Alliance Boots Reviews

Updated May 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company but limited scope of growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, work life balance,

    Cons

    Not global enough/laggard in technology

    Advice to Management

    Not anything


  2. Helpful (2)

    Poorly staffed ,unreal expectations of how much work can be done and a atmosphere of fear.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pharmacist in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pension but not as generous as in past ,internet acess to trainig material

    Cons

    Relentless reduction in all aspects of terms and conditions ,failure to have mature conversations ,totally apposed to pharmacists having a vioce through the Pharmacists defence association. Performance pay grading similar to normal distribution curve were a set percentage of pharmacists are deemed to fail ,bonus structure that procvides bonus for directors but not for pharmacists .

    Advice to Management

    Act upon the views set out above


  3. Helpful (2)

    Excellent opportunities - very fast-paced and diverse careers to be had!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Massive focus on development, very approachable and friendly for a global company. Boots UK in particular doesn't feel overly corporate other areas of the group are more so, but still a lot less so than competitors. Development focus means you can have all the opportunities that you want provided you show the willing and get up and go to take them on. Will be an incredible place to work over the next few years as we merge with Walgreens. There will be increasing opportunities to work globally. Many opportunities to work with household brands and names. Lots of room for improvement in this dynamic time so always lots to do! Business needs are constantly changing and there are plenty of long standing attitudes / processes to be challenged. Great time to really make a difference. Great support packages for learning / qualifications. Great discount card. Passionate and interesting senior management - very relatable and hard working. Many have worked their way up through stores so they genuinely have passion and sound knowledge. You will meet many people who have been with AB a long time!

    Cons

    Most people work in Nottingham - could use some fresh thinking at times. Long established history - means some processes are out of date and cold be made much quicker and more efficient. Very much a Nottingham based business therefore it often fails to attract top talent, something it will get much better at no doubt as its global presence gets much bigger. Benefits packages aren't really aligned with other companies of a similar scale, however AB managed to grow in a recession so the cost cutting mindset is at least working. Needs to challenge itself to work faster, to exercise its influence over pharmacy and healthcare to make a big difference to the community and help out the NHS.

    Advice to Management

    It's all in the detail. The initiatives are correct and so are the beliefs it's in the execution lower down and sometimes these things don't quite translate. Don't compromise on employee quality - if performance isn't there make the repercussions more clear


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  5. Very dynamic company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Man Director in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Man Director in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a growing company

    Cons

    It is very focussed on deals rather than organic growth

    Advice to Management

    Develop more takent inhospitable


  6. Helpful (1)

    Long serving employer 20 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planning in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Planning in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Discounts holidays. Great teams

    Cons

    If your face does not fit your out. Middle management bullied by others.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take advice from one manager speak to others and please get all facts correct


  7. Electrical sales assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Beauty Consultant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Electrical Beauty Consultant in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, great discount. Good working environment

    Cons

    Not flexible enough for transfer


  8. Satisfying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Finance Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Finance Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alliance Boots as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    growing to become a true global leader in its market and is likely to have found some stability with its new merger

    Cons

    slightly informal culture which can be off-putting should you be that way inclined. need to give specific days off for revision


  9. Helpful (2)

    Friendly co-workers and pleasant place to work but upper management rife with bullies and old boys clubs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous (Head Office) in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous (Head Office) in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time

    Pros

    Staff discount Flexible start & finish times Friendly coworkers Good amenities on head office site

    Cons

    Poor upper management (not helped that they are over-worked) Not a meritocracy - performance is rated by force fit distribution and has more to do with who your friends are than how well you can perform your role 'Old boys' culture in upper management You have to pay to park at work if you drive in (head office roles) Poor benefits package compared to other employers (i.e. they offer nothing above legal minimum entitlements fpr holidays, sick pay etc)

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the old boys clubs, respect your staff and the contributions they make at all levels and recruit/promote based on merit, capability and performance. And seriously reconsider your force fit approach to performance management - it is a system wide open to abuse.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I enjoyed my experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alliance Boots full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people there are great. The team around you is always willing to help. The work was very challenging but to see it results play out in the open market was very satisfying to see.

    Cons

    Pay was lower than I would have liked.

    Advice to Management

    Pay packages need to be higher to retain good people. Too often people would leave for better pay doing the same work for another company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Loyalty is key

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are some of the best I've been offered when looking at similar jobs (holidays, pension and company discount). Huge opportunity to move within the company quickly to so many different types of roles.

    Cons

    If you don't 'fit in', have a Boots look about you, it maybe harder to get to different jobs and places.

    Advice to Management

    Internal usage needs to be looked at more and more training given to promote those we already have to higher levels and use from outside the company for lower levels.



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