Express Scripts does background checks. When we asked the company about this, they told us:
“Yes, we perform background checks prior to employment and continue to screen candidates ongoing as they are employed with us.”
It’s unclear what ongoing screening of employees refers to. However, we did find online information from employees about drug testing — more on this later.
The company’s application form asks for criminal history information. However, it also includes the following instruction:
“Do not disclose information regarding juvenile court proceedings or minor traffic violations. This will not automatically bar you from employment. All circumstances surrounding criminal disclosures will be considered. Have you ever been convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to, been imprisoned, or been on probation or parole for any crime? (Misdemeanor or Felony)”
Interestingly, the form also specifies what you’re required to disclose about your record in particular states.
Here’s how background checks work across the country:
In some states, only the last seven years are considered in a background check. These states are:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
In very few states, companies won’t look at any offences where you were found not guilty. Here are those states:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Be warned that employers in most states review your whole record in a background check. This applies to not guilty verdicts, even. These states are:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Express Scripts gets similar ratings on the two sites we looked at.
They get 3.3 out of 5 on indeed.com based on over 34,000 employee reviews. The company scores highest for pay and benefits and work life balance.
The glassdoor.com rating is 3 out of 5. Here, there were more than 2,600 reviews. Forty-eight percent of people said they’d recommend the company to a friend and 74% approve of the CEO.
Furthermore, a current employee suggests that Express Scripts is “a better company than the ratings show.” The reviewer adds that the company has good work-life balance and benefits, and upper management is actively working to improve their reputation.
What felonies Express Scripts will not hire
The company didn’t say if there were specific charges that would stop your application from being considered, but our research showed there are a few convictions that will make it a lot harder to get past the application stage.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Does Express Scripts hire felons? Seems like yes, but your felony will have an impact. If you have drug offenses in your background, you may have a more difficult time getting hired at Express Scripts. The hiring manager will want to know the circumstances of your crimes. In addition, if you’ve been addicted to drugs, they’ll want to know what you’ve done to address this.
Crimes on your record such as theft and fraud will also be an issue for this company. Since pharmaceuticals can be easily stolen, Express Scripts wants to make sure they have trustworthy employees.
Finally, if you’ve been convicted of assault the company may be concerned. Understandably, they’ll want to know you can work well with your co-workers and deal appropriately with customers.
So, it may be more difficult to get a job at Express Scripts with a felony like the above. Just remember that you’ll get a chance to explain the circumstances and make a good impression on the hiring manager.
Does Express Scripts hire sex offenders?
We’re not sure. The company didn’t say, and no one has posted about it concretely online.
Does Express Scripts drug test?
Yes, the company website confirms a pre-employment drug test is part of the hiring process.
Also, employees commented online that random drug tests are done every few months for current employees.
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