Questions and Answers about Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix

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It's really difficult to make a career out of working in cosmetics unless you're lucky enough to have an Associate who is willing to pay you a fair, living wage. Most of the time management will just use you as needed, and cut your hours or ignore you seniority if someone they "like better" happens to come along. The way head office delegates how stores should be run REALLY creates an unhealthy and cutthroat environment in almost every store. Employees are terrible to each other for fear of losing out on opportunities or suffering consequences for things they shouldn't. I would NEVER recommend anyone choose Shoppers unless you are absolutely desperate for a job. In my ten+ years working there, I can't even comprehend how awful I've seen people treat one another. It's not worth the stress, the pay is AWFUL and there's rarely room for advancement. Ten years and I have NOTHING to show for myself or my career.

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Horrible work environment . Catty and stupid a specially st Murale. Ignore clients and hate all new comers a specially if you can sell , very threaded. The only kindness I received was from other companies demo people. Shut them down. Thank god im not there anymore. They don’t even give you a chance. I received a glowing review one day and the next I was terminated go figure, with no excuse ?

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I work for only 3 days . Don't like it . Team was not verry friendly . I did my best to have spirit team . I felt there was a barrier with me . And no training . When I served a costumer for a ligne cosmetic i call my collègue to help but she took the sell . We could have share or with the next costumer . It's normal at days u don't know and u need to ask . DInt feel it was my place . Pass training only for cash and I like better my day doing service costumer . She was nice . Thank god I'm out of there .

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Unfair work schedules. Suppose to be available for all shifts, day, evenings, and weekends. Some restrict their hours of availability after their three months are up, e.g.. only available for day shift and no weekends. Friends of management. Still, they receive more work hours than someone that has no restrictions on their availability....plus they have evenings and weekends off!

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Micromanager from Front Store Manager- would call store from home to see how things were going...I would get text messages to say I forgot to turn off a computer monitor,,Cosmetics Manager totally rude and “scolded” me in front of a new employee about breaks, she’s immature for the position and should go back to school and take some management courses on how to speak to other employees, on application says must be available days, some evenings - I was scheduled for only evening shifts, requested days off without pay 4 weeks in advance and they got rejected with no explanation. Other cashiers and Supervisors are also on the verge of quitting. So happy I got out of that!

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Do not care about employe. Lots of favoritism. No team work. Poor management. Schedule are a mess.

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Was the worst job ever. No training and owner was very mean. Treated you like a second class citizen. Did NOT like people with any type of disability. If you have any kind of disability do NOT APPLY

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Moved away to another city!!

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A new associate had no people management skills. I blame the the company for not giving any training. All the pharmacy staff were very unhappy and looking elsewhere for new jobs. I stuck it out for 1 year believing that things would improve after the new associate "settled in". Unfortunately we lost most of our contracts. I was also given only evening and weekend shifts as the associate declared she would not work any of these. I could not even go to the annual pharmacist conference which I had attended for 10 years. Head office should have a program for all new associates which teaches them how to be respectful of employees. A "wait and observe approach" initially would have been so much better. She questioned everything we did, how and why we did it and felt compelled to change everything, i.e. even placement of the garbage can, stapler, etc. It was pretty much chaos for months as she kept changing her mind and we struggled to catch up. She did not value our input or opinions. This was her first store so the head office people that chose her should have been more involved and given her proper guidance and training.

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