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Walgreens – Why Work For Us?

This is a very exciting time at Walgreens. No longer the local drug store, we have transformed ourselves into community-centric health and daily living stores on an international scale. Through a strategic transaction with Europe’s Alliance Boots, we have created the first global, pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise.

Today, Walgreens is the neighborhood retailer that makes health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach for everyone on a daily basis. We’re also a trusted wellness provider that supplies customers, patients and payers with everything from acute prescriptions and vaccinations to specialty pharmaceuticals and wellness services. And to our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

At Walgreens, we’re motivated to help all people – team members and customers alike. That belief extends beyond our stores and other facilities and into the communities we serve. Each year, we dedicate dollars, time and staff to various outreach programs that revolve around access to health services and providing education. It’s everything from providing free health screenings and using our electronic outdoor store signs for severe weather and missing child alerts, to meeting the critical health needs of people impacted by disasters big and small.


Walgreens has a proud history of innovation, starting in 1901 when Charles R. Walgreen Sr. first opened our doors with a pioneering focus on customer service and an array of product offerings unmatched by any other drugstore. Originally just a 50-foot by 20-foot location, Walgreens quickly became the pharmacy all others were measured by and one of the most respected American corporations.


A History of Innovation

 

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In 2010, Walgreens opened its first Well Experience format stores in the Chicago suburbs. The Well Experience concept positions our pharmacists at the desk in front of the pharmacy, allowing them to provide more patient counseling, offer clinical services, and answer questions. By making our community pharmacists more accessible, we’re focused on creating better health outcomes while generating cost savings for patients, payers, and the healthcare system.

In 2012, together, Walgreens and Alliance Boots announced that we had entered into a strategic transaction to create the first global pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise. Today, we’re continually focused on finding better ways to run our business, by developing a more efficient pharmacy system and creating a distribution center that enables people with disabilities to work alongside typically-abled individuals. We’re also seeking new ways to expand the suite of health and wellness services offered under the Walgreens brand. Our company is constantly moving forward.


Health Care:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Coverage: Comprehensive health, dental and vision plans are available to employees for themselves and their dependents. Employees may choose to enroll in one of two Walgreens Consumer Driven Health Plans, which include an account called a Health Reimbursement Account to help pay for our employees’ healthcare needs. Employees can also choose between two dental programs with the Select option including Adult and Child orthodontia. A competitive and national vision program is also available. 2014 benefits will consist of a wide variety of medical, dental and vision options open to employees at the beginning of the new year.
  • Prescription Coverage: The Walgreens Prescription Drug Plan is designed to help make the cost of prescription medications more affordable for our Walgreens employees and their families. Employees must be enrolled in a Walgreens medical plan to receive this benefit. Covered prescriptions are available to employees and their dependents for a minimal co-pay or coinsurance.
  • Well Informed Wellness Program: Our Well Informed program is designed to reward employees and their spouse/domestic partner who engage in managing their own health. The program includes incentives for participation directly deposited into the Health Reimbursement Account to help offset the deductible in the medical plan and three (3) periods throughout the year where up to $150 per employee and spouse/domestic partner can be earned in Walgreens Wellness card dollars (2014 credits for healthy activities will be presented in three (3) periods to employees via our Balance® Rewards card in similar dollar equivalent amounts). The program also includes a Zero Co-Pay prescription offering, a tobacco cessation program, and free health coaching.
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): The Walgreens Flexible Spending Account allows our employees to pay for certain out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses with before-tax dollars. For many people, this can mean more than a 20% tax savings! Employees can save hundreds of dollars a year by using the Flexible Spending Account effectively, depending on eligible expenses.
  • LGBT focused benefits: Health coverage for same-sex domestic partners is available and includes an offset to adjust for the taxation of the benefit. Other LGBT focused benefits include transgender care and re-assignment surgery. Our health plans and payroll will be adjusted in 2014 to recognize the recent IRS changes related to the DOMA decision by the Supreme Court. Our plans will recognize marriage licenses from states with open marriage laws regardless of where the employee lives.
  • Company Paid Life Insurance: You are eligible for Company-Paid Life Insurance coverage if you are enrolled in a Walgreens health plan. Benefit levels are based on length of service
  • Voluntary Accident Insurance: You may purchase Voluntary Personal Accident Insurance for coverage in the event of a covered accidental death or dismemberment.
  • Voluntary Life insurance: Group Term Life and Group Universal Life plans are available.
  • Paid Disability Leave: If you are unable to work due to a pregnancy or an illness/injury lasting more than seven calendar days, you may be eligible for short-term disability benefits at full or half pay, depending on your length of service.
  • Military Leave: Walgreens family of companies extends special benefits to employees in the military reserves who are called to active duty.
  • Personal Leave: May be provided at the discretion of the manager.

