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A downward spiral of devaluing loyalty

Manager (Former Employee) Deerfield, IL

ProsThe 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.

ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementStart 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company, Bad leadership program.

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    I worked at Walgreens full-time for more than a year

    Pros: It's a good company to work for while attending college.… Cons: The assistant manager program in my opinion is a joke. They teach you how to manage the store, but don't develop any leadership skills (Yes,… Advice to Senior Management: Hold store managers accountable for the development of their team. Listen to feedback, there are a lot of college students with excellent… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    Walgreens

    SFL (Current Employee) Sun Prairie, WI

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time for 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. … Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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