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Walgreens:What's it like to work here?

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Walgreens experience report

  • 02.Nov 2019
  • Employee

Walgreens has led the way in retail pharmacy for decades. Each store is filled with fine, caring folks.

3.78

Company Culture

Corporate decides culture, but local stores define it.

Support from management

Local management has their hands tied with corporate ideas, but they do a great job of staying true to their employees.

Teamwork

Every store I have worked in ( about 25 total) has well trained staff that are eager to help each other.

Freedom to work independently

Especially in Pharmacy, the need to flow as a team supersedes the individual's desire to work independently.

Internal Communication

There could be a better balance of understanding the store issues at the top.

Gender Equality

If negotiated properly, the employee of any gender can make the same as another gender.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Locally, great, corporate sometimes feels as though they want the older ones out to allow for more digital employees.

Career Development

If the individual pushes it the company will help.

Overall compensation for your work

It used to be better, they dropped bonuses and won't allow honest reviews, everyone gets below average.

Office / Work Environment

Corporate has not listened about chemical inhalants in the ceiling, or the countertop heights, the slow computers for decades. The original computer program for the pharmacy was miles ahead of other companies, now they are less than equal to the best.

Environmental Friendliness

Depends on the city and state, most locales won't let stores or pharmacies recycle bottles or products, some only allow cardboard.

Work-Life Balance

Sometimes the scheduling, especially since Corporate is trying to phase out humans does not allow for a life.

Company Image

Used to be better, now they are more worried about "branding" and cosmetics.

Job Security

It's good in the states that mandate job security.

Handicapped Accessibility

This is not necessarily the companies fault as the ADA has set the requirements and sometimes they just don't fit the needs of stores, employees or customers with disabilities.

Workplace Safety

Walgreens has regular instruction reminders and required video watching for safety procedures.

Challenging Work

In the Pharmacy yes.

Inclusive / Diverse

Every store I have worked has been completely inclusive of all people, ethnicity, religion, physical ability!

Suggestions for improvement

  • Really listening to the employees, don't just stop by in your suits and glad hand, listen, allow for help in busy stores, don't ignore the pleas as most of us are sincere and not whining for the heck of it.

What I like about the company

The local employees.

What I dislike about the company

Corporates aloofness about real issues, the shareholders bottom line seems to take precedence over good customer service.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    walgreens san diego, ca
  • City
    San Diego
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered