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Lincolnshire, IL

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  • Poor work/life balance like in all retail (in 231 reviews)

  • Pay Is not ideal for the amount of work (in 102 reviews)

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  1. "Walgreens"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Data Architect in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Data Architect in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Walgreens pay, although not the highest in the area for the job, did pay ok. The quality of management is typical of large companies.

    Cons

    The employee to contractor ratio is about 20% employees to 80% contractors. Unfortunately the contractors treat the employees like they are on-shore resources.

    Advice to Management

    Insure that the employees are given indications they are considered to be more valuable than on-shore contractors.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Use to be a family type of business."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to have on your resume. Locations are close to the tollway which makes it easier for commuting.

    Cons

    Turnover every year since 2009. More contractors than employees working here.


  3. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People friendly, team oriented, leadership focused in moving company forward nationally and globally. Many benefits with career growth.

    Cons

    No long holidays. If holidays falls on a Thursday, expect to work on Friday. Nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with open communications with workers. It is much appreciated.


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  5. "LAN Support Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - LAN Support Specialist in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - LAN Support Specialist in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work to be done.

    Cons

    Not enough people to do the work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Life is too short to work for Walgreens ( IT )"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You don't have to supremely talented to get by here. The talent level across the board is abysmal. If you have decent vocabulary, you can talk your way to prolonged employment. If you manage to get into IT somehow and turns out that you can not tell the difference between java and ip address, there is little reason to worry. You will be promptly promoted to middle management. So, it all works in your favor.

    Cons

    The problem with Walgreens is that it revels in cheapness that forces everyone to accept mediocrity as a way of life. As a consequence, this place turned into mediocrity magnet. There are managers that bring in their relatives with practically zero qualifications and experience for the positions they are hired for. They still manage to survive as the competence is not really expected from a typical Walgreens IT worker. Any self respecting IT professional who joins unwittingly is guaranteed to bolt within a couple of months. Smart guys who are stuck here turn complacent over time and learn to act dumb so that they can blend in the environment. The technology is horribly outdated and at least a decade behind other companies around. The company perennially runs on keep-the-lights-on mode and that kicks any sort of innovation to the curb. Most of the jobs are outsourced to the cheapest bidders from India and the quality of the contractors show. Needless to say, the cheapness of Walgreens extends to the working conditions as well. The office environment at Lincolnshire is so dirty that I am sure they must be violating a dozen OSHA regulations. This was by far the worst company I have worked so far in my life.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider changing platitudes at least once every three months to keep things interesting. Please do send contractors on two week hiatuses few times a year. They will get a nice vacation and you will get a chance to "strategize" even more.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Retail Pharmacy Industry
    - Good People
    - Technology Investments and learning opportunity

    Cons

    - With recent mergers the focus is a lot into getting the organization restructured.
    - Lack to Training and Self-Development Tools
    - Focus just on keeping the lights on

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on people growth and development
    - Instill a positive and forward thinking culture


  8. "Depressing work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They used to be a great company.

    Cons

    It's a completely different company since the Walgreens/Boots merger. Boots is essentially running the company now. They are mostly interested in cutting costs at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck in the new environment with Boots running the show. Try to show some humanity rather than treating people the way you do.


  9. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Walgreens (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are practically none I can think off. I have tried really hard to find just one.

    Cons

    By far one of the worst company I have worked for in my entire professional career. Managers especially in Retail PM (Lincolnshire) are the worst. They give no respect to employees and are very very arrogant. I have personally heard the director in retail PM talk negative about most consultant.

    Advice to Management

    Show some respect, have empathy, don't treat people like you don't want to be treated. Clean the building and bathrooms as the place is dirty inside out.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Harsh, no appreciation, complete lack of communication unless the message has no meaning."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits ok. Co workers very easy to work with. Work was interesting, but now it is more like being a robot.

    Cons

    Area is now divided by the elite and unapproachable leadership and the doers. No ability to be creative or accomplish things in your own way. Need to be more like a robot.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a little and treat everyone like a leader, or someone who has and IS doing good things. Get to know some of the people below your elite level. Have a few discussions with people where you are genetally intetested in who they are as people, and not just a group of robotic beings. There is no personality at Walgreens anymore.


  11. "Corporate HQ IT - Keep Looking Elsewhere!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The vacation policy is the only positive.

    Cons

    Incredibly cheap. Getting the company to pay for external training or being able to attend a conference (especially if travel is required) is out of the question. The 401k program (so-called profit sharing) is pitiful.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to avoid the constant revolving door of qualified IT staff, invest in your employees. There isn't any compelling reason to make this a career stop for anyone!


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