Walgreens Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
3,476 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent profit sharing although not as good as it used to be (in 207 reviews)

  • Good benefits but they were changing these as I was leaving not sure they are still good (in 124 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance for the folk under store manager level is nonexistent (in 77 reviews)

  • Upper management makes it horrible for everyone including lower management (in 122 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Retail Store and Pharmacy Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, profit-sharing, time-off policies.

    Cons

    Employees not adequately compensated. Employees continually asked to do more with less and exceed customer expectations which is basically an no -win situation corporate has set.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Walgreens as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    My co-workers and managers were very helpful and patient in training me and teaching me all there was to learn about the company.

    Cons

    It is extremely busy and hours get cut so we lose valuable coverage in the pharmacy.

    Recommends
  3.  

    just another corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Rx Tech  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Rx Tech in Houston, TX

    I worked at Walgreens full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    nothing for techs but if you're pharmacy manager they take care of you little better.

    Cons

    harsh working condition. techs are sandwiched between managers, patients, and health providers without any consideration. only pharmacists get something techs are at the bottom. most techs leave after 3 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of the frontline

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Photo Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Photo Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Walgreens part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Chill environment, not a lot of work pressure. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Very less or no chances of promotion. Minimum wage for all cashiers, cosmeticians and photo specialists. Less hours to work and on holidays overtime might not be given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people on minimum wage. Give your senior employees some preference over the new ones. Create chances for employees to move up the ladder, instead of keeping them at one position for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    You are expected to do the job of five people with very minimum pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Photo Specialist  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Photo Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Walgreens does offer advancement within the company my issue is once you reach a certain level or have been employed a certain amount of years you become like I am now tapped out when it comes to getting raises. I have worked there for 12 years and no matter how hard I work I can't get another raise.

    Cons

    The customer is always right goes way too far with Walgreens not only do you have to contend with coupon queens you have to deal with people who has the smallest problem but turns it into a huge deal and smile while you are doing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your workers more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced, great customers, excellent computer system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Easy, high tech integrated computer system linking all stores
    Profit Sharing
    Healthcare benefits

    Cons

    Capped pay
    Corporate cuts hours
    Corporate controlled A/C
    Only closed on Thanksgiving, and Christmas day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of employees. You ask so much with little incentive given to anyone but management. Give thermostat control back to the pharmacies. Give longer break to employees. Frequently have corporate employees visit pharmacies so they realize how impossible some of their expectations are in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Clerk

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in Houston, TX

    I worked at Walgreens part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, working with diverse staff and customers, management very understanding and flexible. Great for part-time while going to school at the same time.

    Cons

    The store can usually get very very busy so you have to be able to work under pressure. Pay is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    pharmacy technician, assist pharmacy and customers

    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Walgreens part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    work schedule flexibility; good hours, nice co-workers, good location and were willing to employee me even though I had no previous experience

    Cons

    customers, many prescriptions coming in daily, I would like to learn more at a faster pace but they are reluctant to recognize my desire and willingness to become more knowledgible so I can move up to a lead pharmacy technician faster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open minded

  10.  

    Who you have as your Store Manager is the difference between night and day.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Walgreens full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Depending on the Store Manager, the wise ones complement for a job well done and recognize their people's abilities and builds on those abilities and interests. Some of the people employed in this company are fabulous people.

    Cons

    They can own your soul for 24/7. It is impossible to get involved in college/university courses for self-improvement, charity work, or anything that has a set meeting time because the manager schedules you split shift around the clock. You must agree to be available for all hours the store is open. Also, it is dangerous to have no backup for an employee who is absent due to sickness and you are the "only" person present in the store from 11 pm until 7 am in an area of town that is not safe. The salary is poor for the expectations placed upon you. It was not uncommon to put in 60 hours/week which translates into 12 to 13 dollars an hour. Even after putting in that much time, the unwise manager and district manager only criticized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store management should not interrupt employee's work to get answers to something they could easily get at an appointed time during the day. Hours scheduled for work day should not deviate so much so that folks can get involved in some personal life endeavors. Employees should work at stores within close proximity to home. Company should show appreciation to employees. Performance reviews are too subjective. One particular store manager never rated anyone "exceeds expectations" because this manager believed that everyone should be rated "meets expectations" or worse. Yet, this store manager had ratings of "exceeds" by the D.M. How can this happen without "good people"?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager (EXA)  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager (EXA) in Houston, TX

    I worked at Walgreens full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good benefits, , community service , ,store managers are usually understanding

    Cons

    you get paid as if you work 44 hours a week but you work much more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all the new programs are a waste of time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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