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Walgreens Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
4,287 Reviews
2.8
4,287 Reviews
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Stefano Pessina
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benifits are decent 401k profit sharing pto etc if they right manager you will love the job (in 238 reviews)

  • I also took advantage of the employee discount for a lot of the essentials (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance whatsoever if you are below store manager position at store level (in 99 reviews)

  • Upper management does not seem to care about the well being or the opinions of employees (in 150 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. Featured Review

     

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Pharmacy Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Pharmacy Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Walgreens as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Organized and very stable pharmacy

    Cons

    Very Saturated with pharmacist nationwide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 58 people found this helpful  

    Reinventing Image

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive
    Former Employee - Executive

    I worked at Walgreens full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is constantly looking for ways to improve. There are new initiatives coming out all the time to improve customer relations and experiences. After merging with Alliance Boots to save itself, the new company is located in over 20 countries and has over 360,000 employees worldwide.

    Cons

    The company has been struggling with an identity crisis since 2008. There are far too many new initiatives being implemented at the same time and demanded of field operations while budgets are cut. The old "do more with less" is an understatement of what is taking place at this company. The company is constantly threatening its employees with their jobs. Where threats used to be implied, it is now written in policy. Might still be good place for young newbies who can easily conform to pressures that at one time were considered fascist.. In addition, gone are the days of career opportunities that still pay well and benefits that were worth holding onto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care to stop screwing and constantly threatening your leadership to threaten their teams for compliance. You are not handling this change well at all. Your employees are the life blood of the company that take care of the customers. Having employees who comply solely out of fear goes against what Walgreens used to stand for. Gone are the employees you encouraged for over 100 years to think of creative ways to help improve the company by taking care of customers and increase sales. Now you are creating legions of minions who are demanded to not think at all - only comply. You have betrayed your heritage and lost your identity in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good job for people who like to be treated poorly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Blaine, MN
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Blaine, MN

    I have been working at Walgreens part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Life experience
    Great references for a new job
    Learning retail behind the scenes
    Flexible hours
    Seniority is wonderful

    Cons

    Pay is horrible.
    Customers can be very rude and might even throw products at you.
    The management sexually harass if you are good looking.
    No bonuses or raises. There raises are like 16 cents.
    Have to sleep your way into a promotion is your a girl.
    Must be able to go after work for any chance of promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better and give better benifits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a really great experience. It's like we're a little family.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Cashier in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Promotional Sales
    Small store
    Responsive to changes in schedule
    Constant hours

    Cons

    Not enough initial training
    Unreal closing expectations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company but

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    love the customer interaction.
    a lot of same customers on a regular basis

    Cons

    Alot is asked for little pay
    sometimes you feel like just a number
    seems to be small room for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    I really used to enjoy it, but company has become more cookie cutter in appearance and really micro manages its stores.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation is great, as far as base pay. Bonuses yearly, based on personal and store performance. Profit sharing is great as well, up to 4% match.

    Cons

    No consideration for work-life balance. Expected to dedicate most hours of your day to the store, including time off, with no consideration for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Budget cuts are killing our customer service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try recruiting senior store managers to really share what the successes and opportunities are. Better communication and more hours to stores to really be able to differentiate us from our competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The best!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacist
    Current Employee - Pharmacist

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    This is the most professional and successful company I ever worked for. The benefits are great, the managers are fair and nice.

    Cons

    The schedule is bad, you work 8 hour shifts but some days re mornings, some afternoons and it just feels very stressful, you are either going to work or coming from work, very poor work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow pharmacist to choose either a 12 hours shift schedule (much better for a nice work-life balance), or the existing 8 hour shift

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Minor corporate management problems but fantastic management in my store. Overall great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Hamilton, OH
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Hamilton, OH

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, frequent opportunities to pick up extra shifts, allows techs attending college to remain employed, good pay the low pre-employment requirements (must be 18 is pretty much it), and offers training to techs that want to become certified.

    Cons

    Corporate management doesn't seem to care about the cornerstones of the company. Ex. refuses to adjust hours in the winter to accommodate for the increase in patients makes it nigh impossible for the technicians and pharmacists to maintain the level of customer care that we provide during the rest of the year. Taking a little extra time to serve patients well is important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Amazing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and good pay

    Cons

    Boring and just not enough coworker so if it got busy youre on your own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make work more interesting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Second year student.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    Hours and flexibility. Time off is not seperately displayed ie sick time is combined with vacation time which helps for people who don't get sick often.

    Cons

    Customers are rude and most pharmacists are lazy. Lots of turnover in field especially with technicians so you will see lots of new faces.

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