Retirement Planning/Saving:

  • Profit-Sharing: Preparing for a financially secure retirement is something we all need to do, regardless of our age. The Walgreens Profit-Sharing Retirement Plan helps employees reach their retirement savings goals.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program: The Walgreens Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) makes it easy and affordable for our employees to own shares of Walgreens. When employees enroll in the ESPP, they receive two types of benefits: the opportunity to purchase shares of Walgreens common stock at a 10% discount off the market price and without any broker’s fees.

Work/Life Balance:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO): In 2014, team members are eligible for Paid Time Off (PTO). The rate at which you accrue your PTO is based on your years of service, average hours per week, and position.
  • Sick Time: For 2013, when you average 30 or more hours per week, you are eligible for six paid sick days after six months of service. Sick time will be part of your PTO plan in 2014.
  • Holidays: The Company recognizes six paid holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Work & Life Resources: The Work & Life Resources program is an integrated employee assistance and work/life program available to all team members and eligible family members. The goal of this free program is to provide a one-stop resource to help you and your family to manage the demands of your everyday work and personal life.
  • Employee Purchase Program: Some of our vendors have set up programs that allow Walgreens employees to purchase products at special pricing.
  • Employee Discount: Walgreens employees and their immediate families are entitled to a 15% discount on most purchases at any Walgreens store and 20% on Walgreens and W brand products.
  • Job Opportunity Board/Career Connections: The JOB and Career Connection systems allow internal employees to apply for district and corporate level positions. Walgreens employees must be employed for 6 months in their current position before applying for a new position.

At Walgreens, we know that success and being a good corporate citizen go hand-in-hand. It’s a balance that we strive for in everything we do. With that in mind, we have established several priority areas that we believe best align our citizenship activities and resources with our business operations.


Education

Scholarships

  • Thousands of student team members attend pharmacy school with the help of our educational assistance program.
  • Every year, Walgreens contributes over $728,000 in pharmacy scholarships at the corporate level.

Experiential Education

  • Walgreens partners with schools and colleges of pharmacy to provide experiential education rotations to current pharmacy students as well as community colleges (pharmacy technicians), and community organizations (retail/front-end).

Diversity and Inclusion

Walgreens Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award and the Walgreens Diversity Scholarship

  • Walgreens makes annual donations of $10,000 to pharmacy colleges in support of their diversity initiatives, including student scholarships, campus diversity programs, faculty training, diversity programs in diversity, and more.
  • The goal is to increase the enrollment of students in underrepresented communities in schools and colleges of pharmacy.

Disability Initiatives

REDI

  • Our Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI) provides retail educational training for people with disabilities.

Anderson Facility

  • Our distribution center in Anderson, SC is the first facility of its kind in the country to employ a workforce where more than 40 percent of our team members have a physical or cognitive disability.

Community

Charity of Choice

  • Through this program, Walgreens employees are able to choose from a list of charities and contribute through automatic payroll deductions at an amount designated by the employee.

Philanthropic Participation

  • Walgreens employees participate in many charitable events and support organizations such as Relay for Life, Diabetes Awareness, American Heart Association, and many more.

Walgreens Benefit Fund

  • The Walgreens Benefit Fund assists employees who have experienced hardships caused by long illness, accidents, natural disasters and other situations.
  • In 2012, the Walgreens Benefit Fund provided nearly $1.3 million in financial assistance to more than 900 individuals who had exhausted their own financial resources.


For more than 100 years, we’ve worked hard to earn the trust of our customers and our communities. And now, with locations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, our community outreach efforts help provide access to health services as well as education to our customers on their path to wellness.


