing with essentially the same 3-4 medications day in and day out.
Clinical Pharmacist in Vancouver, BC
on 15 January 2020
Innovative practiceThis is an innovative practice where everyone from the owner to employees are passionate about harm reduction and providing care to marginalized populations. Interprofessional collaboration between pharmacists, physicians and nurses.
Pharmacy Technician in Burnaby, BC
on 15 January 2020
Innovative company that cares about its employees and is making a difference in peoples’ wellbeing!Community Apothecary was a great experience for me. Management was very accommodating with my continuing education as I became a pharmacy technician. I thoroughly enjoyed working for Community Apothecary and would have continued if the lower Mainland wasn’t so crowded and expensive! I was paid an excellent wage and treated with respect. Consideration was always given to any suggestions/ ideas I had to offer.
Pharmacy Assistant in Burnaby, BC
on 13 January 2020
Great place to work!The pharmacy staff are a delight to work with, very friendly, helpful and supportive of each other. Management was approachable and open to new ideas. Work schedule was flexible within reason allowing a good work-life balance.
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