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Walgreens Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
3,844 Reviews
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3,844 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The only pro is the retirement plan - their profit sharing matches (in 233 reviews)

  • I also took advantage of the employee discount for a lot of the essentials (in 138 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance whatsoever if you are below store manager position at store level (in 94 reviews)

  • Upper management does not seem to care about the well being or the opinions of employees (in 145 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent Starting Opportunity in Retail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Walgreens Store Associate in Warren, NJ
    Current Employee - Walgreens Store Associate in Warren, NJ

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

    Pros

    Lots of job opportunities, great opportunity for high school student.

    Cons

    Management interferes with store politics too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the stores run themselves. Your bureaucracy just gets in the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love the people I work with. Most customers are great as well.

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

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

    Pros

    I love the people I work with! No clicks, just hard working and kind people. Benefits are great,depending on how much you can afford. Employee resources are fantastic! Employee discount 15-25%. Flexible hours for full or partime.

    Cons

    Wages. 8.25 starting for most employees. Raises are poor. Usually 10 to 15 cents after one year. Understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more! You have quality people working that struggle to make ends meet. Customer service is key from corporate with not enough hours given to store manager to staff properly for that service. Lots of mandatory verbal requirements given that sound robotic or unnatural. Work in the front line with the customers for a week and then you will understand that to have smiling, interactive, smart, hard working people you need to take care of them financially so they can stay strong and vibrant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager Trainee in Beckley, WV
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager Trainee in Beckley, WV

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, benefits, holiday pay, pto/leave, etc

    Cons

    Lower pay these days than in the past, Walgreens has become more in line with industry standards of pay. Job promotions are like jumping through hurdles and hoops to get, so many steps, and so long to wait, interview process used is Behavioral for internal candidates and it can be nerve racking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest and open with your employees and stores, take away the scare factor or unknown factor to make employees feel less disposable. Be more focused on keeping employees happy as in past instead of worried about shareholders so much, find a happy medium.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Walgreens Community Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary for interns
    A lot of good store managers as mentors

    Cons

    CL who run stores
    Shift leads think interns want their positions when that is rarely the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You keep the store together, never forget that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible....great for prospective pharmacists

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Exteremly Busy Store
    Fast Paced
    Employee Customer Ratio bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good for the most part

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

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

    Pros

    Its a nice place work....very good managers and shift lead. You can easily go up the ladder if you want to. Communication is their key thing

    Cons

    The pay is semi too little. Their medical insurance is not that good and they charge alot of money for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay would be lovely

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Greens

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

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

    Pros

    Walgreens is a good company to work for in the retail sector. They try their hardest to promote an open door policy and depending on the type of management team a particular store has, this method can prove to be effective. The great thing about this company is that most of their management staff have started from the bottom as cashiers or photo technicians and progressed - all you have to do is show that you are a hard worker, and that you have interest in progressing in that specific field and the management staff has no problem grooming you (if time permits).

    Cons

    There are WAY too many company initiatives and programs that are pushed onto the employees the moment they are hired. The company cares more that at any given time you can successfully regurgitate ECC or Cultural belief definitions than they do about employee training. While they do attempt to teach and reteach, it is very noticeable when upper management puts pressure on mid level management, who then gets frustrated and all but yells at employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calm down, there is a sweet spot between customer service and daily task performance that your behavior has not tapped into yet. Understand that if an employee calls you frequently it is because they do not know and are eager to learn. No matter how much you stare at PPL's and give out focused recognition cards it pails in comparison to actual human interaction and compassion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walgreens

    Pros

    Great customer experience
    Excellent Training
    Nice Managers and Employees

    Cons

    Not enough hours provided
    Not much room for growh

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treat Long Serving Staff Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager (MGT)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager (MGT)

    I worked at Walgreens (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a industry leader with great technology and a presence in all 50 states.

    Cons

    Too much institutionalized control from the top and a plan to dumb down store leadership in a attempt to please
    wall street by slashing management payroll cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old Walgreens had a viable balance between stores,district staff and Deerfield, the "new" Walgreens is all about
    control from the top . Give stores opportunities to grow organically instead following in lock step with corporate directions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    They offer a very flexible schedule while I am in school.

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

    I have been working at Walgreens part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment is nice and the employees are great. They allow for flexibility in scheduling which is nice if you are in school.

    Cons

    Raises are minimal and hard work is not rewarded. Benefits are also minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage hard work through incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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