Duane Reade Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
146 Reviews
2.5
146 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Duane Reade CEO John A. Lederer
John A. Lederer
11 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and flexible schedule (in 9 reviews)

  • The manager understood that my first priority was as a full-time student, so he would allow me time off during exam periods (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • minimum wage beginning, raises available by 30 cent every year (in 18 reviews)

  • Low Pay - Pay is far to low for so much to be Demanded (in 9 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    No adequate compensation

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

    I have been working at Duane Reade

    Pros

    Experience, meet people, networking, stepping stone for a better career.

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations for pay provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees, try to retain and appreciate your top performers. Don't bury them with unreasonable workload it causes burnout.

  2.  

    stock guy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Stock in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Cashier/Stock in New Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Duane Reade full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    feel comfortable fast but a lot of work to do and flexible hours room for promtion

    Cons

    too much pressure on you ask you to leave late if an employee come calls out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be open minded

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not Too Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duane Reade part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not too many pros. I for one got lucky to have a great pharmacist manager and great co workers. Other than that the union benefits are ok. From vacation to separate sick days and personal days.thats about it. District managers are ok they try their best. Store managers are ok nothing special. Pharmacist do their jobs the best they can with all the work they have to do.

    Cons

    No promotions. The company is somewhat in a bind where there isnt much growh happening. Stores are closing, people are losing jobs. Certification doesnt help much now, you would really have to devote alot of time and emails to get your pay raise due to your certification. But thats probably due to the lack of money going around. As a tech in this company hard work can very easily get overlooked unless you know the right people or be in the right store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    It's okay, hard to become an intern from tech in a quick amount of time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duane Reade part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional experience is definitely a pro

    Cons

    Work hours are not flexible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stepping Stone

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

    I have been working at Duane Reade part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    15% employee discount. Fast-paced environment, friendly co-workers, good location, nice people.

    Cons

    Working 18 hours a week. No benefits for part time employees. No room for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's an alright company, but from what I've heard it depends where you work.

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

    I worked at Duane Reade part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Part-timers get benefits such as vacation, personal and paid time-off after 90 days.
    - Staff is great to work with, but it really depends on the area.
    - Flexible scheduling
    - Great place to work if you're a college student with no experience.

    Cons

    - Expensive prices compared to competitors.
    - Ill-equipped tools. I had to deal with a wobbly ladder that management did not buy.
    - Help desk for photo labs took way too long, making customers wait if the photos don't look right.
    - Long hours and it takes forever for supplies to come such as paper towels and floor cleaning solutions, as well as garbage bags and shopping bags.
    - Union dues are expensive. $13 per paycheck, and I don't think there's an option to opt. out, even if it means losing benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees once in awhile regarding supplies and unsafe equipment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Drug Clerk

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

    I worked at Duane Reade part-time

    Pros

    got to meet awesome people

    Cons

    the pay basically sucks and the raises are 20 cents every 6 months

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Shift Leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Duane Reade part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management experience
    Great place to start and learn ins and outs

    Cons

    No overtime even if you work it it will be cut somehow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone works a shift pay them for it you're making millions relax !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    nothing exciting

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

    I worked at Duane Reade full-time

    Pros

    clean store. i dont have much to say honestly, i didn't have the best experience. i work in soho, the trains suck on weekends

    Cons

    min wage. messy break room.loud and rude co worker. the manager was never there. the guy employees were pervs.. eh

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire better ppl. stay at work

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    A turning point in my life I learned a great deal with this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You can not only learn about retail but you can advance as well. The opportunity is there you just have to take it.

    Cons

    The salaries for management isn't the best, for someone with a family looking to advance to store manager, it could be good but to stay in one position too long would make you feel like it's not worth the effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The advancement to management is the best thing to do. I look forward to wearing those stripe again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Duane Reade? Share Your Experiences

Duane Reade

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.