Employee Voices

He’s Worked Here 45 Years – And He’s Not Stopping Anytime Soon

Scott Neidig’s career has come full circle – from delivery professional to distribution center operations manager, and finally back to the roads as a driver.

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1977 marked a big year for McKesson employee Scott Neidig. Not only did he get married and become a father, but he also began his career as a delivery professional in Sunbury, Pa., where he would transport medical supplies to customers.

Each morning, he would hop in his delivery truck, fold his Pennsylvania paper map to focus on the area he was assigned to drive, and tape it to the center of his steering wheel.

“This was before cell phones and GPS,” he explains. “If I got lost along my route, a local policeman, postman or gas station attendant would be my best friend – helping me get back on the right path. I can’t believe how much navigating I used to do just purely based off memory.”

Scott recalls when pagers were introduced and provided to some drivers. He always kept some spare change in his pocket so that when he got paged, he’d stop at a local public pay phone and call his manager.

It was a routine he followed for 15 years until he decided to shift gears in his career. Seeking additional perspective and growth, he took on a new role within one of McKesson’s local distribution centers (DCs). He quickly learned the best way to manage warehouses by reading books on the topic.

Scott Neidig taking a selfie

Scott Neidig

“I invested my time in learning everything I could about the logistics and process of the business, and when the company saw my potential, they began to invest in me as well, sending me to local leadership and training seminars,” he says.

His talent and tenure proved a valuable asset to the team – ultimately, he was promoted to manage the entire warehouse after just eight years in his role. Since that time, Scott has experienced six mergers and acquisitions, all the while continuing to hold various management positions at different DCs over the next several years.

Scott explains that he’s confident in his decision to stay with the company throughout the decades not only due to the strong job security, but because he feels strongly connected to our company’s purpose.

“I feel good about what McKesson stands for as a company, our values, and knowing we play a role in providing better health for people across the country,” he explains.

One aspect of his role that he’s taken particular pride in has been stepping up and assisting in the aftermath of various disasters. He recalls a particular instance where he visited a DC in North Carolina to provide support following a local a hurricane.

“I brought a team of four with me, and we handled the inbound and outbound deliveries so the local delivery professionals could be at home recovering from the impact and taking care of their families.”

He adds that he also visited many other DCs over the decades to help with support or training new leaders and employees.

“When the team was asked if anyone wanted to volunteer to visit another DC for support, I was always the first to raise my hand, because I was eager to get there and let my colleagues know we were there for them.”

Yet with decades of experience both as a transportation leader and as a DC operations manager, Scott ultimately decided to make a bold move – he transferred into a position as a delivery driver and dock lead, a move that would bring him closer to his family.

“I felt good about the transition, knowing that in less than 50 years I had started my career as a delivery professional and held every role possible within the DC before coming full circle and revisiting my role as a driver,” he says.

Being closer to home allows Scott to spend more time with his family and on his passion projects, like flipping houses. His goal, he says, is to reach 50 years with McKesson. But he isn’t planning his retirement just yet.

“This job keeps me young,” he says. “If I feel this great at my 50th work anniversary, I’ll do another 10 years, and maybe even another 10 after that.”

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