Duane Reade Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Fun company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Stock in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duane Reade full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great for overnight , a lot of customers time goes quick

    Cons

    Very busy supervisor are somtines lazy , and very unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers

  2. A Double Edged Sword

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Stock in Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier/Stock in Elmhurst, NY

    I have been working at Duane Reade part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    The employees are fun to work with most of the time
    Good place to start if you have no experience in the work force
    Being taught good work skills

    Cons

    Minimum Wage
    Doing the manager's or shift leaders work and be expected to finish it no matter what
    A short break
    Annoying customers
    Bi-Weekly Pay (Getting paid every 2 weeks)
    No full-time unless you're a shift leader
    Stores that aren't 24 hour stores would depend on only TWO people to close an entire store with ONE shift leader.

    Advice to Management

    I really wish they would raise the wage out from the bare minimum and also wish that they would hire more people for late shifts.

  3. Ok

    • 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Weekends off discount on items

    Cons

    Horrible managers slavery work long hours

    Advice to Management

    Epic office info dock ifi

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  5. Good company, Bad Pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Clerk in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Service Clerk in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and hours. Good job to help support school or Career

    Cons

    minimum wage for entry level customer service. Workload out ways pay most days.

    Advice to Management

    Give workers more incentive and opportunities to advance.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Culture on a rapid, steep decline. Poor work-life balance.

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

    I have been working at Duane Reade full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits somewhat offset very average pay.

    You are likely to have some dedicated, wonderful co-workers.

    Cons

    There's a low, glass ceiling on diversity at Duane Reade:

    if you're a minority (gender, race, etc), you'll find you're in the majority at store level, yet the upper levels (district and above) are almost exclusively white males.

    Poor work-life balance for salaried employees.

    DR 's upper management pays lip service to the company's cultural values but behaves however they want.

    It's become very much a "just do what we tell you" environment.

    If you don't drink the current flavor of Kool-Aid, expect to be punished for it.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of sniffing out the lip-service practitioners.

    Clean house in the DR upper ranks here, if you want to truly instill the kind of culture you talk about.

  7. Poor Working Environment With Low Morale

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company will give you a chance to work for them, with very little experience, e.g., cashiering, stock-clerk positions, etc...

    Cons

    The human resources department is very biased. They only defend management when an employee related issue arises. Many of the managers are corrupt and they belittle the employees. The pay is not equal to the work that is produced for them. Run for you life, if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat employees as human beings and investigate a situation when an employee reports a problem. Do not assume that the employee is automatically at fault.

  8. Emotionally draining

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

    I have been working at Duane Reade full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the staff is really fun and engaging, and willing to teach you what you need to know

    Cons

    Absolutely no communication between management. There is a constant lack of resources to keep the store running, and there is harassment from both customers and fellow employees

    Advice to Management

    Learn to party afternoon to the needs of the store, customers, and employees

  9. it was a great job that i really loved

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Overnight Stocker/Cashier in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Overnight Stocker/Cashier in New York, NY

    I worked at Duane Reade

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    10 mins break every hr

    Cons

    short lunch breaks not long enough to go buy something and then eat it

    Advice to Management

    give longer lunch breaks

  10. You get what you give...

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

    I have been working at Duane Reade

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As the community management internship program is relatively new to Duane Reade (instated two years ago), your ability as an intern to run with ideas in whichever and whatever direction you'd like is limitless. The internship is totally what you make of it. With friendly store staff and superbly supportive management (which varies per district), the opportunity to learn the basics of the retail world is in the palm of your hands... What you put into this internship is what you'll get out of it.

    Cons

    With every new company program, there come some kinks. Many of the stores weren't aware that DR has interns so when it came time to go on store visits or interview store managers/employees, a lot of the staff was blind-sighted.

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to see a more engaging and professional atmosphere on the store-level; which could possibly be cultivated by small, community-based mixers or anonymous employee evaluations of store management. Also, there are some knots to be kneaded out with the integration of Walgreen's policies into Duane Reade's culture.

  11. Good for the first timers

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

    I have been working at Duane Reade full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 15% discount you now get for this year. The extra check you get if you're full time employee every year. The friendly staff in your current store. If you work at a 24 hour store you can make up your hours so you won't end up a bad check.

    Cons

    Store Manager in my store sometime know what he/she is doing. The lunch time in my store is half hour which is crazy. I wish the discount was at least 25% or 50% which will be better for us.

    Duane Reade Response

    Dec 16, 2014Corporate Recruiter

    Team Member do get 25% off company brand merchandise.

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