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Walgreens Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
3,946 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benifits are decent 401k profit sharing pto etc if they right manager you will love the job (in 238 reviews)

  • I also took advantage of the employee discount for a lot of the essentials (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance whatsoever if you are below store manager position at store level (in 99 reviews)

  • Upper management does not seem to care about the well being or the opinions of employees (in 150 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just another (extremely) corporate company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Clerk
    Current Employee - Store Clerk

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    They are very willing to work with your schedule and will not degrade you if you have to miss a day or if you have to get a schedule change.

    Cons

    Employees who don't meet the company's humanly impossible goals are talked down in a very humiliating manner. Experienced employees get a whopping raise of 10 cents at the end of the year (and that's if the management feels like it.). A training program is nonexistent (employees learn through the humiliation of customers yelling at them). If you do an outstanding job the company gives you a free drink with a cost limit of $1.49. The entire morale of everyone in the store is always lower than it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your experienced and loyal employees better benefits that 10 cents a year. Develop a training program and utilize it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beauty advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walgreens

    Pros

    Easy job
    Easy interview
    Good coworker
    Work with your schedule

    Cons

    Only way to move up is to be friends with management.
    Worked there 2 years, got a .05 raise

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just another number.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Walgreens is a perfect example of old school corporate culture. It's a huge company that relies heavily on the iron hand of HR to keep employees in check, so things are a bit rigid. If you aren't top 10% you don't get a bonus or a great raise. Walgreen's main focus is keeping shareholders happy, not employees. It's very difficult to modify your schedule for personal needs and most employees punch in and out and are scrutinized heavily for being away from their desks for longer than 5 minutes. There is a huge lack of trust/respect from upper management/HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time considering that your employees are people with lives outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If they only cared just a LITTLE BIT more they could fix 80% of issues with employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - ASMt
    Current Employee - ASMt

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -You're able to meet and help so many different types of people. The management salaries above SFL are not competitive enough but aren't terrible.
    -Never a dull moment, you'll have eventful days.
    -They invest in providing proper training for their leaders If you pass the tests and interviews to enter the training programs
    -They have 401k that match up to 4%

    Cons

    They value efficiency over EVERYTHING. Your personal health isn't a concern for any of the management which is a complete contradiction of the health front they present to all. Getting a meal break (even 20mins) within an 8 hour work day is an uphill battle. Does not seem like corporate mandates store managers to provide eating time for SFL, ASMT or ASM titled employees. However, i've noticed that younger kids and non management titled employees are able to receive meal breaks. This is very confusing because i thought we were all humans and require food just like everyone else. .

    Morale is always low.

    Managers can be anal and micromanage to a great degree. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with being a perfectionist and demanding the best from your staff because thats what they should be giving you. However, negativity, complaining and poor attitude will NOT help you as a manager; for some reason managers can't see this. The truth is that most of these managers know what to do but DO NOT really know how to manage people. They either use fear or just bark orders in an unpleasant manner. Apparently they don't know that a way to encourage staff, get them to work hard and WILLINGLY give you their best actually exists. I was a manager at another company prior for over 10 years and we did it successfully with encouragement and constructive criticism so i know its possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You win more bees with honey. Listen to your staff's needs and at least do them the courtesy of pretending that you care about them and their health.

    -If your staff believes you don't care about them, they will in turn not care about your priorities and this WILL affect your store negatively...trust me. Say goodbye to ECC, proper OSA and willingness to do anything correctly from any of them. You cannot expect to get 100% if you make them feel like slaves.

    -Give positive encouragement, complement them on one of the things they excel in from time to time.

    -Let your staff leaders work to figure out challenges together as a team to help each other out before snapping at them. This will create a stronger sub management team leaving you to focus on bigger issues that store managers should be focusing on. If they need to, they will call.

    -You don't have to be friends with your staff (and in most cases you shouldn't), but they MUST respect your leadership. If you beat them down all the time they will not hesitate to throw you under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's an easy job, but very boring.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Marcos, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Marcos, TX

    I worked at Walgreens

    Pros

    Simple
    8 hour shifts
    Easy to request a day off

    Cons

    Boring
    "Hello welcome to Walgreens" to everyone that enters.
    Have to say "thank you and be well".
    Managers were rude.
    Pay "shift leaders" way low, they basically did everything a manager does but more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the environment more fun, don't be so serious all the time. Treat all employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Been with the company for 1 year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Profit sharing matched 4% ok

    Cons

    Starting pay for shift leader is 11.50

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It has been good so far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    People I work with in my store are great.

    Cons

    If you get on DM's bad side you are stuck there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to ask why something is wrong not just automatically jump to conclusions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    15 or 20% discount
    Schedule flexibility
    Only have to work 1 time a month to keep employment and discount.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about employees. Took away the raises.have gotten 20cent raise over 3 years working while the CEO is making more and more money. They are constantly getting rid of positions to save money. Telling employees they can take a pay cut or leave and i mean a substantial pay cut like $5 pr hr which is a big difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Started out being a great place to work but by the end everyone was constantly afraid of losing their job due to the ever changing directives.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Walgreens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place if you like to be around a lot of people. Benefits include medical, dental, profit sharing, paid time off, employee discount among others.

    Cons

    A lot of back stabbing goes on behind your back. The exact people you feel you can trust are the ones you have to watch out for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage your people. Give them the tasks needing to be done and let them do their jobs. Allow them to do their job without fear of being fired every other day for no reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learned a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay if hired at least 3 years ago but pay scale changed for new hires

    Cons

    Company does not value their hard working employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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