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Walgreens Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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2.9 3,247 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson

Greg Wasson

(1,742 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent profit sharing although not as good as it used to be (in 207 reviews)

  • Good benefits but they were changing these as I was leaving not sure they are still good (in 124 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance for the folk under store manager level is nonexistent (in 77 reviews)

  • Upper management makes it horrible for everyone including lower management (in 122 reviews)

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    Started off great then went bad

    Cashier (Current Employee) Oakland, CA (US)

    ProsCoworkers are great!! Yes your on the clock but still have a great time while your at it. Regulars become your friends

    ConsYou dont have much time for personal life!! First they give you the hours of the world then you become on call and only one day for sure, after you dont get called and completly off the schedule for good!! With no notice!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning experience

    Intern (Former Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsMy co-workers and managers were very helpful and patient in training me and teaching me all there was to learn about the company.

    ConsIt is extremely busy and hours get cut so we lose valuable coverage in the pharmacy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Shift Lead (Current Employee) El Paso, TX (US)

    Prosflex hours, good people, lots of training, great insurance, benefits, co-workers

    Consit is all good, family enviroment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience all the time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to learn how to be responsable, nice peers and flexible that gives you time to study too.

    ConsThere is the need of more training from the company. There should be better employees from good advice than from experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Walgreens' management is going down hill

    Certified Pharmacy Technician (Former Employee)

    Prosit was a great first job and there are plenty of ways to move up with the company

    Consmanagement is too strict on employees and expect too much for the little pay

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pharmacy technician

    Certified Pharmacy Technician (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN (US)

    ProsThey will train you and pay for your certification, they have plenty of hours and are flexible with schedules.

    ConsThe pay is really low and there is a cap on how much you can make.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Walgreens is a great place to work, with great benefits and a pay well above the minimum wage.

    Shift Lead (Current Employee) Windsor, CO (US)

    ProsPotential upwards mobility, can have a flexible schedule, great company that actually cares for its employees, management is excellent if you go to the correct store, benefits package is excellent, fun and friendly employees, challenging and fast-paced work space.

    ConsMove around from store to store quite often, very rare to get overtime, a lot of extra work on managing staff if understaffed, could be more health and environmentally friendly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep you work-life well balanced, keep the compensation package as-is and expand on the company's value system so that you have more environment-friendly initiatives including solar powering for the stores, mandatory recycling for the whole company, new electronic mylaring systems, and charitable support of clean initiatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stick to the neighborhood stores not the new flagship stores

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros6 paid sick days a year
    paid vacation
    decent benefits

    ConsYearly reviews are done by managers who don't work with you on your shift and the reviews themselves are always 6 to 7 months late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to actually thank your employees for all the hard work they do instead of criticize them if they forget to do something small or didn't have enough time to finish because store was to busy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fill prescriptions as fast as possible & SELL-SELL-SELL-SHOTS!! MORE SHOTS!!

    Pharmacist (Former Employee)

    ProsWalgreens 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.

    ConsWalgreens 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 Senior ManagementHold 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok place to work

    CSA (Current Employee) New Orleans, LA (US)

    ProsMeet nice people and co-workers.

    ConsPoor pay.
    Upper management does not seem to care about the well being or the opinions of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet it out your head that saying "thank you, be well" is not the only thing that defines a good employee.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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