Walgreens - Fill prescriptions as fast as possible & SELL-SELL-SELL-SHOTS!! MORE SHOTS!! | Glassdoor
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"Fill prescriptions as fast as possible & SELL-SELL-SELL-SHOTS!! MORE SHOTS!!"

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Former Employee - Pharmacist
Former Employee - Pharmacist
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Walgreens offers excellent pay & benefits. Being a national company that has a store on virtually every street corner across America means there is likely a job opening wherever you want one. There is also lots of opportunity for growth into the mid-level management positions of Pharmacy Manager (in charge of one store) or Pharmacy Supervisor (in charge of a district of stores). NOTE: While the fact that these mid-level management job opportunities exist is a PRO, they exist because these jobs are frequently vacated like hot potatoes - which is more of a CON. Walgreens frequently hires new graduates (who haven't worked a day as a pharmacist, but are waiting for their license to come in the mail) right into the role of Pharmacy Manager - so a big PRO from the perspective of opportunity to jump right in (over your head) at the manager pay grade. Because many districts are frequently understaffed, overtime is is often readily available - which is another big PRO if you just graduated & are looking to earn as much money by working as many hours as possible for the first few years out of school to pay-off your loans.

Cons

Walgreens pharmacies are practically ALWAYS open, so while you would think this would offer a lot of flexibility with a work schedule, it just means you are required to work ridiculous rotations of 7+ days in a row, several nights per week, every other weekend, and if you're lucky, you will be required to work only half of the 6 annual holidays, every year, for as long as you work for this company. Pharmacy budgets for tech hours are always ridiculously low; pharmacists are frequently over-worked, with ever-decreasing budgets for tech hours & ever increasing demands to perform additional tasks & duties (sell more shots!). The mid-level management positions of Pharmacy Manager & Pharmacy Supervisor have a very high turnover rate (due to managers quitting). Pharmacy Managers are not really allowed to manage, but are micro-managed themselves & treated like babysitters; they have no real authority, but are issued all of the blame regardless. The end result of this very high turnover is that districts are typically short-staffed, as such, underqualified & undertrained individuals are often promoted just to fill positions which, in many cases, must be legally filled or the pharmacy would have to close down. While Walgreens "talks the talk" when it comes to training programs & leadership programs (and they can point to leadership development courses that they offer) - it is all worthless if what you learn in the training is neither valued nor implemented in actual, daily operations - they fail to "walk the walk".

Advice to Management

Hold yourself to the principles you preach. Everything you have to offer sounds great on paper, but what does it say about you that experienced pharmacists don't want your management jobs, so you are only able to lure new grads that have never worked a day as a pharmacist into "managing" your pharmacies? What does it say about you that these new grads quit as soon as their contract is up? What does it say about you when a store has had six different pharmacy managers in 3 years? Or a district has had five different Pharmacy Supervisors in four years? You advertise high quality & professionalism - but it really just looks like you don't care about your turn-over because there are new grads every year, so there's always more where that came from.

Other Employee Reviews for Walgreens

  1. "Health Guide"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health Guide in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Health Guide in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy hours, easy job. Helping customers with clinic, pharmacy and store related items. Clinic can get busy and scheduling people can become difficult.

    Cons

    Hours can run late, till 8pm and rotating schedules make it difficult to plan social life.

    Advice to Management

    More tools to be able to assist customers.


  2. "Started at age 16 working very few hours and finished at almost full time"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Clerk
    Former Employee - Service Clerk
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun work environment, employees, customers, etc.
    Learned a significant amount about customer service and good work ethic.
    Was able to transfer from one store to another when I moved.

    Cons

    Too much change; if it's not broke, why fix it?

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