Walgreens Reviews

Updated July 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 (22)

    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)

    general

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

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good company..good and bad employees

    Cons

    too much physical work sometimes

    Advice to Management

    be more concern about the employees


  3. Helpful (1)

    Pharmacy Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broken Arrow, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broken Arrow, OK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company with good benefits

    Cons

    Long shifts and need more help


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  5. Beauty Advisor

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great discount and benefits plus special promotions and discounts from other company's offered as perks.

    Cons

    Pay isn't so great.


  6. asset protection officer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company benefits and 401k, job stability and good pay. Management is willing to make changes when necessary

    Cons

    Vacation package takes time to build up. Not enough personnel to cover shifts, working in all weather conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great in Asset protection, I would say the manager needs to slightly become more engaged with the needs of the employees.


  7. An okay job

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

    I have been working at Walgreens part-time

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

    Pros

    Working at walgreens can be a pretty laid back job especially if you work the midnight shift which can also be kind of rough because you will get bored.

    Cons

    Career advancement is almost nonexistent unless you want to get minimum wage for 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Most lead management was very nice and laid back but my assistant store manager and store manager seemed like they didn't give a hoot about anyone and only saw us as slaves.


  8. Cosmetic and check out

    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Brentwood, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Brentwood, TN

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

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

    Pros

    Work with great people and always learning

    Cons

    Wish i got paid more


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good to help patients, but no careers options unless you are an pharm D

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Supervisor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Group Supervisor in Ann Arbor, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Job was easy. No Stress at all. Focused on Helping patients.

    Cons

    Lacked technology. A lot of management lacked managerial skills and couldn't cope with handling people. Also very little career options available. Little investment in its people. Sr Management had no idea how the call center was ran or the systems used to figure out if we had high or low call volume. Helping patients is always good being the healthcare industry but it was almost a require activity to do extra fundraising all the time. It really took away a lot of focus on making the business leaner.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in People, Technology and you will see a lot change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    I am happy working here before I start my career

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people to work with in my store. Can tell they are working hard on bettering their employee's moral and benefits

    Cons

    They just recently merged with Boots so a lot of changes are happening without much heads up.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Purchasing Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Walgreens

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

    Pros

    Great company, family atmosphere, room for growth. Big company.

    Cons

    Poor bonus. No paternity leave for men. Old school not very modern.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Provide men with paternity leave.



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