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The weak and tired need not apply.

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Current Employee - Assistant Manager-Walgreens
Current Employee - Assistant Manager-Walgreens

I have been working at Walgreens

Pros

Learn real management skills on the run. Truly a sink or swim environment for new grads especially during Christmas season. People skills, negotiations (if you have a long leash), time management; Everything that they theorize in your business classes come to life.

Cons

Due to only 40 hour work weeks expect to have too much do and not enough time. Expect to be slummin' it physically till you move up to store manager.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Buy Cardinal!!!!!! Surely, we'll save money in the long run. Then jack up prices on CVS when they renegotiate their contract with Cardinal. That will be good payback for freezing us out of Amerigroup. McKesson's still around if you're worried about anti-trust considerations.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Leave Your Self-Respect at the Door - Working for Walgreens is like Selling your Soul

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    Current Employee - MGT (Assistant Manager)
    Current Employee - MGT (Assistant Manager)

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    The pay is decent, at least in New England. Benefits like holidays (6 paid), vacation time, employee discount (15 - 20%), health insurance and 401K matching (3 to 1 recently) are good. Locations are many (6000+ and in every state), so if you needed or wanted to move to another part of the country, chances are good you could easily transfer your job there. Lots of coworkers to commiserate with (LOL - see the "cons" below).

    Cons

    You'll be worked like a dog and seldom praised, thanked or recognized. You'll be pulled in 5 different directions all shift and sometimes be expected to do several things at once. You'll be handed a task list a mile long and expected to pull off miracles. Communication is poor and feedback usually on the critical side. Everything is micromanaged and tedious. If there is a way to suck all the joy out of a task, Walgreens will find it and make it policy. Training is horrible - nobody has time to do it right, so you're thrown in front of a computer to watch endless videos and read countless pages, much of which you'll quickly forget since there is no direct experience yet to pair it with. Regardless, you'll be put on a shift to run the store solo before you're ready and while you still have a huge amount of questions and insecurities. You'll be dealing with lots of rude customers who blame you for things you have no control over. You'll spend most of our time as a stockboy / truck unloader / warehouse manager, and the rest of it trying to keep the shelves filled and faced and the store neat since you'll have only a skeleton staff to help you. You'll work different hours every day and week, a mixture of first and second shifts, sometimes back to back. You'll work most holidays and one day every weekend. You'll be interrupted endlessly while trying to complete and task, and paged all over the store for refunds, price checks, customer problems, change and pickups at the registers, and answering the obnoxious call buttons for all the locked-up merchandise ("Customer service is needed in the baby aisle!") You'll often be stressed and frustrated and at wits end, declaring how much you hate the job (I hear it often from every fellow manager, and say it myself). Your boss will be so overwhelmed himself and have so much pressure on him that he pretty much will only ignore you, except when he's being critical. Every holiday season is cause for stress and panic (and there is ALWAYS a holiday season lurking at Walgreens). Everything is always urgent with this company and you therefore burn out quickly, especially when coupled with the lack of appreciation for your efforts. And the company will make it seem like YOU'RE the problem because you don't work hard enough. Unless you're desperate (as I was), avoid this company at all costs, or at least don't stay long if you value your health and quality of life. I plan on jumping ship at the first opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that you can't work people like dogs, then give them no thanks or recognition, and expect morale, productivity and customer service not to suffer. You can't have it all (skimpy payroll AND stellar service and productivity). MGTs and EXAs are the hardest working employees in the store. Stop abusing them, because when the economy gets better - and it will - there will be a mutiny, and Walgreens will be the poorer for it. Not only will you lose a lot of good workers, but ones who were customers, too, and will probably never want to come back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good job if you are a pharmacist

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    Stores are well designed for the corner store appeal. Plenty of locations to work at as there is a store on almst every corner

    Cons

    Bathrooms are always filthy since there is no onsite janitorial crew. Technicians are treated like second hand citizens but expected to be as knowledgable as the ultra high paid pharmacists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what you pay the technicians and seriously think about how little they get paidin comparison to the pharmacists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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