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The good and the bad at Walgreens.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Deerfield, IL
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Deerfield, IL

Pros

One of the best reasons to work for Walgreens Health Services (WHS) is the profit sharing program. The Company will match a guaranteed $2 for every $1 an employer contributes to their 401(k) plan, up to the first 2%. This is the starting point and matches could far exceed these levels based on the Company's performance. Another good reason to work for WHS is that the Company is building new stores every day and this provides an abundance of job opportunities.

Cons

Some of the downsides of working at Walgreens is that the Company provides more advancement opportunities for pharmacists than it does for non-pharmacists. Also, the Company does not provide tuition reimbursement for graduate school, only for those wishing to obtain a PharmD. Another downside of working for the Company is the lack of leadership by Senior Management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I would tell Senior Management that they need to do a better job at executing their strategies and focus more on growing their more profitable business, such as their mail facilities and their PBM. I have seen many times where Walgreens will lose a bid to a third party payor becuase of its lack of PBM aggressiveness and leadership in the marketplace. Walgreens focuses more on building new stores than it does at attracting members to its stores.

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  1.  

    In a perfect world.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, LA

    Pros

    Lots of growth means opportunity for advancement. The company has a great moral compass. The company offers great benefits. There is a great deal of emphasis on training and promoting from within.

    Cons

    Lots of growth means people are being promoted that are not qualified for more responsibility. While the company has high moral standards, unfortunately, more and more of the employees do not. ( Includes middle and upper management.) The company promotes a balance bewtween work and home but many managers are always "encroaching" and making employees feel they should be willing to stay later, do more, etc. In addition the growth is undertaken no matter what. Lines in the sand should not be drawn when it comes to the number of stores a company operates. The company seems to have arrived at this decision too. Too bad it was just recently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot promote people who just talk the talk and don't walk the walk. You cannot promote someone because they know one aspect of the business well. They must be more well rounded. As members of management you are responsible for giving unqualified employees feedback on areas needing improvement for promotion. You cannot promote just because the store "must open."

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    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I do my best for Walgreens.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The benefits like profit sharing, potential advancement, and employee discount. Profit sharing has been amazing for me and I've only been in it for a year. The company match definitely helps you out and makes you smile when you see it. If you work in a new district the room for advancement is limitless. However, if you work in a saturated market like myself you have to bleed, sweat, and network like a son of a gun. Walgreens has a generous employee discount of 15% and it is magnified when their are company wide promotions like in the photo department.

    Cons

    Not being able to use vacation time during the winter months. Being transferred to any store at a whim of the district manager. People calling loss prevention or superiors on you. The hours are horrible. It is expected of you to put in extreme hours sometimes only to be degraded by your superiors so what is the point then really? Customers tend to kick, yell, scream, or rob you. Possibility of transferring to a bad store with rude and insensitive employees. Many of the higher ups are related to someone else high up. Hard work is rarely recognized in a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of us work our butts off only to be criticized for not doing a perfect job. We would have to live at work to be "perfect".

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    Approves of CEO
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