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Updated March 20, 2017
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Stefano Pessina
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  • Having a little more flexibility with work life balance and getting into a newer way of working (in 220 reviews)

  • Pay not enough for amount of work done (in 96 reviews)

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  1. "Asmt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ASM in Romeoville, IL
    Current Employee - ASM in Romeoville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Great hours
    Good benefits

    Cons

    A little of standing


  2. "SFL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SFL in Glen Ellyn, IL
    Current Employee - SFL in Glen Ellyn, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    now a better chance of getting promoted.Hard work is the key

    Cons

    some SMs doesnt help you alot.so corp should train its mangment.and for every 24 and Non 24 hours routine shod b same.


  3. "Overall good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Bannockburn, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Bannockburn, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good culture, allow work from home

    Cons

    Repetitive and no growth opportunities


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great coworkers, learned a lot but management at times had issues."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photo Specialist in Griffith, IN
    Former Employee - Photo Specialist in Griffith, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary when I started 9 years ago
    Coworkers always good to work with
    Learn a lot about retail and inventory
    Some opportunities for advancement
    Opportunities for very small pay raises
    Majority of customers were friendly easy to build rapport with

    Cons

    Management and depts. had issues over time with constantly changing policies
    Some customers were at times upset, drunk or stealing
    Pharmacy always short handed due to corporate strict rules so customers would get upset with pharmacy staff on waiting
    Store's heat and A/C controlled by corporate sometimes too hot or cold

    Advice to Management

    Allow more pharmacy techs to work at one time, it brings up company morale and customer happiness which will make the overall customer experience good and makes everyone's job better. Employee of the month for stores also feature more employees from smaller stores in the magazine and let each store control its own systems.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pharmacy tech to management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designated Hitter in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Current Employee - Designated Hitter in Arlington Heights, Cook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -learning leadership
    -problem solving
    -flexibility
    -ability to move up through company management
    -having to learn customer service and retail work experience

    Cons

    -pay explication
    -clarification from management
    -training
    -unclear expectations for job function
    -not enough backing of policy for disgruntled patrons
    -not enough real training

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve training and possibly create a new position in our stores to simply train positions. The online ones we are not given enough time to complete and have to learn on job.


  7. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO, Pay for work, and Work-Life balance

    Cons

    Traditional Work environment, quite slow moving

    Advice to Management

    Update facilities and improve remote working policy


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Strong Company Performance, too much change"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walgreens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is expanding internationally and domestically.
    Strong company performance.
    Strong vision driven company.
    Well salaried employees and good raises during difficult economy.

    Cons

    Too much change in Vision, Mission, and Culture since 2009.
    Long term employees are looked at as a hindrance as opposed to an asset.
    Too many senior leadership roles hiring many outsourced companies to perform tasks.
    Too many and often changing standard operating procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage letting the affected levels write their own standard operating procedures with oversight from leadership. (Bottom up approach)


  9. "Good Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for Walgreens, great no pressure culture and all the people are very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    The only downside I have is the time constraints that are put on you by making you punch a timeclock.


  10. "Sexual Harassment is okay at work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Walgreens full-time

    Pros

    A measly 15% discount if you think that's enough.

    Cons

    They do not punish men who start sexual harassment and allow them to continue to work. They think it's okay to terminate you from your private life that did not happen at work even though you were just praised in a mid term on how good an employee you are, placing more importance on your private life instead of how you actually are at work. They will invade your privacy (texts/private messaging). You don't want to work for this company unless you don't mind your privacy being invaded. This is NOT a lawfully sound company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be hypocrites and sell condoms, lube, viagra, birth control, etc, especially keeping your sex products adjacent in the same aisle directly across children's toys because you're such a good family oriented store. Gotta teach those kids about what sex is nice and young.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "PC role"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You receive a decent pay, allowed to work from home one day a week. The people you work with are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Hourly paid employee, but unable to get overtime hours - thus giving you the feeling that your work is not important because Walgreens doesn't want to pay you for overtime. Training for new hires is nonexistent. Being such a large company, the bureaucracy is very dense and it takes forever for even the simplest tasks to be accomplished. There are too many cross-functional teams within purchasing that it makes it difficult to meet deadlines because projects have to be touched by so many different people.

    There are no windows in the purchasing office which gives off a prison/cave feeling. Located in Northbrook IL. No easy way to get there if you live in downtown Chicago except by car. The Metra is expensive and takes over 1.5 hours from door to door.

    Advice to Management

    Either put PCs on salary or allow PCs to accrue overtime hours. Develop some sort of training program for new hires.



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