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I have been working at Walgreens part-time (More than a year)RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEORecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
- The people I work with are awesome, which is not always the case in an up-in-the-air industry like retail.
- A quiet neighborhood means less work and less stress - not necessarily a pro about Walgreens itself as much as it's a piece of advice for where you choose to work.
- The employee discount applies immediately and is actually pretty good. 15% on everything (except drugs and dairy) and 25% on Walgreens brand products. That's actually REALLY good.
- It's retail, which means no matter how nice it is, you still have to go through silly faux formalities like greeting every customer like their appearance is the best thing about your day - just be glad we don't have to say "Be Well" anymore. That was a travesty.
- Depending on your schedule, you'll get picked multiple times in a row to do things like throw out the garbage and clean the bathrooms.
- If you're male, expect to do more work - it's that simple.
- There is an extremely heavy emphasis on "facing," or making products look nice on the shelves. It's overrated busywork, since those nice products won't look perfect within an hour of the store opening the next day. While it's important on some level, it's not as important as management makes it seem like.
- Those yellow and blue tags for sales have to be put up by someone. Expect to stay late on Saturday nights to get as many done as possible. What a huge waste of paper, money, and the possibility of technology (like put digital screens on the shelves for convenient price changes and sales notifications - something, dang).
- Even if you wear dark jeans, like brown or gray, some management members won't like that... it's almost like they think Walgreens is some kind of high-class shopping environment. Here's a hint: if it takes you the entire day to realize I've been wearing jeans, I don't think a customer who is in the store for ten minutes is going to notice, or care.
Advice to Management
- Cut costs by getting rid of antiquated technology and methods. Like tagging.
- Remember to have fun.
- Don't put professionalism above being human. I don't know who thought of the idea of saying "Be Well," but that was a huge mistake. Nobody communicates like that.