Walgreens Reviews

Updated August 3, 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. Helpful (29)

    I Got Lucky... Sort Of

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The people I work with are awesome, which is not always the case in an up-in-the-air industry like retail. - A quiet neighborhood means less work and less stress - not necessarily a pro about Walgreens itself as much as it's a piece of advice for where you choose to work. - The employee discount applies immediately and is actually pretty good. 15% on everything (except drugs and dairy) and 25% on Walgreens brand products. That's actually REALLY good.

    Cons

    - It's retail, which means no matter how nice it is, you still have to go through silly faux formalities like greeting every customer like their appearance is the best thing about your day - just be glad we don't have to say "Be Well" anymore. That was a travesty. - Depending on your schedule, you'll get picked multiple times in a row to do things like throw out the garbage and clean the bathrooms. - If you're male, expect to do more work - it's that simple. - There is an extremely heavy emphasis on "facing," or making products look nice on the shelves. It's overrated busywork, since those nice products won't look perfect within an hour of the store opening the next day. While it's important on some level, it's not as important as management makes it seem like. - Those yellow and blue tags for sales have to be put up by someone. Expect to stay late on Saturday nights to get as many done as possible. What a huge waste of paper, money, and the possibility of technology (like put digital screens on the shelves for convenient price changes and sales notifications - something, dang). - Even if you wear dark jeans, like brown or gray, some management members won't like that... it's almost like they think Walgreens is some kind of high-class shopping environment. Here's a hint: if it takes you the entire day to realize I've been wearing jeans, I don't think a customer who is in the store for ten minutes is going to notice, or care.

    Advice to Management

    - Cut costs by getting rid of antiquated technology and methods. Like tagging. - Remember to have fun. - Don't put professionalism above being human. I don't know who thought of the idea of saying "Be Well," but that was a huge mistake. Nobody communicates like that.


  2. Helpful (1)

    pharmacist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    Plenty of jobs and hours to work

    Cons

    Understaffed, corporate keeps cutting staff hours too


  3. Certified Pharmacy Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Chadds Ford, PA
    Current Employee - Certified Pharmacy Technician in Chadds Ford, PA

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot about medications and patient types.

    Cons

    Difficult patients and dealing with insurances


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  5. loved them

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work/life schedule balance wonderful company to work with

    Cons

    none I loved them great management.


  6. decent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    good pay, easy day, fun environment, good employees, managers leave lists of stuff to get done

    Cons

    boring days, nothing to do


  7. photo tech

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photo Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Photo Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job is great people are great good job

    Cons

    Hours are bad to many late night hours.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great no advice needed


  8. Customer Service Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Walgreens

    Pros

    They try to be fair all employees when making new schedules

    Cons

    The hours can be be bad sometimes


  9. SALES ASSOCIATE/CASHIER

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Illinois in Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Plainfield, IL

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I mostly work in cosmetics department. Its just makeup warehouse, mostly. No heavy lifting. Its easy work.

    Cons

    Customers can be rude because they don't want to show ID for tobacco and alcohol.


  10. Good for students

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician (Not Certified)
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Technician (Not Certified)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fair scheduling, decent pay, good coworkers

    Cons

    High stress, sometimes under staffed,


  11. Good for beginners

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Pharmacy Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Walgreens full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They will train you and pay for your pharm tech license Great learning opportunities for those new to the business

    Cons

    scheduling is a mess and management is not organized at all high turnover lots of red tape



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