  • The Walgreens Way to Well CommitmentTM is focused on improving everyday health through the prevention and early detection of today's leading diseases, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Our goal is to donate $100 million in preventive resources over the next four years.
  • The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP consists of buses that travel the country delivering free health testing, health education and consultation to adults 18 years and older. This initiative makes health tests more accessible to underserved communities that need it the most – those with the highest prevalence for leading diseases, and the uninsured and unemployed.
  • In 2011, we partnered with Feeding America and local food pantries to provide over $18 million worth of products.
  • Our electronic outdoor signs help signal severe weather alerts and missing children alerts as they happen.
  • We provide relief for those hit by natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes by providing water, food and health services to those in need.
  • Since 1993, Walgreens has provided more than $2.7 million to the Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago.

In addition to our hands-on efforts, we also show our dedication to providing care by making donations to a wide variety of health care and educational organizations.

At Walgreens, we’re on a mission to help customers get, stay and live well. To do that, we’re making health and happiness more accessible to more people every day.

We’re bringing our pharmacists out from behind the counter so customers can receive the expertise they need to get and stay healthy. Our in-store beauty advisors help shoppers find the perfect shade of lipstick for a little boost of happy. And our online store and apps bring customers instant access to an endless aisle of products and advice.

From our stores to our corporate offices, our more than 240,000 employees work to create positive experiences for our customers. At Walgreens, we look to embrace the following seven core cultural beliefs every day:

 
  • Be One– I know what Walgreens must deliver, and I align my daily actions with others to make it happen.
  • Be Real– I am open, honest and respectful in my words and actions every day.
  • Be Bold– I demonstrate courage in everything I do to create the future of Walgreens.
  • Build Trust– I listen, seek to understand and always assume positive intent.
  • Love Customers– I engage with customers and passionately innovate to exceed their needs.
  • Own It– I constantly ask, “What else can I do to achieve our results?” and refuse to blame others.
  • Live It– I help people get, stay and live well.''


Diversity and inclusion are not strangers to Walgreens. For over 110 years, we have dedicated ourselves to becoming “My Walgreens” for everyone in America.

At the core of our success have been our team members. Walgreens values its diverse and inclusive workforce; it is not only the right thing to do, but a business imperative and a competitive advantage as well. Leveraging the diverse thoughts, perspectives, and backgrounds of our employees allows us to continue to provide innovative solutions and products to better serve our customers and patients.

Diversity isn’t about tolerance, but acceptance. It is also not about what you look like, but rather about celebrating our differences and recognizing the unique value that every person brings to the organization. Diversity and inclusion transcends race and gender. They focus on building an environment that engages “ALL” employees and encourages them to deliver their best work. This fully aligns with Walgreens’ key strategy to deliver an outstanding customer experience through enhanced employee engagement.

In an inclusive environment, everyone has something to give and everyone has something to get. It is collective, cohesive and collaborative in nature; a real cornerstone in building a healthy and happy environment.

Business Resource Groups

 

Walgreens Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are organized by Walgreens employees, based on their shared experiences. Their purpose is to help us gain access to qualified diverse talent, help develop employees and to engage internal and external communities.

Currently, Walgreens has nine BRGs representing the following groups: African-American, Asian, Environment Sustainability, Latinos, LGBT, People with Disabilities, Veterans, Women and Young Professionals.

Walgreens Supports Diversity in Pharmacy Education

Walgreens is committed to promoting diversity within all schools and colleges of pharmacy. Each year, since 2008, Walgreens has donated over a million dollars to this cause – with approximately half going to students in the form of scholarships and the remainder being donated to accredited pharmacy schools in the US and Puerto Rico. With our continued support, we are helping to increase the enrollment of and provide educational assistance to students in underrepresented communities.


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Walgreens Awards & Accolades

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World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune Magazine, 2013
500 Largest U.S.-Based Companies, Fortune Magazine, 2013
Fast 50: Most Innovative Healthcare Companies (#7), Fast Company Magazine, 2013
Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, DiversityBusiness.com, 2013
Top 50 Employers, CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.walgreens.com
Headquarters Deerfield, IL
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1901
Type Company - Public (WAG)
Industry Retail
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors CVS Health, Rite Aid, Walmart

Founded in 1901, Walgreens goal is to be consumers’ first choice for health and daily living across the nation, and a central part of people’s lives and the communities where they live and work. The company provides the most convenient, multi-channel access to goods and services, and pharmacy, health and wellness services while developing a new customer experience.

Mission: Our Vision
To be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond.

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