Duane Reade

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Duane Reade Reviews

Updated December 24, 2014
Updated December 24, 2014
154 Reviews
2.6
154 Reviews
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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
  • I was hired as Drug Clerk but was made to perform all the duties of a Pharmacy Technician for minimum wage (in 19 reviews)

  • Low Pay - Pay is far to low for so much to be Demanded (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    drug clerk

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

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

    Pros

    Pharmacists are great and very educated and respectful

    Cons

    Low pay. management sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some respect and do your work properly rather than showing attitude to your Pharmacy techs and Pharmacists

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great place for a first job

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

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

    Pros

    You get a 10% discount on anything in the store except alcohol and tobacco products.
    If you apply yourself you can learn a lot really quickly.
    if you come in early, leave late and work hard. You can get promoted to shift leader within 3 months.

    Cons

    Store managers in the company are good at 1 of 2 critical area's. They are either good at making money for the store and exceeding profit goal. Or they are great at managing their employees. Its rare to find a manager that's good at both are's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know your employee's. talk to them, ask them their goals in life, look for potential in them ( they might a promising shift leader someday ). Stop doing favoritism and treat everyone equally. Treating one employee better than the next causes a rift in the work place.
    Stop blaming the overnight crew for everything wrong with the store. Each shift should coordinate their efforts together with communication to make everything move smoothly for everyone.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Bad place to work

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

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

    Pros

    I developed a new way to deal with painfully difficult customers, it gave "therapy" to my hand's tendons and ligaments to lift up heavy toats of merchandise for most of the day. Coworkers are nice and respectful for the most part.

    Cons

    Store management is rude, inhumane, inconsiderate, abusive, and also disrespectful of certain cultural habits brought from abroad, and all this goes down to some middle managers and "shift leads". Store manager expects from you to get done three tasks at three different places at the same time. Registers line is ALWAYS understaffed, so if you are a stocking person and not a cashier they have you ring up customers for 80% of your shift and still expect you to get all your work done, not to mention special tasks like seasonal stocking, taking passport photos, general cleaning and of customer-made messes, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have to advice to the mother company's stock share holders, Walgreen's, themselves:

    Stop going all for the money or your company will be always regarded as one of the worst places to work at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    24 Hour Duane Reade

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, benefits, promotions, easy to get there lots of trains around the area.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible, unsanitary work environment, management is horrible, discount is 10%. Too much hours for a full time employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Drug test the people you hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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