FilterSaint Charles, MO
I have been working at Walgreens part-time (More than a year)
The job requires a positive attitude with great customer service and people skills. It's a very easy going job with straightforward tasks and a friendly work environment. They're also quite flexible with your personal schedule and are more than happy to work around you!
Training is horribly informal and most responsibilities you must learn with experience. I also haven't had the best experience with management, however I wouldn't consider it a deal breaker altogether. The hours aren't ideal, and neither is working through literally every single holiday.
Advice to Management
Improving training would be a huge help, especially for those with no retail experience.
I worked at Walgreens full-time (More than a year)
can develop multiple skills quickly
take work home with you,
I worked at Walgreens full-time (Less than a year)
•The pay raise is better than PETsMART.
•Other companies I've worked for i never got weekends off unless I asked for it. Here, I get 1 sometimes 2 weekends off a month (fri-sat or sat-sun). But then my boss schedules to work 6-9 days in a row afterwards. So not sure if it's worth it.
•I am a hard worker, but it's punishment bc I get stuck working with lazy people.
•Working in Photo, you also have responsibility of working the cooler and freezer products.
-I weigh 96 lbs, have both those lovely tasks.
So I always have to bring a winter coat, scarf and
hat to work EVERY DAY.
-remember you have all diff vendors that come in.
Pepsi, Coke a cola, Dr. Pepper, Redbull, Starbucks
Water, Gatorade, etc. All Cases are usually 24 pk.
-food for cooler & freezer gets delivered weekly
- I have to spend 30 min to 1 1/2 a days in the the
Nobody works it when I'm off so on the days I
return there's a lot more to do.
-freezer just sucks. Even bundled up I can only be
In there for 5 min til my hands start to freeze.
So a bunch of back and forth til all is done.
• I also have the responsibility for the cases of alcohol, liquor, water (on floor & cooler), all juices, teas, soda. There are days where I feel like my arms are going to fall off. there are a couple managers that help but I hardly get to work with them.
• to summarize smallest person doing all the heavy lifting.
•Don't forget all those extra cases of soda, tea, juices you have to keep organized back in the stock room too. Again no help from other team members.
• i also have the paper goods to work: toilet apparently, paper towel, Kleenexes, paper plates, etc.
•apparently I'm the only one who's willing to climb up the ladder to store all the big boxes of paper goods on top shelf in stock room. Luckily they aren't heavy but awkward and bulky to hold and climb. DEFINITELY NO HELP THERE. There is no secondary person to watch in case you fall.
• the food aisles is suppose to be another photo person job but they don't do much.
•I was only with the company for 6 months but had to work every holiday, but being the new person that was a given.
Advice to Management
If management did their job and also reprimanded the lazy workers, the store would run so much better. The operations manager at our store just sits in the office most of the times staring at the computer. And it doesn't take 3 hours to write a one week schedule for 17 people, 3 of which are on a set schedule. I could have that done in 20 min or less.
I worked at Walgreens full-time (More than 10 years)
Flexible schedule of attending school
Stressful environment, sexist promotion policy, work extremely hard for little financial reward and basically no growth potential
I have been working at Walgreens full-time (More than 10 years)
when company was family owned it was a great company to work for
over the last 4 yrs employee staff cut in half , average hourly rate reduced, benefits cut back
Easy going most of the time.
Required to work holidays and no overtime pay if you're not a full time employee
I loved helping the customers and learning about the different medications and medical conditions. The hours were not bad either.
As with any retail pharmacy, you will get screamed at and called names. It really depends on how busy of a Walgreens you work at for what kind of experience you will have. I worked at a small one without a drive-thru and I loved it, but I hated subbing at very busy stores where I stood at the drive-thru the entire time.
Advice to Management
Pay for techs is very low compared to competitors. Also, pharmacy managers can get away with a lot and it's all about who you know and who you're friends with in the corporate office.
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