Alliance Boots

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Alliance Boots Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
63 Reviews
3.6
63 Reviews
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  1.  

    Always want more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok but you have to work hard to earn it

    Cons

    No work life balance far too many unpaid hours worked

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alliance Boots

    Pros

    Meet different people every day, good discounts

    Cons

    No training, still waiting for my uniform after 3 weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide uniform after few days from the start, how can employees represent Boots without it?!

    Recommends
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Alliance Boots

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A very good company with a lot of development opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Healthcare Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Healthcare Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Alliance Boots part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It is good place to work for someone who likes to build customer service based career.
    There are many pathway to peruse toward a career goal. Boots offers a range of development programme which helps someone to become healthcare assistance, beautician or manager.

    Cons

    Recently, they are cutting down their human resource budget. Less resource allocation leads more work pressure in given time scale. Effectively, it becomes challenging to cop up with daily duties and participating in development programmes. At the end, it largely impact the development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should understand, Only satisfied and skilled employee can offer satisfactory customer service.
    Available staff gives an opportunity to develop and offer better customer service. Satisfied customers come back again and again and even bring more customers. After all, customer drive sale and profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager
    Current Employee - Deputy Store Manager

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff discount on everything with enhanced discount on boots own branded goods. Health benefits, including free eye test and discounted glasses, company bonus scheme. Great working environment, lots of room to progress.

    Cons

    Store managers can be under pressure to save on salaries, this puts pressure on the store teams who are running at max all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of head office, get out there on the shop floor and listen to your teams whom are the face of Boots.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good part-time job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant

    I worked at Alliance Boots part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Store discount, discount on Boots own products, overtime pay, friendly team working environment, good working hours.

    Cons

    Average training, getting managers to order correct size uniform, not much chance for progression.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Avoid like the plague

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Alliance Boots part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discount is pretty good. That's about it.

    Cons

    Staff treated like dirt, management is poor, never listens. No chances for promotion as Team Leader positions have been scrapped to save money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Listen to staff more, don't just promote "yes men" who can't lead or manage in any way. CARE about your staff like you pretend to with customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    3 years in and loving it! Learning/doing so much, I can't wait for the next few years...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Function in Weybridge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Function in Weybridge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of interesting commercial people that work in the business, it's definitely a fast moving, dynamic environment. It's quite down-to-earth in terms of business culture, even the senior management are super friendly and really get involved in the day to day operations. There is a new Talent Management programme being rolled out at the moment as the business has listened to it's people who have asked for improved career opportunities across the group. Lots going on in terms of business growth - entering new markets, and the Boots brands/products are doing really well in the global market! It makes me proud to be part of the company.

    Cons

    It's pretty full on in terms of workload as the business is in high growth mode, so there is a lot to do and typically the positions are broad because the teams are fairly lean = accountability. That's not for everyone. Less structure than you may expect if you are from another global business, but decisions are made quickly and simply even if sometimes the processes are sometimes manual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is so much growth in this results driven business which means everyone is always busy - remember the people in your teams and support them to develop at the same time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very dynamic company

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    Current Employee - Man Director in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Man Director in Nottingham, England (UK)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Develop more takent inhospitable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Christmas Customer Advisor in Mansfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Christmas Customer Advisor in Mansfield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Alliance Boots full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Good brand to work for

    Cons

    Not enough training on tills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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