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Great vision, execution needs to catch up

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Current Employee - Director in Deerfield, IL
Current Employee - Director in Deerfield, IL

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

Pros

Walgreens healthcare vision, broad scope of healthcare services, bringing on new, diverse talent, expansion plans, stock price

Cons

Still thinks like retail
-- hard to attract and keep high quality corporate talent with retail benefits and vacation policies
-- needs to have longer-term vision in terms of organizational design, business strategies, etc (too much focus on current quarter, current year)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get out of the weeds and hire the right talent to drive the company -- giving them the people, technology and other resources to do it. Now we are a global company, we need to start acting like it.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Plenty of opportunities but High stress

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    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    -Pharmacist gets to perform a variety of clinical service (e.g. immunizations, MTMs, compounding, HIV, HCV, infusion specialty store, etc.)

    -Good for networking. WAG has many stores and you get to meet a lot of people via community events, company training.

    -Training session for Pharmacy manager

    -Various ways for career development: Immunization trainer, MTM lead, pharmacy supervisor, etc.

    -WAG just bought Alliance Boots and teamed up with AmerisourceBergen. The company outlook is looking good from this perspective.

    Cons

    -Stress (probably the same for all retail but WAG definitely bring this to a new level..as a manager, you will have a lot of goals to reach such as doing a bunch of flu shot clinic in order to get to your annual flu shot goal, monthly MTM goals, doing doctor detailing, etc.)

    -In order to achieve these goals, a lot of pharmacy managers may sometime have to work "off the clock" to get these things done.

    -Understaff: The staffing has declined over the last few years. Most of time, you won't get enough help.

    -Schedule: Open on major holidays and tough to request vacation days off (Must request couple months to a year early sometimes....).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is great the company is constantly trying to look ways to grow the business but proper staffing is the bottom line for patient safety and good customer service. I hope the company can realize this and stop cutting the budget.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good personal experience, bad place to grow and advance.

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    Current Employee - Photo Manager/Head Photo Specialist in Fitchburg, WI
    Current Employee - Photo Manager/Head Photo Specialist in Fitchburg, WI

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

    Pros

    I have been with the company for 11 1/2 years now and I am the photo manager for the Fitchburg Walgreen's in Fitchburg Wisconsin. The pros of working here are a great Store Manager, flexible hours and a great crew of people to work with. There is never a dull moment at the Fitchburg Walgreen's!!

    Cons

    I feel some of the cons are: Walgreen's is a bad place to move up the ladder, so to speak. There is not a lot of vertical growth offered in the company. The management does not want to mentor people who want to move up. The store manager does not like it (as do other managers) when you ask them questions. They also expect you to fit eight gallons of water in a five gallon pail. They give you twelve hours of work to do and expect it to be done in eight hours and then complain and tell you you are not doing your job when you don't get it done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have three tips for upper management. They are: 1. Stop cutting hours and pay. If you want the work done, then you have to make sure we have the time to do it. The work has to reflect the help, not the other way around. 2. If a person wants to move up in the company and they are serious about it, work with them. Help them get to where they want to be. 3. Teach your store management to listen carfully to what their employees are telling them, and, make sure your store managers understand at least the basics of every department in thier store.

    I feel if the management at all levels understood the above advice and put it into practice, we would have much more production being done on the front lines and we would be a much more profitable business. Not to mention much happier employees!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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