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"A downward spiral of devaluing loyalty"

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Former Employee - Manager in Deerfield, IL
Former Employee - Manager in Deerfield, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The benefits have improved with a better 401k match, PTO increased, and more insurance options (more on that later). The facilities are being invested back into, which is good as many buildings were getting up there in age. There was more flexibility with work from home and some flexibility given personal obligations.
There are some great people at the company, many of whom grew their careers via the stores or have worked their way up through corporate. The loyalty these type of people show are the reason this company is so successful.

Cons

Some benefits are still lagging behind including having to take vacation days for Christmas Eve or the day after Thanksgiving (they are even worse to the store employees, forcing many stores to remain open on holidays and keep people from their families). The insurance options are great but the cost of the insurance has skyrocketed. It is so expensive to be covered under their health plans now.

Technology is light years behind where it should be. Systems give you different data points that conflict and the tracking of sales is lackluster at best. It makes the work more difficult and the information harder to trust.

The worst part, though, is the lean approach to hiring and the shift in focus from internal promotion to exclusively external candidates. It demoralizes all non-manager employees and limits growth within the company. Additionally, many employees are so overworked that they are resentful of their managers, causing turnover to skyrocket. The incentive to work hard is gone and the resources to focus on the most impactful work is impossible.

Advice to Management

Start by fixing the systems that are broken. There are many. Then you need to hire and promote based on more than what school someone went to or which consulting firm is on their resume. Chances are, if they are leaving the consulting firm, they probably weren't a high performer there. Lastly, subsidize more of the health care costs and help your employees live, stay, and be well.

Other Employee Reviews for Walgreens

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Walgreens"

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    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am not working there anymore

    Cons

    They act like there a family company but the truth is they couldn't care less about your family the mighty dollar reigns

    Advice to Management

    If you really care about your employees you might want to look at the balance between a favorable stock value and your employees and don't ALWAYS pick the stock.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, but difficult corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers make coming to work a positive experience. Job opportunities for highly motivated individuals. Store manager pay and bonus structure is reasonable.

    Cons

    Hours are constantly being cut and everyone is expected to do more with less to increase productivity. Corporate seems obsessed with using buzz words and coming up with new programs to the detriment of job satisfaction in the stores. Focus on part-time employees "for flexibility in scheduling."

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving towards the future as a total health and wellness provider. Focus on investing in your people and pay the store employees a decent wage.

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