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"The good and the bad at Walgreens."

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Deerfield, IL
Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Deerfield, IL
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Pros

One of the best reasons to work for Walgreens Health Services (WHS) is the profit sharing program. The Company will match a guaranteed $2 for every $1 an employer contributes to their 401(k) plan, up to the first 2%. This is the starting point and matches could far exceed these levels based on the Company's performance. Another good reason to work for WHS is that the Company is building new stores every day and this provides an abundance of job opportunities.

Cons

Some of the downsides of working at Walgreens is that the Company provides more advancement opportunities for pharmacists than it does for non-pharmacists. Also, the Company does not provide tuition reimbursement for graduate school, only for those wishing to obtain a PharmD. Another downside of working for the Company is the lack of leadership by Senior Management.

Advice to Management

I would tell Senior Management that they need to do a better job at executing their strategies and focus more on growing their more profitable business, such as their mail facilities and their PBM. I have seen many times where Walgreens will lose a bid to a third party payor becuase of its lack of PBM aggressiveness and leadership in the marketplace. Walgreens focuses more on building new stores than it does at attracting members to its stores.

Other Employee Reviews for Walgreens

  1. "I do my best for Walgreens."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits like profit sharing, potential advancement, and employee discount. Profit sharing has been amazing for me and I've only been in it for a year. The company match definitely helps you out and makes you smile when you see it. If you work in a new district the room for advancement is limitless. However, if you work in a saturated market like myself you have to bleed, sweat, and network like a son of a gun. Walgreens has a generous employee discount of 15% and it is magnified when their are company wide promotions like in the photo department.

    Cons

    Not being able to use vacation time during the winter months. Being transferred to any store at a whim of the district manager. People calling loss prevention or superiors on you. The hours are horrible. It is expected of you to put in extreme hours sometimes only to be degraded by your superiors so what is the point then really? Customers tend to kick, yell, scream, or rob you. Possibility of transferring to a bad store with rude and insensitive employees. Many of the higher ups are related to someone else high up. Hard work is rarely recognized in a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Some of us work our butts off only to be criticized for not doing a perfect job. We would have to live at work to be "perfect".


  2. Helpful (3)

    "If you want to make $40,000 a year stocking dog food on shevles, this is the job for you."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager in Greenville, NC
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Store Manager in Greenville, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quick advancement. Pays well for what you do. Not a bad company to work for.

    Cons

    It's retail. All retail sucks because of customers. Somewhere, at sometime, someone told a customer "the customer is always right" and customers have taken this concept and run wild with it. Instead of it meaning that a retailer should provide a product or a service when a customer wants and how a customer wants it they have taken it to mean that they can be disrespectful and piss all over you and that you should be grateful for it because they are spending $3.00 on a prescription which you, the tax payer, who is working their ass off, is paying for because they have Medicaid.

    Walgreens will hire you as a "manager" but you will spend most of you time stocking dog food on shelves. When you are not doing that you will be patching up problems that your subordinated have created.

    Advice to Management

    Let managers concentrate on managing the store and making it better and hire someone else to stock beans on shelves. It's degrateing.

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