Walgreens Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Stefano Pessina
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Pros
  • Profit sharing is a great benefit (in 238 reviews)

  • Employee discount comes in handy (in 146 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no Work/Life balance (in 99 reviews)

  • The upper management seemed disconnected with team staff in that store-level problems were sometimes ignored by supervisors (in 150 reviews)

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  1. Cloud Services Architect

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    Former Contractor - Cloud Services Architect in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Contractor - Cloud Services Architect in Lincolnshire, IL
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Technical Staff Architectural Practice in place Great DBA, SysAdmin, and Project Management support

    Cons

    Highly political environment Heavy Financial planning approach to Data Center design & support Walgreens bought by Alliance Boots; Management and Enterprise strategy shift started


  2. Corporate HQ IT - Keep Looking Elsewhere!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The vacation policy is the only positive.

    Cons

    Incredibly cheap. Getting the company to pay for external training or being able to attend a conference (especially if travel is required) is out of the question. The 401k program (so-called profit sharing) is pitiful.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to avoid the constant revolving door of qualified IT staff, invest in your employees. There isn't any compelling reason to make this a career stop for anyone!


  3. Helpful (1)

    No life balance! Clue less management and don't want feedback from employees, greedy, cheap, erogant

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not to many lately. Get ready to be laid off

    Cons

    No work life balance or employee engagement if you report to director and above. Clueless

    Advice to Management

    Communicate in detailed methods within divisions and not with pie in the sky. Ask for feedback from from direct reports and below, then make decisions ( this NEVER happens). Don't punish feedback.you didn't want or expect. Learn from it! Respect it. Get REAL!


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  5. Average

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, average salary and culture

    Cons

    Poor leadership from my manager


  6. Corporate environment extremely political, very caustic to employees

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    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Contractor - Network Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible learning experience with technologies being explored by corporate IT. New technologies, rebuilding/reallocating older equipment and hardware.

    Cons

    Management structures leaves a lot to be desired. Poor communication between teams leads to major issues during deployments, rollouts, and upgrades. Many positions have been sent offshore, leading to long hours, overworked employees, and incredibly low moral. Refusal to invest in certain hardware has lead to various issues during (but not limited to); iOS upgrades, hardware upgrades, large-scale deployments.

    Advice to Management

    Happy workers = better work. Don't overwork people claiming "they make enough money." They're people with families and lives. Walgreens does not have the right to take away anybody's free time and sanity to make a few extra bucks.


  7. A fast-paced, friendly and extremely budget-conscious environment

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    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Contractor - IT Consultant in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming atmosphere Dynamic Exposure to a multitude of different software products

    Cons

    Workforce transience (MANY offshore rotating consultants) Some facilities not cared for well at all Not a lot of availability of internal (or external) education opps

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to educate your workforce (IT) or allow compensated time off for self-education


  8. Helpful (1)

    horrific

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. For a company that has been in existence for over a hundred years, you would think that there would be more processes and procedures in place. Upper management is not engaged, does not appreciate employee effort and there is no emphasis on employee growth or mentoring.....you do not want to work here...

    Cons

    Long hours with no appreciation or acknowledgement of your efforts. Lots of back stabbing just so the boss looks good. Everyone is afraid of the boss who runs the organization on fear instead of leading the organization with clear goals and objectives that are shared by management.

    Advice to Management

    Quit...and let some qualified management with experience, knowledge and compassion run the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great Experience, Horrible Company

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    Former Employee - IT Security Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - IT Security Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Large company, everyone knows Walgreen's - Great experience in a large corporate environment - Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    - Horrible management - Below average pay - No transparency - No investment in employees - Constantly replacing IT roles with outsourced company - Management doesn't listen to employee's opinions - Culture is horrendous. No respect among departments. - Walgreen's Corporate is still stuck in an old mindset. They need to 'get with the times' - Career growth is very limited within departments. Most vertical movement is done switching departments entirely.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employee's and listen to what they have to say!


  10. Very Cutthroat Environment

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    Current Employee - Network Security Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Network Security Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its Fortune 100 company other than that no other pros I can think of.

    Cons

    Very cut-throat environment. All departments are silo unwilling to help with anything beyond their job description. If you are a smart individual, this is NOT the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue as to what is going on within your company


  11. Software and tools beyond end of life - should have replaced within product life timeframe.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Walgreens is making changes to carry it forward to Next Generation.

    Cons

    Some of the Microsoft Software products were years beyond end of life. Software from Microsoft sites were for current software versions, and not the software version that Walgreens had.

    Advice to Management

    Periodically upgrade software to keep versions current with software industry. Lagging behind costs more in development times and costs.



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