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A downward spiral of devaluing loyalty

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Manager in Deerfield, IL
Former Employee - Manager in Deerfield, IL

I worked at Walgreens full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The benefits have improved with a better 401k match, PTO increased, and more insurance options (more on that later). The facilities are being invested back into, which is good as many buildings were getting up there in age. There was more flexibility with work from home and some flexibility given personal obligations.
There are some great people at the company, many of whom grew their careers via the stores or have worked their way up through corporate. The loyalty these type of people show are the reason this company is so successful.

Cons

Some benefits are still lagging behind including having to take vacation days for Christmas Eve or the day after Thanksgiving (they are even worse to the store employees, forcing many stores to remain open on holidays and keep people from their families). The insurance options are great but the cost of the insurance has skyrocketed. It is so expensive to be covered under their health plans now.

Technology is light years behind where it should be. Systems give you different data points that conflict and the tracking of sales is lackluster at best. It makes the work more difficult and the information harder to trust.

The worst part, though, is the lean approach to hiring and the shift in focus from internal promotion to exclusively external candidates. It demoralizes all non-manager employees and limits growth within the company. Additionally, many employees are so overworked that they are resentful of their managers, causing turnover to skyrocket. The incentive to work hard is gone and the resources to focus on the most impactful work is impossible.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start by fixing the systems that are broken. There are many. Then you need to hire and promote based on more than what school someone went to or which consulting firm is on their resume. Chances are, if they are leaving the consulting firm, they probably weren't a high performer there. Lastly, subsidize more of the health care costs and help your employees live, stay, and be well.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Current Employee - SFL in Sun Prairie, WI
    Current Employee - SFL in Sun Prairie, WI

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Schedule is usually pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Corporate is out of touch with their stores. The pay isn't what it should be. Five sick days in a calendar year (seems too little, especially if you have a young child).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Store Manager

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They promote a good culture to work in.

    Cons

    You have to work very long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay lower level employees more so that we can keep the good ones.

    No opinion of CEO
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