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Walgreens Bellevue Reviews

Updated April 1, 2017
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Bellevue, WA

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Walgreens Executive Vice Chairman and Acting CEO Stefano Pessina
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  • Poor work/life balance like in all retail (in 241 reviews)

  • Pay Is not ideal for the amount of work (in 108 reviews)

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  1. "It's an entry level retail supervisory position. Enough said."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Walgreens Shift Lead in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Walgreens Shift Lead in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overtime is always encouraged
    Full time hours are minimum 40 hours a week
    They offer wonderful benifit options including healthcare, 401k, dental, and vision

    Cons

    Pay was a big one. The balance between both working in the pharmacy and being the only front end supervisor on duty.

    Advice to Management

    Need better pay and incentives for cashiers, photo specialists, beauty advisors, SFL's and assistant management, to combat high turnover at a store level.


  2. "Senior Analyst Stragetic Planning and Analysis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package included; 401K Match, bonus, employee stock purchase plan, discount on in store and online purchases. Nice office location and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Annual pay increases last several years were below the average for this geographical region. Culture differences between offices; internet start up verses conservative brick and mortar corporate culture.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great resume building, mediocre everything else"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Walgreens is a well known company and having corporate experience there on the resume will look good.

    Opportunity to learn vital skills for e-commerce, hone in other skills (general office experience, programs like excel and oracle e-commerce tools)

    Coworkers generally were a pleasure to work with.

    Good work/life balance. As an hourly office employee, I never felt that my job was creeping too far into my personal life at home.

    The office space was bright, clean and modern with great views - never felt depressing to be there.

    Cons

    Mediocrity is rewarded. Too many excellent contractors let go due to legal reasons (9 - 12 month maximum in some states is the legal maximum) or because the position is being outsourced to an external firm. This leaves hardworking contractors being let go without a job while a small number (most full-time employees I worked with were fantastic, hard working people! It really was just a small number) of full-time employees who contribute far less and consistently have their goals lowered due to low performance stick around. Not great for morale.

    Employees and contractors in general are treated as a commodity rather than a true "human resource." I know running a business is about money but at some point, employees do deserve to be treated as a human rather than a number on a cost spreadsheet.

    Contractors are used for positions that should be full-time employees. No doubt this has to do with taxes. This leads to positions that constantly have a new face and can get exhausting constantly bringing new people up to speed when speed and efficiency are paramount to e-commerce.

    Extremely low pay. Couldn't even participate in happy hours and lunches with fellow employees due to low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people more. Fire people who consistently under-perform due to low work ethic rather than just lower their goals. Use contractors as basically an extended working interview - if someone is performing well, hire them full time rather than send them off only to repeat the process.


  4. "Senior NOC Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior NOC Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior NOC Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great People. Agile workspace. Fun.

    Cons

    Connection to Walgreens can sometimes slow down resolution.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance still good. Able to remotely connect to work; lots of talent in the building also, so a lot of work can be done in an agile manner (as long as Walgreens isn't involved.)

    Cons

    Lack of direction from upper levels of management make achieving goals virtually impossible (what ARE the goals?!) The removal of autonomous power from drugstore.com employees in the Bellevue office results in frustrated employees who are continually driven to be more and more disengaged.

    Compensation NOT on par with other businesses in the region, not even close.

    There are so many people from HQ brown nosing upper management, it's hard to know who is doing any actual WORK. It makes it very difficult for the people (esp working way over here in Bellevue) to get anything done.

    Overall, feel heart broken and demolished that Walgreen's ruined the drugstore.com that actually made sense in a span of a few years. Good luck to everyone else still there. Lots of talent remain in the hallways of drugstore.com.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to operate an online eCommerce site the same way you'd run a 100+ year old brick and mortar pharmacy who doesn't even need to market itself because it's selling drugs to people with prescriptions.

    And for crying out loud, you have a building full of very experienced employees here, LISTEN to what they tell you and pay attention to them and drop the massive ego.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So much company politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    stable job and easy work

    Cons

    no company moral to speak of
    low career advancement due to head quarter in Chicago
    company politics is way of life and suffocating and waste resources

    Advice to Management

    hire good manager and leave them to do good work instead of playing political game


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Was great until Walgeen's stepped in."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who got along across departments. Fun working environment even when extremely busy for black Friday, big sales etc. Had some fun employee perks. Not a lot of micro managing so you can get your work done the most efficient means possible.

    Cons

    Walgreen's came in and put an end to all of that. Large bloated management structure that moves slow as molasses in a freezer. Extremely fragmented and difficult to get anything done in a reasonable amount of time. Employed some very dirty practices to get drugstore people to leave, including giving bad reviews to stellar employees so they could avoid paying out bonuses. Really left a bad impression behind them. Would never recommend that anyone go work there.

    Advice to Management

    Management obviously doesn't care that this was once an innovative dotcom. They now only see it as a great acquisition of some warehouses. Assimilation is final.

  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good business model and good set of people to work with

    Cons

    drugstore.com got accrued and all the senior management was forced to leave, this created lots of instability throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Should have open minded approach.


  9. "Easy going place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Merchandise Maintenance in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Merchandise Maintenance in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours were very flexible as long as they weren't extreme. Was able to come in anytime between 6am and 10pm and leave 8 hours after I arrived. Pay is decent - nothing extraordinary but not too little. Office space is nice and plenty of windows.

    Cons

    Almost too quiet in the office. No one really talks to each other even in the kitchen or hallways. People kind of just walk around looking at the ground.


  10. "Good overall experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people benefits and compensation. Laid back environment lots of little perks and the office was recently redone

    Cons

    little guidance from management kind of on your own sometimes sink or swim could be a good thing or bad thing depending how you work.


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